First ever hackathon to be held at 97 meters of height

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The Open Data Hackathon 2018 will be held from September 28th to 29th at the height of 97 metres in the Latvian State Radio and Television Center tower. The goal of the creative 24 hour hackathon is to create innovative apps based on open data sets. The teams will focus on challenges in four main areas - transportation, culture, regions and tourism.

Teams taking the top three places will be awarded prize money. First place will receive EUR 1000 from Tieto Latvia, 2nd place - EUR 750 euro from LATA, and 3rd place - EUR 500 from eazyBI. Hackathon partners may elect to provide additional prizes and gifts to participants.

Open data is freely available information that everyone has the right to use for promoting the use of open technologies worldwide, and to bring social and economic benefits to the wider public. In a report by the European Commission, it was found that the use of open data in Latvia alone has the economic potential to reach 70 million EUR. 

"We urge participants to see the potential of open data, and to create new products and services by using the data sets Latvia can provide. The hackathon will be a great opportunity to find out more about open data, test it and possibly create useful products or service prototypes from the data. For example, by using sensor measurement data it's possible to create a prototype that would regulate traffic in Jelgava,” explains Deputy Director of the Technology Department at the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia Alexey Kornev (Aleksejs Korņevs).

Hackathon participants will be advised by world-class experts and mentors, including former IBM Data Management Solutions Group Director Steven Adler (USA). He is the creator of the data governance industry and an expert in data safety and business process transformation. Steven has developed and built the world's first internet insurance program, contributed to the creation of corporate privacy architecture, is one of the founders of the Open Data Management industry and also contributes to data generated by the public. He has also advised governments, cities and private institutions on open data strategy in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Another expert advising participants will be Karel Charvat (Czech Republic), who is a Doctor of Theoretical Cybernetics and the Manager of the Czech Center for Science and Society. Karel's areas of expertise include open data, information and communication technology (ICT) solutions in agriculture and environmental management, as well as geographic data infrastructure design.

“A great example of the opportunities that access to open data opens for entrepreneurs can be found in Spain. In 2014 4,000 people were employed in the open data sector in more than 350 companies, generating a revenue of EUR 450 to 500 million. Spain released this open data after the real estate crisis, and it contributed to a faster recovery. In 2016 Spain had already reached the top of the Open Data Maturity Index," says Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Open Technologies Association Janis Treijs (Jānis Treijs).

Funding is provided by the EU ERDF "Innovation Motivation Programme".