More than at any time in history, maps are everywhere. No longer confined to atlases, surveyor’s offices and petrol stations, maps are now available on the Internet, built into our cars and present on every smartphone, putting a map into the pocket of nine out of ten people in Singapore.
Where older maps were static, today’s maps are dynamic and tactile, allowing the map holder to pinch, zoom and drag, to query for information, to plot routes and to warn of hazards, and to annotate in real-time.
The integration of enormous amounts of processing power and storage for vast geographical data, ubiquitous Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and the rise of open APIs and open data have led to the creation new terms, such as “mash-up”, “data journalism”, “crowdmapping” and “wikiplanning”.
This puts the tools into the hands of the public and governments alike, who are able to answer the where in the who, what, when, where and how.
The key technology behind this integration is geospatial technologies. This is a rapidly evolving field of Multi-disciplinary technology that integrates data and information from various sources as maps.
Geospatial technologies enable us to carry out our daily lives quickly and efficiently; provide us with insight that informs choice and guides policy; and help visualise the challenges facing our future.
In the past we used maps to navigate from point A to point B. But today, we can do so much more. Geospatial technologies, utilisation of data and sophisticated analytics enable us to map incidences at one location to another and develop insights as we learn from the activities or occurrences, the level and trends of data points at one location as compared to another. Such ability has great influence on how we manage and allocate resources in our businesses and across society.
Here are some thought-starters:
• How can we map good citizenship to promote a caring and sharing society? • What datasets and types of data can we crowd-source to improve our environment and enjoyment of it? • What can we learn about the success of sustainability efforts through mapping of the results? • How can geospatial technology be utilised to assist workplace productivity? • How can businesses mash up customer profiles with feedback and logistical data to develop better products and services or improve customer experience?
At this hackathon, we are partnering with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) to pose specific challenges to the crowd. You can join teams to work on these challenges.
Can we map factors such as people, infrastructure and facilities, or results, and develop insights on these NGO / VWO strategic or operational activities?
Food from the Heart Challenge
Volunteers from Food from the Heart collect unsold bread from over 100 bakeries daily and deliver it to over 150 welfare homes and 28 self-collection centres. Whenever the volunteers are unable to make a collection or delivery, or the bakeries have no surplus bread to donate, they have to call a hotline. The operator has to reschedule and reroute volunteers, which is a big operational burden that prevents the organisation from expanding the service. Food from the Heart would like to have an application that helps the hotline operator alert volunteers to find last-minute replacements and allows available volunteers to ‘claim’ jobs based on their locations.
Vertical Kampong is an initiative by the National Volunteer Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) that aims to raise the Kampong Spirit by promoting neighbourhood-based volunteerism and ‘Community Mapping’, which involves engaging and mapping local residents and ‘hotspots’. The Challenge is to create an application that facilitates the collection, visualisation and sharing of information and insights into communities.
Red Cross Challenge
The Red Cross has five service areas: Community Services, First Aid Training, Blood Donor Recruitment, International Response and Disaster Relief.For this Challenge, we focus on solutions to enable efficient resource mobilisation within the two Community Services areas, namely Transport Aid and Community First-Aid. By increasing efficiency through mapping and routing ambulances / transporters or better managing volunteer first-aiders, for example, we enable Red Cross to serve more people in need.
SG Enable Challenge
SG Enable is an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities. The Challenge is to collect more information on and celebrate the myriad of actions and activities already happening in the community as we work towards a more inclusive society; and to locate and match volunteers, persons with disabilities and even their caregivers based on proximity and capabilities or needs.
Young startup teams (less than three years old) are welcomed at this Hackathon to build on top of your existing solutions or prototypes.
You will have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurial individuals and teams. You can also tap into SLA’s GeoInnovation Fund.
There is a separate set of prizes for competing startups, which are also eligible for special prizes.
If you have any questions regarding the Startup Category, feel free to contact Manya.
Speakers – Workshops
- Michael Ng, Nanyang Polytechnic, School of Information Technology
- Cally Ng, Nanyang Polytechnic, School of Information Technology
- Dr.Kim Ick-Hoi, National University of Singapore, Department of Geography
- Anjusha Sandeep Nair, Lead GIS Consultant, ESRI
- Pulkit Jaiswal, Entrepreneur and Commercial Drone Enthusiast
- Naveen Nandan, Researcher, SAP Asia
Speakers – Hackathon
- Andres Sevtsuk, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Architecture and Planning
- Shobhit Shukla, Adnear, Vice President, Asia Pacific
- Natalie Ip, Founder, CEO, dilivr.it
- Andrew Au, Managing Director Southeast Asia, Imagination
- Vishal Arya, Senior IT consultant, SLA
- Tom Kelshaw, Director of Technology, Metalworks by Maxus
Check out the winning presentations below!
Best Use of Data
Startup Category: First Prize
Startup Category: Second Prize
4 NGO/VWO Prizes
What is UP Singapore?
“Urban Prototyping” is a new movement where people from the public, private and people sectors come together to tackle the wide range of social and environmental challenges facing our cities. Urban Prototyping (UP) is a platform managed by Padang & Co, the Open Innovation Company, for crowdsourcing ground-breaking innovations – creating technology and data-enabled enterprises by giving participants access to new technologies and data. At the heart of this platform is an UP Singapore community of 5,000 innovators and change-makers.
Do I need to be a tech or data specialist?
Not necessary. We welcome people with different skillsets and would expect everyone to contribute to their respective teams. We may ask you to indicate what type of participant you are at registration, so we know the mix.
It’s my first UP Singapore hackathon. What exactly will happen during the hackathon weekend?
Our hackathons are intended to be a fun work event, where people volunteer their time to work on their ideas in teams. The hackathon starts on Friday. There is a pitch session that happens that evening. If you have an idea for a project, you can do a one-minute pitch to the audience to attract people to join your team.
The Saturday and most of Sunday is work time for the teams. On Saturday, mentors and resource persons are invited to come and help the teams develop their ideas. The weekend culminates in the team presentations on the Sunday afternoon, and prizes are awarded.
Participants are free to come and go as they please. But if you want to work on a team, please make sure you come on Friday evening to hear the pitches and join a team. If you are joining a team, please commit enough time, so that you are sharing the workload with your team mates.
Please also see the UP hackathon Code of Conduct.
Check out the UP Singapore blog post “How to Hack a Hackathon” for tips and tricks to make the most of your hackathon experience here!
Is attendance at the pre-hackathon workshops mandatory? What is in the workshop?
Attendance is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged. It will be a useful orientation to the industry, and a good primer for the hackathon. We introduce the themes and specific challenges and invite experts to give these themes and challenges the context.
How many people are allowed in a team? Can I form a team beforehand?
Teams typically have 3 to 5 people. No one-man teams are allowed. Yes, teams can be formed beforehand, but we still encourage you to pitch on Friday evening to share what you are working on.
Are the participants free to use any technology?
Yes, you are free to use any technology. Wifi is provided, and please bring your own laptop.
Are the participants free to use external datasets?
Yes, you are free to use any external datasets that complement or mash-up with the datasets released for this hackathon. You shall be responsible appropriate use of these external datasets, subject to the originators’ terms and conditions.
What is the closing date for registration for the hackathon?
We accept registrations up to the start of the hackathon. However, as space is limited, we encourage you to register as soon as you can.
Do the participants need to be present throughout the weekend? Must participants stay overnight?
There is no restriction on your movement. However, if you intend to participate in a team over the weekend, we would encourage you to come on Friday evening, since team formations happen during that session. The workspace at 237 South Bridge Road will stay open till late on Saturday. But you are not required to work overnight!
Is there any age limit for the participants?
There is no age limit. We welcome anyone of any age, so long as they have something to contribute. However, if you are below 18 years old, please let us know ahead of time, so we can prepare a parental / guardian consent form for you.
Why do you need a deposit of $15 at registration?
The $15 deposit is only to ensure that participants remain committed to attend the hackathon. Once you register at the event on Friday evening, the full amount will be refunded.