Helsinki App Challenge Provides Developers With Hand Holding and Advice
BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, August 12 2013
Already considered one of the least corrupt countries in the world, Finland continues to lead by example in open data and government transparency. An initiative in Helsinki, sponsored by organizations like Apps4Finland and Helsinki Loves Developers, encourages app developers to take advantage of the treasure trove of open data available.
The Open Helsinki Hack-at-Home challenges developers to create an app focused on one of three themes: how to communicate and explain the inner workings of the city and future plans and projects, how to engage citizens in decision making, and how to improve the tourism experience. Throughout the project, participants receive feedback from mentors, who can advice them on technical problems, user experience and even business models. Apps are submitted in October and judged in November, with plenty of time allotted in August and September for input from mentors.
The Hack-at-Home concept, which encourages collaboration between mentors and developers, was developed by the Spanish company DotOpen. DotOpen is also responsible for AppCircus, which powered the Sanitation Hackathon previously covered on techPresident.
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