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Future Cities Hackathon: Open Urban Data for The Citizens

  • Oct 5, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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How Can Data Science Help Citizens?

• Open Urban Data for The Citizens

• Remove Barriers to Publishing & Accessing Urban Data

• Help Citizens’ Improve their Urban Experience

• Help Councils Improve City Life

• Show How Urban Flows can be Improved


3 data science challenges

£1,000 in cash prizes

Free data science books raffle

1 Free Pass to O'Reilly Strata London Conference


Checkout the London Open Urban Datasets shttp://futurecitieshackathon.com/london-urban-open-datasets/


Organise a team. Learn & Share. Make friends. A fun data science w/e


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  • Geoff H.

    Someone had a parking space tracker for the Future Cities hackathon (is there a webpage for the projects?)
    Any how from the Quartz website it would appear that Westminster Council is wiring up its parking spaces:
    http://qz.com/166182/how-london-plans-to-eliminate-the-search-for-a-parking-spot/

    January 13, 2014

    • Ian O.

      We were looking at that (my post for Team Kung Fu Pandas is below). Cheers for the link, it is lovely to see that the live data is going to be more visible!

      1 · January 13, 2014

    • Dominic S.

      One of the things we concluded was that Westminster Council could make better use of its existing data without necessarily going to the expense of fitting real-time sensors (although clearly real-time is much better and is ultimately the way to go).

      1 · January 16, 2014

  • Dominic S.

    I too have written up a post of our team's (Kung Fu Pandas) analysis redone in Haskell http://idontgetoutmuch.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/parking-in-westminter-an-analysis-in-haskell. It's not as comprehensive as Ian's write up but it wasn't meant to be; rather it was an experiment to see how well it could be done in Haskell.

    Carlos, Is there any chance of making the parking data publicly available? There are a few people in the Haskell community who would like to be able to reproduce what I did.

    October 23, 2013

  • Ian O.

    Our Team Kung Fu Pandas did the Parking Bay Inefficiencies project, I've written it up including the presentation and link to the github repo: http://ianozsvald.com/2013/10/07/future-cities-hackathon-ds_ldn-oct-2013-on-parking-usage-inefficiencies/
    Thanks all, it was a fun Saturday. Next time I'll actually take time to come and meet new people rather than burying my head in the keyboard!

    2 · October 7, 2013

    • Ian O.

      Yes, it was a pity to miss the Sunday but I had a family event (planned way back). Still, I'm happy with the result we generated in 8 hours :-)

      October 8, 2013

    • Ian O.

      I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the other presentations when they're online, the photos I've seen look awfully interesting!

      October 8, 2013

  • Seref A.

    Thanks for the response Carlos. Much appreciated.

    October 7, 2013

  • Seref A.

    This was a great meetup! A bit of a personal preparation for the required technology and tools would make a big difference for me. Maybe we can share what we know about stuff that may be relevant/handy before the next hackathon? I discovered you can put openstreetmap data to postgis, which would give me a nice platform to do anything related to processing locations, but this took pretty much all my day.
    I've seen people talking to each other all the time and overheard lots of interesting stuff. Maybe I missed these hints, but in case they were not around, it would earn me hours if there was a small hint list for gis/visualisation etc.
    Overall, fantastic event, lots of fun, and quite a bit of learning while free pizza and beer was all around me. I for one, could not ask for more!
    Thanks to all who made it possible, and all who joined and chatted about what they're doing.
    Take care till the next time.

    1 · October 6, 2013

    • Carlos

      Seref- Thx for the kudos, We deliberately introduced some tricky bits re: date, time and geo-location w/ a view to challenge how ppl would clean and prepare datasets. We also published the osm extract of London for a reason. Re: pizza+beer+redbull we bought as much as we could but supplies didn't last much! Keep doing the excellent work you're doing in healthcare.

      October 7, 2013

  • Geoff H.

    Is there a list of the winners?
    I enjoyed the first day, which also happened to be my birthday. As ever I learn more and more each time but alas not enough to reach criticality.
    Actually it has prompted a lot more ideas in my head now that it has finished; I'll scribble them down and put them somewhere safe.
    I can't get "Human Fouling" out of my head. HELP!

    October 7, 2013

    • Carlos

      Geoff-We're preparing a blog post w/ all winners, ppts and solutions. As we said, sorry you couldn't stay for the 2nd day. There is a reason why we published datasets on dog fouling, vomit, graffiti, urine and blood.. These are serious social issues that nobody cares about and consume lots of council resources. We were unable to aggregate human fouling data but I understand your "nightmares" :)

      October 7, 2013

  • Amit N.

    Thank you to Carlos for organising this great meetup and channelling all the energies in such a short time to create some outstanding results.

    2 · October 6, 2013

    • Carlos

      Amit - thanks for your kudos. Your team came up w/ some smart predictive approaches...using pandas, Ipython, QGIS, pyshp was imo a good approach

      October 7, 2013

  • Seref A.

    I could not stay till the end of the presentations from the teams that committed their work. Even if we get only the presentations, that would be great. Ian's write up is great, but even the ppts would help us see what everybody else has done. Any chance of getting those?

    October 7, 2013

    • Carlos

      Seref- We're preparing a write up with all the presentations, code and highlights... Keep an eye on our blog

      1 · October 7, 2013

  • Peter

    Great!

    October 7, 2013

  • Dr Leonard A.

    Collaborators with different skills are the key to success. Without a good user interface the hard work of data scientists will not produce the potential benefits.

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Mateusz L.

    Thanks!

    October 7, 2013

  • Dominic S.

    Great fun - really good data sets

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Sam M.

    Sadly due to family issues, I may not make it today, i will be following online. I am able to collaborate via http://retimenta.appspot.com using Python, PHP, Javascript on AppEngine

    October 5, 2013

  • Carlos

    the venue has 100 mbps fiber + 12 high speed Wi-Fi routers + two separate nets. Last time issue was ca 190 ppl downloading large datasets & loads ppl streaming music at the same time.

    October 4, 2013

    • Geoff H.

      Downloading data sets beforehand

      October 5, 2013

    • Geoff H.

      Perhaps BitTorrentSync could be used at the venue to share data sets to everyone

      October 5, 2013

  • Trung H.

    I am going to use Python numpy, scipy, pandas, scikit-learn, notebook. Anyone is interested in joining ?

    October 4, 2013

    • David Sabater D.

      Hi Trung, if I manage to get a last minute ticket I will be interested to join your team. Thanks.

      October 4, 2013

    • Trung H.

      cool, hope you can get one.

      October 4, 2013

  • Carlos

    Apologies for sold out tickets, 180 ppl registered via eventbrite. For those who want to attend & register very last minute send email to projects at datasciencelondon org

    October 4, 2013

  • David Sabater D.

    Hi all,
    Any last minute cancellation for tomorrow that wants to swap seat with me?
    I arrived late and it's sold out now :(


    Thanks.

    October 4, 2013

  • Dominic S.

    We are going to use R and Python scikit-learn (and possibly Haskell) to predict city events (Challenge 1). Let me know if you want to join us.

    October 4, 2013

  • Thura Z. N.

    Could we have internet speed-up bit this time? Much appreciated.

    October 4, 2013

  • Nick H.

    I'm not a dev so won't be a lot of use in a team. Can I come down and still observe? I have an app that's in a similar space, so would love to meet you folk and see how you work :)

    2 · October 2, 2013

  • James J.

    Sorry for the late cancellation - awesome ex flatmate in town unexpectedly and I wont be able to do sunday morning justice...

    October 2, 2013

  • Francesco B.

    I'm familiar with statistics, modelling, php, sql, some python... and visualizations, javascript, some d3js. Available too for team up.

    September 30, 2013

    • Francesco B.

      Ops, I didn't see your reply on my message. :)

      October 2, 2013

  • Ashwin

    I am familiar with data science, big data, R.
    And very good at databases and SQL. Available for team-up.

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm also a computer science noob but have been working professionally with data for a few years. I like thinking about ways of storytelling with data and hope I might be able to chip in on that front. My data blog- aladata.co.uk.

    September 30, 2013

  • Mateusz L.

    Python datasci anyone?

    September 30, 2013

  • Ian O.

    Hi, I'm available for a team. I've just finished some data sci consulting with http://citymapper.com/ looking at transport in London (lots of GIS with Python and QGIS and Ordnance Survey Ward data, Pandas, networkx/neo4j, cython). Previously I've played with visualising tweets on maps, built various graph models, used NLP and ML for client problems. I'm around all Saturday and hopefully also Sunday morning. If someone has a project idea and thinks I can be useful, I'm all ears. I'm also playing with quantified self projects, so maybe there's something fun to do with people's data exhaust as they use the services of London? (ianozsvald.com).

    2 · September 30, 2013

  • Derek J.

    At past events most people formed teams on the day, but I think that only happened because there was no contact with anybody else before the event.

    Joe, The Outliers are always looking for competent people (since none of us have proved to be in the past ;-)

    September 30, 2013

  • Francesco B.

    Hello people, this is my first hackaton. Just an info: should the teams be organised before the hackaton?

    September 30, 2013

  • Dr Leonard A.

    I volunteer for any Clojure team that wants a local authority perspective.

    1 · September 29, 2013

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