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Critical Friends Brief

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Critical Friends Brief

  1. 1. Critical FriendsYou may have read that Kent Connects is organising a competition, aimed atstimulating collaboration between public services, digital entrepreneurs andstudents, to develop innovative ways of using technology to improvecommunities.We’ve had over 10,000 views and over 60 ideas submitted on how people canuse technology to “help people help each other” or “make it easier to reportlocal issues”. You can see these at http://bit.ly/submityouridea which is thefirst ever local challenge on the government’s competition platform.The Developing Solutions Event on 25 November will enable web & softwaredevelopers and designers to develop or design prototypes that meet one oftwo challenges – OS Open Data or Open 311, which are detailed below. Formore information, please see http://developingsolutions.eventbrite.com.The prototypes of these challenges will be showcased at the end of the dayand reviewed by judges. You will be asked in the afternoon to advise thejudges on the prototypes based on what you’ve seen throughout the day andhow the prototypes would work in a public service or community environment.We’re not expecting more than 10 prototypes so you shouldn’t need to be toooverwhelmed! The winners of each challenge will win £100 each.Web DesignersOfficers with knowledge of designing wireframes and mock-ups of userinterfaces or with expertise in interaction design or user experienceYou will provide advice to external web designers at the event who want todesign visual prototypes on how these might work in a public service orcommunity environment.Examples of visual prototypes include Magnifeye and MyPolice.Name Position PartnerTracy Jones Website Officer Tunbridge Wells BC
  2. 2. GIS DevelopersOfficers with knowledge of using OS Open Data or OS Open SpaceYou will provide advice to external developers at the event who want todevelop prototypes making use of OS Open Data on how these might work ina public service or community environment.Examples of prototypes that have made use of this data include Fix MyTransport, Cycle Streets and Mission Explore.Name Position PartnerNathan Carr GIS Manager Swale BCGlyn Davies Emerging Technologies Analyst Kent CCIan White GIS Officer Gravesham BCWeb and Software DevelopersOfficers with knowledge of developing software prototypes, databasedesign, APIs or outline codeYou will provide advice to external developers at event who want to developweb, software or smart phone prototypes on how these might work in a publicservice or community environment.Examples of web or software prototypes include FearSquare or Playtter.Name Position PartnerKeith Pinchin Programming Analyst Dartford BCAndy Houstoun Business Applications Manager Gravesham BCNeil Thompson Senior Systems Developer Shepway BCAnalysts / CRMYou will provide advice to external developers at event who want to interfacewith CRMs or develop web, software or smart phone prototypes on how thesemight work in a public service or community environment.Mark Hudson Analyst Programmer Swale BCMichael Best Analyst Programmer Swale BCCommunications / Customer Services Officers / Project ManagersOfficers with experience of understanding the perspective of thecustomer
  3. 3. You will provide advice to web designers and developers on how typicalpublic service users might interact with the ideas they’re developing.Name Position PartnerIan Hirst Transformation Project Manager Tunbridge Wells BCRaymond Warren Business Delivery Unit Manager Tunbridge Wells BCWhat are the Challenges?There are two challenges people can submit a prototype to.Open Data ChallengeIf people want to enter the Open Data Option, they will have to fulfil thegeneral criteria for designing or developing prototypes (see "Whats thecriteria to win?") but there is additional criteria too - the prototype will need tomake use of OS Open Data.What do you mean by "prototypes that make use of OS Open Data"?You can see examples of prototypes making use of OS Open Data here.Examples of prototypes that have made use of this data include Fix MyTransport, Cycle Streets and Mission Explore. As you can see, many ofthese prototypes use OS Open Data and they use other open data too. Hereis a list of other open data that they could use and Open Kent orits API (although not mandatory).Open311 ChallengeIf people want to enter the Open311 Option, they will have to fulfil the generalcriteria for designing or developing prototypes (see "Whats the criteria towin?") as well as make use of Open 311.You can see examples of prototypes making use of Open311 here.Examples of prototypes that have made use of this include SanFrancisco and Baltimore. You can see more on Open311 here.To use Open311 click on the “View the GeoReport v2 API Specification” link)and if people do want to the API Key to test their prototype, they cancontact us. Otherwise, wed recommend this mailing list if you have anygeneral questions about this standard.You can also use a web service to take requests for a common authorityservices, redirect them to the correct authority and create a case in thecouncils CRM or pass the information to the appropriate section within theauthority. Please see more information here and for any queries do
  4. 4. contactmark.hudson@swale.gov.uk.You may be wondering what we mean by prototypes. Here is a briefexplanation although do contact us and well try and answer any furtherclarification before the event!Whats the criteria to win?In order to be considered, each submission must include a weblink to theprototype (whether thats a visual, mock web/smart phone app page or code)and a description of how it will meet the criteria. The more evidence peopleprovide to show how good their prototype is and how much potential it has,the more chances they have of getting others to want to help them develop iton the day and of course winning the competition.We recommend people get others to help develop the prototype before theevent, so that they have a better chance of winning! The table below will helpyou see how the Judges will review the prototypes.Submission Judging Criteria Score (1- Weighting OverallQuestions 5) (1-5) Score (Score x Weighting)Which Judges will require you to N/A N/A N/AChallenge are enter this information toyou entering be able to judge the rest of the criteriaWhich Theme Judges will require you to N/A N/A N/Adoes it fall under enter this information to be able to judge the aWhat’s the How creative the name of 1name of your the prototype isprototype?What idea/s are How well the prototype 4you developing builds on one or more ofyour prototype the ideas put forward inon the Developer Day Ideas CompetitionHow are you How well the prototype 5going to develop could be used by theit? target audienceWhat tools and How well the tools and 3techniques are techniques put forwardyou going to use could turn the prototypeto develop it? into a working applicationWhat help wouldHow well the peopleyou require at putting forward thethe event to prototype have describedcomplete your the help they need toprototype? complete it (i.e. need web
  5. 5. designer to designwireframe for x, developerto develop a prototypeapp for y, user experienceanalyst to develop a userinterface, coder to createsome outline code)

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