TechHub Swansea hosts HackTheCity event

Innovators and creators from across Swansea are being encouraged to come up with ways that technology can help solve problems faced in the city.

The HackTheCity event, which is taking place at TechHub Swansea today, is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to develop their own tech-for-good ideas.

At the start of the night, the organisers will collect a small payment. Everyone then gets to pitch their idea to an audience of techies, entrepreneurs and creatives.

Once the pitches are done, the audience and judges will choose a winner. They not only get to keep the door money, but will also be able to go back to TechHub to talk about their plans for the idea.

To take part in the event, you just turn up with ideas, problems and a computer, and you don’t need any knowledge of technology or software development.

Paul Harwood, co-founder of TechHub Swansea, describes HackTheCity as a playground for the new urban. “Turn your city into an experiment using open source software, commodity hardware, some skills and a bit of imagination,” he said.

Sarah Fogel, community and events manager at TechHub Swansea, added: “These meet-ups are informal, social and lively occasions that bring together creators and innovators from all over Swansea and the surrounding regions.

“We’re here to encourage collaboration and solution generation, as well as discussing all the things that make us proud of our city – the people, the tech, the culture and the innovation – things that make it such a unique place.”

Chris Cundhill took part in a previous HackTheCity event, where he came up with different ideas to improve the user experience of Swansea Council’s digital services. This included an app to report flytipping.

Speaking of the experience, he said: “Getting the inside scoop on stuff that’s happening to develop our city from folks like Mark Barry (Swansea Metro) and the council leader himself Rob Stuart (City Deal) has been so beneficial and inspiring.”