Last weekend Glasgow was part of a small group of forward-looking cities supporting innovation by signing up to take part in the National Hack The Government challenge. Read more below.

National Hack The Government is an annual weekend hackathon run by Rewired State. As well as bringing great people together to have a fun hacking and building things, the aim is to improve transparency, open data and nurture positive relationships between the Government and active civic hackers. This is achieved by holding a competitive event for creating prototypes and building ingenious projects that help improve state services or use open UK government data.

The point is to

• bring like-minded people together to have fun
• spark better use of open government data and improvement of public services
• support more people getting into civic hacking.
• help people build upon their skills, knowledge and networks by making things
• let government know that there is a network of people available to help improve services
• keep all of this going throughout the year not just over the hack weekend

This was the 6th year, and Rewired State hosted an even bigger event involving local communities hacking around local data, issues and problems bringing the National part of the title to life. For the first time, a handful of forward-looking UK Councils took part in the event: Glasgow, Exeter, Bournemouth and Leeds.

Glasgow’s National Hack The Government hackathon took place over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of March 2014 at the SAE Institute in Kinning Park, in the south side of the city. There were participants from a range of backgrounds, including academia, national government and the tech industry.

Some members of the Future City Glasgow team attended, with Mark Irwin (Active Travel Lead) and Steven Livingstone-Pérez (Open Data and Apps Platform Lead) there to judge the civic hacker’s efforts on the final day.

Mark said, “I attended the Rewired state Hack the Government Glasgow event as a judge.  Although small in number, the attendees were not small in ideas.  As the Future City Active Travel lead I was well pleased to see that two of the hacks looked at transport, with the winning Local Walks hack pulling together an application that would help you find a local walking group, as well as the all important cafes and restaurants on the route! Great to see hacks delivering real world projects, especially those that get us outdoors.”

The Outcomes:

Compute my Commute Carbon Cost
by Irina Preda & David Jones
An easy tool to compute the environmental footprint of your travels

Open Data Top Trump Top Trumps
by Ben Webb
Top Trumps where each card is an Open Data Top Trumps

And the winning idea:

Walking Routes & Awesome Hacks
by Robert McKeown & Kenny Coyle
Local group walking and cycling routes made simple

If you want to get involved with civic-hacking in Glasgow, sign up now for our Future Hacks!