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Hackathon comes up with ideas to utilise Barking and Dagenham's 'no ball game' spaces

PUBLISHED: 19:00 21 November 2018

First place went to GreenSpace, a platform where people can discover open spaces nearby and use them to host activities. Picture: Digilab

First place went to GreenSpace, a platform where people can discover open spaces nearby and use them to host activities. Picture: Digilab

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Barking and Dagenham's best digital minds put their heads together to find a use for the borough's empty green spaces.

Teams spent two days coming up with ideas, building prototypes and then being judged. Picture: DigilabTeams spent two days coming up with ideas, building prototypes and then being judged. Picture: Digilab

At a hackathon last weekend, teams came up with concepts to make use of ‘no ball game’ spaces and empty green spots across Barking and Dagenham.

The event was run by Digilab, the council, and London Sport.

Third place went to an outdoor games park idea, with mini trampolines, climbing frames and zipwires. Knock the block won second prize, with a game where players throw a ball at a device fixed to a wall to win points.

First place went to GreenSpace, a team of 14 to 17-year-olds, who designed a platform where users can discover nearby spaces, book them, and rate them after use.

Second prize went to Knock The Block, a game in which players would throw softballs at devices attached to a wall, losing points if you hit another player's device. Picture: DigilabSecond prize went to Knock The Block, a game in which players would throw softballs at devices attached to a wall, losing points if you hit another player's device. Picture: Digilab

The teams created prototypes of their ideas, which were then judged for their local relevance, scalability, cost-effectiveness and innovation.

Seun Oshinaike from Digilab said: “The weekend hackathon was a great success, with excellent concepts. We were particularly delighted to have had the hack full of local residents embracing frugality.”

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