On september 4-5 we had our first open data hack day here in Sweden called Codemocracy. The event was a success (thank you Martin Svalin!) with close to 50 participants hacking away at various data sets. I did an intro on the state of open data but tried to keep it short so that everyone could start coding as soon as possible.
On Sunday there were 12 teams presenting their apps. Some of the teams had used public transport data made available by the Viktoria Institute but many were scraping government websites for lack of proper API:s. In the 24 hours set aside for the competition the following apps were created:
- Slagkryssaren: Valkoll - an Android app to see election results where you are right now
- Slumptal: Lokalpolitik - geocoding city council docs to be able to present relevant decisions in your neighborhood.
- New and shiny things: @Myndighetskoll - a twitter bot that ansers questions about government agencies
- Popdevelop: Kollektivt.se - an API service and realtime display of buses in the city of Malmö
- Facebookpolitik: Svenska Riksdagen på Facebook - pushing government decisions and initiatives to Facebook
- First Blood: Engagemangsindex - visualization of government issues
- Boreda: Boreda @ Codemocracy - using public transport data as a selection criteria in finding properties for sale.
- Exjobbarna: CrimeTracker - a Windows mobile app to see crime stats
- Anyro: Tågtider till Android - an adroid app for train data
- Existic: Riksdagsdata i Ply - an extension to PLy to do drill-down in government data.
- Akvo Phone: Georapport - an Android app that geo-encodes and signs a picture that could be used in development aid projects or fix my street-scenarios.
- Kreativ Stuga: Edemokrat.se - An app that connects government documents in a way that makes it easy to navigate them.
More info at the official Codemocracy website. Many CC pictures are in the Codemocracy Flickr group.
I am already looking forward to the next event!