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Dundee Public Data Jam

  • University of Abertay Bell Street Dundee, DD1 1HG (map)



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Wittin, in partnership with the University of Abertay and Dundee City Council are collaborating to host a Public Data Jam alongside DataFest18. The event will be held at University of Abertay White Space and run from Saturday 17 March to Sunday 18 March 2018 with the challenge released Friday 16th March.

The Dundee Public Data Jam is a unique opportunity for Dundee Council to explore data in collaboration with entrepreneurially minded data scientists, games developers and ethical hackers to develop ideas that would highlight how citizens would use open data to develop services. The focus is for projects that look specifically at Smart City Data and improvements in sharing and understanding. These can range from games and visualizations to infographics and storytelling.

The event is targeting circa 40 participants who are undergraduate and graduate level university students from the University of Abertay, University of Dundee and University of St. Andrews. Encouragement will also be given to students not from computing backgrounds to add an element of collaboration and diversity of viewpoint when dealing with data. We will also engage community groups to attend the event.

After the data has been presented teams will form together to hack together a project to be presented to the rest of the hackathon for prizes voted on by members of the University of Abertay and Dundee City Council.

Judging Criteria:

At the end of the event the teams are invited to showcase their prototype in front of the judges of industry and academics. The entries for the data jam will be judged upon:

Problem-Solving and adherence to the set challenge for the data jam. The challenge will focus around a smart city theme. The main challenge will be disseminated during the introduction. Participants are encouraged to research and find more information about open data and hack events before the data jam.

Creativity. The entries will be judged on the creative use of the resources considering restrictions of time and space.

Development. The feasibility of completing the prototype in relation to the scope of the data challenge will also be examined.

Design. The design and mechanisms used to engage users of the interactive media and the ability to convey a story or deliver an insight.

Through the range of data projects we are seeking to promote the use of public data in civic minded projects and the benefits of diversity in teams. Ultimately we will facilitate the Scottish Cities Alliance initiative as well as Open Data and Open Government initiatives.

More info here.