City of Airdrie data used in 2016 Hackathon event


February 16, 2016 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA - Data published by the City of Airdrie on its Open Data portal will be used in The Calgary Region Hackathon March 4- 6, 2016. The Hackathon is a collaborative, team-based event fostering creativity and innovation in the development of mobile apps, websites and mapping products.

Hackathons rely on the access and availability of publicly accessible data. Participants in this event will leverage data from the City of Airdrie, and other members of the Calgary Regional Partnership, through a variety of Open Data repositories in an effort to deliver a product or solution the delivers a new service or addresses a community need. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Connectivity.’ Participants will be encouraged to develop solutions which provide connectivity between regional service areas. Anyone who has an idea for how the Calgary Region, its services or community needs can be better addressed is encouraged to register for the event.

“The City of Airdrie and the Calgary Region is rich with individuals with creative and innovative ideas and this event provides the opportunity for municipal staff, students and citizens to come together to create solutions and address tangible community needs,” says Corey Halford,

Data Services Team Leader. “The data used in this event is already publicly available and is awaiting the opportunity to be leveraged in a new and creative way.”

Prizes include $5,000 for the winning team, $2,000 for second place, $1,000 for third, plus additional cash prizes of $500 in six other categories. Space is limited. Register now at calgary.ca/hackathon.

Dates

Friday, March 4, 2016 – 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, 2016 – 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, March 6, 2016 – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Calgary Municipal Building, 800 Macleod Trail S.E.

Airdrie data: http://www.calgaryregionopendata.ca/browse/2939

Event Registration: http://bit.ly/1PRqEpu

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Media contact:

Corey Halford
Data Services Team Leader
City of Airdrie
403.948.8800 x8706

 

 

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