Amazing results from the Vancouver Open Data Day Hackathon

March 14, 2016

Over 60 people came out celebrate international open data day on March 5 at the 2016 Vancouver Open Data Day Hackathon!

Thanks you to everyone who came out to our #VODDay Hackathon!

We loved the enthusiasm shared by everyone throughout the day. Even though we faced some challenges throughout the day (internet woes) we were really pleased with the prototypes and visualizations demoed at the end of the day.

You made this day a success. Your participation and hard work, your desire to solve a problem or tell a story, your interest in learning news skills... they made the day what it was, and it couldn't have happened without you! Thank you!

While we have prizes for some of the day's teams, this hackathon was really about discovering new ways open data can be helpful in finding innovative solutions to challenges we face, to making services more accessible to those who need it most, and providing better information to improve decision making,. It's about reminding everyone why it's important to have all sorts of information available in an open and accessible format.

Our mentors supported teams throughout the day, answering questions about specific data sets, best practices, tools to use. You were amazing!

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.

Thank you Tim Abdulla, Nikolas Badminton, Tara Gibbs, Adam La France, and Meena Sandhu!

#VODDay Competition Panel

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Our opening speaker Councillor Andrea Reimer. provided us with an inspiring intro and many ideas for the day. You reminded us of the potential of open data, you reminded us that we have the opportunity to contribute to solutions for the challenges we see face our communities. The impact of your words lasted far longer than the morning's caffeine!


To our sponsors...

You provided the opportunity for us to offer (#VODDay) prizes for participants, you provided an innovative and friendly space, you provided nourishment for hardworking participants. But the real value of your sponsorship is your recognition of the value of open data innovation. Thank you!




Winning Teams

In the end, our competition panel deliberated on the results of the day and selected a winning team for each of our competition categories.

Greatest social impact, Best health focused app, Best mobile app


Food, Bed, Med

#VODDay Team Food Bed Med

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Goal: Provide simple “pay as you go phone” access to social services. We wanted to start with a proof of concept for medical clinics and then tackle food and shelter data sets.

Team Members Hardeep Shoker, Glen Pierce, Emett Speer, Richard Vickery, Nelson Chow, Dev Manning, Trina Lsakson, Kurtis Stewart

Links to Open Data Used http://catalogue.data.gov.bc.ca/dataset/walk-in-clinics-in-bc

Links to prototypes / visualizations https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1DFR9EWxFS96jL_6i55YRjTlHwivd7NlKNaepURAAKus/edit?usp=sharing

Best transit focused app


Transit Team

#VODDay Transit Team

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Team Members Renee Mak, Yash Pareek, Peter Chin, Dmitry Shkolnik, Richard Shaw, Greg Stegeman, Vincent Chiu

Links to Open Data Used https://developer.translink.ca/ServicesGtfs/GtfsData

Links to prototypes / visualizations https://github.com/vinchiu/transit-distance-frontend-hackathon

Best environmental focused app


Construction Impact

#VODDay Team Construction Impact

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Team Members Anthony Pak

Links to Open Data Used http://quartzproject.org/q

Links to prototypes / visualizations https://public.tableau.com/profile/anthony.pak#!/vizhome/ConstructionIMPACT/Dashboard

Best visualization or data journalism demonstration


Quantify building density of Vancouver

#VODDay Team Urban Density

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Team Members Kaitlin Duck Sherwood (Ducky) and Bart Bisschops

Links to Open Data Used http://data.vancouver.ca/datacatalogue/LiDAR2013InteractiveLAS.htm http://data.vancouver.ca/datacatalogue/propertyTax.htm http://data.vancouver.ca/datacatalogue/buildingFootprints.htm

Links to prototypes / visualizations https://www.dropbox.com/s/era86os5hu55dzr/presentation_bbisschops.pdf?dl=0


Other Projects


There were over 15 different projects worked on during the day at the Vancouver Open Data Day Hackathon.

See many other prototypes and visualizations shared at the end of the day in our VODDay demo video.