The streets you walk through it. The air you breathe. The park where you walk the dog. The soil where you stand on. Lampposts. Sidewalks. Benches. Water. Everything in your immediate surroundings has been thought through. That thinking is captured in rules, laws, rules, regulations. The spatial design of the Netherlands has so many rules that only experts have overview on the whole. Ordinary people, residents, business owners have lost their way. Information is (digital) available, but it is too much, not clear, sometimes contradictory and not transparent. That is difficult when you would like to improve this environment, make it more convenient, better or more friendly. This is difficult if you want to develop a initiative in this area. Because what is allowed and what not? And who have to come along?
That is the challenge in the Hackathon ‘Redesign Holland in 48 hours’.
From 2019, all the arrangements have been merged and simplified into one Environmental Planning Act, one law for the whole physical environment. But that is not enough. Technology can help to realize much of the goals of this new law:
- Residents gain more influence over their own environment
- Governments, businesses and citizens work together for a (better) design of the surroundings
- The way to authorize an initiative is much shorter (how about one day!)
Will you help us to make a leap forward with new technology? To work on a Netherlands more pleasant and livable all together? Then join the Hackathon. You will be able to work with data from the province of North Brabant, Municipality of Eindhoven and DataLand. With ICT you can solve one of the four specific challenges. Write 25/26 October in your diary. Notification procedure as well as the elaborate challenges follow as soon as possible!