South African Elections' Monitoring web app

voting stations of South African general election 2019We conceptualised and realised a web app with an ACTIVITY & ALERT MAP (peacemakers.care) for the monitoring of 119 voting stations located in the densely populated townships Mitchells Plain & Khayelitsha*) in Cape Town. The web app has been used by odd 300 monitors, so-called "peace makers", during the South African general elections on Mai 8th 2019 in the context of the violence prevention programme.

The "action map" is a technically & conceptually robust and straightforward developed application (pilot) with live update functions (clients get controlled map & message updates without reloading the website) and a simple color coding system (green, orange, red) for status signaling. In order to communicate between the operational centers, roving teams, voting station leaders and head office we applied several locally popular communication channels including a connection to the local police.

Realised within only a few days we experienced an intensive and challenging time, in collaboration with Hilltop (hilltop-centre.org) and Peace Centre, South Africa (qpc.org.za) - having been rewarded with a lot of positive feedback and done with fun !

Visit the website & map (peacemakers.care) »

*) Rommel Roberts, Hilltop director and programmer facilitator, Cape Town: "At least 3 million people, 2 million safely but other estimates are 4 million. My estimation is 3 million based on densities that the officials never count because of fears of doing a census there."

save-energy.tips changed to dontwastemy.energy

We have changed the domain save-energy.tips to dontwastemy.energy - so it matches the website motto "don't waste my energy!"

We are very happy about the visitors' interest for our students' project website and The Horse Education concept. In the month of March 3861 visitors (2235 different ones) have been on the students' project website https://dontwastemy.energy, i.e. about 72 different new visitors every day! In total we have counted 31318 page views during this period (returning visitors included). That's terrific!

The map shows the origin of the 140 web visitors' countries (data from AWStats)

dontwastmy.energy - map of visitors from around the world

Befter - «before and after» the experience

As a part of "The horse education concept" we invented and tried out a new experimental concept to acquire knowledge and perform projects, we name it

There are a number of newly created befter-contributions of different environmental topics published by vocational business students.
Already realized befter projects »
To the project teams »
More about the befter concept »

More freshly published articles: Bournemouth Showcase Specials and further Befters of the partner class from Belgium. Follow the project teams on Instagram::where2where, facebook::dontwastemyenergy, twitter::where_2_where

Best wishes for '19

We wish you all the best «in the now» and lots of luck and health for «the future» !

* Please be inspired by a tiny glimpse into «the past», photographed by Gianni Tiloca with the telescope of the Eschenberg Observatory, Winterthur, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland: M101 is also called "Pinwheel Galaxy" (Feuerrad-Galaxie), in the constellation Ursa Major (Grosse Bärin bzw. Grosser Wagen) *

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TWIST2018 Hackdays in Zürich

su-pa took part in the first TWIST2018 Hackdays !

9 teams were formed on site using and experimenting with open and linked data in collaboration. Besides a lot of other data sets the Statistical Office of the City of Zurich has freshly decided to publish its data as Linked Open Data at the very day of the TWIST2018 Hackdays.

Our hack team created the Zurich's big 5 project together. It's about newcomers in Zurich: Which city quarter matches your preferences? You can find it out by ranking the 5 predefined criteria. The results of data analysis, SPARQL queries and programming are shown in an interactive map. Check it out!

Project website (hack version)

Zurich's big 5 - Which living quarter fits you best?
Source code on github

*We had a blast meeting engaged hackers, expanding knowledge and skills. And all took place in a friendly atmosphere and well organized context.

New su-pa server, "The horses", "Quick Boxes" and other stuff

supa has a brand new web server, a Windows Server 2016 with IIS 10 which is currently (one of) the most robust server, both in security and performance issues available.

  • The server runs as a VM (Virtual Machine) on Microsoft Azure
  • About 20 web apps are running on the web server, inclusive save-energy.tips, the students' project website (WordPress).
  • "The horses" (the working and interaction environment for students and teachers, more infos on teachingweb.org) are not on the new web server but all previous "horses" More...