‘Hack-ney-thon’ provides new apps for council

London Borough of Hackney says it will implement a number of apps based on a Hackathon held over the weekend.

The council, which hosts part of the “silicon roundabout” tech cluster at Old Street, held an event to challenge digital developers to improve the council’s digital services.
“Hack-ney-thon” saw more than 70 developers in seven teams attend a 23-hour session to develop solutions for specific services.

Guy Nicholson, cabinet member for regeneration at the council, said: “Working in teams some exciting ideas were realised, ideas that the council has committed to take forward, try out and apply to improve the council’s systems and processes and make local services ever more accessible.

“There is a real appetite to expand this innovative and unique relationship between local businesses and the Council and to explore how other Council services could be improved and go on to make Hackney an even better place to live in.”

Jacopo Hirschstein, the co-founder of a small data visualisation studio in Hackney Wick won the title of “Hackney Hacker”.

His team’s winning solution ‘Fix Hackney’ allows members of the public to report and track response times and spending for areas of the borough that require different services such as graffiti removal or maintenance repair.

Second place was awarded to cloud communications firm Twilio, which developed a system of alerting neighbouring residents, via text message, to planning and statutory notices.

Third place was awarded to Booking Bug, which designed a bespoke booking system for the registrar service, to allow residents to book or pay online

Colin Marrs

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