BGS hackathon


BGS informatics staff held a hackathon on 19–20 July 2016 at its Keyworth headquarters. Teams of four to six people addressed scientific challenges and developed prototype solutions in a relaxed, informal, collaborative atmosphere. The challenges undertaken were:

The hackathon turned out to be an exciting two days of interaction and creativity as our software developers, graphic designers and communications teams worked together alongside our scientists to spark innovative uses of our technology and data assets to help answer key scientific questions facing society today.

And the winners were...

Hackathon winners

The winners were Katy Mee's volcanology team!

The judging panel awarded the winning team with staff time to pursue their idea further.

BGS’s in-house software development team has extensive experience of creating award-winning systems to visualise and provide access to geoscientific data and information. Examples include OpenGeoscience, the UK Soil Observatory, OneGeology and the iGeology mobile app, which is now approaching nearly 300 000 downloads. We hope the hack will provide a springboard to a new generation of products.


For more information about the hackathon, please contact Patrick Bell.