CODE 2015 Hackathon
Team YPP takes part in CODE 2015 Hackathon!
This past weekend the YPP team participated in the Canadian Open Data Experience. CODE 2015 is a nationwide hackathon organized by the Federal Government where teams are encouraged to develop apps over the course of 48 hours that utilize government’s open data.
YPP had a great team that was able to put together an app that utilized a few different data sets as well as users input to calculate a user’s Happy Score. We modeled it after the Gross National Happiness Indicator which is a tool used to help measure a nation’s success taking into account factors not normally included in more traditional indicators such as GDP.
Over 11,000 people participated in the event, and it was great to see so many people excited about open data and using it to make apps which can make people’s lives better. YPP has been an advocate of the open data movement since our formation in 2002.
The hackathon was also a great chance for us to do some hands on work with government data. Working with this data helped reinforce the need to make all government data public and accessible and to continually strive to improve the quality of the data available.
The event also showcased a lot of the potential that exists for this data in the future and the importance of events like this to help people utilize the data.
Check out Team YPP’s App at www.yourbc.ca/beehappy