OKAY! We kicked things off yesterday on location at Laboratorium Lucerne, and in a dedicated Slack set up by the org team. 12 really interesting challenges were presented, making clear the motivation of the experts, a number of whom were really getting into the spirit of opening data for the good of the public - and the trade, of course. The projects in the order of their final pitches:
A humble recap
At first I thought it was a pity that nobody took on the Fair Price Initiative challenge, but the activist spirit of Visitor’s tax - the first project presented - more than made up for it. Likewise, I thought that the unanswered Data quality challenge had obvious appeal. I liked all the presentations (sadly missing the last one due to having to leave on time), though it’s hard to be partial when you’re rooting for your team …and if you didn’t have a team, what were you doing at the Hackdays?
All the juicy details can be found here and on the project page.
This team did a great job adding more open data to Water Fountains, and we chatted throughout the hackathon. This initiative is exemplary in that it addresses an important issue, is well anchored in the local community, has boatloads of sophisticated tech behind it, while being very accessible to novices and even non-technical contributors.
Quite an interesting presentation about open geodata pipelines and attention to quality. I liked the solution that was being advocated, and the fact that the team was very clear about architectural and stability issues that are the basis of any high quality app. Lots to learn.
And of course I had a lot of fun with this team, pushing the envelope of open data urbanism.
We researched the field with guidance from a well informed expert (and a pile of scientific papers), dived into several challenging and complementary open data sources, discussed ethical and privacy implications of the data at length, looked into crowdsourcing (open hardware and open development) possibilities, did a lot of storming and forming, hacked together a machine learning project with a lot of math and correlation/causation debate, and produced a very basic app that can be used to present the case to a non-technical audience. You can find our presentation here. Kudos to the team, especially to the two guys who came all the way from central Germany only to support the hackathon …something about a niche sector of Swiss tourism in the air
Congratulations to all the teams! Check out all the results at the usual location.
And have a wunderschöne Sunntyg