The City of Turku is opening up more regional data on the web. Ideas on what information to present and how to present are the key focus of the Turku Citizen Dashboard Hackathon Challenge, which started on August 26th at the SHIFT Business Festival’s virtual kick-off.

Turku Citizen Dashboard Hackathon Challenge

Challenge (pdf)

Rules (pdf)



Detailed timetable

August 26th Turku Citizen Dashboard Hackathon Challenge launches
September 27th at 23:59 last chance to submit the final video pitching
September 28th to 2nd of October Judgement week
October 8th Voting begins at open hearing platform (note: new date)
October 25th Voting ends
October 27th Announcing the winners at SHIFT Business Festival main event
October 28th Showcasing the winners at the City of Turku’s virtual stand in Shift business festival

The challenge is done in part with the city’s Smart and Wise Turku -project, which focuses on creating more usable open data for the city’s businesses and inhabitants, says Tapio Järvenpää, project leader for Smart And Wise Turku

-We’re challenging our citizens and different teams to innovate a new service for utilizing open data, so that it would hold the information that our citizens, businesses and other entities consider most valuable. The information needs to be easily accessible, so we hope to see ideas on how the information should be presented, as well. We’re also thinking about what to call the new service, so name suggestions are welcome too, says project manager Anna-Kaisa Berisha, who took part in the hackathon’s preparations.

Top three will be rewarded

Taking part in the challenge happens by signing up online. The pitch itself must be presented by a 2 to 5 minutes long video, due September 27th. More information on pitching will be given to all participants after registration.

The judges will choose between 3 and 6 of the best entries to advance to the next round. In this round, citizens will be able to vote for their favorite entry through the Kerro kantasi -service between October 8th and October 25th.

The final three best pitches will be rewarded at the SHIFT business festival main event on October 27th. The first prize is 10 000€, the second prize is 4000€, and the third prize is 1000€. Additionally, the three winning proposals for the service will be displayed at the SHIFT business festival on the following day, October 28th, at the City of Turku’s virtual stand.

-We hope that the challenge will also result in new ideas on how to piece together different kinds of data to create useful collections of information. Possibly something that we haven’t even thought of needing before, say experts Katri Honkonen and Arvi Leino, who also took part in the Hackathon challenge’s preparations.