Hack Smart Streets 2014
Thursday, 6 March 2014 at 09:30 - Friday, 7 March 2014 at 11:00
Lancaster, United Kingdom
Hack, Create have Fun AND win a share of £7,500!
Hack Smart Streets 2014
Call for Teams
Lancaster University in collaboration with the Smart Streets Project consortium are inviting teams of forward thinking students, researchers, and professional developers from across academia and industry to create innovative ideas, and develop novel digital experiences using new IoT (Internet Of Things) data APIs and services as part of the 'Smart Streets Hackathon' 2014. Participating teams will be given exclusive access to bleeding edge IoT data hubs including the Smart Streets Hub, offering datasets provided by leading highways maintenance industry organisations including Carillion Plc, Balfour Beatty & Mott MacDonald, to innovate and share solutions that address current and future challenges within the highways sector and beyond.
Thursday 6th March
09.30 - Registration and refreshments
10:00 - Welcome and introdcutions to Smart Streets and the Hackathon: John Walden, InTouch Ltd
10:10 - An introdcution to Lancaster University and SCC: Prof Nigel Davies, Lancaster University
10:20 - An introduction to the I-Move and Stride Projects: Michael Walker / Andrew Attwood AIMES
10:30 - A quick review of the technical briefing documentation: Gareth Houghton, InTouch Ltd
10:45 - Questions and Answers
11:00 - Coding starts!
Throughout the day there will be breaks, refreshments and talks to help keep energy levels up and to drive creativity! Members of the Smart Streets team and others involved in the IoT Demonstrator Projects will be on hand throughout the event to give input and encouragement.
In additon there will be break out sessions throughout the afternoon to give participants the oportunity to test ideas, learn about industry issues and also gain specialist technical advice.
An evening meal will be provided on-site as well as snacks, nibbles and drinks later.
Friday 7th March
09:00 - Breakfast served to competitors
11:00 - Coding stops and teams have a chance to pitch for a range of event awards
12:00 - Prize giving: Competition Panel announce award winners and present prizes
12:45 - Hackathon officially closes.
Format and Awards
Teams will have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes from a fund of up to £7,500 looking at aspects such as data visualisation or mobile/web experience. Specific prizes will be announced on the day.
At the end of the 24 hour period teams have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an expert panel and have a chance to win one of the events awards. Team wishing to enter for an award need to have developed a software prototype ready to demonstrate in a 5 minute pitch using one or more of the datasets provided from the Smart Streets hub plus a dataset offered by a secondary IoT data hub made available (I-MOVE, STRIDE).
- Hang out with friends, meet other smart people, challenge yourself and test your skills
- Work on projects with people you might not normally collaborate with
- Get access to unique data from IoT data hubs and develop prototype solutions and help inform the design of IoT data services and tools for the future
- Hear from IoT hub developer experts and industry data providers/consumers
- Learn about domain challenges and case studies of how IoT data can be applied to develop novel applications
- Learn about the Technology Strategy Board’s work in helping business shape the future of IoT
- Did we mention there is a £7,500 prize fund?
Teams can be between 2 and 5 members in size. Please note though that team sizes may be reduced to a maximum of 3 members should the event be oversubscribed.
What datasets can I expect?
In addition to having access to range of publically available data sets, at this event you will be given access to data from a range of IoT Demonstrator Hubs such as Smart Street s, I-MOVE and STRIDE. These hubs provide a variety a range of novel live & historic data in areas such as highways maintenance (road repairs, gritting and drainage cleaning), transportation (local traffic systems, mobile cells)
Sample data will be provided to registered applicants 1 week prior to the event to help prepare for the event.
Q : CAN I SLEEP AT THE VENUE?
A : YES THE VENUE WILL BE OPEN FOR THE DURATION OF THE EVENT, PLEASE BRING A SLEEPING BAG ETC AND YOU CAN KIP DOWN IN THE WORKSHOP ROOMS PROVIDED
Q : IS THERE ACCOMODATION AVAILABLE?
A : YES; THERE ARE ROOMS AT THE UNIVERSITY AND ADJOINING HOTEL THAT CAN BE BOOKED. TEAMS MUST DO THIS DIRECT AND DETAILS OF PRICING AND CONTACT DETAILS ARE AVAILBLE UPON REQUEST.
Q : IS FOOD PROVIDED?
A : YES - FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED DURING THE EVENT.
Q : WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO BRING?
A : COMPUTERS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT SO PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP; WiFI WILL BE AVAILABLE BUT PLEASE ALSO BRING AN ETHERNET CABLE WITH YOU.
Q : WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE IoT DEMONSTRATOR PROJECTS DETAILED HERE?
A : YOU CAN FIND FULL BACKGROUND DETAILS ON ALL 8 DEMONSTRATOR PROJECTS AT:
Remote teams can get hold of Gareth Houghton if they have any issues with the hub at:
Intern Software Developer
Email – email@example.com
Skype – gareth_houghton1
For more information about the event please contact Nick King via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01524 510447. For more information about the Smart Streets Project please go to www.smartstreetshub.com.
When & Where
InfoLab21, Lancaster University
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