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!
This is my favourite from a series called ‘Fictions’ by digital artist, Filip Dujardin.
His architectural creations are from a parallel dystopia. Unemcumbered by the laws of architecture, he has constructed completely original building dimensions and layouts, which are nonetheless distrurbingly familiar.
In his ‘Disassembly’ series, Todd McLellan takes apart everyday technology, lays the bits out, then chucks them up in the air. He takes photos at each stage and each photo is very simple yet captivating.
This shot of the typewriter caught my eye. Typewriters look complex from the outside for a piece of technology with one straight function, and just look at the parts and the engineering involved!
This work made me think of my Grandfather. He loves to take technology apart and see what makes it work. PCs are his favourite disassemble.