With UN estimating 55% of the global population already living in urban areas, and with it estimated to rise to 68% by 2050, the challenges that the explosion of this trend bring are equally challenging and complicated.
The existing solutions often fall short and so, cities have to look for innovative social, economical and technological responses for adequate and sustainable solutions.
The 0.6 edition brought together design & tech hackers on a platform with urban enthusiasts and experts to undertake problem statements from the repository.
Devthon was part of the two-day urban techno-arts festival, Do Din, where it organized the hackspace. In the 2 days, the hackspace enabled the doers to take up problem statements related to urban challenges that came from the conversations & ideas from the talks/discussion space.
Two ideas were sparked off,
1. GHMC Road Repairs Inspection portal
This was a community driven approach where the feedback given by fellow citizens to the government body to monitor the quality of the roads and also raise complaints for bad quality roads wherever they exist. Once the repair has been taken care of, the residents monitor the status of the repair and give a feedback on the quality of the work and changes, if any.
2. Urban Transportation challenge
Based on open street maps, this project was taken up to minimise confusion and to find the best public transportation means and the routes to be taken by people to reach from point A to point B. This was done by extensively digitizing the analogue routes on open maps for different public transport options that are available and was made oen source for anyone to use.
Two other projects proposed were,
1. Rainwater harvesting data collection portal
2. Mapping Memories project
Do Din – simply meaning ‘two days’ is a multiplex event that was first organised in Hyderabad in December 2013. It was initially conceived as an urban techno arts festival where several different things would be happening simultaneously as they do in cities. It was specifically about celebrating Hyderabad but also about reflecting on cities in India and elsewhere. There were film screenings, workshops, talks and exhibitions parallelly all at the same venue. Hyderabad Urban Lab was nominally coordinating it all.