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Solve a community problem and launch a startup in 48h!
Calling all Developers, Designers and Business guys to pitch your idea, form a team around it and build a prototype in 48h!
Through HRM’s Open Data Initiative, developers will get access to the 17 datasets that have been released free of charge to build apps. At the end of the weekend, prizes will be awarded for the best prototypes.
Then teams can build upon their prototypes and submit their app (which uses at least one HRM dataset) in the Apps4Halifax Open Data Contest by the November 29, 2013 deadline for a chance to win cash prizes in 1 of 4 categories: Your City, Go Green, Live it Up and Keep ‘er Movin’.
Note: It is not mandatory to attend the event in order to submit an app to Apps4Halifax.
What should I expect?
Friday Night will kick off will kick off with mingling, introductions, idea pitching, and the forming of teams. (5-8pm)
After the forming of teams, teams can either start developing their app or decide to start fresh Saturday morning.
Food and beverages will be provided throughout the entire event. (Includes breakfast/lunch/supper/snacks).
5 minute presentations will be held Sunday at 4pm to present your app and prizes for prototype will be awarded.
Through HRM OpenData initative, developers will get access to the following data that can be used to build apps around:
Points that represent crimes that have occurred in HRM within the last 7 days. Includes the type of crime, the date of the crime and the general location (the location of the point is not the true location of the crime, but a generalization to protect the victims).
Points representing the geographic location of civic addresses that includes civic number, street name and community information.
Single line representation of every street in HRM with associated street name, block face ranges and community names.
Geographic outlines (polygons) of all of the official community boundaries within HRM.
Single line representations of all bus routes in HRM. Includes route number, route name and route classification (e.g. peak, weekday regular, etc.)
Points representing the geographic location of Metro Transit bus stops. Includes information on the type of bus stop (shelter, accessible, etc.) and GOTIME number.
Transit Scheduling Data
Metro Transit bus scheduling information, released in Google Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) format.
Geographic outlines (polygons) that represent two-dimensional buildings.
Points representing the geographic location of specific building use types (e.g. fire stations, police stations, schools, community centres, etc.).
Geographic outlines (polygons) that represent developed and undeveloped HRM park land. This data set includes parks at the neighbourhood, community, district and regional level.
HRM Park Recreation
Features Points representing the geographic location of recreational features that are owned or maintained by HRM (e.g. playgrounds, sports fields, boat facilities, outdoor rinks, etc.).
Single line representations of trails that are either owned, maintained, or of interest to HRM.
District Boundaries Geographic outlines (polygons) that represent the polling districts as approved by the Nova Scotia Utility And Review Board (UARB). Includes the current councillor and the school board district information.
Solid Waste Collection Areas
Geographic outlines (polygons) that represent the solid waste (garbage and recycling) collection areas. Includes the current contractor, day of the week for collection and collection frequency.
Geographic outlines (polygons) that represent the land use zone applied to a particular area of land within a land use bylaw (LUB) area. Zoning designations differ between LUB areas, so each zone must be interpreted within the context of the LUB area in which it is applied.
Geographic outlines (polygons) that represent the land use bylaw areas within HRM. To be used in conjunction with the zoning boundaries for correct interpretation of the zone code.
DEM 5m A digital elevation model (DEM) that shows the topography of the land. This DEM is what is called a bare earth model; in that the elevation model is representative of the land without taking into account the trees and buildings.
When & Where
Volta & HRM
Volta - Halifax Startup House
Volta is a place for mentorship and community, with focus on Quality and Quantity. Not speed. We develop the best founders in the world, who in turn create world class companies.
On September 25, 2012, Halifax Regional Council voted unanimously in favour of a 12-month Open Data Pilot Project that has enabled the public release of 17 HRM datasets free of charge. It’s part of Council's commitment towards making municipal information more open, transparent and accessible. As part of the Pilot, HRM is hosting the Apps4Halifax app contest from August-November 2013 to inspire the development of innovative, interesting and user-friendly applications using HRM data. They will be rewarding developers with cash prizes. Contest opens: September 9th App Submission Deadline: November 29, 2013.