The NBII teamed up with the Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS) programme, the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) and 1 Billion Africa to host the two-day Open Data Hackathon in Windhoek. The event was held at the same time that the International Open Data Day was commemorated globally.
The official opening was addressed by the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Honourable Dr Moses Amweelo, who said that data has become more useful to governments and citizens and that opening access to public data could yield significant benefits.
“Open data will transform governance by enhancing accountability and transparency and ultimately public service delivery. It will boost our economy because it will create untold opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators to build the platforms and applications that will enable and facilitate growth,” Amweelo said.
Several presentations were delivered during the event, including one by Juha Miettinen, SAIS Chief Technical Advisor, who focussed on the benefits and new opportunities created by open data. Liina Kafidi, Acting Chief Statistician at the NSA, also delivered a presentation on the current and possible future state of open data in Namibia.
Software developers and designers who attended the event focussed on a number of topical issues to develop mobile applications solutions during a 10-hour hacking session. Among others, a mobile e-learning portal, a mobile health solution and a home security application were developed during the session.