2017 Vancouver Open Data Day resultsMarch 6, 2017
Our 2017 Vancouver Open Data Day Hackathon was a great success! Thank you everyone!
Thank you to all our participants
We'd like to thank the 60 plus participants who came out on Saturday March 4 for this year's #VODday Hackathon. Some came from as far away as Washington State! We loved the enthusiasm and open data love shared by everyone. Your participation and hard work, your desire to solve problems and identify important trends, and your interest in learning new skills... they made the day what it was, and it couldn't have happened without you!
The results of the day remind us why it's important to have information freely available in an open and accessible formats!
Tayybeh - A Celebration of Syrian Cuisine
Everyone loved having Tayybeh provide us an amazing lunch that celebrated their amazing syrian cuisine, together with supporting this Vancouver startup of Syrian entrepreneurs.
Mentors from OpenDataBC, DataBC, City of Surrey, and City of Vancouver all came out to help teams with questions during the day. And the mentoring doesn't stop at the end of the day. We encourage all our participants to reach out to mentors as they continue to work on their projects.
Our competition panel asked insightful questions, gave participants new ideas to expand or refine their open data project, and you carefully deliberated over all the open data apps. Most importantly, you helped recognize the hard work of participants during the day.
Even the panel learned a thing or two at our #VODday Hackathon!
This year we had 7 different prizes to give away in various different categories. Some as part of International Open Data Day, and some with a local focus from the City of Vancouver, City of Surrey, DataBC and ProtoHack!
City of Vancouver Focus Challenge
My vision is that apps based on Vancouver open data should be localized into all the languages in which Vancouver residents want them.
Best Use of DataBC Open Data Sets, and International Open Data Day (Public Money Flows)
A budget visualization and editing tool. Created as part of the Vancouver Open Data Day Hackathon 2017.
City of Surrey Challenge, Trends in Community Energy and Emissions
International Open Data Day Challenge Winner
OpenSesame is a platform that allows anyone to access a Municipal open dataset, edit it and push it back online as a publicly-updated copy (PUC). Once a user creates a "data project", this edited data can be accessed as a link from a government website or directly from our landing page. As the dataset accumulates edits from members of the public, it becomes more refined and serves as an alternative version-controlled source of information. For ease of use, edit forms will look like googlesheets or simple web forms (TBD).
Wildcard and Protohack Winner
A map-based app that focuses on accessibility-- indicating accessible washrooms, parking, transit, etc. for the city of Vancouver. These accessible locations are buried in various City of Vancouver datasets, they just need to be mined out. There is a similar app (http://accessnow.me/) but this is entirely crowd-sourced. Adding the publicly available data would greatly enrich a tool like this.