Final show and tell from Edinburgh

This is a last, long blog to share all the news on the ideas developed over the weekend in Edinburgh.  There is more info on twitter and on the two Storify items as well as on CodetheCity Eventifier.

We had six presentations and it was amazing to see the way ideas had developed over two days and had become live prototypes with real potential for the future!

We had a great mix of folk attending – design students from Hanzehigeschool Gronigen, young people from the Edinburgh Prewired group with Mentors from CodeBase, a number of local developers and designers who have worked on Edinburgh Council projects as well as others interested in Edinburgh data and one or two local digital companies.  We had over 70 people attending over the two days, and the buzz and focus was inspiring.

Here are the final ideas/prototypes:

Trashban – this team created Monster, munching Max – both a physical bin and an app.  The monster gets happier the more you feed it.  They looked at mapping litter reports and bins, but ran out of time, but it influenced their thinking and they would have added in locations given time.  The app encourages you to feed the monster! The final app would also include a leader board with awards for those who get rid of the most litter.

This team also had a hardware development team, built using an actual bin, which talks to you when you put litter in. It was powered by Arduino and other bits and pieces – a speaker on the inside, light sensor, and LED light – when it is disrupted by litter being thrown in the voice is activated. Everyone had a lot of fun recording litter messages! It does work but the lead developer threw in a piece of rubbish and broke it before the live demo!

Fly – an app crowdsourcing biodiversity data in the city the app issues a daily challenge to find species with a score board. The community self-moderates and data is uploaded onto a server which creates a heat map of locations in the city. Requests will come through at a specific time each day, and the rarer the species the more points there are. Incentives include virtual trophies to be won, and encourages competition. The ultimate goal is to crowdsource the data across the city.  The team managed to create an API to pull in data.

The design – homepage designed by one of the visiting Dutch students from Gronigen and images and species were researched before developing a graphical view of Edinburgh Castle – an eye catching design, with a kingfisher as the app logo.

Cyclists for cyclists – an app designed to offer a range of services for cyclists including where to get repairs, shower, park and eat as well as a chat feature. In the future it would be possible to add cycling routes, and share trips you have completed. It has the user GPS to help locate.  The idea is for it to be community driven, crowdsourcing useful information.

Edinbro built a website where people can share tasks – looking for help in their community, from anything to finding a cat to moving house. Points are awarded depending on the complexity of the task and it includes a leader board to discover who is the most helpful in your area.  They have a separate app.  Their backend was also developed so they could demonstrate adding a new request, as well as the architecture for their development.  

The Land Revival site was built by two of the Prewired coders who attended the weekend – they had the idea of mapping all the data for vacant and derelict land so people could ask for land for community projects or to buy.  Using the Council API to extract data they created a searchable site, with a full map and also a satellite map. You can view by map or list.

Data Noms is really the start of a project thought of by a local developer who is using Edinburgh Council open data.  It is an idea to create a hub to improve data for anyone using it.  Using Council data he demonstrated with one data set using programmes created to find data errors and fix them, improving the data. His example was a csv file improved from 3 star to 4 star (following the open data quality system). This development is open and be used by anyone working with data, and at specific events to help those working with data.  Although it is just a starter it is exactly what Edinburgh needs to improve its data.

End of day show and tell – Edinburgh

Failed with Skype to Aberdeen.  We are all sad. The show must go on!

Monster bin is having problems with Arduino – lots of debugging going on! Front end illustration is moving along, with lots of monster faces to fit different styles of bins, involving QR codes for individual bins. They are also working on scanners. we’ve tweeted the latest designs!

Land Revival – have accessed data available from Edinburgh Council open data and mapped using Google Maps to demonstrate where the available land is in the city.

Cyclist community project – developing a guide to services for cyclists

Fly – demo of  framework for apps with leader board and the daily challenges to find animals and plants. Their Quest room is currently including man eating fish and giant killer flowers  – you have to take a selfie with your challenge! The design needs to be really nice with a clean interface (I am quoting)

Edinbro – mostly working on back end, creating an api to make requests. Hoping to have the website with some functionality tomorrow!

That’s it from Edinburgh – it’s been a great day here.

Last minute show and tell – Edinburgh

Alan Gardner has been cleaning up Edinburgh Council data (which is nice) but has come up with an approach to make regular expression changes for common issues on data sets. Just mocked up at the moment it would be a great tool for anyone cleaning data! Alan is going to work on this tomorrow too and is keen to hear from anyone who is interested in this.

Code the City Edinburgh warm up exercise

With over 30 folk here we had a great time using the Code the City cards to discuss different cycling ideas. we discussed how to get people to cycle, and the proof on this, from showing safe routes, to improving health. We heard from Dutch students about how cycling is much easier in Holland, and how residents are encouraged to cycle by making driving more difficult in the city. Another group discussed what stops you cycling and was suggesting offering an appointment app for bike shops to help with servicing. 

It was only 30 minutes but we covered a lot of ground!

Team ideas – Edinburgh

We now have five team formed after lots of discussion and a few projects merging together:

Gamify biodiversity – encourage people to record species – plants, animals – by awarding points and possible prizes!

‘Shower the city ’ – providing shower points to encourage more cycling in the city

Robot litter bins – they respond when you post litter!

Land Revival – use derelict and vacancy land for growing

Market place – a community workplace

It’s been great to see everyone mixing together, sharing their ideas and then merging them. Some are local developers with ideas they have wanted to try out for awhile, but we also have students from Holland and young people from Edinburgh Prewired. It’s an exciting mix!