Hackathon to devise digital solutions to improve flood response

24 Feb 2016, 7:53 pm

Flooded_Nuttall_Park_Ramsbottom_-_geograph.org.uk_-_314866TechNorth is calling on local government, academia and individuals to attend an event next month that will prototype innovations based on open data, technology and local experiences to improve the response to floods.

FloodHack16 takes place on 11-12 March, with the support of the Leeds Open Data Institute (ODI), as well as Bradford, Calderdale and Leeds Councils.

The two-day event will allow attendees to examine the challenges that the recent flooding in Yorkshire created and what technology, data and innovation can do to help. People affected by the recent floods in Yorkshire and those with engineering, water industry or digital service experience are particularly welcome to attend, as are those with a background in communities, technology or data.

According to www.floodhack.com, the organisers are expecting to devise “a wide variety of prototypes, including maps, community building, communications, open data, visualisation and electronic monitoring.”

Those planning on attending can contribute ideas and notes in advance to a shared online document, upon which the event will be partly based. Contributors to the document so far include software engineers, flood modelling experts and planners.

Event host TechNorth supports and promotes technology- and digital-based businesses and entrepreneurship in the North of England. It is part of Tech City UK which is backed by the UK government and innovation charity Nesta.

FloodHack16 event details:

Date: Friday, 11 March 2016 at 10:00 – Saturday, 12 March 2016 at 4:00 

Venue: ODI Leeds, Duke Street Leeds, England LS9 8AG

Register your free place.

Follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #FloodHack16



Image credit: Wikimedia Commons By Paul Anderson, CC BY-SA 2.0