As Internet Week Denmark was taking place (from the 19th-23rd April 2017), numerous other events and talks were being organised all over the city of Aarhus on the topic of People First in the Digital Age. The OrganiCity Smart City Hack took place on 20th April at the Dome of Visions.
It started with a workshop called Co-creating the Smart City, in which participants learned about current OrganiCity experiments and were inspired to create their own smart city concepts in a competition. The challenge areas included climate, culture, citizen interaction and the sharing economy.
Louise Overgaard kicked off the event, followed by a short welcome from OASC Chair, Martin Brynskov, and Solutions Architect, Lars Andersen, from NCC. The teams had a productive day of brainstorming and concept development, using the current OrganiCity tools to co-create solutions to one of the four challenge areas.
The final concepts were reviewed by judges Anne Vest Hansen, Department Head of ITK lab Aarhus, Lasse Vestergaard, Smart Urban Designer affiliated with OrganiCity, and the aforementioned Lars Andersen.
Aarhus University Digital Living master students, Gabriel Pereira, and Laura Lüers, along with Business Academy Aarhus student, Valentin Valev, won the hackathon with their idea called “You Can’t See Polluted Air”. Their idea is to create a VR game in which you fly around the city in 3D to “kill” smog-monsters with trees. The data used to create the game will be drawn from an earlier experiment, which was funded in OrganiCity’s first open call and will utilise sensors on city buses to collect pollution data. The three students now have the opportunity to share an office space at the Alexandra Institute in Aarhus to continue co-creating their experiment.
The event was an excellent teaser for the second open call for OrganiCity experiments.