Eircode Hackathon

The Eircode Hackathon took place on Friday 10th February in the NDRC, D08 HKR9. This was the first ever cross-Department Government Hackathon using Eircodes.

Over 100 people registered on the day which included public servants, citizens, researchers, students, developers, coders and engineers.

Data and expertise  was provided by DCCAE, DPER, HSE, eHealth Ireland, SmartDublin, Fingal CoCo, Roscommon CoCo, LGMA, NTA, NDRC, DCU, OSi, Rehab Group and SEAI.  The hackers looked at finding new and interesting ways in which Eircodes and open data could help citizen's lives.

The hackathon explored the benefits of Government datasets and the use of Eircodes by inviting creative minds, technologists, designers and innovators to come together and find ways to make it easier for people to locate and interact with Government services. The hackathon featured open datasets for Eircoded health and local government services as well as other datasets such as transport data from the NTA, boundary data from the OSi, and other datasets such as hospital and school locations from the national open data portal.   They looked at the  problems and came up with some innovative solutions to relating to finding services, finding the places delivering those services, getting to those places and solving real problems for real people.

Some of the key outcomes of the day were:

  • gaining a deeper understanding of problems relating to finding services, finding the places delivering those services, getting to those places and solving real problems for real people
  • finding new and interesting ways to use open data we collect as a nation
  • finding new and interesting ways to use Eircodes to solve problems and new solutions to problem that citizens have
  • promoting the open data portal and the use of open data

A big thank you to the judges who had a very difficult job in choosing the three ultimate winners (from a total of 14 proposals submitted) - Peter Crowley (Digital Entrepreneur), Paul Mc Sweeney (COO- Capita), Fran Thompson (Delivery Director – eHealth Programme) & the Chair, Hilary Murphy Fagan (CEO of the National Shared Service Office).

Results of the winners can be found at the following link.