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Third place at the third NRW Hackathon

Third place at the third NRW Hackathon

"Alexa, how do I get to the main station?"

Congratulations to all winners! On the stage at the "Alexa-Team" a happy Hartmut Beuß, Commissioner of the State Government for Information Technology. ©open.nrw

GeO FOR IT was the slogan of the #NRWHack 2017 on 3rd and 4th November, hosted by open.nrw and the North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy in Düsseldorf, Germany. For two days, everything centered on the country's open geography and mobility data and the question, "What happens when geodata meets mobility data?"

After being welcomed by Christoph Dammermann, State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitization and Energy, the participants gathered in a boot camp on mobility data from NRW public transport networks (VRR), geospatial and Copernicus data as open data. On the second day, the focus was on finding a topic, team building and, above all, coding. Also included were three employees of AED-SICAD, who together with other participants in a creative team dealt with the connection of chatbots to the Open API of the transport associations in NRW.

"Electronic timetable Alexa" was the project title, short EFAlexa and the core question was: "Alexa, how do I get to the main station in Dusseldorf?" Actually a simple question, but the answer was not quite as simple and resulted in ambitious developments with the Amazon Alexa Software Development Kit, Amazon Web Services and Open REST API of the VRR.

"Alexa, do you understand XML?" After one day of coding: "Yes", and this team effort was worth the third place in the hackathon.

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