Brno, January 20, 2022 – Come together to make Brno better! – Such a motto was set by the first city-organized hackathon, which will benefit from the possibilities offered by open data. Brno then wants to further finalize the results of this programming marathon and use them in practice.
“Hackathon is not an everyday event, so I deserve a few words to explain: it is a pre-arranged business meeting, which includes mainly programmers (or in other words Ajťák), web designers, analysts, graphic designers, project managers, creatives and other volunteers. at the specified call. The goal is to come up with a new, innovative solution or product that will be better than existing services. And all this in the context of information technology and creativity, “explained Deputy Mayor Tomáš Koláčný.
The city of Brno decided to organize just such an event on the weekend of 9-10. April 2022. The main or date will be to create a city over open urban applications, an analysis tool that can be of benefit to and its inhabitants. The main data sources will be the city data portal data.brno.cz and also the national catalog of open data. “Participants of the Brno hackathon will work in teams from Saturday morning to Sunday noon (yes, even at night). The results of their work will be evaluated by an expert jury and teams in the first three places of acceptance of the financial award. In addition, we anticipate that the best ideas or solutions will be further developed and completed so that they are actually put into practice and do not remain just designs and prototypes, “added Tomáš Koláčný.
The first Brno hackathon is organized by the city in cooperation with Czechitas organizations. Czechitas is a non-profit organization that is primarily dedicated to the education of women in the field of information technology and their subsequent application on the labor market, and is not only very popular in Brno. “We have been cooperating with the city data portal data.brno.cz for a long time on the Digital Academy: Data project, and we are honored to be able to connect within a proper hackathon. It is a great challenge for us and we are looking forward to the resulting projects that will help the city and its inhabitants, “says Kateřina Kalačová, head of the Brno branch of Czechitas.
And what topic was chosen for this April meeting of enthusiasts and volunteers who want to contribute to the development of Brno with their expert knowledge? For example, it is possible to work out a certain traffic topic – with the help of various analytical or search tools, a new application can be created that will help people cleverly plan their time and movement around the city. It is also possible to grind them in the field of the environment or quality of life. The topic, which is part of almost every hackathon organized by the public administration, is the improvement of the city’s existing electronic services or the creation of new ones.
Brno promises from the results of the hackathon that it will involve an interesting and creative group of the city’s inhabitants in its development and that it will succeed in coming up with new ideas or solutions that would make the city and its citizens easier or more pleasant. Those interested in participating can find out more on the brno.cz/hackathon website, where a registration form is also available.
Source: MMB Press Center