Hack for Impact - Looking Back

Its been a couple of weeks now since we held the Hack for Impact event at Cloth Hall Court, but we thought itd be good to look back and share what a success it was. We had a goal: to create a dashboard for Yorkshire measuring impact - whatever that means - but what did we actually come out with?

We had a great turnout of people; some came with a solid idea of what they wanted to produce; others without, but everyone pitched in, sharing and stimulating ideas, and helping develop these into real projects.

So what was produced?

To try to unify everyones work, Giles, from ODI Leeds, created a Dashboard of dashboards, which contains links to everyones output from the day. These have been grouped using Yorkshire Waters 6 capitals (Social, Human, Natural, Intellectual, Financial and Manufactured).

We went into the event not knowing what would be created, how it would look, what would be measured etc, but came out with some great working prototypes as well as great ideas which could be further developed.

These included:

  • Upstream - an interactive map showing reports of flooding in Yorkshire, using a previously unpublished dataset from the Environment Agency (a perfect example of the benefits of making data #RadicallyOpen)
  • Natural Knowledge - another interactive map, showing available activities such as running and cycling groups in your area, as well as local environmental data such as pollution and carbon absorption.
  • Digital Skills Bubble Pop - a visualisation showing what skills and technologies employers are talking about, by scraping data from digital business Twitter accounts, to make it easier for those entering the graduate jobs market to identify what skills they need to develop.
  • Yorkshire Scorecard - a tool where businesses would fill out a survey style form, which would then be used to calculate an overall sustainability score. Users would then be able to compare businesses scores and identify areas of improvement.
  • Apprenticeship explorer - allows users to delve into apprenticeship data published by the Department of Education, and show by region, sector, gender and level.
  • Engagility - a social media scraping tool which identifies current incidents based on keyword mentions. The prototype developed was based on fire incidents, but could be adapted for anything really.
  • Social Network - visualisation exploring whether or not there is a correlation between a given areas internet connectivity and loneliness in that area.
  • Our Future Leeds dashboard - idea is to show data highlighting the current climate emergency, and show Leeds progress towards meeting its carbon budget.

You can also see everyones notes and ideas in our collaborative google document, and you can also check out the micro-site here with a bit more information.

Going forward...

Overall, it was an excellent couple of days, and wed like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came and contributed, and to Yorkshire Water for facilitating the event. However, thats not the end of it - hopefully some of these projects will continue to develop, so feel free to keep adding to the collaborative doc, or engage with us on twitter @ODILeeds.