Smart Safe Cities Innovation Challenge

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Hacks and the City: A Smarter Safer City Hackathon


As part of the SCIRA (Smart Cities Interoperability Reference Architecture) initiative, OGC and T-REX are pleased to present Hacks and the City: a Smarter Safer Cities Hackathon.

The Hackathon will take place on August 24-26 at the T-Rex innovation center in St. Louis, MO. The goal of Hacks and the City will be to design and implement new application ideas that use a variety of city datasets and data sources to improve public safety, responder awareness, and community resilience.

Those interested in participating are invited to form teams of 3-5 people and put together their ideas for applications that address one of four Smarter Safer City themes, and leverage data provided for St. Louis, MO and Virginia Beach, VA.

The themes are:

  1. Intelligent buildings and first responder awareness:

    1. Indoor navigation and evacuation

    2. Building systems and sensors for indoor awareness

    3. Mobile / Wearable sensors and connectivity for first responders

  2. Urban canyons and street sensors

    1. Coverage of sensors based on smart lampposts

    2. Analysis and visualization of 3D city models

    3. Mobile / wearable connectivity and access to sensors

  3. Critical infrastructure resilience and flood response

    1. Predicted vs. actual inundation, new and old infrastructure vulnerability

    2. Evacuation planning and routing for storms and floods

    3. Flood damage dependencies and cascading failures

  4. Neighborhood safety and open / common space engagement

    1. Neighbor awareness of open / vacant / communal space

    2. Open space condition, community policing and crime occurrence

    3. Mobile / wearable sensors and connectivity for patrollers and responders

Participants may also register as individuals and be matched with teams based on their desired roles and theme interests. Datasets relevant to one or more of these themes will be provided either as files or through API’s based on open standards.

Suggested team roles include:

  • Backend Developer

  • Frontend Developer

  • Domain Specialist

  • Urban Mechanic

  • Data Wrangler

  • Hardware Hacker

Information about available datasets, sample application ideas, and assistance with forming development teams will be announced at leading up to and upon arrival at T-Rex. Space is limited, so early registrants are more likely to be able to join us for the event.

In keeping with the open data, open standards nature of this event, participant teams are expected to make their results openly available on Github with a license (e.g. Apache) that retains their copyright but allows others to join in evaluating and continuing their work.

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