How it all happened at GeeksLab Hackathon: E-government / City Projects

    July 25-27 , as part of Odessa Innovation Week , a hackathon dedicated to e-government projects and smart city projects was held. The organizers of the event are an educational project for IT specialists Geeks
    and the international Impact Hub network. About how everything happened in the organizational report.

    The hackathon on the topic of e-government and city projects was held in Odessa for the first time and aroused interest not only among IT specialists in our city. The event was attended by 67 participants and 12 teams from Kiev, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk and Odessa.
    Two round tables were held as part of the hackathon, the first of which was devoted to the development of e-government in Ukraine, while the second discussed urban IT initiatives.

    The first session was attended by representatives of government agencies and the socially active IT community.
    E-government is a hot topic for Ukraine. The introduction of e-government will simplify the provision of information and the provision of public services to citizens, businesses, other branches of government and government officials, in which personal interaction between the state and the applicant is minimized and information technology is used as much as possible.

    Alexander Ryzhenko, Head of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies and E-Government of the Ministry of Regional Development, head of the working group on the implementation of e-government solutions, spoke about the prospects for the development and implementation of solutions at the state level.

    Danil Molchanov, deputy director of the KP “Regional Information and Analytical Center”, who participated in the development of a joint project of the OSCE in Ukraine and the Odessa Regional State Administration “Electronic Governance-2013” ​​outlined all the “pitfalls” of introducing e-government at the city level.

    The round table was also attended by a consultant in the development of social IT projects and media in IT, a trainer, the head of the SocialBoost hackathon contest, open data specialist Denis Gursky community coordinator Maidan Hackathon and IT Tents, Valery Yavtushenko, a public figure and Trainer TechCamp, US, Vadim Georgienko, representative of the Information Resource Center, Alexey Zelivyansky.

    The second round table, which was held with the support of the Center for Urban Initiativeswas dedicated to IT projects that will help improve the urban environment or a certain aspect of it.

    Representatives of the municipalities of Dnepropetrovsk, Lviv and Odessa talked about information systems that work today and advised on areas that are most relevant for development and most realistic for implementation today.

    At the round table, which was attended by Anton Shishkin (specialist of the Development Department of the Lviv City Council), Oleg Eliseev (general director and founder of the innovative telecommunications company TeNeT), Alexander Slavsky (lawyer, public figure, initiator of the Center for Urban Initiatives in Odessa), Stanislav Jerichov (creator of the first innovative eco-project FabLab in Ukraine). The theme of urban eco-projects and the grant program from the charity fund was presented by the representative of the fund Sergey Vereshchak. The issues of an effective system for the circulation of citizens, transport infrastructure, environmental problems and energy conservation, public Wi-Fi in the city were also discussed.

    After lively discussions, project pitching and hackathon team formation began. In total, many ideas were presented in various fields: the development of civil society, urban activism, urbanism, housing and communal services, assistance to socially vulnerable categories of citizens, the environment, public transport and culture on the roads, the use of new media, journalism, attraction of the city to the tourist brand, and more.

    After the presentation, 12 teams were formed, which immediately set to work. So, a list of projects that were presented at GeeksLab Hackathon.

    1. My City. The system of interactive mapping of problem areas on the city map.
    2. Help. Mutual assistance service, assistance to the needy and the city. Crowdhelping
    3.Questouri. Mobile application, travel guide with gamification.
    4. SweepItUp. An application to improve the interaction of environmental activists and organizations involved in the processing and export of secondary raw materials.
    5. GoPeople. The project allows you to simply create a statement about the problem that government agencies must solve.
    6. IRC. Use of open data from the Unified State Register of Legal Entities and Individuals.
    7. Good Deeds. Application, geo-locator of free Wi-Fi points in the cities of Ukraine.
    8. Smart Car Parking .
    9. Ecoinsave.(Reduction of utility costs, through the use of step tariffs)
    10. Architecture of Odessa / Odessa Helper Fixing problems in real time and contacting the city council.
    11. Open Municipal Data. Local Council Open Data Portal.
    12. Public transport. Monitoring the operation of public transport.

    Hackathon mentors were not only representatives of state institutions and public organizations. Representatives of the IT community and the startup movement were invited to help teams build monetization models, and advised on technology and sustainability of the business model.

    The mentoring sessions were attended by Tatyana Zubets (Technical Audience Manager, Microsoft Ukraine, Coordinator of the Microsoft BizSpark Innovation Companies Support Program), Ksenia Yelkina (Head of International Relations, Yandex), Vladimir Pavlov (General Director of rollApp Inc. (Palo Alto, USA) Oleg Eliseev (director and founder of the innovative telecommunications company TeNeT), Roman Khmil (adviser to the Brain Basket Foundation IT education fund)

    On July 27 at Odessa StartUp Day, prizes were determined when summing up the results of the hackathon. Projects were evaluated by the creativity and relevance of the idea today, the reality of embodiment and sustainability, teamwork and scalability.

    By unanimous decision of the jury, the Smart Car Parking project was recognized as the most interesting and solving a specific problem of the urban environment. The project team received the main prize of the hackathon - tickets for the  Smart City Expo in Barcelona (November 18-20), which were provided by the partner of the hackathon company Yandex.Ukraine.
    The winners of the hackathon are the Compliyator team, which offers a solution designed to simplify and unify the process of parking cars in the city, increase the culture of parking in the city, collect and analyze the city’s park flow.
    We hope to hear about the project in the near future. The team was also asked to test the prototype in Lviv with the assistance of the city authorities.

    Second place for an equally interesting project - Questouri. Kharkov residents came to Odessa not only to swim in the sea, but also to make a high-quality and interesting project of quests and excursions with gamification. The team was offered mentoring and participation in the next Tolstoy StartUp Camp program from Yandex.

    The third place was taken by the Ecoinsave team, who proposed an effective solution for calculating utility costs and reducing costs by saving resources and using resources wisely.

    Teams received prizes from hackathon partners
    - Free hosting from Tenet.
    - Certificates for training in technology from the training center CyberBionic Systems.
    - Gadgets provided by Ciklum.

    Odessa Open Municipal Data project on open data and the municipality portal was awarded by the Center for Urban Initiatives and HUB Odessa.

    The project of the Good Deeds team to create a unified system and application for combining free Wi-Fi points in the city was invited to the IDCEE conference, which will be held in October this year.
    Thanks to all participants for interesting projects and a desire to change the world for the better! We are sure that we will still hear about hackathon projects.

    Special thanks to the partners of the DataArt hackathon for tasty dinners and the  X-Box , 1A Coworking Space  for a cozy room, the SocialBoost project and the IT-Maidan Hackathonfor mentoring and information support.

    The photo report from the event can be viewed here -
    and here - We

    remind you that GeeksLab Hackathon: E-governement / City Projects is only the first event in the series. Stay tuned for the Geeks Lab project and see you soon !

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