EU-backed project to hold latest hackathon at Leeds Beckett
The #Hackingley event will see teams of entrepreneurs, students, engineers and IT experts compete over 48 hours for the chance to win more than £4,000 and have their product piloted by the MONICA project.
The project has seen Leeds collaborate with five other major European cities to develop and trial new technology that aims to improve crowd safety and experience at events.
New technology trialled so far includes wearable devices that alert security staff to crowd incidents and a smart wristband that gives event-goers helpful information, such as the location of the shortest toilet and bar queues.
Competitors will be challenged to help change the fan experience at the event on 26-28 October at the Fairfax Building on Headingley Campus.
The project is being led by Professor Dorothy Monekosso from Leeds Beckett, who has worked alongside Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rugby to test the new technology at the Emerald Headingley Stadium.
Professor Monekosso will sit on the judging panel, alongside representatives from Yorkshire County Cricket Club, the National Physics Institute and Axis Communications.
She said: “The challenge is to develop a data-driven app, utility or service, using data provided by the MONICA project.
“The winning idea, if it is good enough, will use the MONICA project as a testbed and provide the opportunity to work with various European partners. We are looking forward to hearing the ideas from the participants”