Open Data Day Helsinki Hackathon: Take that data and rock it!

The Open Data Day Helsinki Hackathon inspired great crowd, discussion and hacking under the beautiful glass ceiling of Hub13. Organized as part of the international Open Data Day (Feb 21st), the event attracted over 50 participants. The event was organized by Forum Virium Helsinki and it’s co-operation partners.
The day started with presentations around open data and open development. The presentations introduced Helsinki region open data and APIs, what developers have built using that data, how open data has been utilized in UK healthcare, and how Microsoft supports developers. The discussion was especially vivid when it was time talk about procuring agile software development.
In the afternoon, the participants worked on several hacking projects. Work on a voter advice application based on open source and focusing on digital basic rights was started. During the day the long listed questions were distilled into 10 questions to be posed to MP candidates, and an open source platform to collect answers from citizens and matching them with the best candidates for them was started.
Another team analyzed voting district data that was recently released with the coordinates of all individual buildings in the country. The group detected various ways to find anomalies and errors in the data (buildings belonging to wrong voting districts). >> Link to FB discussion
Open Data Day Helsinki Hackathon was organized by Forum Virium Helsinki together with Microsoft, Open Knowledge Foundation Finland, HSL, Futurice, API:Suomi, Codento, Reaktor and Digile. Open Knowledge Foundation Finland arranged the hacking sessions.
The hackathon was held as part of the international Open Data Day, a yearly event inspiring a large number of NGOs, CSOs, governments and international organizations organize and sponsor events around open data. The Open Data Day is, and has always been, a community led effort.
Twitter with hashtags #ODD15, #Helsinki and #opendataday.
  • Welcome, Pauliina Smeds, Forum Virium Helsinki
  • Helsinki Region Open Data and API’s, Timo Tuominen, City of Helsinki 
  • Base your new service on Open Journey Planner, Tuukka Hastrup, HRT
  • Transparency in healthcare: Has the UK open data initiative delivered value? Janne Kääriäinen, Futurice 
  • 6Aika strategy and harmonization of cities’ open API’s, Toni Bergholm, Forum Virium Helsinki 
  • Procuring agile software development, Matti Kinnunen, Codento
  • Microsoft developer platform and local support, Drazen Dodik and Pasi Mäkinen, Microsoft 
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