by Segun Odeleye
From Friday 22nd to Sunday 25th April, 2014, BudgIT will be organising a 60-hour codeathon at the IdeaHub at 296 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Lagos. The codeathon would give citizens the opportunity to build platforms and tools that can address issues affecting the lives of citizens.
In all, there will be six different challenges. See below:
Challenge: How can we increase and sustain public interest in corruption cases from arraignment to the conclusion of cases? What information is of greatest interest to citizens? How can citizens track the status of each case? When is the next adjournment/resumption date? Can a searchable database of all on-going corruption trials be built that tracks what assets the anti-corruption agency recovered from corruption cases, what property/asset the accused forfeited, etc?
Challenge: Can we improve transparency and accountability by building a platform or tool that tracks security spending across all government agencies? Can budgets be linked to spending and outcomes including increased safety and security for citizens? Can the platform include security-related spending and contracts approved by Federal Executive Council? Could we make this information easier for citizens to understand and use to hold elected officials and government servants more accountable?
Challenge: Can we build tools that make it easier to report and track petty crimes, allows for reporting these incidents to the police using web and mobile application that automatically gives a crime reference number?
Challenge: How could we improve access to information about local police stations for all citizens? Can we build a searchable directory for police station contact details?
Challenge: Is there a way we can use technology to make it easier for citizens to match their needs to the appropriate agencies? Can a platform be built that can give accurate information to the public? Can the public use the search function to find the right organisation or agency to contact when they input the crime they want to report?
Challenge: Can we build a one-stop platform to catalogue all FOI requests and responses? Can this platform show the date a request was made and when the response was received? Can the platform allow people who have sent out the request to make the request and response public? Can it allow them to state if the response was satisfactory or not? Can the platform allow for categorisation of the requests and responses? Will there be an administrator for the platform to answer questions and comments from the public?
According to the organisers of the event, Friday will be the day for idea pitching and event definition while the Codeathon proper will hold on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday will also be the day when winners would be announced. The ideas will be nested in CSOs for scaling.
More information can be gotten at civiccodeathon.com and registration/seat reservation can be done here.