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Hackathon “Nowa Strona Danych”, 2018

Created mockup project for translating visual data chats to blind people, in accordance with WCAG guidelines standard.

Tech stack:

Highcharts

Highcharts

WCAG

WCAG

Prototyping

Prototyping

Teamwork

Teamwork

Story

One day, together with my dearest friend, Kacper Rzosiński, we felt we needed something refreshing from everyday mundane job duties. That’s when I saw a Facebook ad of a Hackathon “Nowa Strona Danych”, led by one of the Ministry of Digital Affairs departments. It launched a new portal with easy-accessible open national data – dane.gov.pl, and looked for its’ implementation ideas. The initiative seemed as a true challenge – something we both desired.

 

Solution

After assembling a team, and registering it as Alpacabana – we tackled one of the proposed topics: raw data visualization. We decided to do it with an intriguing twist: creating informative charts for citizens suffering from vision impairments. Quite a hard nut to crack, isn’t it? After 2 days of brainstorming and consulting with domain experts, we came up with mockups, being in-alignment with WCAG guidelines, and presented our PoC solution successfully to the broader audience.

 

Alpacabana Squad

 

 

Lesson Learned

Unfortunately, to our surprise: our spark of bright ideas didn’t catch on the Hackathon Committee. But that’s fine – most importantly, together we have successfully solved an urgent problem and created a viable, down-to-earth mockup solution to mitigate it. To our minds, it was more important than any promised winnable financial award.

        Statistics

        • 1: idea,
        • 2: days,
        • 5: people,
        • 10: mockups,
        • amount of raw data