The journey started from the Entrepreneurship course when Maathew from Sweden’s National archive came to give a presentation in September. He presented about the open data in Sweden and proposed about a 48-hours hackathon to be conducted in October. Open data was something new to me rather than just I have heard about it after coming to Sweden, So I decided to join the event.The main purpose for this hackathon was to make use of available national archive data in some way. So to get the ideas from different perspective they involved people from different backgrounds. The data were from Sweden, Estonia, Finland, and other Nordic countries.

On October 12, I went to attend the hackathon. Over fifteen organizations joined the event and presented their data so that participants can make use of them. The data were from museums, weather forecast informations, data from national library, sweden’s geographical plans, urban planning details and many more.

First day, it was just 5 hours introduction session. Learnt about different open data available. So people got over night to decide on shaping these data into new ideas. We also had an activity to decorate the venue which was fun and creative.

New day with all new ideas. Participants gathered at the venue, next morning. The event was so easy going. All people came up with some base idea. Then out of all, some projects selected to develop on. Based on participants’ interest, they can choose the project to work. Thus participants started to work on their projects for next two days.

I worked on the data from National museum and Wikidata. We developed an idea of using all the portraits from the museum and build a website. Using this website, people can design their garments from the painting of 17th century and later. It was exciting to work with open data. All the organisations had the API’s for their data. In between, we had some small presentations from different organisations to present their APIs and models to use their data.

The best part of the event was the archive tour. They took us around the national archive which had all bundle of files and books with data. This archive was as long as up to 84kms. The program ended with 3 winners for different tracks. The overall winner was awarded the tickets for SLUSH start-up event in Finland. A major breakthrough for them. Other participants in the event also came up with many amazing ideas. Our team ended with positive feedbacks personally from judges. So we contacted back one of the judge after the event and started working on the project again. Right now we are in the empathy phase. The weekend was well spent.

The experience at the event lead me to the User and Open Innovation course. I was so excited with the concept that I wanted to learn about it and its market value. Thanks to Terrance and Serdar for introducing us to different people, which gives us lots of opportunity.

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