(...This blog post is a living document- it will be updated with more information later...)
iodatalabs was pleased to hold a Sparks NorthEast event to represent Newcastle for Open Data Day 2014.
The event took place over a 12 hour period on Saturday 22nd February, and was hosted by Ignite 100 in Newcastle's Ignite Loft.
We were privileged to have test access to Newcastle's new UTMC live data feeds, featuring data about air quality, car parks occupancy, traffic flow, CCTV cameras and weather. Alongside this, we considered static data presented at our previous event, and any other open data sources.
Data access facilitated by Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA), and prizes were awarded for the most interesting, promising, creative or useful projects.
We had 19 participants at our event. 17 produced something they were happy to present. In total, we had nine presented projects.
Team: Aidan Garnish
Dude, Where's my Car Park?
A simple, clean, effective tool to find, and navigate to the nearest car park with available spaces.
Online: Dude Where's my Car Park
Team: Adrià Mercader
A panel giving a breakdown of current and planned roadworks, with information about contractor, map and street view links.
Online: Roadworks Dashboard
Team: Alistair MacDonald
A couple of projects - (1) mapping traffic flow (2) Live car park data displayed on an e-ink panel
Team: Colin Oakley
An air quality, temperature and allergy recommendation panel.
Team: Craig Tweedy, Lauren Thompson
A tool to map the less palatable things that happen around a location, and give you a personal safety rating.
Team: Kaspars Zarinov, Peter Macatominey, Ryan Davies, John Hill
A 'dating'-style app to help your car find the most compatible car park.
Team: Sanjeev Pratinidhi, Rekha Pratinidhi, Taavi Raidma
A heatmap overlay of traffic accident data over a route planner- so you can find out how 'dangerous' your route might be.
Team: Cally Gatehouse, Gregory Marler
Part app - part art comment. Find your nearest CCTV camera, and be presented with a countdown timer for the its next snapshot, so you can be in the picture.
Team: Jon Davies, Phil Jeffes
Super Information Rationalisation and Inference Tool (Not SIRI)
A web app to help you plan necessities for your day - view CCTV cameras across the city with linked weather reports.
Online North-East Uncovered
Joint-First Place + Public Vote: SafeDriveNcl
Judges: A clean, and straightforward interface, appropriate visualisation, and offering some existential insight. Offers good opportunity for public awareness.
Joint-First Place: Shabba
Judges: Playful, and significant credit for the use of multiple data sources. Unlikely to have real-world application, but an interesting twist on how we apply value to our open data.
Second Place: Dude, Where's my Car Park
Judges: Liked the simplicity, and clean interface for the data. Criticism of practical use in transit is valid, but addressable.
Third Place: Roadworks Dashboard
Judges: A great way to simplify the information to aid public awareness. Street View really helped ground the information.
Spot Award: CCTV Selfies
Judges: A creative application of the city feeds. Not convinced by practicalities due to the image resolution, but loved the subversiveness of the idea.
If any teams would like feedback on their project, please contact James.
Audio interview with James, courtesy of Betarocket - about open data, Open Data Day, and Sparks North East.
Interview with the winning SafeDriveNcl team courtesy of Betarocket
We had many positive comments about the event, from both participants and our data provider. We're collecting formal feedback from our participants to help make future events better.
Still on a bit of a high from Saturday's @SparksNorthEast hack day: good people + good data + good food = good hacking— Cally Gatehouse (@Callygraphy) February 24, 2014
I gotta say the food at @SparksNorthEast has probably been the best food of any tech event I have been to— Colin (@MyNameIsColin) February 22, 2014
- Graham - Data / prizes / judging
- Herb - Judging / helping prizes happen
- Lewis and Ray from UTMC / Twitter
- Paul - Event / venue
- Lyndsey - Venue
- Alistair - Power cables
- James - Organisation / judging
- Ashleigh - Organisation / judging
Some Media From the Event
Shabba!: fun App to rate your neighbourhood, based on accidents, crime, cafe food hygiene and sketchy establishments. pic.twitter.com/PNs70glSjS— Sparks North East (@SparksNorthEast) February 22, 2014
Ncl Safe Drive: locates recent accident hotspots, based on severity, to help navigate your safest route. pic.twitter.com/DfxlaTZLWh— Sparks North East (@SparksNorthEast) February 22, 2014
Roadworks Dashboard: maps a live overview of local Roadworks and planned Roadworks, linked to Google Streetview. pic.twitter.com/CtxIs4Zsd5— Sparks North East (@SparksNorthEast) February 22, 2014
Joint first place! SHABBA! pic.twitter.com/itpsAEhyDj— Craig Tweedy (@CraigTweedy) February 22, 2014