Participants of Hackathon #2: Open Data Should Work for People

12 october 2015

"Going out from the world of ideas into the world of solutions and geting a working product" - under such unusual slogan the Analytical Center hosted the second Hackathon of the Russian Federation Open Data Portal Hackathon # 2 for developers of mobile applications and web services.

While speaking at the opening of the event, Oleg Fomichev, the State Secretary - Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, noted that over the past 3 years a huge work has been done in the field of open data: 11 thousand data sets, 4000 of them are published on the portal, were revealed across the country, and it is a big job for government agencies. "Now the main task is to ensure that all data are in demand. After all, one question increasingly raises in a society - why it is necessary, and the Hackathon provides an answer to this question. We need applications and tools to ensure that data have not just turned into sets, but into useful programs for citizens. The purpose of open data is to ensure that they work for the people," said Mr. Fomichev.

His view is shared by Evgeny Kozlov, the Deputy Head of the Mayor Cabinet and the Moscow Government. "The collection and disclosure of information - this is one part of the process, and we can understand how to use these data only after the Hackaton. Participants must make the service, that is the end result, and then data will be in demand in large numbers."

The Hackathon was held for 2 days. On the first day participants were divided into teams and decided on the direction of work. Their mentors and jury members were representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Communications, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Culture, the Department of Information Technologies of Moscow, the Open Government, the Federal Migration Service. "Today's Hackathon is much bigger than the first one that was held in June 2015. Over 30 mentors provided data sets for its holding," said the representative of CJSC "Gosbook" Yuri Linkov. For example, representatives of the Ministry of Sports and the Ministry of Health of Russia proposed to the participants to make an anti-doping project. "It is imposing a database of drugs that are in health care, with the substances that are banned in sports. In the future, when you scan the barcode of the drug, you should see all the components of the drug, including prohibited substances," the Ministry of Sports representative Kirill Orlov shared the idea. Also, the Ministry has provided data to create an interactive map of the sports life of Russia.

Within the framework of the second day participants presented their projects, and the jury decided on the winner among which are:

·         “TeamGreece” team with the idea of “Information on products, via scanning the bar-code from the package” in nomination “The best business-proposition or service”;

·         “Moscovskaya Shkola” team with the idea of “Choice of school according to interests” in nomination “The best social proposition or service”;

·         “Synapse” team with the idea of “Presentation and deep analysis of products and services purchased by the Government” in nomination “Data visualization”;

·         «EchoMonitoring» team with the idea of “Information on air pollution” in nomination “The best technical solution” (Yota Devices);

·         Ildar Belyakov with the idea of “Vacancies work tool” in the special nomination of Rostrud.

Hackathon was organized by the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation jointly with CJSC "Gosbook" with the support of the Open Government and on the initiative of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia. Hackathon # 2 was the selection stage of All-Russian contest "Open Data of the Russian Federation".