Parliament Hack 2013 saw dozens of developers, designers and civil servants working together on experimental digital projects using parliamentary data. The event, organised with developer network Rewired State, took place at the Hub Westminster on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November 2013.
There were six winning hacks chosen from the nineteen which were created over the course of the weekend. On Friday 10 January, a number of the winning developers came into Parliament to discuss their ideas and the importance of open data.
The six winning hack projects were:
Best in showWestminster Stock Exchange
Westminster Stock Exchange is a dynamic virtual stock trading game using the 'popularity' of MPs to engage constituents on how MPs react to the legislation that affect our lives.
Created by Benedict Allen, Graeme Jones, Melanie Swan and Tobi Ogunleye.
Increasing participationPublic feedback on draft bills
Public Scrutiny Office is a way for the public to comment and annotate draft bills. It enables public review and critique of new legislation, allowing line by line annotation (with annotations visible to others) and allows for general discussion below each bill.
Created by Iain Collins.
Re: MemberFantasy Parliament
Fantasy Parliament lets you pick your own cabinet, get points from votes and compete against other people. It is based on the idea of Fantasy Football.
Created by Julian Fitzell, Max Harlow, Nic Long, Wenjia Zhao and Will Franklin.
Today in ParliamentMetaBill
MetaBill aims to make it easy to see what shaped a law. The tool allows a retrospective view of legislation allowing you to assess which parts of the parliamentary process had the most impact on the shape of a law, what got put in, but also what got left out.
Created by Duncan, Lily, Steve, Tom, Philip, Alex and Marcello.
Why should I care?What are your true colours?
What are your true colours? surveys people to challenge their political views. This hack asks people to answer a number of questions as part of a test and then compares those answers to the parties that voted for those items.
Created by Paul Hutson and Seraphina Anderson.
Special mentionHansard Sentiment Analysis
Hansard Sentiment Analysis applied sentiment analysis to all House of Commons speeches since the 1930s from Hansard.
Created by Harry Rickards and Vesko Vankov.
A full list of the hacks developed at Parliament Hack 2013 is available on Rewired State's website and a short video about the weekend featuring guest speakers Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Dr Rufus Pollock is available to watch on Vimeo.