Hack Warwickshire

Do you look at government web sites and think “I could do better than that”?

Have you got a great idea for how technology can deliver better public services?

Could you use our data to show us how to work smarter?

Do you want to get your hands on a brand new Camcorder?

Did you enter the first time and were gutted that you didn’t win?

If your answer to any of those questions is yes, even if it is only the fourth or fifth one, then we would love you to get involved with our second Hack Warwickshire Competition.

After the launch of our Warwickshire Open Data web site we ran the first Hack Warwickshire competition which resulted in some great applications and web sites. As a result of this success we are running the competition again – now that there are many more data sets available we hope that a whole new set of exciting and innovative apps will be built..

Whatever your idea, whether it is an incisive data visualisation, a web mashup, an app for your mobile or a way of integrating with social networking – this competition is a way for you to get involved with the open data revolution, build something cool and possibly get your hands on a brand new camcorder.

To get you started, have a look at our App Gallery. This contains all the applications that have been developed so far using Warwickshire Open Data. You can also sign up and join in discussion at our open data community.

Additionally the team will be maintaining a resource of useful information, tools, links and anything else that we feel could help you get your project off the ground.

If you have a cracking idea but find that we don’t currently provide the data that you would need please get in touch. We will be constantly adding more datasets to the site in the coming months, although we cannot guarantee that we will be able to make specific data available, if it is practical and possible we will do our best to open it up.

Below there is a bit more detail on how you can to enter the competition, the way we will choose the winner and a few quick rules. Have a look through, if you would like more information, check out the Warwickshire Open Data blog or give us a shout at opendata@warwickshire.gov.uk or via @wccopendata on twitter.

Best luck and get hacking. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Hack Warwickshire Competition: Entry and Rules

Who Can Enter?

This competition is open to any UK resident. There is no age limit, but if you are under 16, please make sure you have the permission of a parent or guardian before getting involved. We strongly recommend that you sign up at the Warwickshire Open Data community located at http://opendata.warwickshire.gov.uk/pages/community, in order to keep up to date with new data sets and other developments, but also so you can share feedback and experience with everyone else who is getting involved.

If you are not a UK resident but would like to get involved please feel free to join in, we would be delighted to receive any feedback or examples, and will gladly showcase your work in our App Gallery – we just won’t be able to enter you in the competition. Apologies.

This particular competition is open to both the public and WCC staff.

When is The Competition Open?

The competition is open from Monday 23rd of August until 5pm on Friday 29th October. We will choose the winning entry on Friday 5th November.

How Do I Enter?

First thing you need to do is knock something up, ideally an application or web site, then tell us about it using the Warwickshire Open Data community, or by e-mailing us at opendata@warwickshire.gov.uk. We will e-mail you to confirm receipt of your entry and your entry into the competition.

How Will a Winner Be Chosen?

When the competition closes on 29th October,  an all-star panel of WCC luminaries and open data experts will choose the winner.

Your entry must make use of at least one dataset/service from our open data site (a full list can be found at http://opendata.warwickshire.gov.uk/datasets). Apart from that there are no limits on the other data that can be used, or the tools, methods and technologies that are involved in your entry.

We are looking for the following qualities in short listing the entries and choosing the eventual winner:

  • An original or ingenious use of any of the data sets provided by the Warwickshire open data site.
  • Providing a new or useful service or source of information to the public.
  • Easy to use and understand, accessible to the widest possible audience.
  • Demonstrates great potential for the future, can be developed further.

What could I win?

Apart from the instant celebrity and positive karma inherent in your entry being featured in our App Gallery, the winning entry will walk away with a brand new camcorder.

Anything Else Important That I Need to Know?

Anything entered into the competition remains entirely your intellectual property but please remember the terms under which the data has been made available, details are here (http://opendata.warwickshire.gov.uk/pages/license).

The competition is all about providing new information and services to the public so all entries made to the competition must be freely (i.e. not charged for) available for access or download via the internet for the duration of the competition and then for a further six months after that.

We hope that it goes without saying, but just in case: please do not submit anything that is illegal, pornographic, racist or in any other way generally unpleasant.

If we find that you aren’t playing by the rules we will withdraw your entry from the competition.

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