You already know that we’re organizing an Open Gov Hackathon presented by Tropo during BCNI 2011. As you can see in our FAQs here, the event is part and parcel in our day-long news innovation conversation.
Now we’re ready for some details.
WHAT: A one-day hacking event bringing together coders, designers, hackers and journalists to build useful apps and data visualizations with open government data from the City of Philadelphia. [Register here]
WHO: Coders and designers. We will encourage journalists and other BCNI attendees to cross-pollinate and offer perspective
WHY: Build tools that show the power of data and connect journalists with the power of coding and coders with perspective from journalists
WHERE: Saturday April 30, 2011, Temple University, Annenberg Hall
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. — Registration / Networking
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. — Introductions, overview, proposal and teams form
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Coding, Hacking, Building [Judges will circulate in the afternoon]
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. — Presentations / Judging
5:00 p.m. — Winners presentations and BCNI closing
Find the judges, criteria and more below.
JUDGES: Robert Cheetham, Azavea founder; Clinton Johnson, City of Philadelphia Division of Technology Software Development Manager; Andrew Kortina, mobile payment solution Venmo co-founder
DATA: On the Monday of Philly Tech Week, a new City of Philadelphia data catalog will be released. Hackathon participants will be encouraged to use this resource. The following data categories will be available:
- Arts and Culture
- Elections and Politics
- Human Services
- Parks and Recreation
- Public Safety
- Real Estate and Land Records
The goal of the BCNI 2011 Open Government Hackathon is to develop civic applications and data visualizations for and about the City of Philadelphia. Projects will provide a benefit to city residents or visitors, or present data in a manner that provides insights on a public policy issue facing the city. Three judges with knowledge of development will make the final determination of winners and the distributions of prizes for teams. Their decisions are final. By participating in this hackathon, attendees agree to abide by organizer and venue rules, in addition to judge decisions.
Hackathon participants that wish to present their projects at the end of the day will compete for one of several different prizes. Judging of projects will be based on the following criteria:
- Potential impact on City of Philadelphia residents and visitors.
- Magnitude / scope of the issue(s) project addresses (i.e., public safety, transit, budget, etc.).
- Originality and creativity of the project.
- Quality of implementation / demonstration (can others view, use the project).
Projects will be judged by a panel of three judges, and awards will be granted in the following three categories:
- Best overall use of Philadelphia open government data.
- Best data visualization.
- Most innovative project.
Hackathon participants will have access to a catalog of open data from the City of Philadelphia that they may use as the basis for their projects.
Participants may use other sources of data relating to the City of Philadelphia (i.e., Census Bureau, PASDA, etc) that are publicly available. Participants may also use data extraction / conversion tools to generate data from other sources for their projects.
Whatever data source is used, all projects wishing to be evaluated for prizes must be based on data relevant to the City of Philadelphia. Of course, we encourage participation, so if you have another project you want to work on, then come on out and get to work.
Hacking Open Government in Philadelphia | VXML Solutions
[…] 2011 BCNI Open Government Hackathon will take place on Saturday April 30, 2011, in Annenberg Hall on the campus of Temple University. […]
OpenDataPhilly.org: city data catalog to launch April 25 during Philly Tech Week — Technically Philly
[…] Saturday April 30 of Philly Tech Week, BarCamp NewsInnovation at Temple University will feature an Open Gov Hackathon presented by Tropo, relying prominently on the new data catalog. Register here for that FREE […]
BCNI 2011 Schedule « BarCamp NewsInnovation
[…] a.m.: Hackathon introduction with rules and timeline […]
OPA Data Liberator: the hackathon project that fills in where city property records leave off [VIDEO] — Technically Philly
[…] Saturday, at the Open Gov Hackathon presented by Tropo, as a part of the third annual BarCamp NewsInnovation, former Inquirer City Hall reporter and […]
License to Inspect: two years later, City of Philadelphia L&I API will drive PlanPhilly transparency app — Technically Philly
[…] city IT team was led by Clinton Johnson, a respected veteran of city services and a judge of the Philly Tech Week Open Gov Hackathon, with project management being handled by outside consultant Jeff […]
OpenGov Year In Review: Philly Edition « Civic Innovations
[…] the end of Philly Tech Week, Technically Philly convened a hackathon that took place in conjunction with BarCamp News Innovation at Temple University. The hackers at […]
Meet Tropo During Philly Tech Week | The Tropo Blog
[…] the end of the week, we’re organizing a hackathon to bring together developers from around the region to build innovative solutions with Philadelphia […]
BCNI 2012 Open Gov ‘News’ Hackathon « BarCamp NewsInnovation
[…] Like last year, the BCNI un-conference will be running conterminously with a hackathon. This year, the work will be more focused: to help blossom creativity and leverage on-board talent. […]