App that maps all 30,000 City of Waterloo trees wins open data hackathon
Timber app uses publicly-available data to map every tree Waterloo owns
An app that maps every single one of the 30,000 trees owned by the City of Waterloo took home top honours in the city's first hackathon this past weekend.
The winning team behind the Timber app, which included two students from Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School and one student from the University of Waterloo, used publicly-available data to create the app.
The hackathon, called Waterloo Codefest, started at 8:00 a.m. on October 24 and ended 36 hours later, at 8:00 p.m. on October 25.
More than 100 coders and hackers participated in the event, using city data to create apps that do everything from describe local attractions to track city gentrification.
"This is the kind of thing that government's can't do," Jaworsky said, "which is why we wanted to liberate our data."
He said the winners of the event received a $1,500 prize and will maintain intellectual property rights for the app they developed.
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