Join in Perth’s Tourism Hack & Code the City

September 19, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

Hackers & Creatives invited to explore boosting Perth tourism offer

Computer coders, developers and other creatives are being called on to bring their skills and enthusiasm to Perth College UHI for a weekend Tourism Hack on Sat 1st & Sun 2nd October.

The event, organised by Perth & Kinross Council and Perth College UHI, is being run in conjunction with Aberdeen-based Code the City, and aims to develop innovative digital solutions to promote tourism in Perth.

Code the City have previously run successful ‘hack’ weekends on the themes such as history, culture, and the environment.

Ian Watt of Code the City said: “We are very excited about this hack weekend in Perth. There are a great series of challenges that we want to address, from making Perth more friendly for cyclists to interpreting art trails and promoting adventure sports. You don’t need to be a computer coder to take part. We’re looking for designers, data wranglers, service users and providers. In fact if you have got good ideas about how to promote Perth then you have something to contribute.”

Councillor John Kellas, Convenor of the Council’s Enterprise & Infrastructure Committee said: “We are committed to making Perth a more attractive place to visit. Being attractive to a 21st century audience, is about more than just the way the city looks, it’s also about how people can interact with a place in new and exciting ways.”

“This is the first time we have organised this kind of event in Perth, and it’s fantastic to see Perth College UHI getting behind the hackathon. It will be an exciting weekend, bringing together creative people with lots of ideas and enthusiasm to develop new projects which will help develop Perth’s ambitions to be a smart digital city.”

The hack weekend will take place over the Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October in the campus’s Brahan Building library and study centre with a final presentation on Sunday evening. Free accommodation and refreshments will be available for participants.

Margaret Munckton, Principal of Perth College, said: “We are pleased to be hosting Perth’s first tourism Hackathon, and I hope that some of our own student programmers will get involved. This is a new way of tackling challenges in the city using data and technology, and hopefully it’s going to bring some great new ideas to help promote Perth for tourists.”

You can find out more details and register to join the #Perth Tourism Hackathon here.