Exploring Open Data: Health and Social Care Data Challenge
We were pleased to welcome students from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences to Edinburgh again this year to take part in a challenge using open data sets from the Information Services Division (ISD) of NHS National Services Scotland.
“How can the NHS clearly communicate messages using data to their diverse group of customers so that we can help improve the health of Scotland?”
Effective and engaging use of ISD’s open data platform can bring many advantages for a range of users. This also has the potential to reduce the demands on ISD as it creates a 'self-service' model.
The student’s challenge is to improve the use of this data and increase engagement through a user-centred approach to design and analytics. After two days working on this with Wallscope, ISD and other data users in Edinburgh, they now have 6 weeks to develop an MVP focusing on their chosen use case.
Here’s an introduction to the student team – wishing them best of luck for their project! We will report back on the end result soon.
I’m Chris Welfing, a 20 year old user experience designer and student from The Netherlands. I’m currently in my third year studying Communication and Multimedia Design at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Right now, I’m studying the minor user experience design to work on my passion: designing digital interactive products that make people smile.
I like the freedom of designing for the digital interactive world and it gives me a huge motivation boost when a client is satisfied with my work. I am always up for a nice challenge.
Stijn van der Gragt
I’m Stijn and I’m studying UX (user experience) design at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. My main focus is UX, but I believe for someone to be effective in the field of design, one should aim to at least understand the other parts of the machine as well. So I do have some affinity with code and also enjoy drawing and sketching.
I love the way design is always right at the front of technical innovation. Ergo, whenever something exciting happens, we are probably the first to know about it and to work with it as well. The thing I do best though is converting coffee, pizza, memes, and the occasional alcoholic beverage into amazing ideas that can fuel the innovation we all try to be part of.
At the moment I'm in my third year, studying communication and multimedia design at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. I mainly focus on front-end development, but I also like to come up with creative solutions for a particular problem. I like to create something that is functional, but can also be fun.
This project appealed to me because I like to visualise data and create a pleasant user experience. I also love to learn new techniques and to challenge myself.
I'm a self-proclaimed code nerd studying at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. I focus on creating front-end apps and sites. I'm always trying to create a great experience, whether it is purely functional or just to knock you off your socks.
I mainly focus on front-end development. I'm studying Communication and Multimedia Design and currently following the Minor: Web Development at the 'Hogeschool van Amsterdam'.
Maikel van Veen
I study Communication and Multimedia Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam and am currently in my third year. My focus is on becoming a full-stack developer.
I also work as a front-end developer at a digital agency called Lifely. Here I build scalable applications using the latest front end technologies, like React, TypeScript, GraphQL and more.
I chose this project because I want to make meaningful impacts on people’s lives by building scalable applications. I also liked the challenge of going international.