Open Data and Green IT CodeCamp - Spring 2015

Code Camp Week: Monday 2.3. - Friday 6.3.2015 Room no: 6218

CT30A9301 Code Camp on Platform Based Application Development (4 cr)

Learn to develop in a web and JavaScript environment and innovate on using open data sources or develop ideas on how IT could be green! Get a first touch on what the so called “big data” might mean. Create new data input environments or harness exisiting data sources for web mashups! This year's Open Data CodeCamp has a different topic from previous year, so both courses can be included in your curriculum (if your curriculum allows you to include multiple CodeCamp courses).

This week's theme is citizen science.

Course News

  • Course pages and signup are open! Sign up HERE if you already have not done so.
  • We get pizza roughly around 6PM on Thursday! Enter your pizza order here
  • Presentations are now over, thanks to all the teams! Remember to prepare for the final project returns by
    • Reserving a meeting time for your group for Monday or Tuesday at . If no time is good, please send Antti Knutas an email or contact him on Slack by private message.
    • Start working on fine-honing your 1. program, 2. wiki page, 3. project poster and 4. five page report. Upload the documents and source code to the wiki and also present them on Friday.
    • Return and feedback meetings will be held on 16.3. and 17.3. in conference room 2512
  • Because of a scheduling conflict, the final return event and team meetings were moved to 16.3. and 17.3. Please reserve a new time from Doodle! Deadline for finishing the project, wiki and the five page report was extended to Monday 16.3.

Course Tools

  • We use cloud development environment at Cloud9. Create your user account at beforehand, if possible!
  • We also are experimenting with new communication platforms.

Code Camp Week

Location 6218 basement computer lab

  • Course starts on Monday 2nd of March at 10:00AM.
  • First idea presentations are at 5PM on Monday at the LUT beach sauna
  • There will be a sauna and social event on Monday at the LUT beach sauna, after the project presentations
  • Project returns at 9AM on Friday (in the Code Camp week)
  • Group project final returns on the following week (start of week 12)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
08:15 - Wrapping things up / testing demos
09:15 - Coding Coding Coding Presentations
10:15 Welcoming presentation: What are Code Camps?
Theme Lecture: Why Node.JS?
Theme Lecture: Open Data
Short intoduction into Big Data
(And Large Data, and what's the difference)
Coding Coding Presentations complete: Winner announced
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Closing
13:00 Tech briefing: Node.JS + REST interfaces +
REST Node.JS tutorial
Coding Coding Coding
14:15 Idea brainstorming and group formation / Coding CGCS intro and test / Coding Coding Coding
17:00 Progress reports at the LUT beach sauna and then sauna! Coding Coding Coding
02:00 Coding Coding Deadline style Coding and Code complete


Group Application Name 1 Name 2 Name 3 Name 4
Group 1 SportFinder Ibrahim Olanigan Mansoureh Rousta Veronica Morales Manuel Delgado
Group 2 CitizenApp Abedin Anowarul Adekola Adebayo Rajeshwari Chatterjee Sumeet Thombre
Group 3 Raritan Ashraf Abdo Dimitar Minovski Niklas Kolbe
Group 4 LocalEat Anar Bazarhanova Khan Mohammad Habibullah Melanie Pittumbur Julien Dhallenne
Group 5 GreenPackTage Ornela Bardhi Dagnachew Temesgene Abdullateef Oyedeji Jonathan Pucher
Group 6 Lecture notes pro 2000 Markus Salminen Juri Pesonen Kalle Koponen

Return requirements for groups and the return schedule

  • On Friday, at the end of the course, you need to have
    • Five minute presentation about your program (idea, motivation, goals, technology used, what was actually implemented etc.)
      • Proposed talk topics
      • Design plan
      • How you used open data, and which sources
      • Experiences about the platform
      • One or two things in the source code that you are most proud of and think that might be useful to others
    • Five minute demonstration of your working program
      • Proposed talk topics
      • The application flow and features
      • The user experience with the application
      • Showcase your best features and explain how they are cool or useful
    • = Total presentation time of 10 minutes
    • Finished your wiki page and linked it to this one. Use this or this as an example
      • Group members
      • Idea
      • Motivation
      • Features (with screen captures!)
      • Which kind of technology, platforms, access methods you have used
      • Some explanatory charts (optionally)
      • Your project folder compressed and uploaded to the wiki OR a public link to your Git or Mercurial repository
    • Reserve the final presentation and feedback day time for your group for 13.3. from here:
  • Starting next Tuesday (10.3.) you can give feedback for the course and the CGCS system. It is strongly recommended to give feedback!
  • In a week (16.3.)
    • Update your wiki page with:
      • Five page project report on the same themes as your wiki pages. Write more on these themes and also put the content back on your wiki page.
      • One page poster about your project (see examples from previous years, also upload this poster to the wiki)
      • Project source code
    • Meet the course lecturer during the feedback time you have reserved. ( reserve time at )

Discussion and the Q&A


Programming experience(I hope you all have some…if not..then you'll have one during this code camp) and of course learning INTEREST is the most.

Can I prepare to Code Camp ?

Yes. During code camp week we will brainstorm a software idea, design it and code it. Getting good ideas might sometimes be hard and thinking about different ideas before code camp makes it faster to get into coding part.

I have an exam in Code Camp week ?

You are free to go exam, but code camp in intensive course and idea is to focus coding during the well, so it is recommended you prepare to exam before the code camp week.

Grading ?

Grading 1-5 from

  • Idea and presentation of the Idea in wiki: 25%
  • Coding of the implementation: 25%
  • Presentation: 10%
  • Code Camp Spirit: 20%
  • Code camp report 20%

More ?

If you have questions about code camp send email to Antti Knutas (

Helpful Links

Open Data Sources

What is Code Camp ?

Code Camp is a learning and hacking experience. The code camp approach can be defined as a collaborative learning setting that aims to promote profession-oriented skills. In code camp, the term camp refers to a situation where students assemble and stay a while together. The term code refers to coding, i.e. writing computer programs.


Registration link is on the front page.