Big Data in Big Cities – the GOTO Hackathon 2015

By: Bill Imlah, Oxford Internet Institute

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The GOTO Hackathon 2015 is an event for all University of Oxford students and alumni, focussing on Big Data – specifically how Big Data can be utilised to resolve the issues large cities around the globe face in the 21st Century.

The event launches on Friday 27th Feb, with an evening presentation where attendees will be encouraged to form their teams and agree which city they will focus on. A world map, to show which cities are being addressed by which team, will go up in the entrance hall. More than one team can work on a particular city.

On Saturday 28th February the hack begins (9am-10pm), with teams working together on the posed challenge or question of their chosen city. The resulting output for the project can be all or any one of:

  • An app
  • A poster
  • A short film
  • A business plan

Talks on presentation skills, poster workshops and app fitting will run through Saturday and Sunday, and roving mentors will be onsite to office advice and assistance. Food and drink will be provided throughout the days.

The hack will continue through to Sunday 1st Mar (10am 4pm), with groups working towards the deadline on their chosen projects. Individuals may also produce and submit a reflective essay of no more than 600 words on the Hackathon experience.

Staggered submission dates will be confirmed for each category over Monday 2nd – Sunday 8th March. Teams can continue to work on projects up until the submission date/time. Submitted posters & visual projects to be displayed around The Business School.

This posting originally appeared on the website of the Oxford Digital Economy Collaboration Group