The participants of Future Hack 1 spent 48 hours imagining what public safety might look like in the future city. Here are their ideas.


Members: Victor Ajayi, Karolis Siksnius and Kyaw Tun Sein
Starter Concept: 4G real-time body camera for the police to help in predicting suspicious behaviour; future actions of suspect; moving CCTV
The team of engineers created a hardware-based solution of 4G body-worn cameras for the police and community safety officers. The judge from Police Scotland, Martin Leven, was enthusiastic about the idea. Arguably, the team had not sufficiently considered the impact of legislation around the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Data Protection Act 2003 as regards the capture of personal information, but did have solutions for using their live stream cameras in emergencies when the internet connection access was not strong.


Members: Gary Devenay and Jamie Cassidy
Starter Concept: People can report incidents (icy road, fight outside a pub, car crash) and a safer route is suggested.
A rating system helps verify the accuracy of the reports by flagging up incidents if several users rated it a negatively. A2B used various datasets including the road traffic accidents & locations of grit bins and gritting routes.


Members: Janki Contractor and Neelanjana Nag
Starter Concept: Making people feel safer by focusing on psychological aspects of communities
This team looked at perceived safety from a psychological perspective. A network of shops and ‘boxes’ would help people find their way around the city. They act as information points and ‘safe zones’, fitted with CCTV cameras and help buttons in case of emergency. This box is a piece of street furniture, because not everyone has access to smartphones, apps and websites.

Lime ‘Help People Help’ Glasgow Information

Members: Martin Sarsini, Vicky O’Conor, Pablo Olmos and Karolis Steponavicius
Starter Concept: Help points in local 24 hour businesses
Who hasn’t face running out of battery or credit on your phone, or simply just being lost and in need of someone to ask for help? The idea was to create a network of 24-hour businesses signing up to be information points: where citizens would be able to find information, an electrical socket to plug your phone or call a taxi.


Members: Aidan Smeaton, Toyah Gemmill, Marta Drabek, Matthew Watson and Alastair Taylor
Starter Concept: Bringing communities together to improve safety using website and an app to facilitate community communication.
“Localboards” are hyperlocal community notice boards, updated live by public services, datasets and community residents. The team took a wider understanding of Public Safety: it feels safer to live in a connected community. Service design agency Snook thought this was a great idea!

Message Glasgow

Members: Josh McGhee, Keir Smith, Edvin Malinovskis, Stefan Boca, Reinis Elksnis, Maxine Emuobosa, Martin Georgiev, George Popa, Maksim Solovjov, Robert Szkokan and Daniel Tsvetkov
Starter Concept: A digital 101 – A platform to allows short communications from public services: Council, NHS, Police, public transport. Services could push messages to phones. The standard infrastructure would be a “personalised and localised Twitter”

Our Glasgow

Members: Alan Govan and Andrew Griffiths
Starter Concept: End to end open public reporting, fulfillment and feedback framework. Easy to report things that matter & full-circle on how resolved
The team was keen to close the ‘feedback loop’ to improve civic participation. The team used datasets to link reports with information about the city. It is not all about the problems, and success in making infrastructure improvements can be publicised and celebrated.


Members: Donald McKendrick, Benjamin Williams and Anoop Joshi
Starter Concept: Real-Time Data Visualisation to predict public safety issues
This team used the datasets available to shape their innovation, in particular the Road Traffic Accident. Predictive analysis can guide preventative measures to make Glasgow safer. The concept had another element to make it easier to share information across organisations.

Good Deed Glasgow

Members: Edmund White and Zane Gray
Starter Concept: Explore the city, talk to people and see what happens: the #GoodDeedFeed
Can trust and the perception of safety have a positive impact of crime? A positive spin on the so-called “broken-glass effect”! They were very popular with the audience and on Twitter: what good deeds have YOU done today? One judge asked about the sarcastic Glaswegian effect, but the presenters thought that this might just be embracing of the Glasgow personality.


Members: Kyle Bremner, Duncan Beaton and Shaun Daley
Starter Concept: Enhanced community management via social media
The idea behind Sweeply is to engage users of various public services on their own terms. Sweeply doesn’t require the citizen to download an app – it facilitates interaction via whatever mean suits the individual. Although they didn’t win, Sweeply created quite an online buzz and it looks as if they may have some options to take their concept going forward.

Zsolt Kalmar

Members: Zsolt Kalmar
Starter Concept: Live data – GPS to track police officers, community safety officers, visitors and citizens to seek help and report problems
Zsolt Kalmar had a simple idea: how do you put in touch a mother who has lost sight of her child in contact with a police officer in her immediate vicinity? The messaging tool would facilitate communication with public services and events organisers.