Developers at Spring Hackathon 2013 to build apps for local communities

“How citizens engage and get information from local authorities needs to be improved”

A hackathon is being organised by IT solutions company Stone Group and Hackathon Central for the end of this month which will give around 50 developers the chance to create apps that help citizens retrieve information from council websites, in hopes of creating better online links between citizens and local public services and promoting the government’s Digital by Default agenda in local authorities.

At Spring Hackathon 2013, developers will have access to dataset information from public sector organisations such as the Local Government Association as well as police forces in the country.

According to Milverton Wallace, leader of Hackathon Central: “How citizens engage and get information from local authorities needs to be improved… The data is eminently out there, we just need to find better ways of querying that data and delivering to citizens so they can make the most of it. Whilst we are seeing the Digital by Default agenda widely embraced by central government, that is yet to filter down to local government.”

Last month, a survey showed that council website visitors were not satisfied with their experience and only 9% of websites were given a top 4 star ranking.

The prize categories for the hackathon include best web app; best mobile app; best design; best use of geographic data and best app for disabled users. Prizes will include $6,000 of Amazon Web services credits, Raspberry Pi and a Nexus 7 tablet.


The event will be held at the Google Campus in East London on 27th-28th April 2013.

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