The SH:digital hackathon took place in Kiel from September 11th to 14th. The event continues the proven concept of the OZG hackathon, which was also held in the state capital last year. We spoke to Dr. about the success, results and future of the hackathon. Philipp Willer (PW), Managing Director of the IT Association Schleswig-Holstein (ITVSH) and Jesko Zychski (JZ), Deputy Chief Digital Officer of the City of Kiel, were asked for a short interview:
heise online: Please briefly describe the goals of this year’s SH:digital hackathon?
Dr. Philipp Willer: The goal of the hackathon was for municipalities and manufacturers of lowcode/nocode platforms to digitize administrative processes such as resident parking permits, mobile parking bans, and event permits from start to finish in four days.
How many participants did the event have this year?
Dr. Philipp Willer: We had around 50 permanent participants and between 20 and 30 guests over the four days.
Are there any projects from the first OZG hackathon in 2022 that have already been successfully implemented?
Jesko Zychski: Of the 47 online services that the state capital Kiel developed in three days together with around 80 employees, as of today 32 online services can be used online in our service portal on kiel.de. Above all, the great added value for the digital transformation of the state capital Kiel lies in the fact that we used our hackathon to democratize the implementation processes within the framework of the OZG. Over the course of three days, we were able to initiate a community of practice with more than 40 employees from a wide variety of subject areas, who were then empowered to implement online services independently using a graphical form editor (NoCode form engine) and, if necessary to support each other. This enabled a relevant scaling effect to be achieved in the overall process. There are currently more than 50 additional online services being implemented decentrally. We currently offer our citizens and companies in Kiel 209 online services on our service portal.
How do citizens benefit from the results obtained at the SH:digital hackathon?
Dr. Philipp Willer: Citizens benefit in two ways. The first hackathon (development of online services) gives them the opportunity to submit applications online so that they no longer have to fill out forms in the office. In the second hackathon, the backend processes in the administrations themselves for processing applications were first optimized and then digitized. This means the processes run faster. For example, an application is approved or rejected more quickly and any payments can be made immediately.
Jesko Zychski: During the four days, our employees who took part in the hackathon for Kiel were able to learn and try out how not only online forms can be created, but also complex end-to-end digitization processes and fully functional specialist procedures relatively easily and quickly Reusable software components can be assembled and configured in a visually appealing way. Ultimately, in the four days we were able to prototype and test a specialist process for processing extensive funding applications in the area of child and youth work, an application room for the interaction between different target groups of the health department and a fully automated process for balancing school loads without any programming knowledge. Our employees were able to experience firsthand the enormous potential of LowCode/NoCode systems at the hackathon. We are now working together to make the corresponding systems usable productively in Schleswig-Holstein and also in our administration.
In which direction should the SH:digital.Hackathon develop in the future?
Dr. Philipp Willer: We would like to expand the hackathon regionally. It should continue to take place at the local level, but preferably in more federal states. It would also be conceivable that other subject areas such as digital services of general interest could also be addressed.
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