Hack the City is about using open data for a better urban and civic experience.
It's a hands-on event to use public data to test and prototype ideas, apps and products that can either reveal something different about your city, or help people find out about and engage more easily with the events, incidents and decisions that affects where and how they live.
There'll be a room full of smart folk to collaborate on ideas with and plenty of refreshments to keep you going, whether you want to prototype a data-driven startup concept, knock together an urban or civic hack or simply experiment with or learn about the data.
What's the Theme?
Any urban or civic project ideas are eligible at the event, but as in previous events we also support the upcoming Open Data Challenge Series competitions (more info below).
So for this Hack the City we're particularly interested in exploring how open data can be used to engage more people, and more diverse people, in UK culture and heritage.
Who Can Hack?
All citizens are welcome. You don't need software development skills, but they are always helpful. The best hacks come from teams that combine technical and design talent, with a canny understanding of how citizens could engage with their city and how people use digital tools. Some entrepreneurial hustle goes a long way too.
This edition of Hack the City especially welcomes those who work in or for organisations in the culture or heritage sector, or those that use the services of cultural organisations.
Where and When?
Where - The ICOSS Centre on Portobello, near the University Roundabout. Now home to the Sheffield Methods Institute.
When - On Sat 10 Jan we gather from 10am. We kick off with insights into the data sets, pitching and voting on ideas, and forming teams before settling into the Hack. There's food and refreshments throughout the day, culminating in a show'n'tell of what's been done and awards from 7pm, followed by networking drinks from 8pm.
What Data is Available?
There's a growing repository of urban and civic data available on data.gov.uk and other publisher websites. We'll be reviewing some of culture and heritage related datasets at the Open Data Sheffield meetup on Mon 17 November, and sharing an update on other interesting datasets via the Hack the City website.
I work at a heritage or culture organisation - can we share our data for the Hack?
Absolutely! We're happy to put any non-personal data into the mix to see what people make of it. It may well shed some light on how you can improve your audience reach and engagement, or strike up new partnerships. Get in touch via email@example.com to talk about how to get your data ready for public consumption without exposing your organisation commercially.
The Challenge Series Competition
As with previous Hack the City days, we'll be helping teams test out and shape their ideas to apply for the Open Data Challenge Series run by the Open Data Institute and Nesta. The Heritage & Culture Challenge application deadline is 9 Feb.
The Challenge Series is a programme of competitions aimed to both stimulate projects and help startup enterprises using open data. It offers next-step development prizes of £5k each and a grand prize of up to £50k, along with an opportunity to enter their startup incubator programme including access to mentors, finance and office space.
Some Questions and Answers
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
No age limits, but anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. You should bring an electronic copy of your registration ticket.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Use the contact the organiser button on this event, or email directly via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes. You can update the ticket registration details directly from My Tickets in your Eventbrite account.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes. Log into your Eventbrite account and go to My Tickets.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Definitely not. Better to bring a copy of the email on your smartphone, tablet or other device and save some paper and ink.
When & Where
Open Data Sheffield
Open Data Sheffield is a community of citizens, data entrepreners, geeks, academics, journalists, local authority staff, third sector workers and public data providers collaborating to increase public sector transparency in the region and make it easier for citizens to understand the decisions and services that affect them.
Meetups happen at the Rutland Arms in Sheffield on the third Monday of every month, from 6pm - 8pm.
Open Data Sheffield meetups are organised by the Better With Data Society, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving open data engagement, supply and demand.