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BCS Student Chapter Joint Hackathon

Published: Thu 27 Nov 2014

This month (November), the BCS's (The Chartered Institute for IT) University of Bradford and University of Sheffield student chapters held a joint hackathon at the University of Bradford.

Rob Norvill, Chair of the Bradford student chapter kindly gave a report of the event:

“We started at 10am with a short talk from myself about the nature of the Hackathon. I announced the prizes up for grabs (1st - £50 Amazon voucher, with 2nd and 3rd receiving £25 each); I also introduced the datasets, we had a number of datasets relating to Bradford and Sheffield and one or more of them had to be used to ensure all projects were in keeping with the Hackathon being an open data event centred on a Bradford and Sheffield 'Smart Cities' theme.

There were 5 teams competing, ranging in size from 3 to 5 members. The teams hacked until about 4:30 at which point each team presented their hack to the other participants and the judging panel.

The judges consisted of:

  • Dan Neagu, Professor of Computing at the University of Bradford
  • Jamie Saunders, Strategy Officer for Bradford Council
  • Chris Russell, System Administrator at the University of Bradford
  • Ian Sharp, Managing Director of Khemeia Consulting

The judging panel then retired to discuss their decisions.

The winners were:

1st - An interactive 3D picture gallery featuring historical pictures of Bradford and Sheffield allowing users to move through and view the images. The gallery was created by Connor Aspinall, Justin Ghergu, Natasha Micic and Callum Edison of the University of Bradford. It incorporated back-end functionality to allow people to comment on the images. These comments would then hover around each picture.

2nd - A Google Maps overlay which showed houses and supermarkets along with heat maps for crime in Bradford, created by a team including Isabel Jones and Adam McKay. The idea was to help people find suitable areas when buying or renting property.

3rd - Adam Wadsworth, Chair of the Sheffield chapter worked alongside his team to create 'Where They Fell'. An app designed to correlate information about the dates soldiers died in WWI. The app provides their likely location of death based on the battles that took place at the time of a soldier’s death. The team used a hackathon specific dataset and the Wikipedia API.

The day went very well and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves; we look forward to running more events in the future.”

Many thanks go out to all the judges for giving up their Saturday to support the event. Well done to all the students who took part, and finally, congratulations to the Bradford and Sheffield student chapter committee members for all their hard work in making the event a great success."

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