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#HackJak: Jakarta's First Gov-Sponsored Open Data Hackathon Tackles Budget and Public Transportation

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, April 29 2014

TransJakarta Network map (Wikipedia)

Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta, held its first government-sponsored open data hackathon on April 26 and 27. More than 100 participants collaborated on 53 projects using either Jakarta's 2014 budget or public transportation route information.

The government partnered with Southeast Asia Techonology and Transparency Initiative (SEATTI), World Wide Web Foundation, UKPS and the technology blog Daily Social on the Jakarta Open Data Challenge, which went by #HackJak on Twitter.

“To encourage the concept of open data — meaning that data should be available for all citizens to view and use — we’re inviting developers to create a software application from data we’ll provide at the hackathon,” a Jakarta administration official told the Jakarta Globe earlier this month.

“People can criticize [our systems] but it has to be constructive, for everyone’s benefit. We thoroughly support efforts that can heighten our efficiency in spending our budget,” Jakarta Tourism Agency deputy head Sylviana Murni said.

The first and second place apps tackled the annual budget; the third and fourth place apps tackled the public transportation system.

The Daily Social reported that HackJak attracted more interest than SEATTI initially expected: 200 registrants (ultimately only 132 participants).

“When the Jakarta provincial government, through [deputy governor] Pak Ahok, declared itself an open government with open data last November, we took it as an opportunity for us to approach them about this hackathon,” Shita Laksmi, program manager at SEATTI, told Daily Social.

Indonesia is chairing the Open Government Partnership this year. For more information, see this interview about the state of Indonesia's open data movement with Shita Laksmi over at the United Nations Global Pulse.

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