This morning we had a room full of multi-talented front-end developers, back-end developers, designers, journalists, bloggers, tweeters and publishers, all ready to share their ideas and get making…..
So why have a Hack Day?
“Because it’s fun to make stuff, good to work with the council and talk, tweet and blog about it”. Mr Andy P.
Hack day can explore opening up data the council has and doing more with it, Hack Day is about using data in ways that can benefit people in the city. Bristol City Council.
There has been no shortage of great ideas so far today around different data sets and the creative ways to utilize and represent information.
Teams have been formed and are currently scattered around Colston Hall to work on and develop ideas and digital tools.
Some of the main ideas so far include:
Doing more with the ‘Your Freedom’ Dialogue data the government has now released
Ideas include making the data simpler to understand, running an analysis to discover the most discussed ideas and even condensing these down into poetry.
Mapping out the creative hot spots in Bristol
Looking at Bristol City Council environmental data on shopping trolleys being dumped in rivers and water quality data
Or even a rather unique idea which combines the two, such as creating a mobile game involving getting a shopping trolley home without it going into the river (including info on water quality of course!).
Using Bristol bus data and developing a web app that draws upon live Bristol Bus information
This would allow users to discover where the nearest bus is and when it’s due. Ideas have even been discussed about creating a ‘hyper-local’ bus route newspaper.
We will re-gather at 5 to review the demo’s and prototypes of all the ideas being discussed. Exciting stuff!
We’re here in the Colston Hall
all day, so feel free to drop by and see what’s going on.
If not, then we’re tweeting under #bristolhackday, and will be blogging more too…