Hackdays, Hackathons and Challenges - updated with notes


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  • FutureEverything is a not for profit Festival, Conference and Living Lab embedded in the arts, digital media community, very much looking at the societal impact of technology. It is about enabling people to understand, explore and use technology. It has strong links to the universities in and around Manchester and sees itself as a place to try out new ideas. It is a festival very much about the city.\n
  • In May 2009 it started developing a project called Open Data Cities that sought to create and intelligent open data environment for the Greater Manchester region. It used its networks and ability to attract a large community of thinkers, activists and doers in order to devise the project which ultimately lead to the creation of the Greater Manchester Datastore - DataGM\n
  • From the start we decided that the Open Data Cities project would focus on the Conceptual idea of the city rather than the administrative. The population of the metropolitan region is 2.6 million people with 10 local authorities and many pan regional public bodies. Each with their own structures.\n\nAdvantages were that working with the pan-regional bodies like transportation would have greater impact, and potential market for services and applications. It would also create a safer environment for Local Authorities to dip their toes in the water.\n\nDisadvantages it meant that we were working with 10 local authorities and four supra local public bodies all with their own structures and methods.\n
  • From the outset the goals of the project were build a sustainable open data environment. This meant that the case for open data had to have a logic that could be understood and acted upon for all stakeholders in the region. Hack days and developer camps are vital in creating a sustainable open data ecology\n
  • In an emergent field such as open data, there needs to be stimulus to raise awareness and get people using data\n
  • There are many reasons why hack events are important.\n
  • There are many motivations why developers engage\n
  • But key is understanding your own organisational motivations\n
  • IP rights and restrictions need to be explicitly stated.\nThis model is often used in intra-organisational hack events.\n
  • Probably the first Open Data Competition\n
  • Apps for Democracy seen as being an exemplar but the yield of $2,300.000 is misleading. There is a really good guide that was written so that other government bodies can run open data competitions\n
  • In Manchester there were a number of low level hack events. These were initially popular but due to lack of public body commitment started losing traction\n
  • Succesful hack events can serve to highlight data and enable a plurality of services. Can also engage people from further afield\n
  • Focussed hackdays can produce products that have huge value, especially when service users are involved\n
  • Birmingham Civic Dashboard shows what can be done when you can get access to the data. Many initiatives like this are hindered by the lack of access public bodies have to their own data. The civic dashboard gives a glimpse into how data can create informed contact decisions and essentially load balance the call handling system. The project came out of the ‘Make it Local’ NESTA initiative - Essentially an open data challenge\n
  • Geovation is a series of targeted Innovation Challenges on specific themes such as transportation or food supply. Great care is paid to identifying key sectoral challenges. This then follows a call for ideas, shortlisting, intense development weekend then supported product development.\n
  • Helsinki through its community building was able to create a huge range of applications and services through its transport hack events. 700 people signed up, 60 applications proposed and 30+ developed\n
  • FutureEverything is a partner in an transnational EC project where an Open Data Innovation Challenge looking at transportation data is a big component\n
  • Slated to take place in March with product support and development up to July 2013\n
  • Top tips\n
  • A little bit of visualisation Nicholas Feltron FutureEverything engages with a wide variety of artists, developers and designers\nArtists and designers exist in the domain of constant interpretation. The arts can be disruptive, allowing problems, challenges and opportunities to be viewed in new ways; engaging and informing audiences - creating debate. They can inform a conceptual shift in the way that problems are approached and allow a more agile rather than process based way of working. The Feltron reports are a visualisation of one persons decisions, relations and travels released every year.\n
  • Allowing new ways of interpretation\nNatalie Miebach - Duet of blizzards and hurricane Noel\nGathering weather observations from specific ecosystems using very simple data-collecting devices, Miebach translates meteorological data into woven sculptures and wall pieces that function both as musical scores and weather almanacs. Data doesn’t always have to manifest itself in the digital domain\n
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  • Hackdays, Hackathons and Challenges - updated with notes

    1. 1. Hackdays, hackathons and ChallengesJulian Tait - @julianlstar
    2. 2. "Open data is changing the world - people andbusinesses, governments and cities are puttingincreasing amounts of their data online free forreuse using open standards. Just as the originalWeb of documents changed the way we live so toowill the Web of Linked Data. Manchester can be inthe vanguard of a new breed of 21st century city -cities which make their data freely availableproviding a base for innovation and the creation ofnew kinds of social and economic value." Prof. Nigel Shadbolt - Open Data Institute Co-instigator of data.gov.uk
    3. 3. OpenData Cities Rochdale 206,500 Bolton Bury 262,400 183,300 Oldham 217,273 Wigan 305,500 Salford 218,000 Tameside Manchester 215,500 483,800 Trafford 211,800 Stockport 281,000An OpenData initiative forall of Greater Manchester
    4. 4. Where is everybody? http://www.flickr.com/photos/slambert/2575609003/ OpenData Cities
    5. 5. Why are hackdays important • Raise profile of organisation • Increase impact • Create a conversation around the data • Create internal organisational leverage • Combat market failure • Pump prime data reuse • Opportunity to dip toes into water • Incentivise emergent practice
    6. 6. Value your developers -understand motivations • Reward • Status amongst peers • Opportunities to showcase work • Chance to network and hang out • Potential job opportunities • Chance to help out • Opportunity to create a product/business
    7. 7. Understand your ownorganisational motivations Is it to try and solve a particular issue? Is it to highlight the data that you are releasing? Commit to the project You are asking people to devote time, so resource the event - Catering - Access to data - Access to the organisation - Publicity
    8. 8. Being honest when it comes to IP Some events, mainly corporate ones that use commercially valuable data or processes, expect participants to share IP and or have restrictive exploitation rights. For events that use this model: • Terms and conditions need to be explicitly stated • The terms need to be fair • Care needs to be taken to balance T & Cs with opportunity and reward • Care needs to be taken as to the appropriateness of format • Doesn’t sit well with ‘open’ ethos
    9. 9. OpenData Manchester
    10. 10. ReittiGPS, 1st Prize (everyday solutions) RouteClock , 1st Prize (GUI inventions) Seutuseikkailu ,1st Prize (concepts)Markus Halttunen / Essentia Solutions Janne Käki Tuomas Husu & team AudioReitit , 2nd Prize Rate a Ride (GUI inventions) 2nd Prize (concepts) Juho Kostiainen Teemu LaineTässä.fi 2nd Prize (everyday solutions) Markus Tallgren & team / Addfore Technologies Andropas, Honorary Mention Aki Lehtinen Kyyti, Honorary Mention Ilkka Pirttimaa
    11. 11. Consortium of the CitySDK projectThe consortium consists of 22 partners in 9 European states. Inaddition to experienced SMEs, large ICT and media companiesand research partners the consortium includes eight cities, fivebeing Capital cities or Capital regions. The total population livingwithin the authority of piloting project partners’ organisations isover 31 million. Helsinki Manchester Amsterdam Rome Istanbul Barcelona Lisbon Lamia Transport Innovation Challenge - March 2013
    12. 12. Move*Manchester – An innovationchallenge to create smarter travelin GM • Prize fund and support £35,000 • Three day coding event • Public and private partners • Variety of prizes and incentives • Wrap around product development • Pizzas and coke
    13. 13. Top Tips for a successful event(not definitive) - Forward planning - Define what you would like to achieve - Engage the developer community early - Identify the channels that they use to communicate - Show organisational commitment - Partner with a respected digital business - Identify incentives - Engage local press - Identify and release relevant data with context - Attend the event - Publicise and support the results
    14. 14. Art and data
    15. 15. Art and data
    16. 16. Thank Youjulian@futureeverything.org