Dear CHOOSE Members,
Please note the following announcement for a Hackathon taking place in Lugano in 2 weeks.
CHOOSE members do not pay any registration fee.
On behalf of the CHOOSE executive board,
*** USI Hackathon 2019 >>> Making data alive ***
Lugano, Aula Magna USI, November 15-17, 2019
*** In a Nutshell
The USI Hackathon is an open competition for students and professionals, in developing
prototypes and analyzing data. It represents a first experiment in Lugano of an open data
approach to share city-related data, with a total prize cachet of 10,000 CHF and the
opportunity to have a real impact in future city decisions.
Find out more details and register here: https://hackathon.usi.ch/
Digitalization makes data modeling & processing a key activity. More and more data is
available to citizens and organizations, facilitating their decision making process based
on real data instead of feelings or perceptions. Compared to a traditional hackathon, the
USI Hackathon 2019 called “Making Data Alive" has a more dynamic approach focusing on
the area of "data analysis", a relevant topic both for beginners and experts in
the field of information technology.
The USI Hackathon 2019 is organised by CodeLounge (https://codelounge.si.usi.ch
), the R
& D Centre of the Software Institute (SI; https://si.usi.ch
) of the Università della
Svizzera italiana (USI; https://ww.usi.ch
), with the participation of experts of different
areas of research and development in the field of information technology. The event is
designed in collaboration with the Lugano Living Lab of the City of Lugano
) and with Ated4Kids
), having thus educational, societal, and
*** Structure of the event
The USI Hackathon is structured into two tracks:
1. Coding Track: Teams work for 2 days on the creation and development of prototypes
and/or applications leveraging the data provided;
2. Data Analysis Track: Teams compete in the production of the most insightful analysis of
the data provided.
*** Participants of the Hackathon
The event is aimed at students, professionals, and families.
Participants will be provided, for a mere 20 CHF participation fee, 2 days of hosting and
food and the chance to win prizes for a grand total of 10'000 CHF.
The main theme of the event “data analysis” makes the participation open and attractive
not only to software developers and IT professionals but also to analysts and data
For families is intended the age group 10–15 for the initiative “mini-hackathon” promoted
by Ated4Kids. For this initiative there will be a special competition dedicated to
children with its dedicated jury and an award ceremony at the end of the event.
*** Evaluation of the outcomes
At the end of the two-day "marathon", a jury composed of companies (including
sponsors and data providers), organizations, and experts from various fields will evaluate
and award the best teams which have:
1. Made the most interesting prototype/application;
2. Proposed the most relevant data analysis;
3. Created the most original "junior project" (age group 10-15).
*** Sources of data
Lugano Living Lab, an initiative promoted by the City of Lugano and USI, aims at offering
a real life lab experience in an urban context by making available data related to the
territory for the production of meaningful digital services/products for citizens and
The City of Lugano and partner organizations provide to the participants of the hackathon
anonymised (when applicable) relevant data, such as:
- Demographics of the residents of the City of Lugano, provided by the statistics
department of the City of Lugano.
- Bike sharing flows through the City of Lugano.
- Transaction data from the city of Lugano shops.
- Public transport data from TPL
- Data from electric car recharging stations
- Usage of boat transportation on the Lugano lake from Società di Navigazione del Lago di
- Other sources are being evaluated (Swisscom data, hotel occupancy information,
historical meteo data)
For any inquiry please check https://hackathon.usi.ch
and or contact us at
CodeLounge @ Software Institute
Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)