Hackathon comes up with ideas to utilise Barking and Dagenham’s ‘no ball game’ spaces
PUBLISHED: 19:00 21 November 2018
Barking and Dagenham’s best digital minds put their heads together to find a use for the borough’s empty green spaces.
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.
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.”