Hackday – Data of the Crowds

The Hackday – Data of the Crowds hackathon took place in Rotterdam on International IoT Day, April 9, 2014. At least 20 coders and designers, and more than 10 Rotterdam University Honours Programme students, took up the challenge to develop a ‘Personal API’. Working together in teams, participants were given the assignment to combine on one hand data from a wearable or personal device which could be used in Rotterdam (such as Fitbit, Withings, Jawbone) with on the other hand (Rotterdam) Open Data, in order to provide potential users with an enhanced experience of the city. The assignment also specified that this exchange of personal data with open data and data from other users (the city’s residents and visitors), should focus on human needs. Hackday – Data of the Crowds main hall Participants were grouped into 7 teams. After a series of short introductions by Pepijn Lemmens (Het Nieuwe Instituut), Henk Wolfert (DCMR) and Anton Ruiter (Rotterdam Municipal Government) describing the datasets made available from their respective fields of architecture, air quality and traffic, the teams got to work at 10 o’clock. Before noon, all the teams had formulated a concept, which they then further elaborated until 7 o’clock into a prototype suitable for presentation. The teams presented their concepts and prototypes in three-minute pitches to a jury consisting of Rob van Kranenburg (IoT expert, author, and advisor to the EU), Paul Suijkerbuijk (Open Data ambassador for the Ministry of the Interior), Wilfried van Aubel (expert on urban development and societal transition) and jury chairperson Inge Janse (author, debate moderator, Vers Beton). The jury, from left to right: Inge Janse, Paul Suijkerbuijk, Wilfried van Aubel and Rob van Kranenburg The Sensei team, consisting of Ahmy Julrizka, Jan-Geert Munneke and Pim Nijdam (the developers of Sense-OS), won the first prize with Time Life. Time Life combines personal data from your wearable device (such as the number of footsteps and your location) with local air quality data, in order to compute your life expectancy in real time! Time Life, from the first-prize winning team Sensei (Sense OS) The second prize was awarded to the Insight team, consisting of Seb van Deursen, Philip Berman, Joppe Aarts, Lieve Smeulders (Zicht Online agency) and Jules Holleboom (Rotterdam University student graduating at the info.nl agency) for their concept Ghost Runner. This Google Glass application displays in your field of vision the location of another person who was there previously (or yourself at another moment) based on data generated by this earlier visitor. This way, various individual performances can be compared with each other, independently of time and place. The third prize went to the Paper Planes team, consisting of Joost Burger (Grijze Vriendelijke Nerd), Merel Stein, Tim van Driel, Jeroen Nijhuis and Bart Venema (Rotterdam University students), who developed the Open Data Kadootje (Open Data Gift). Based on the understanding that IoT and Open Data are meaningless until they become useful to your mother, the team formulated an ecology in which users are provided with practical and user-friendly applications or data based on their location. The jury also awarded a special mention to the N.B. team, consisting of Paul van Putten, Antoine Hogenboom, Rommert Zijlstra (info.nl agency), Alexandra Zevenbergen and Martijn Bosselaar (Rotterdam University students) for their concept Audiopolis. By using Audiopolis on your smartphone, you can collect all the music which other users nearby are listening to on their own smartphones. Later when you get back home, you can listen back to what they heard. Jury chairperson Inge Janse announces the winners The Rotterdam Digital Port Crew team, consisting of Leon Gommans (entrepreneur), Judith van der Werf (info.nl), Erik Konijnenberg (Fennek IT) and Nathan Burger (DotControl) developed Google Ship: an application for Google Glass which allows port authority inspectors (as well as other Rotterdam residents) to visually represent virtual information about ships on location, combined with air quality data. This way, any presence of suspicious gases can be quickly indentified, so that necessary measures can be taken immediately. The DotControl team, consisting of Oscar Kolthoff, Alex Fernandez, Nuri, Lennard, Nathan (DotControl) and Marlon Doomen (info.nl) developed the concept Sante, which combines Fitbit data on sleep and movement with air quality data. This information is then used to generate a health index, including advice on activities for improving the user’s health. The Bodyguard team, consisting of Matthijs van Meerkerk (freelance designer), Kevin Damstra, Niels Verhoeven, Maaike Haesakkers and Cynthia Aarsen (Rotterdam University students), developed the concept for the smartwatch application Bodyguard. Using data on public safety, street lighting and green spaces, Bodyguard computes the degree of safety of your planned route, and if necessary provides alternate safer routes, as well as allowing you to warn other users. Participants at work, with in the background a projection of the live stream. The first prize, a Fitbit for each team member, as well as the second and third prizes (gift coupons) were provided by the Rotterdam online retailer Coolblue. Audience members listening to the pitches At the hackathon event, participants had the opportunity to freely explore their creativity in collaboration with like-minded colleagues and strangers, while gaining a better insight into the current possibilities of wearable technology in a world in which everything is increasingly digitally connected. For the Rotterdam University, the hackathon event was an opportunity to explore these possibilities and to bring together education, research and industry for the joint development of knowledge. A series of lectures was also presented in parallel to the hackathon. http://iotrotterdam.eu Pausing for an energising meal at the CaterKaravaan in the back garden Hackday was organised by Peter van Waart (CMI/Creating010) and Suzanne Hansen (CMI) in collaboration with Iskander Smit (info.nl). The hackathon was made possible through financial support from the Municipality of Rotterdam. A video documentation of the event, including interviews with participants, speakers and visitors, was produced by VideoWerkt. For more information: http://www.dataofthecrowds.nl Interviews with participants, visitors and organisers on YouTube https://www.facebook.com/dataofthecrowds #hack010 @IoT_Rotterdam Click here for photos Interview with the organisers: Iskander Smit and Peter van Waart Research Centre Creating 010 The Rotterdam University’s Research Centre Creating 010 conducts practice-oriented research of new developments and collaborative methods in the creative industries resulting from the convergence of artistic, technological, social and economic domains. Twitter Feed Twitter feed loading © 2014 Creating 010. All rights reserved.