by Wednesday, October 31 UPDATE: register by 4pm Friday the 2nd of November to reserve your spot.
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.
Want to learn more about resources and tech you can use? Check out an Introduction to Hacks and the City, and hear from Tara Reel about Virginia Beach StormSense. Learn about Sensor Things from Dr. Steve Liang and explore satellite imagery access in Planet Explorer (contact us for a free hackathon account). Pick up tips on visualizing 3D city data in a browser or cellphone with Cesium and CesiumJS.
Stay tuned for more announcements in the days ahead, including great hardware prizes, and cool stickers. We will have more outstanding technology mentors, and also members of the public safety community from both St. Louis and Virginia Beach to work with teams on what it takes to make a city smarter and safer.
Join teams of hackers, coders, engineers, community activists, and data wranglers as they spend the weekend in the wonderful T-REX collaboration space exchanging ideas and code, learning new tricks from expert mentors, developing cool applications, enjoying free food and drink, and competing to win prizes awarded for best ideas, teams, and demonstrated applications that up the ante on one of our themes.