Opendata Mini-hackathon on Election achieved its mini objectives

Opendata Mini Hackathon on Election was indeed a mini one with around 20 participants and 5 projects on Election data. The hackathon projects made use of available dataset in the election website. There were very few data in the site and those listed were also in pdfs, and in different kind of encoding. One of the interesting datasets is on Election Results of CA Election 2064 http://www.election.gov.np/reports/CAResults/reportBody.php.

The spirit of Open Data

February 23rd, 2013 marked a day in Kathmandu with an event that was first of its kind in the country. It was Open Data Day celebrated in events such as Hackathon, Mapthon, Editathon etc bringing in various stakeholders of the open data and related subjects together. In the Hackathon we saw 8 teams working hard extracting data, visualizing the data and creating tools and apps using open data. One of the teams included students from Kathmandu Engineering College, Kalimati. This group of second year students from KEC created a visualization of oil price comparison between Nepal and India and they became successful in bagging the first place in the Open Data Day Hackathon.

Open Nepal Hackathon saw 75 participants and 19 ideas

How do you choose the best from the best? I am sure judges had really hard time to select the best ones from the pool of 19 unique projects. However there has to be the winners at the end. The first prize of OpenNepal Hackathon of Rs. 30000 went to "Aid Flow Data Analysis and Visualization" which visualizes the aid data in the world map, showing the flow of money from donors to recipient countries. Similarly Bloodplus bagged the second award with cash prize of Rs. 20000.

The Event: Open Data Day Nepal 2013

Open Data Day refers to the day where citizens gather in cities around the world to celebrate, show support for, and encourage the adoption of open data policies. Everyone who come to enjoy the day will not only have the opportunity to watch Hackathon, Mapathon, Wikithon and Localization Sprint but also be able to learn more about Open Data projects in Nepal.

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