After three days of intense brainstorming, programming and pitching, three teams have come out on top at The City of Calgary Hackathon.
The event, which kicked off on Friday with enthusiastic opening remarks by Mayor Nenshi and his first ever "selfie-stick selfie", wrapped up on Sunday with even greater excitement. Over the weekend, fourteen teams used their expertise in programming, business modeling and research to create technology-based solutions to make the lives of Calgarians better. The groups then pitched their ideas to the panel of judges for the chance to win $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place.
The winners of the 2015 City of Calgary Hackathon are:
1. Calgary Alerts
A notification website and app that will alert users of City events, traffic and transit updates, voting reminders, emergency alerts, and parking restrictions based on their interests and location.
Team members: Anthony Lukach, Edward Keeble, Lewis Sobotiewicz, Peter McCaffrey, Jeromy Farkas, and Justin Bumstead
2. My Lamp Post
A website that provides all community-related information in one place.
Team members: Guy Obrecht, Scott Blenkhorne, Ardalan Naghshineh, Matthew Koepp, Brian Halsey, and Nathan Lau
3. Open Data Analytics
A website that provides open spatial data to inform important public policy decisions.
Team members: Jeremie Blais and Barend Dronkers
“It has been an incredible weekend with amazing amounts of talent and creativity shown by all participants,” said Walter Simbirski, Open Data Strategist with The City of Calgary. “The goal of this hackathon was to engage citizens and provide incentives to use The City’s Open Data for solving problems at the grass-root level. I think we have definitely achieved that!”
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. Open data refers to data that is available to the public at no cost, and can be used for any purpose including commercial use.
“This is about facilitating conversations, supporting the tech community and encouraging people to think collaboratively,” said Simbirski. “Our hope is that the participants have had a chance to network during this event and potentially leverage those relationships to further develop their ideas and concepts so they can be implemented.”
For more information on The City of Calgary’s Open Data Catalogue, visit data.calgary.ca.