Winners of £100 Amazon voucher per team member, sponsored by Skyscanner
Stefan Adamov - "Kit is a stalker"
I would be really happy if I get the chance to get my hands on and learn more about MVC JS frameworks such as backbone.js, angular.js, etc. during the hack-week!"
Stefan Sabev - "I am taking part, because I'd like to do something cool with the data that will be available on the hack day. I've got a solid grip on Python/Flask, I can do a lot of SQL and lately JS and visualisations."
Yordan - "I want to win the prizes."
Nikolay Bogoychev - "A third year AI/CS student looking to practice machine learning with real data."
We plan to revolutionise the way holidays are booked. We require only the bare minimum of input from the user - either pinning a location on a map or just stating his/her preferences for the type of holiday he/she desires with a few clicks - and then we will go through the tedious process of finding the locations, the cheapest flights, arranging accommodation, etc. Our goal is to eliminate all the effort that the user has to make so we do all the complex, frustrating and time-consuming tasks like finding the cheapest flight combination between multiple locations over a large period of time, or even actually finding a desirable location to visit.
We will demonstrate the project from one of our machines.
Code repo: https://github.com/koshov/SmartData
Find out more here: http://rustam.li/"
Aniket Sanyal - "did bachelor's in computer engineering; currently doing master's in artificial intelligence; 2+ years of industry experience ... i'm here just to play and have fun with real data ..."
Andrew Price - "I'm an informatics MSc. I did my undergrad in philosophy in the States. I really want to learn how to build a native web and/or mobile app. Very interested in learning more HTML5 and d3. I have a basic foundation in machine learning, can code in java, and have very strong writing and editing skills. I have a background in online media.
N.B. There's a chance I'll have to join a little late on Monday due to travel."
We are working on a new generation of flight search user interface. Our main goal is to simplify the process providing a minimalistic single-search-box design which is backed up by natural language processing and information extraction technologies (inspired by Facebook's Graph Search and Chrome's Omnibox). During this project we developed a proof-of-the-concept prototype system from scratch and deployed it to Google App Engine: http://easyscn.appspot.com/. We are exploiting SkyScanner's data to test our novel UI approach. Major outcomes of our efforts are smart search box component that support hightlighting, adaptable grammar parser and extraction algorithm tailored for fligh searches. Keywords: machine learning, natural language processing, human computer interaction and information extraction
Code repo: github.com/rustamli/easyscanner
Winners of a Kindle Fire per team member, sponsored by ALISS and the School of Informatics
Margus Lind - ""It's not a bug; it's an undocumented feature!""
Matus Falis - "skills: About a year and a half of java programming."
Matej Mezes - "I see this as a brilliant opportunity to gain new set of skills as I am new to hacking. But with strong IT background I consider myself as a quick learner."
Princess - "I am the princess! (I am not a real person)"
An app that would rate cycling routes taking into account the dangers that lay ahead based on the history of accidents and fatalities provided by the Ed'bra Coonsil. Provided we get similar pedestrian data we have the support for displaying a calculated pedestrian index for the same start and destination points for comparison. "Just type in a destination and a place of departure in Edinburgh, and you'll get the safest routes. The ratings are given based on records of previous accidents, and is calculated considering the length of the journey and the density of previous incidents."
Winners of a £100 Amazon voucher per team member, sponsored by Skyscanner and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council
Aggregates and parses details from Lothian and Borders Police Reports (available at http://www.lbp.police.uk/), enabling the utilization and leveraging of crime statistics to create actionable turnkey logistics/transportation solutions for end-users and thereby cultivate user empowerment and maximize user travel confidence. Also allows the user to dynamically explore crime statistics via an interactive data visualization interface.
Code repo: https://github.com/team-tusive/ilwhack
Winners of a Kindle Fire per team member, sponsored by Open Innovation
Martin Asenov - "I want to get a feeling of what it is to work as a programmer 7 hours a day. Good knowledge of Java."
Dimitar Dimitrov - "I hope to gain experience in teamwork and write some interesting code. I have experience in writing in C/C++ and C#"
Winners of a Nexus 7 per team member, sponsored by CompSoc
Ben Jeffrey - "I want to work with some real data, and brush up my coding skills, especially in pair-programming and TDD.
* little bit of Java
* teensy bit of Haskell"
Connor Stuart - "I want to learn how to build web apps. I have limited skills, but not when working with large data sets. The d3o.js knowledge particularly interests me. Plus, it's something to tell the PT I actually did when it comes to our meeting."
Nantas Nardelli - "I'm a first year undergrad Informatics student with several (I'd say too many) years of C and assembler languages - that I fear now more than ever - behind my shoulder.
I'm currently learning C++ and Python and I am particularly interested in AI development, cognition and behaviour, so anything related to those elements is fine.
Well, everything is actually fine: the fun lies in learning!"
Matthew Summers - "Taking part to learn new skills (such as android app dev, data visualisation, web dev), and also for pizza and prizes. I've got experience in C#, Java and Haskell, mainly C#, and would like to break out of that little comfort-zone niche bit thing."
A proof of concept design on how some MyEd functionality could be implemented in an alternative way using a wide selection of University and City data sets. A variety of different services are included in this, including RSS feeds and an updated timetabling service.
Code repo: https://github.com/inf1yt/don
We have built an app that uses Skyscanner data and API to suggest the best travel destination with a limited amount of money. We use d3.js and jQuery frameworks to conveniently present the data to the user.
Code repo: https://bitbucket.org/marijonas/ilwhack
Cameron Gray - "Sounds like something I would really enjoy.
A web app using SkyScanner to allow the user to book multiple flights by entering more than one destination and how long they wish to stay in each place. The flights will be shown in order of price and then filtered appropriately as the user chooses each one.
Our project will only be demonstrable from our machines as we are hosting the webapp locally.
Sukrit (Roy) Hotrabhvanon - "First year Comp-sci and Electronics student.
Past Projects :
Homebuild Quadcopter leading to a fully fledged autopilot Hexaxopter, designed - manufactured + coded all inhouse.
Intelligent ultra-light electric scooter - designed and built for an urban vehicle project.
My skills are mainly hardware based with limited software experience. Although i'm well versed in programming methodology, I can very quickly pick up a language with a guiding hand."
Visualising the state of DICE machines in Appleton Tower labs (i.e. Whether they are in use, asleep, available, etc) in 3D using data previously collected by Alex Shearn in 2012 (due to lack of current data).
Project is not hosted publicly at the moment, so will have to be demoed from one of our machines.
Bilyan Borisov - "I'm taking part because I want to do something interesting during ILW. I'm good with Java(and fairly well with any other language that's studied here as a part of some course) and I posses enough knowledge to enable me to learn on the spot. I believe a person's ability to code well is developed while doing some actual project so this would be a nice opportunity to do so."
Lubomir Vikev - "I am currently in my second year of SE course. I have good knowledge of HTML5, CSS, PHP. I also know some Java and C++. I have strong interests in web site building but I would like to learn how to make Android apps as well. I'm looking forward to the Innovating Learning Week."
Our app, given the preferences of the user(taken from facebook and questions answered at the beginning), plans a day for the user in Edinburgh. The app displays a map with a route and checks the weather. We make use of Edinburgh Council open data, as well as a few external APIs. We will be running our app on our own machine.
Website: not present yet
Code repo: github.com/jhirniak/pizza-for-students
Euan Reid - "Sounds like a fun activity to do for the ILW - plus, free food.
Mattias Appelgren - "First year inf student. I'm joining in because I want to try some "real" programing. I have limited Haskell Java and Python abilities. (First two from class and the third self taught although I doubt I will remember many useful things there)"
Takin' a location frae the user, we'll use data frae the cooncil an' tell'm where tae park.
The application takes a users current location or planned location and returns the closest parking area to them. The information returned includes details such as location, price and number of spaces.
Code repo: https://bitbucket.org/theeteam/parkomatic
Craig Innes - "I like data but not if its too small because then you dont have much data so i guess i like big data but not if its too big because then its a bit scary and overwhelming but i guess if you look past their bigness theyre not really that intimidating because after all we're all just people, it kinda reminds me of that warner brothers film with the iron giant except in this scenario the iron giant is like census data or something and the little boy who believes in him is like a jquery frontend"
Ashley - "Joined: un-named team."
Any council wants to make their city a better, cleaner place to live, but have a finite amount of resources. A major problem in any city is graffiti, which creates an ongoing battle and drains these resources. But not all graffiti is created equal. If we can help the council prioritise which graffiti is having the worst impact on an area, we can save them time and money, as well as improve relationships between the council and the community, by removing the worst graffiti first.
Graffiti can divide opinion - is it offensive vandalism or is it art? We suggest that the people in the communities are in the best position to make this decision. By allowing them to upload and vote on geolocated photos of graffiti, we crowdsource this decision to members of the community. How does graffiti impact a community? By combining these photos and votes with environmental data collected by the council, we can look for correlations between the perceived quality of graffiti and the environmental score of an area.
Code repo: https://github.com/chriswait91/smartHack
Jose Daniel Leal Avila - "Background in electronics, doing an MSc by Res. in Interdisciplinary Creative Practices.
Let's do something world changing!"
Nestor Hernandez - "I have enthusiasm for technology projects which involve team work and putting ideas into the real world.
I have and mixed background of electronics and computer science, and I'm doing a master in acoustics in music at this time, I like to think in ideas that can mix all my interest into one project, coming to this event will help me to improve my programming abilities and have fun with one week project"
Andrej Ivanis - "I'm would like to improve my knowledge of web design.
I have 10 years of programming experience, and I've been making App Store iOS applications (mostly games and entertainment) for almost 5 years.
I would like to make mobile app, website or something else."
Paul Scherer - "First Year, no particularly notable skill set; can learn quickly and keep wide view on project as a whole, logical items (such as rights for user), and implications/consequences of such on end product.
Hope to learn as much as I can from my immediate seniors and their approaches/theory to tackling problems involving large sets of data. Pretty much open to anything as it will likely all be new to me.
Note: I might have to leave early (3 hours) on one of the days."
A project using SkyScanner's live API and Open Data Set. It attempts to display the user's input information in an intuitive and quick fashion look using a temp-coloured map. It tries to relay the most important information with asynchronous updates to information taken from the requests to give a "live update"-like view.
The application can only run provided the repo is downloaded. So it can only be demo-ed from our machines until the action is completed.
Andrius Žiūkas - "I have spent more than half of decade solving various algorithmic/data structure based tasks on plethora of imperative/objective languages (though I have a particular liking of c++ and ruby). I am somewhat interested in robust data analysis, hence the registration."
Martynas Melninkas - "I like coding."
Jakov Šmelkin - "Third year CS student, looking to apply the knowledge gained in machine learning and other courses on a real dataset, in order to see the actual feasibility of such processing."
Web application that allows Edinburgh residents to find a lot of community-focused activities in and around the city. The project uses tagged and otherwise processed data from both Edinburgh council and ALISS in order to provide initial suggestions, as well as search functionality.
Code repo: https://github.com/andriusa2/ilwhack
luke mcauley - "Taking part for fun and to learn new skills. Would like to learn some phone or web app development."
An app that helps groups of people that are located across the world to meet up at the cheapest price.
Code repo: https://github.com/TurkeyPi/rendezvous.git
Milan Pavlik - "I know nothing and everything."
Ieva - "Taking part for fun. Want to learn some coding. Good presentation skills, some new ideas."
We have built a prototype of an Android Application which allows users to find nearby places of interest around. We are using the Edinburgh Council data to make searches. We have managed to parse the data and extract meaningful features.
Our applications allows for combination of searches and retrieves elements ordered by distance. Currently, we provide searches on subjects such as Parks, Libraries, Sports, Youth Centres, Community Centres, Allotments, Play Areas, Toilets, Day Clubs, Museums and Galleries and interesting information about old Trees in Edinburgh.
We allow the user to either get current location though the GPS built into the Android smartphone or enter a specific location. This allows the user to over-ride the search and make searches not only from the current location.
Diego Zamoro - "PhD student with a past as tourist guide, guiding tourists around the High Street and central Edinburgh, amongst other places.
Special skills: dramatic performance, story telling, tour planning, knowledge of the Scottish tourism sector and crafting community."
karl monsen - "We missed Monday's sessions, so we're a last minute entry.
Working with team Brodie's Friends to deliver a geolocative mixed reality game, Deacon Brodie's mystery, using the addressing history dataset.