We’ve heard of 7/11 and 24/7 before, but what about the 18-hour challenge?
No, it isn’t a fast, and it’s nothing to do with undertaking grueling marathons, either.
Organised by Irish/Welsh partnership Inventorium, the Open Data 18-Hour Challenge – which takes place in Dublin July 4th/5th – is all about asking important, socially conscious questions (for example, what level of support for senior citizens is there in your area? Is there a safe cycle route to school for your children?) and trying to come up with the right answers.
The development of solutions to questions such as these (or, indeed, even an interest in the development of solutions) is what the Open Data 18-Hour Challenge constitutes. Just in case you’re not certain about what ‘Open Data’ is, it’s part of a new global wave of transparent governance whereby governments are presenting themselves as more accountable and responsive to the needs (and questions) of their citizens.
There is a neat twist to this event, though: during Ireland’s inaugural Open Data 18-Hour Challenge, there is an emphasis on practically demonstrating how Open Data can be used to develop viable businesses. Participants will work in mixed teams of Inventorium facilitators, graphic designers, commercial developers and local council experts to not only brainstorm but also generate and prototype new ideas based on Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council open data sets.
The event takes place on July 4th/5th at NDRC, Crane Street, Digital Hub, Dublin 8, and you can register for it here.