The County of Riverside has completed its first ever “Hackathon.” A Hackathon is a short contest in which programmers develop and design applications to make better use of public data. The event, known as “RivCodes,” took place on June 28 and 29 at the Riverside County Innovation Center.
During this event, programmers were provided county data against which to build their applications. The participant groups were given about 24 hours to develop their ideas and come up with an application that would provide a better quality of life through technology. Many participants were local college students.
RivCodes had a great turnout and ideas and apps were developed. The applications were designed with the purpose of improving the lifestyle of Riverside County residents. Some of the apps being developed have the potential of saving lives, enhancing the leisure of the residents and informing them about local incidents, traffic or road hazards.
ESRI served as the Platinum Sponsor for this event. Without their vital support, this event would not have been successful. Additional sponsors included Verizon, Microsoft, Tyler, National University, Syncano, Commvault, Viva, Academic Partnerships, Altura Credit Union, Dell, Cisco, Motorola, and IBM. SmartRiverside partnered with RCIT for the event.
As Riverside County takes its first steps towards open data, it is showing its’ commitment to technology, increasing awareness around open data, and reaching out to citizens. Go to https://data.countyofriverside.us/ to view the first data sets that have been released. Additional similar events are currently being planned.