“Data For Better Public Services” Seminar & Hackathon hosted by Pulse Lab Jakarta

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On 26-27 September 2014, Pulse Lab Jakarta held a seminar and Hackathon on “Data For Better Public Services,” in the city of Bandung, Indonesia. 
This two-day event brought together representatives from Government of Indonesia, NGOs, academia, private sectors and developer community to discuss the potential use of data in improving public services. 
The 24-hour hackathon (which is like a marathon for programmers and software developers) invited technologists to create apps that showcase the use of public sector data to improve the quality of health and transportation services. The hackathon was sponsored by PT. Jasa Marga.


The Seminar was opened by Oktorialdi, Ph.D., Head of Center of Data and Information of Bappenas and Mochamad Ridwan Kamil, ST. MUD, the Mayor of Bandung, and moderated by Dr. Vivi Yulaswati, MSc., Director of Social Protection and Welfare of Bappenas.
Speakers and topics discussed at the seminar included:
  • Giulio Quaggiotto Manager of Pulse Lab Jakarta discussed opportunities of utilizing Big Data to better public services
  • Dr. Yudistira Dwi Wardhana Asnar from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) highlighted challenges in utilizing data for decision making
  • Dr. Togar Siallagan, MM., Head of Research and Development of BPJS Kesehatan, showcased the readiness of their integrated system in supporting data analytics 
  • D. Hari Pratama, Vice President of Technology Information of PT. Jasa Marga explained about their readiness to open data for the public
  • Imron Zuhri, Commissioner of PT. Mediatrac Sistim Komunikasi, delivered a presentation on big data analytics to improve public services
  • Ir. Rudy Mahmud Zafrullah, MSP. MT., Head of Center of Data Research and Development, discussed open data implementation in provincial government of West Java


The Hackathon started the evening after the seminar. Developers who came from Bandung, Jakarta, Bogor, Yogyakarta and Sulawesi stayed awake to brainstorm ideas and test their apps until the next day. Watch the hackathon unfold on Storify to see photos and tweets from participants during the event.
After four hours of selection process, the judges (which included representatives from Bappenas, PT. Jasa Marga, BPJS Kesehatan, and ITB) chose two winners for each topic (health and transportation).


1st Prize – Dynamic Route Guide (DRG) apps by developer Ismail Hamzah
  • DRG comes with crowdsourcing feature and can predict traffic, crime and routes service. The service route service allows users to check-in using GPS on their mobile phones to let friends know their locations.
2nd Prize – Assistoll created by Muhammad Hasby, Dominikus D. Putranto, Halida Astatin 
  • Assistoll supports PT. Jasa Marga data collection by having features of route and toll road fees, rest area and facility information, and information about travelling buddies.
1st Prize – BaPaJaSa apps created by Muhammad Ikhsan, Aisyah Dzulqaidah, Tito D.K. Siregar
  • BaPaJaSa informs users the closest health facilities that are covered and recommended by BPJS Kesehatan.
2nd Prize – K{A}RMA by developers Ardi Priasa, Dhamar Prasetyo, Fajar Faturochman 
  • The K{A}RMA app enables community to call ambulance, request for transfusions, find health facilities based on location, service type and availability of hospital rooms.
Thank you to PT. Jasa Marga for providing all prizes, and congratulations to the winners!

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