[Open-transport] Apps and the City: Berlin Transport Hack Day

Stéphane Guidoin stephane at opennorth.ca
Wed Dec 5 18:34:21 UTC 2012

One comment about this that could be useful for other potential hackathon
organizers: during our last hackathon, we worked hard with the
transportation agencies to release the data _before_ the events, if
possible one or 2 weeks and have small team of people who can
pre-process/enhance the datasets and document the APIs before the event.

It's more work for the organization of the event (and sometimes agencies
want to do a PR stunt by releasing the data the day of the event), but it
really help participants to be more efficients. We ended up finding that
this one of the most crucial point in the organization of hackathons (with
good wifi)

Looking forward to see some of the output of this event :)


On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM, Stefan Wehrmeyer <stefan.wehrmeyer at okfn.org
> wrote:

> Dear list,
> just a short note about the Transport Hack Day OKF Germany just ran last
> week.
> We ran the event together with the local transport provider, the Berlin
> government and the FH Potsdam.
> The VBB released GTFS data, opened up their API and provided some geo
> datasets about entrances to stations.
> We had over 120 people registered, lots of them were developers/designers
> and we had a really inspired atmosphere.
> The output in numbers of apps was not that great in the end though due to
> broken datasets and the complicated API, but I'm sure we will see some nice
> apps in the coming months.
> Website: http://appsandthecity.net/
> Data: http://appsandthecity.net/daten/
> Source: https://github.com/okfde/appsandthecity/
> Cheers
> Stefan
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Stéphane Guidoin
Director, Transportation
Open North
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