Challenge #7: Interactive collaborative data capturing at scale – technology and business models

A MapWhiteboard is a technology that allows several users to work collaboratively “in” the same map, the way people do with documents in Google Docs or Office 365. Other users can see “my” cursor, and I can see “theirs”. We can all draw and edit on the same map and collaboratively add geometries and attributes. This technology is seen as having use cases within distributed or decentralized data capture.

Prototype application of MapWhiteBoard

The challenge for the hackathon is two-fold:

  1. The technical challenge for developers is to ensure the scalability of the current proof-of-concept to handle large-scale real-world user loads. To date, no benchmark has been established to determine the capacity and hardware requirements for the challenge. The challenge includes both to set such a benchmark and to push the performance of the technology to a level that is realistic for production scenarios with large-scale concurrent usage in terms of number of users per second, concurrent use, data volume transferred etc. Solutions might include enhancements to software or scaling of hardware 
  2. The business challenge for those who wish to transform tech into added value for society: How to capitalize on whiteboard technology
    • For government, academia, business, individuals
    • How can it be made into a cross-platform enabler (serve different tech silos, providers)
    • What are the “killer” use-cases and applications for this technology
    • How can this be offered as a service, licensing and IPR concerns – open or proprietary, on-premise, decentralized or SaaS

More information about this challenge can be found HERE!

***The registration for this challenge opens on 1st April***
Registration link will be available at

Your mentors are:

Eliska Janosikova graduated at Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication, in Electrical manufacturing and management. She works as business analyst and project support.



(Stein) Runar BergheimRunar  manages research and development at Asplan Viak Digital services. Asplan Viak is one of the leading consultancy houses in Norway.  During the span of his career, Mr Bergheim has undertaken more than two hundred projects in more than twenty countries. His key areas of expertise are design, supervision and management of information technology projects with four professional focal points: planning, land management, cultural heritage and e-learning.

Karel Charvat graduated in theoretical cybernetics. He is a member of International Society for Precision Agriculture, Research Data Alliance, vice chair of Club of Ossiach, CAGI, and CSITA. He was in period 2005 – 2007 President of European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture Food and Environment (EFITA). Now is chair of OGC Agriculture DWG. He was organiser on many hackathons, where as most important were series of INSPIRE Hacks and MEDHackathon. He work on implementation on national INSPIRE Geoportal. Now he is also active in Plan4all association. He has long time experience in ICT for Environment, transport, Agriculture and Precision Farming. Now he is one from promoters of Open and Big Data in Agriculture in Europe. Participation in projects: Wirelessinfo, Premathmod, EMIRES, REGEO, RuralWins, Armonia, aBard, EPRI Start, Ami@netfood, AMI4For, Voice, Naturnet Redime, Mobildat, SpravaDat, Navlog, c@r, Humboldt, WINSOC, Plan4all, Habitats, Plan4business, SmartOpenData, FOODIE, SDI4Apps, AgriXchange, FOODIE, SDI4Apps, OTN, DataBio, EO4AGRO, EUXDAT, SmartAgriHub, SKIN and other projects.