Sign up for the ‘Water, Water, Everywhere’ hackathon

OS and Geovation have partnered with the RNLI and Bournemouth Council to organise a hackathon looking at how geospatial data can keep people safe in and around the water.

Join us at the Water, Water, Everywhere hack on 30 September to develop and build your great ideas.

The problem

How can we keep people safe near the water? It’s a place to relax, a source of inspiration, somewhere to have fun with friends or get the adrenaline racing and the heart pumping. But it’s also an unpredictable force that demands respect. Every year, around 190 people drown in UK and Irish waters – half of them didn’t even intend to get wet. Drowning is a problem – and we need to solve it.

How can you help?

If you’re a developer or student, come on your own or with your tribe to the hack event on 30 September. It’s being held to coincide with the Silicon Beach event in Bournemouth, and being hosted at the RNLI College in nearby Poole. We’ll be sharing our large, fascinating datasets with you, so we can work together to tackle the following challenges:

Data visualisation – How might we visualise relevant live and historic geospatial data to make better informed decisions or find new ways to engage the public about water safety?

Flooded with data – How might we use geospatial data to reduce the impact of events like flooding or help emergency response operations?

Monitoring remote locations – How might we understand footfall in remote locations or monitor the status of public rescue equipment?

If your idea to help solve the problem has real potential you could develop it further with OS and Geovation.

You can find more details about the challenge statements here and register your interest. We hope to see you on the 30th.

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