One of the flagship events of the Summit is the Happy City Hackathon. It is a collaborative, hands-on activity that will bring together citizens of Andhra Pradesh to envision, plan and develop a plot on the waterfront in Vijayawada with coaching and support from design experts. The hackathon is based on the concept of ‘tactical urbanism’ that is gaining popularity in cities around the world.What is tactical urbanism? Click here to know more
To know more about ‘tactical urbanism’, you can refer to:https://www.greaterauckland.org.nz/2017/08/03/streetfilms-tactical-urbanism/ https://www.citylab.com/design/2012/03/guide-tactical-urbanism/1387/
For the Happy City Hackathon, we have shortlisted a site on the Punnami Ghat in Vijayawada, the boarding point for ferries to Bhavani Island. The area of the identified plot is approx. 250 – 300 square metres.
We are looking for ideas to reimagine this space. We would like to give you, the citizens and students of Andhra Pradesh, the opportunity to design and bring to life your vision of urban spaces. Tell us how you can make this space more beautiful and inviting, enable citizens of all ages and backgrounds to interact with each other, and motivate them to engage in fun and purposeful activities. Be creative! Think about how art, sculpture, landscaping and greenery, seating provisions, and various physical activity can transform this space into a place citizens love and cherish.
We invite school students of classes 9-12 and college students of Andhra Pradesh, individually or in teams (maximum 4 members), to conceptualize how they would like to design the identified hackathon site.
While conceptualizing the site, students should keep in mind the following guidelines:
Thereafter, teams should submit their idea as an essay, PowerPoint presentation, drawing/ photo, or video.
The submission guidelines are given below.
A selection committee comprising architects and design experts will review the applications and select the top concepts.
The shortlisted students/ teams will be invited to attend a design workshop, tentatively in March-end, led by an urban design expert, to translate the shortlisted concepts into tangible, implementable designs, and identify the raw materials required to execute the design(s). The raw materials will be provided to the students; they are not required to bring their own materials.
The shortlisted students/teams will then bring their concepts to life, supported by designers, landscapers, and even citizens, o during (or prior to) the summit. The final output will be a prototype / proof-of-concept or a semi-permanent structure, and not a permanent construction. The event will be recorded for showcasing at the summit.
The final output will be unveiled and showcased during the summit, and shortlisted students/ teams will win cash prizes and be felicitated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu.
The Happy City Hackathon offers a unique opportunity for participants to:
Please note that applicants not adhering to the guidelines may be disqualified.
Submit your concept in the form an essay (max 400 words) OR PowerPoint presentation (max 5 slides). If you like, you may supplement your application with a drawing or photo (less than 2 MB).Apply now
Email us your application at firstname.lastname@example.org in the form an essay (max 400 words) OR PowerPoint presentation (max 5 slides) or short video (max 5 minutes, max 5 MB), addressing the three questions mentioned in the application guidelines. If you like, you may supplement your application with a drawing or photo (less than 2 MB).
In your email, clearly mention your full name, email ID, phone number, team members’ names (if applicable), your school/ college, and the city you belong to. The subject line of your e-mail should be as follows: [Your name_Happy City Hackathon application]. The attachment should be named as follows: [Your name_Concept name_Date]Email us
Students and citizens from Andhra Pradesh are invited for the final days of the Hackathon, 7 and 8 April to witness the transformation of the Punnami Ghat in Vijayawada. The final site will be unveiled on 8 April and the competition winners will be felicitated by Hon’ble Chief Minister on 12 April, during the Happy Cities Summit.
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