“It’s about making our information accessible to everyone – and it’s our responsibility.”
Dale McNamee, Initiative Lead for Open Data
In March, the City of Calgary hosted a regional Hackathon with partners from the Calgary Regional Partnership. The Hackathon was an opportunity to promote the use of open data, and encourage citizens to create innovative solutions to deliver City services in a more efficient and effective manner.
- Interest in open data is growing! The number of participants in the 2016 Hackathon more than doubled the previous year.
- Post-secondary students are eager to contribute. The majority of our participants were students (over 60%) and the average age of participants was 28 years old.
- Women won big! Although outnumbered by their male counterparts 8 to 1, our female participants were very successful – scooping up 2 of the top 3 prizes!
- The Hackathon is a springboard for entrepreneurship. Over the course of the weekend, thirty five teams put their heads together to create apps and websites using open data from municipalities across the Calgary region.
Teams were judged on a number of criteria including citizen value, a score that assessed the product’s ability to show economic, social, or environmental benefits to the community. After three days of intense brainstorming, programming and pitching, three teams came out on top as this year’s Hackathon winners.
- CycloConnect: A crowd sourced app for bicyclists to plan their routes and monitor the availability of bike storage around the Calgary region.
- Plugin Calgary: A citizen engagement tool for municipalities to provide challenges based on their environmental, social, and economic programs and participants would collect points for completing challenges.
- Transit Krowd: A near-time data collection app that allows bus riders to see how full their upcoming bus is, and share information about the condition of buses, trains, and transportation shelters around the region.
Hackathon 2016 Photo
We’re working on launching a new Open Data Catalogue with improved functionality. The new tool will allow users to better analyze and visualize data and is anticipated to go-live by Fall 2016.
For more information, visit Calgary’s web site.