First EGAP Program Hackathon Held in Odesa

The first of the 64 hackathons planned under the EGAP Program took place in Odesa this weekend, supported by the EGAP Program and 1991 Open Data Incubator. We have combined our efforts with the 1991 Open Data Incubator, which shares our view and has  the ambitious goal of transforming tons of open state data into real start-ups providing services to citizens, companies, and the state.

Since one of the key approaches of the EGAP Program, funded by the Swiss Confederation and implemented by the Eastern Europe Foundation and their partners, is development of e-democracy, we were certainly happy to become partners of this event.

When presenting the tasks and plans of EGAP Program in Odesa Oblast, which is one of the Program’s pilot oblasts, we showed the teams our ideas and views of the e-services for e-democracy that society expects the most.

In the course of implementation of the e-democracy component, the EGAP Program chose the following tasks: to increase community participation in, and influence, on he policy making, through new e-governance mechanisms at national and regional levels. This will be achieved by creating and using e-democracy tools and platforms, engaging regional non-governmental organizations in monitoring the activities of government agencies, and mandatory discussion of regulations through the use of electronic platforms prior to their adoption. The second task is to use awareness campaigns and the national platform to be created for implementation of a knowledge-sharing system and raise public awareness of electronic governance and electronic democracy tools. Another task is implementation of pilot initiatives in the area of e-democracy to increase the engagement of citizens at local and regional levels. This will be done using such innovative formats as hackathons, as well as the software products created in the course of the program and as a result of hackathons. In particular, such products will include new mobile applications and other technologies that will enable citizens to use electronic democracy tools.

We congratulate the winners, the Agri Eye project team, and expect to see you at future program events.

Agri Eye proposed an agricultural sector project for measurements using unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles equipped with multi-spectral cameras. It is planned to compile statistics and process them using the newly-developed expert system with a database based on the Big Data concept, accumulating the information gathered by the drones and the calculated indexes describing the condition of the plot (polygon or cluster). Importantly, the statistics collected will be bundled with the land cadastre, allowing the quality of the fertile soil layer and crop cycle to be determined for specific plots, assess the current state of the Ukrainian land fund, make adjustments in management, and take timely measures for soil preservation.

The topics that the teams worked on included:

Sector-specific solutions for infrastructure, agricultural sector, and energy

Public e-services

Analytical systems for ministries and institutions

Smart­City solutions for local administrations.