The 2013 Open Data Hackathon was a 3 day-long event devoted to collaborative creation and coding that will benefit HRM residents. Over the weekend, participants pitched ideas, formed teams, and built creative app prototypes for their community. Still confused? Check out this awesome video to learn more about hackathons.
Halifax’s first-ever Open Data Hackathon, which took place September 13-15, 2013, turned out to be a huge success thanks to our dedicated partners, Volta and The Hub, and our generous sponsors, T4G for providing funding and technical expertise to participants, Saint Mary’s University for providing scholarships and tablets for top winners, and HPX Digital for providing tickets and Invest Atlantic for providing pitching opportunities. And of course, this event would not be possible without the energy and enthusiasm of all the participants that came out for the 3-day long event to develop app prototypes. We were able to see a glimpse of the excitement and creativity that Apps4Halifax has sparked and look forward to the completed apps, which can be submitted by November 29, 2013.
“I would like to thank everyone involved for making this event so successful. It is events like this that clearly connect us with the public and demonstrate HRM is a progressive and innovative place- with very talented and innovative staff!
Thanks to our sponsors for partnering on this- it has been a wonderful experience to work with you on such an exciting initiative. We could not do this without you!”
-Donna Davis, HRM’s Chief Information Officer
“What a great event with so much coming out of it in the way of apps, the API interface and a whole lot of excitement around open data! Again amazing job on the Hackathon. Tracy, Joanne, Milan, Julie and the whole team, my hats off to you all. So good to see progressive initiatives that are setup to benefit everyone being led by the City and a super team of innovative people, organizations and initiatives.”
- Shah Mohamed, Recreation Nova Scotia’s, Program Manager.
A transit app prototype using crowdsourcing of real time GPS data from transit riders’ mobile devices.
An app prototype where you can earn money by renting out your parking space.
An app that aggregates meta data.
Find events going on around you.
Helps Haligonians find local food vendors at particular price point.
Game to explore Halifax and share photos.
An app that helps people find licensed child care providers.
Halifax Regional Municipality will be partnering with Volta, a local startup house. Their vision is to create a place where entrepreneurship is celebrated and taking over the world is expected. They develop the best founders in the world, who in turn create world class companies.
The Hub has hosted several hackathons in the past and informed the development process for this event by providing their input and design expertise as well as acting as a relationship broker to create an impactful private (Volta) and public (HRM) sector partnership. The Hub is a keen supporter of the Open Government movement in HRM and is excited about the transition of our city into more transparent and open government with increased citizen engagement.