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Apps for Ghent is nuttig voor meer dan enkel hackers

March 20, 2015 in Events

Op zaterdag 21 maart gaat de hackathon Apps for Ghent door in de centrale bibliotheek met als thema ‘de bib van de toekomst’. En ook voor het niet-hackende publiek is deze hackathon interessant. In de loop van de dag zijn er een heel wat workshops en presentaties die voor iedereen toegankelijk zijn.


1. Bouw nu gratis robots met Timelab:
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In het kader van Apps for Ghent biedt Timelab twee workshops aan voor bibmedewerkers: ‘the most useless machine’ en ‘beambots’, stap-voor-stap workshops om een simpel robotje of machientje te bouwen. Er is geen voorkennis vereist. Deze workshops zitten in het aanbod van Timelab en worden uitzonderlijk gratis aangeboden tijdens Apps for Ghent. Hier vind je meer info:

10.00-13.00 most useless machine
14.00-17.00 beambots

Inschrijven voor een van de workshops: Graag inschrijven vandaag!

2. Werk aan je eigen privacy op het privacy café:

In samenwerking met de Liga voor Mensenrechten willen we ook de ruimte geven om te leren hoe je zelf met data beter kan omgaan, en hoe een verbeterde privacy meer ruimte geeft om echt zinvol met open data te kunnen werken.
Om meer mensen inzicht te geven in wat je zelf kan doen organiseren we tijdens Apps For Ghent een Privacy-café, waar je door middel van een aantal mini-workhops tools aanleert die je helpen meer controle te houden over jouw gegevens.

Van 12:30 tot 15:00 uur.
Voor meer info en inschrijven op:

Open Sessions

Na en naast de workshops is er nog meer te doen. In de Musschezaal is er ook een Pop-Up makerspace van Nerdlab waar bezoekers al een proevertje krijgen van hoe de bib van de toekomst er zal uitzien.

Om 15.30 zijn de effectieve pitch sessies van de hackers die de hele dag een toepassing hebben zitten construeren op basis van de Open Data van Stad Gent.

Om 17:30 zijn er een aantal datatalks:

  • Open Acces: Inge Van Nieuwenburgh
  • Case Datajournalistiek ism REC

We hebben om 18:00 een receptie en de award uitreiking om 18:30.

Dus voor ieder wat wils.
Het volledige programma van Apps for Ghent vind je op:

From parking data to mobility data in Ghent

April 14, 2014 in Events, Featured


Together with the City of Ghent , the Mobility Company of Ghent is evolving torwards open data and wants to open up more of their available data. There was already been a datatalk around the opening up of parking data, the possibilities of this data and about the expectations of numerous developers and users of this data.

At this moment, with help of the Open Data programma of the Flemish Government (VIP projects) they’re researching the possibilities of releasing traffic messages (linked to the notifications that appear on the traffic guidance systems) and routes (eg. routes to parkings, for auto buses or planned diversions for road works of events.

On monday 28 april you’re invited to dive into this matter and give your insights on it. The City of Ghent will give a short explanation about the future applications and projects thet are co-operating on. But this is also the ideal time to express your wishes concerning putting the open mobility data on the map and to network with the different experts within the field.


Date: Monday 28 april 2014 from 18:30 until 21:00
Location: Mobiliteitsbedrijf Stad Gent, Sint Michielsplein 9, 9000 Gent
Registration: Participation is free, registration is required on
Sandwiched will be available during the event.

AppsforGhent IV – The after post

March 27, 2014 in Events, Featured

We’re proud to see that Apps for Ghent made it to its fourth edition. This year was marked by using environmental and health data, prefixed by a nice addition of green datasets to the Ghent dataportal. With this blogpost we try to summarise this event.

Last saturday, in the AC Portus building in Ghent, six teams contented for the honour of being one of the winning apps for Ghent. After a short introduction about the Datatank and the environmental data, the teams found their own room and started hacking. Parallel from this there were Apps For Dummies Sessions, Datatalks and a Coder Dojo for kids.

All in all we had some great input from the teams and a new look into the minds of the digital citizens of Ghent. We had a lot of fun and interesting talks.

Want to relive the whole thing? Here a few links to satisfy your hackathon needs:

Click here to watch the teams and their presentations.
Click here to watch who won which award.

Check out the pictures here:

Or relive the social media side of things with this storify:

What’s on the Apps For Ghent IV Menu?

March 19, 2014 in Events, Featured

If there is one thing we learned from (co)-organising hackathons, it’s that they’re fast and full of interesting talks and tracks. Apps For Ghent is no exception and it’s this saturday. We give a quick oversight of the programme to mentally prepare and figure out what concept you’ll be working on this year.



09:00 Reception and breakfast
Stack up on the coffee and couques, sugary energy for everyone.
Speedtalk about The Datatank
Jan Van Steenlandt will give you a speed course in using and finding the right datasets with the Datatank, which is the system running behind
Short introduction of the datasets of the City of Ghent and Sensolus
The city of Ghent has some new datasets (Dutch) ready for you and Sensolus will get you up to speed about the sensors that you can use live, as well as using data from sensors that already gathering data as we read on.

09:30 Start Hackathon
Find your buddies, take out those laptops and get started. You have until 16:00 to work on your idea.

10:30 – 12:30 : Apps for dummies (1st floor)

Apps For Dummies (Dutch) is a separate citizen development workshop for those who want to create an app without coding skills. Yes, you’ve heard right, now everybody can make an app. Thimo Thoeye and David Slosse will give a workshop about the neighbourhood applications based on application template developed by Citadel on The move.

11:00 Inspiration session 1: How can sensor data support relevant applications?
Still wondering how you can integrate sensor data into your concept? No worries, Johan Criel and Laurence Claeys from Sensolus will give an inspiration session about how you can use that data.

12h:30 Inspiration session 2 : Apps and the Ghent green pools
How can data and mobile apps contribute to the involvement around the Ghent green pools (Dutch)? If you don’t know what green pools are, those are the 4 big green areas that will provide the necessary room for green space and recreation around the city.

12:30 Lunch
Time to take in more than sugar and coffee. Short foodbreak.

14:00 CoderDojo
Codoerdojo starts their track for 7-16 year olds.
The team already had a head start, but beware for these new prodigies, they learn fast.

14:30 Datatalk 1:
Olav Peeters from IRCEL (interregional cell for the environment) will talk about environmental data and services that will be able to provide you with the necessary data, the services that already running on it (eg. Sensor Observation Services), the legal frame and INSPIRE. There’s also some attention to Sensor Observation Services on a Raspberry Pi and possibilities for a project where data of onboard computers in car can be made available.


Pieter Colpaert, not only part of Open Knowledge Foundation Belgium, but also the coordinator of the international Open Transport working group, is going to introduce the concept of Open Transport Data.

Put down your pens…, I mean laptops. It’s time for the teams to present their results.

17h30 jury deliberation

17h30 Presentation and presentation by CoderDojo

17h45 Start Reception

18h45 Award ceremony

19h30 End

That’s all of it. It’s a big schedule, are you ready for it?
If you want to come but still need a team and/or a project, why not join the edit-a-thon team. I’ll be your personal assistant during the whole activity and we’ll have a blast.

Got any more questions about Apps For Ghent?
You can always tweet to @AppsforGhent or just mail us.

Trouble getting there?
Slimweg has a whole webpage dedicated to getting to the AC Portus building (Dutch only)

Time for an Edit-a-thon

March 17, 2014 in Events

This saturday it’s time for Apps For Ghent, a short 6-hour hackathon in the city of Ghent.
I’ll be there all day and I want to start up a sidetrack during the event: An AppsForX Edit-A-Thon.

What is it?
During these 6 hours we’ll be editing the Apps for X WordPress template, used by Apps for Ghent themselves. You can find the project on

What’s the goal?
Having a new template ready to set-up during other Apps for X events and improve the one Apps For Ghent is using now.

Who do you need?
Everyone with frontend-dev, backend-dev and design experience who can work on a WordPress template.

What’s in it for us?
The template will be distributed under an open licence but we want to attribute you for the effort.
So your name will be on every possible AppsForX website in Belgium, and maybe even in Europe. Besides from the fame afterwards, I’ll make sure that during the edit-a-thon our team won’t be hungry, thirsty, bored or agitated. And admit it, who doesn’t want a personal assistant for a day?

Where do I sign up?
Contact Pieter-Jan and we’ll see each other on saturday.

Image source: Wikimedia by Tom Moriss

Apps for Dummies

March 10, 2014 in Events, Featured


Workshop Apps 4 Dummies
Saturday, 22 March, 2014 – 10:30 to 12:30

Are you a proud citizen or fan of the City of Ghent with lots of ideas for digital applications but no background in programming or application development? This year you can create an app without that technical background. In less than a few hours, you can make a working application based on a few available templates. The applications as a result are simple in use and offer a perfect introduction to app development. The City of Ghent provides the Open Data sets and helps those who are interested in making their own dataset and input it into the application. Afterwards you can download the source code of the application and make adjustments.

But how?
Thanks to the European project ‘Citadel on the Move’, the City of Ghent provides a few simple tools to make an application with ease. You collect the data that you want to visualise in an Excel-File. Next you convert it to the right format with a convertertool. The result can be used in the app-templates that you can see here.

What can I do?
Just like with any other app, the strength of the result is dependent of the data it is based on. That’s why it’s interesting to brainstorm on what you want to make. The possibilities are endless. A playground app for the neighboorhood, a sick-tree spotter, a pub-crawl app, you name it. If you need data from the city of Ghent, let them know and they’ll help you along. If the data is open, they’ll give to to you in the right format and up to date.

The hackathon is on the 22th of March as a part of Apps For Ghent.
Sign up through Gentinfo (09 210 10 10 of Gentinfo is reachable from monday to saturday, from 08:00 to 19:00.

Image source: by memoossa

Apps For Ghent IV DataDive: The Prequel

March 5, 2014 in Events, Featured


May the fourth be with you. Oh yes, the fourth edition of Apps For Ghent is right around the corner and to inspire the digital minds in Ghent, we’re organising a data-dive on the 11th of March.


Don’t worry, you don’t need a wetsuit. The data owners providing the data for the Apps For Ghent hackathon will tell us more about their datasets, how they are maintained, for which purposes they exist and what the challenges considering policy are. The datasets belong to the Ghent environment service, the green maintenance service and the health service. So let’s make applications that are ‘lean’ and green.

After the session about the data there is room for some brainstorming on possible projects during Apps For Ghent on the 22nd of March. So you’ll be ready and inspired for the hackathon itself.


Come and join us on 11 March 2014, confirm by signing up on Eventbrite


AC Portus

Keizer Karelstraat 1 – 1st floor

9000 Ghent


18h30 Reception

19h00 Start data explanations

20h00 Brainstorm ideas

21h00 End


Original image source by DiverJim  provided by the SXC Image Licence agreement

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