As part of the SCIRA (Smart Cities Interoperability Reference Architecture) initiative, OGC and T-REX are pleased to present Hacks and the City: a Smarter Safer Cities Hackathon.
The Hackathon will take place on November 2-4 at the T-Rex innovation center in St. Louis, MO. The goal of Hacks and the City will be to design and implement new application ideas that use a variety of city datasets and data sources to improve public safety, responder awareness, and community resilience.
Those interested in participating are invited to form teams of 3-5 people and put together their ideas for applications that address one of four Smarter Safer City themes, and leverage data provided for St. Louis, MO and Virginia Beach, VA.
The themes are:
Participants may also register as individuals and be matched with teams based on their desired roles and theme interests. Suggested team roles include:
Datasets relevant to one or more of these themes will be provided for participant use either as files or through API’s based on open standards. Many are already available from open data portals such as:
Registration is available on the Hacks and the City Eventbrite page. Information about available datasets, sample application ideas, and assistance with forming development teams will be announced on this page leading up to and upon arrival at T-Rex.
In keeping with the open data, open standards nature of this event, participant teams are expected to make their results openly available on Github with a license (e.g. Apache) that retains their copyright but allows others to join in evaluating and continuing their work.
Meeting space, food and drink, as well as connectivity and other support will be provided by T-Rex. Access to sensors and other dynamic data resources may also be provided.
Cash and other prizes will be awarded to teams in several categories, including
Criteria for prize selection
Information on SmartHub wearable sensors for first responders: https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/ngfr/handbook
Examples of open source projects hosted by DHS to support first responders can be found at https://github.com/1stresponder. Any code from these projects can be used as a starting point for your project. If you want to use any hardware in you project, such as mobile phones, sensors, Raspberry Pi devices, etc., your team will need to bring those along yourselves. We'll be adding sample application ideas to these pages in the coming days, so be sure to check back here periodically as you put together your team and decide what to work on.