Bath:Hacked is asking the brightest and most creative people in our city to spend two days thinking, playing and hacking an untapped seam of BANES data.
I arrived around 11AM, by which time the teams had been working for over 24 hours on their hacks. I spent 5 minutes or so with each of the teams in turn, looking at where they’d got to and getting a feel for where they were heading in the rest of the time they had.
There were no set judging criteria as such but I constructed a set of questions that I asked of each team I met to get a feel for:
- The clarity of user need(s) being addressed
- The importance being placed on the quality of user experience created
- The application of locally-sourced data, especially that recently released by B&NES for the event
- Tactics employed to clean, munge and splice data to make the data meaningful.
Around 3PM, the teams gathered together and presented to one another, the judges and a big group of curious onlookers for 4 minutes. Then it was over to me, Doug Laughlen and Valerie West to try to decide which team should win in each of 4 categories:
- Grand Prize (£1k) – awarded to the best overall project, judged most imaginative, well conceived and likely to benefit the community, local business and/or the environment
- Community Impact (£250) – awarded to the project most likely to resonate with the wider community
- Best use of data (£250) – we’re looking for useful, clever or just plain surprising ways to use local data
- Best completed project (£250) – shipping certainly isn’t mandatory, but there’s glory for those who manage it!