SATURDAY 26 APRIL 09.00 – SUNDAY 27 APRIL 17:30
In response to the recent flood disasters, this year’s HackTheTownHall will focus on creating apps and tools to help disaster emergency preparedness, response and recovery by residents, local agencies and governments.
To make use of public (and some private) datasets –tidal and river level data, flood maps, groundwater and flood risk data etc. from the Environment Agency, Ordnance Survey, the Met Office and other agencies, to build useful tools for citizens and governments to better cope with flood emergencies.
Central Working Whitechapel
69-89 Mile End Road
London E1 4TT
Food, Drink & Snacks
Food, drink and snacks will be provided throughout the event. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
The hackathon takes place over two days, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 2013.
Saturday 26 April 2014
Sunday 27 April 2014
Briefings (Saturday, 10.00–11.10):
Network with others to form teams. Use the shout-out to recruit team members. The maximum number in a team is four.
The coding period runs from Saturday until 3.00pm on Sunday afternoon. Make sure to fill out a team sheet and begin to prepare presentations for the pitch.
Devs may build their prototypes via native code, APIs or templates. You may use any data analysis, processing or visualization tool you need to build your app.
Data & Docs for National Flood Risk Analysis
Shoothill Flood Warnings API service (collect API key at Hackathon)
Ownership of code/app development
All code created during the hackathon are the property of the developers.
Outstanding prototypes may be eligible for development support from the Serious Games Institute, the app development unit of Coventry University.
The prize categories for the “HackTheTownHall” are:
Prizes will include
The prototypes produced by developers will be judged according to the following criteria:
The competition will be judged by:
Paul Hallett, Evangelist, Twilio
Duncan A. R. Turnbull, Sales Engineer, Splunk
How much is it going to cost me to particpate?
Zip. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nothing. Nowt. It’s free.
How can you do all of this without charging a fee?
Courtesy of our generous sponsors and Central Working for providing the space
Can I spend the entire night at the venue or will I have to burn the midnight oil elsewhere?
The venue will be open for the entire duration of the hackathon. You are welcome to come and go as you please. If you intend to stay overnight, you may wish to bring a sleeping bag.
Can I start before the hackathon?
You can prepare wireframes, outlines, or notes but you cannot start any of your design or development until 10.00hrs on the Saturday of the hackathon.
What resources am I allowed to bring/use during the hackathon?
Anything you need to complete your prototype.
What if I don’t finish the project in the allotted time period?
You will be judged based on the completed features. It will be up to the judges’ discretion to determine how your project ranks against other teams’ projects.
Do I need to bring my own computer?
Yes. We encourage devs to bring their own devices. It is expected that you will demo your project directly on your computer.
I have a suggestion to make the next hackathon better, or a complaint – where do I report this?
All feedback welcomed. Please email all suggestions, comments, criticisms etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org.