HackTM is a programming marathon which took place between 6-8 November 2015 in Timisoara (W Romania) and gathered approximately 350 participants. Within the event there was a special track dedicated to Open Data & City Projects which apparently had the highest participation rate.
Amongst the projects which won first places in the competition we noticed a City Happiness Index – comparable metric that gives instant feedback on city happiness, sensors mounted on bikes which could send signals, in case of being stolen, to other users nearby which have the app or special receivers which can be mounted by the local police, or apps which facilitate the management of any work progress done on public domain.
As you can see, most of these projects address simple needs – make the activities of the public administration more transparent, consult the local community on different topics, build networks of support for different categories of citizens. All these fit in nicely in Romania’s commitment, back in 2012, to open up its public data, make the government more open and transparent – commitment which is part of the Open Government Partnership, an international initiative coordinated at national level by the Prime Minister’s Chancery through the Online Services and Design Department. No matter the upcoming political changes, we do hope that the work and positive results and progress achieced by the team there will be recognized and continued.
City Projects Track is the platform where you can check all details about the projects built at HackTM and the teams behind them.