Public spaces and resource reservation methods was the theme of first Helsinki Loves Developers open data open office in 2017. Participants brainstormed improvements to data collection methods and discussed methods for optimising collected information of available public spaces.
The six largest cities in Finland (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu) want to support the development of new user based services by arranging an open data innovation competition.
The event was hosted by Mr Timo Cantell, Director of City of Helsinki Urban Facts. The event started with presentations by Ms Tuula Haavisto, Library Director at Helsinki City Library and Mr Kari Lämsä, Director of Library10.
This year’s Open Finland Challenge competition wasn’t short of surprises. The public vote ended in a tie and after momentary confusion, the grand prize was split into two. The competition’s coordinator, Teemu Ropponen, initially suggested a re-vote but in the spirit of open decision-making the audience upheld the initial results.
Consequently, the winners, Katja Ratamäki from meal planning app Miils and both makers of the refugee visualisation, Ville Saarinen and Juho Ojala, lit up the stage with their beaming smiles at Bio Rex movie theatre in Helsinki.
City of Helsinki’s competition challenge seeks new innovative apps utilizing open data and relating to some of the following themes: urban mobility, energy & emissions, culture & tourism, retail & shopping, and collaborative city.
City of Helsinki has published large amounts of open data via www.hri.fi service. Now, the city wants to promote developers and designers to create on this new apps, visualisations, and dashboards tutilizing this open data and helping to get an overview what is happening in Helsinki or how Helsinki has evolved and is currently evolving.
Culture and transport are the first applications using public open data resources.
The first Open Knowledge Festival in September 2012 attracted one thousand open data enthusiasts to Helsinki, Finland. Many of them used a priceless assistant while navigating in an unfamiliar city. Already in 2009, Helsinki Region Transport launched an open interface to public transport timetable and route data. Nowadays the data is used in dozens of handy smartphone applications, allowing travellers to locate themselves and find the right bus to their destination.
The Open Knowledge Festival taking place in Helsinki in mid September 2012 features eight free hackathons. Ranging from designing and building a functional news application from open government data to creating new ideas for making aid and development data more accessible, most hackathons have limited seating and are closing up fast. Move fast to get your seat!
The Open Knowledge Festival, 17th – 22nd September 2012, is a bold experiment in international collaborative event organising, with topics from open democracy and government data to open and smart cities to open business and corporate data to open design and open hardware to data journalism.