Be it Islamabad or Karachi, we have civic problems! Do you want to bring a civic innovation revolution to Pakistan? Do you have ideas about how to fix things? Do you like working with other intelligent people? Have skills like web or mobile development or design? Want to innovate on top of government information and services? Apply your geek or creative skills to transforming your city for the better!
We need to start innovating in public services if we want to see a change. Around the world, civic hackers are creating solutions that enable city governments to be more open, efficient, and in tune with the needs of citizens.
The Islamabad Civic Hackathon, much like the Lahore and Peshawar hackathons, will bring together programmers, designers, urban mappers, data analysts, community organizers, and government information to reboot local services by creating open source web, mobile, and SMS applications. Imagine a peace corps of geeks for civic betterment. Our tracks for the hackathon include women's empowerment, citizen to govt., govt. to citizen, citizen to citizen, civic data, from govt. submitted problems and for Islamabad specific solutions.
During the 3-day Civic Hackathon, you will learn open-source hacking for civic good, get mentored, receive input from domain experts, and form teams to create useful prototypes that solve civic needs. All you need to do is bring your brain, skills, and enthusiasm!
Here are some problem statements that were submitted by our sponsors and participants. You can start discussing these, as well as adding more problem statements in the Discussions section. You will have the opportunity to pitch these and other ideas in person, at the start of the hackathon.
Data-Based Education Challenge: Ranking schools across districts
Develop an application that ranks entire districts based on the performance of their primary and secondary level schools
Women & Tech: Zariya - Women's safety and incident reporting
Build an app that leverages access to technology to 1) improve the under-reporting of violent crimes against women and 2) to enhance access to justice
Civic Data Challenge: Tracking price of everyday commodities
Use the historical consumer price index to determine whether the affordability of essential goods for the average lower-middle class family has increased or decreased with time
Agenda for the weekend hackathon:
Friday (Team Formation): 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
5:00 - 6:00 pm - Check-ins (Please arrive at 5 PM SHARP)
6:00 - 7:15 pm - Introduction to Civic Hacking
7:15 pm - Tea
7:30 - 8:30 pm - Project Pitches
8:30 - 9:30 pm - Team Formation
9:30 pm - Dinner
Saturday (Ideation & Design): 9 AM to 9 PM
9 am - Tea & Check-in
9:45 am - Agenda for the Day
10 - 11:30 am - Workshops
- Main hall: Apps from KP Fellowship, GitHub, Smile SMS API, Design Thinking.
- Civic Data room: Data Scrubbing, Creating Problem Solving Tools from a Dataset.
11:30 am - Judging Criteria
11:45 am - Team Ideation Starts
1:30 pm - Lunch
2 pm - Teams Continue Design & Ideation
4 pm - Tea
4:30 - 6:30 pm - Teams Review Design & Business Model with Mentors
6:30 - 7:30 pm - GitHub + Set up Hosting
7:45 pm - Logistics for Next Day + Start Hacking
8 pm - Dinner
Sunday (Coding & Demos): 9 AM to 9 PM
9 am - Tea & Check-in
9:45 am - Agenda for the Day
10 am - Teams Hack
12 - 2 pm - Team Mentoring
2 pm - Lunch
2 - 3:30 pm - Hacking
4 pm - Submissions due
4:15 pm - Tea
5 - 7 pm - Final Demos
7 - 8 pm - Speakers
8 pm - Prizes
8:15 pm - Next Steps
8:30 pm - Dinner
Participation in the Hackathon is FREE, but admission is open only to those accepted from the pool of applicants. Please do NOT register here if you were not previously accepted.
The Islamabad Civic Hackathon will offer participants the opportunity to secure incubation for winning teams to create startups, financial support for the further development of some apps, as well the opportunity to become members of the Islamabad Civic Innovation Lab, to leverage an broad network to continue civic hacking. We will share further details at the event on how to join the Islamabad Civic Innovation Lab.
Here are some problem statements that were submitted. You can start discussing these, as well as adding more problem statements in the Discussions section. You will have the opportunity to pitch these and other ideas in person, at the start of the hackathon.
Best App for Women's Needs/Empowerment
Best App for Govt-Submitted Problems
Best Solution Using Civic Data
Best Data-Based Education App
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
- Everyone with an idea was encouraged to apply to the Islamabad Civic Hackathon. We encourage diversity (gender, skillsets, backgrounds, both professionals and university students, etc.).
- Participation in the Hackathon is FREE, but admission is open only to those accepted from the pool of applicants. Please do NOT register here if you were not accepted.
When you’re ready to enter your submission, go to the isbhacks.challengepost.com homepage and click CREATE A SUBMISSION. You can also start this process and save a draft of your submission as you’re working on it.
- Make sure to include good screenshots.
- Write a clear, detailed description of your application.
- Include the link to the GitHub repo.
- Include the link to the prototype demo site.
- We recommend not creating presentation slides, but instead focusing all your time on creating a functioning demo.
- On the submission form, list all your team members by their ChallengePost user name.
How to enter
Registration for this hackathon is only open to those who had previously applied and been officially accepted. Due to space constraints, we will have to remove anyone who registers here who is not on that admission list.
You can work on any idea that improves the public sector. Some broad categories to consider include Police and Public Safety, Traffic and Transit, Public Administration, Citizen Engagement, Public Health, Education, Agriculture, Energy and Utilities, Local Government, Disaster Management, Rescue Notification, Urban Development, Rural Development, and any other public domains.
Prize categories for the hackathon include:
- 1st place
- 2nd place
- 3rd place
- Audience Favorite
- Best Solution Using Civic Data
- Best Data-based Education App
- Best App for Women's Needs/Empowerment
- Best App for Govt-submitted Problems
Judge: Iqbal Khan
Judge: Azhar Rizvi
Judge: Asif Memon
Judge: Puruesh Chaudhry
Mentor: Saad Hamid
Communications & Partnerships Lead, Invest2Innovate
Mentor: Babar Zahoor
Open Source Foundation
Mentor: Saman Naz
Mentor: Dr Sibt-ul-Hussain
Mentor: Shahzad Syed
Mentor: Tahir Masood
Mentor: Dr Hamid Mukhtar
Mentor: Salman Farooq
CEO, Smart Brain
Mentor: Saleem M Rafik
Vice Chair, OSFP
Mentor: Tahir Mahmood Chaudhry
Member Executive Council, OSFP
Mentor: Affan Syed
Associate Professor, FAST - NUCES / Founding Director, ORIC
Mentor: Faisal Chohan
Founder PakReport & Cogilent Solutions, Senior TED Fellow
Mentor: Arsalan Vardag
Mentor: Sana Kazmi
Judge: Nasir Mahmood Malik
Focal Person IT, Planning Commission
Mentor: Sohaib Jamali
Mentor: Asad Hashim
Mentor: Ali Raza
The World Bank
Mentor: Nabeel Zubair
Mentor: Shanza Alam
Product Marketing & Strategy Consultant
Mentor: Furhan Hussain
Mentor: Muhammad Nasrullah
VP Engineering, Convo, Cofounder: Pring, ByteSense
Mentor: Junaid Qureshi
CEO, Lever Systems. Formerly at NADRA.
Is the problem well-defined? Is the solution a good fit for mitigating or resolving the issue?
How widespread is the community problem that the application intends to solve? Is there any market research on the problem and solution? Can the solution be scaled easily to actual deployment in the real world?
Novelty & Learning
What is novel about the solution the team has proposed? Has it been done before? What will we learn from the solution that we didn’t already know before?
How easy-to-use is the application? How elegant and engaging is the user experience and design? How functional and well-implemented is the prototype demo?
How committed is the team to scaling/deploying the application beyond the hackathon? How will the app be adopted by users (govt/citizens/media) & usage sustained over time? Does it have a business model?