Can you hack a shoeprint?

  • Cole, C. (Organiser)
  • Rolf Black (Organiser)

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar


Get involved with our DataFest 2020 Festival Fringe Forensic Hackathon! A Hackathon and workshop on a very special type of dataset in forensic science: shoe prints (pizza and drinks provided).

High quality Forensic Science, like many other areas of science, is underpinned by reliable data. With this hackathon we are challenging data scientists, students, programmers or visualisation experts to help us with an automated analysis of footwear data we are collecting with the support of citizen scientists.

Footwear marks have “class characteristics” which distinguish different types of shoes and brands of shoes from each other. Footwear marks that contain “individual characteristics” which may have come from wear or accidental damage to the shoe sole will aid in making “conclusive” evidence of a mark having been made by a particular shoe.

Join us for a day of data hacking with input from forensic scientists and practitioners and be prepared to contribute your own data to our Sole Searching Citizen Science project (you do have to wear shoes for that)!
Period7 Mar 2020
Event titleCan you hack a shoeprint?
Event typeWorkshop
LocationDundee, United KingdomShow on map


  • Datafest20
  • Hackathon
  • Forensic science