DXW, a provider of digital services to the housing sector, recently spent 48 hours at the National Audit Office in London for Parliament’s ‘Accountability Hack 2014’ in order to demonstrate what can be achieved over one weekend, powered by nothing more than skill, talent and caffeine, and going on to win the ONS Challenge and Best in Show.
Led by Lily Dart, DXW’s head of service design, the company created ‘Right to Buy-Bye, an app which compared homelessness, social housing stocks and privately-sold social housing in each local authority. DXW’s app won the ONS Challenge.
Harry Metcalfe, managing director, DXW, said, “We were really pleased that ‘Right to Buy-Bye’ won the ONS Challenge and Best in Show. Although it’s not possible to draw any real-world conclusions from the project because the data was pulled from a variety of sources and was far from perfect, the app does demonstrate how clever needn’t be complicated and the kind of analysis that can and should be done if you can access accurate information from local authorities.”
DXW’s winning app was one of 19 submitted projects from the 60 participants and was built using Ruby on Rails, Zurb Foundation, SASS and HAML.