What comes to mind when you hear the word HACKATHON?
A group of high-school kids that hack governmental computer systems? It sounds terrible doesn’t it? Don’t worry, this is not the kind of “hacking” we have in mind.
Today, hackathons let people express themselves and be creative either with the help of technology or simply with a pen and paper combined with the right idea. They involve organized groups of individuals who create new and unique solutions based on challenges set by organizers of such events. They shape communities where participants learn together and exchange knowledge. They incorporate creative problem-solving and building – because building is fun. They offer a chance for like-minded people to come together and cross borders, either personal or entrepreneurial. They provide a platform where new ideas can be heard and be executed with teamwork.
Does it sound interesting? Have we awakened your interest? Will you participate? Great! First things first:
This edition of hackathon is almost here and it will occur on 5th and 6th October.
This time, the challenges will share a common theme: “My safety and mobility”, which will encompass topics such as preventive actions, reputation of Police and Municipal police as well as citizen aid.
In your opinion, what is the best way in which Police and Municipal police could improve on their work, specifically related to vulnerability, general and personal safety as well as mobility?
Has it crossed your mind that it might be you who will strengthen the link between Police and Municipal police and citizens?
Hackathon is an excellent opportunity for you and all innovators who want to delve into the inner workings of Police, train their grey matter or simply want better services and more successful applications!
Your innovation may be responsible for making Slovenia a safer place in the long run!
If you are ready to take on a fresh challenge, join us at hackathon! Are you in?
Like many other countries, Slovenia is facing problems related to safety and mobility.
In view of this, we have prepared 3 challenges, for which participants will design solutions:
- CHALLENGE 1: aiding citizens
- CHALLENGE 2: preventive action
- CHALLENGE 3: strengthening the reputation of Police and Municipal police departments
All participants will receive practical awards, whereas the best 3 teams with winning ideas (these will be chosen by the review committee) will receive monetary awards:
- 1st place – 2.500 EUR
- 2nd place – 1.500 EUR
- 3rd place – 1.000 EUR
Who can apply?
Anyone with an idea that they would like to see transferred into the real world. Everyone is welcome, form novices to professionals, thinkers and enthusiasts. Anyone who is interested in the field of safety in Republic of Slovenia and broader.
Since this is a safety and mobility related hackathon with technological solutions, programmers are more than welcome as well.
We will make sure that teams are mixed – composed of programmers and subject matter experts - to make solutions more comprehensive. Participants will be divided into 4-6 member teams which will dive into challenges collectively in a time span of 36 hours.
Hackathon is organized by the Ministry of Public Administration, Police department and City of Ljubljana - Municipal Police Department.
Coorganizers include Technology park Ljubljana, ABC Accelerator, Microsoft, IBM Slovenija, GDI, Comtrade. and Xlab.
In expert matters, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Computer and Information Science, and University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are also engaged.
LOCATION OF HACKATHON
ORGANIZERS AND PARTNERS
Ministry of Public Administration
Regarding access to public information the Ministry of Public Administration is engaged twofold. Firstly, as a public authority, the ministry is required by law to provide all information they possess. Secondly, the ministry is responsible for legislation related to access to public information.
Police has become a modern institution based on standards of European Union which is able to effectively combat the challenges of present-day life and ensure a high degree of safety. It has gained autonomy however the ministry still controls its developmental, organizational, personnel and other essential matters necessary for its work as well as its financial business, investments and coordination of the information and telecommunication system with systems of other state institutions. In addition, the ministry also directs and supervises the execution of police-related tasks.
City of Ljubljana - Municipal Police Department
The Municipal Police Department of Ljubljana is a minor offence authority of the City of Ljubljana. In concordance with regulations, it composes the safety programme of municipality of Ljubljana along with ensuring public safety and public order within the municipality.
ABC Accelerator has developed a system for enhancing the development of innovative ideas and their successful realization on the market. In addition, it allows corporations to make use of the potential of fast development of ideas, which come to fruition in companies as well as their environment.
Hackathon is an entry point for firing up a company’s innovation engine. The contestants have a unique opportunity to take part in a two-day competition where they can share experience with like-minded people, network with company representatives and participate in the design of the project.
An extraordinary experience!
Tehnološki Park Ljubljana
We are the biggest innovation ecosystem for commercialization of knowledge and technologies in South-Eastern Europe.
The mission of Microsoft is to encourage every individual and every organization on the planet to achieve more. It is a great honor for us to be able to participate in projects such as hackathon “My safety and mobility” as it represents a way to boost the level of digital literacy among the young population and to support governmental efforts in digital Europe.
IBM Slovenija d.o.o.
IBM is a technological partner at the hackathon that is sponsored by Ministry of Public Administration for multiple reasons:
- Social responsibility in the Slovenian area
- Long-term partnership with Slovenian Public Administration, national institutions and ministries
- Evangelization of IBM Cloud solutions as innovation platforms and an agile organization response to new business and technological trends.
GDi Ltd., Ljubljana has been present in the Slovenian market for 25 years. Our activities include distribution of geographical information systems software (GIS) by a leading world manufacturer ESRI, solutions for resource management and management of estate related to natural sources, environment, safety, agriculture, telecommunications, energetics and industry. This is the first time we are participating in the hackathon and we are thrilled to see new and creative use of technologies emerge in connection with open-source spatial data as well as recovery of certain fresh ideas to possibly add to our services portfolio.
The success of Comtrade stems from knowledge and talents. These virtues are incorporated in people, of course. In this regards, young and ambitious individuals play an important part as they bring fresh energy, new approach and unique ideas into a company. Because of this, we are eager to participate in such events and to help innovative people enter the world of technology and business.
18 years ago, we developed a unique summer school concept dubbed EdiT, where participants solve real-world problems and learn to work in project groups. EdiT is currently being carried out in 3 countries at 6 company locations. Furthermore, we are intensively collaborating on projects with Faculty of Computer and Information Science at University of Ljubljana and other spontaneous projects which encourage young adults’ ability to think and develop innovations.
XLAB has developed and maintained the portal of open data in the last few years, which is why participating in the hackathon is a high priority for us. Company associates, who work on portal development will be present at the event as well as mentors who will provide counselling in the field of IT product and services development.
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Computer and Information Science
The faculty is the leading Slovenian higher education and scientific research institution in the field of computer and information science.
University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science