Supporting Edinburgh Apps: the city's first civic challenge event

Edinburgh Apps is the city's first civic challenge to use an entirely open approach to developing solutions to challenging issues by making data available around key themes to interested individuals from the community.  The focus has very much been on working in partnership with the community to find solutions that will genuinely improve the lives of those living, working and visiting the city of Edinburgh.

The Programme

An initial Icebreaker evening was held on 26th September where creative individuals and teams (developers, designers etc.) came together to learn more about the themes for the specific event challenges: Transport, Environment, Health, Economy and Tourism, Technology and Innovation.

Senior speakers from the council set the scene by giving some context around each of the challenge areas.  Following open principles, the Council then made some data available to the participants who then went away and developed their ideas into solutions, which were pitched back to the judging panel on 10th November.  Keeping in the spirit of openness, it was not only the judges who were able to ask the entrants questions, but also the audience.

Sopra's Dave Meikle, one of the judges on the day said: "I was extremely impressed by the overwhelming response to the event as well as by the level of innovation in the solutions proposed.  The quality of the entrants made it very hard to choose a winner."

The winners will now enter into discussions with Edinburgh Council to see how they can take the solutions forward in partnership.

All of the meetings for this event were held in the Creative Exchange in Leith, an exciting new venue and flexible workspace for people working in creative industries.

Read more on the Edinburgh Apps website