DataJam North East

DataJam North East

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Frederick Douglass Centre

The Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5TF

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Use your data or service design skills and collaborate with people from across the public and private sectors to improve public services in the North East.

What is DataJam North East?

DataJam North East is a free two-day hack and unconference event for people with an interest in using the power of data and service design in the region for public good.

It follows the first DataJam North East event in 2018 which:

  • Brought together 200 people from across 50 different organisations

  • Fostered closer collaboration between central government, local government, universities, local charities and the private sector organisations in the region

  • Directly led to the development of a prototype skills recommendation engine which featured in the recent Government Technology Innovation Strategy

What’s happening at the event?

DataJam North East is a hack, unconference and workshops rolled into one, and you can choose how you get involved.

Over the two days, you can form agile teams in a hands-on hack with a difference. Together, you’ll use a variety of open and licensed data sources and service design techniques to come up with real, tangible answers to specific problems affecting the region on the themes of Skills, Health and the Environment.

You can also join lively unconference discussion sessions designed to inform the work taking place in the hack.

A variety of workshops will also be held covering a variety of areas of data and service design.

You can switch between the hack, unconfernece or workshops throughout DataJam or stick with just one- it's up to you.

DataJam North East will also feature a keynote speech from Emma Harvey (Head of Product at NHS Digital), Chi Onwurah (MP for Newcastle Central) and Laura Bunt (Deputy Chief Executive ar Addaction, a leading public health charity).

There’ll also be an evening event at Lane 7 Newcastle ( on the first day from 6pm-10pm, with a buffet provided and the following activities available to attendees:

  • Bowling

  • Ping pong

  • Pool

  • Karaoke

  • Beer pong

Why attend?

If you’re passionate about making a difference to services and communities in the region and can bring your data expertise or service design skills, you’ll love DataJam North East.

We need lots of different roles to form the agile teams at DataJam, so if you’re a service designer, data scientist, data analyst, user researcher, product owner or business analyst, sign up now!

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Other information

DataJam North East is a collaboration between DWP Digital, Newcastle University, North East Local Enterprise Partnership, The National Innovation Centre for Data and Newcastle City Council, inspired by public sector reform movement OneTeamGov (

It will follow OneTeamGov principles and be an inclusive collaborative event, widening the discussion on public sector reform and put data at the heart of delivering answers for complex problems affecting service delivery in the region.

Please note this event will be filmed and photographs will be taken.

Join in on Twitter #DataJamNE and tag @DataJamNE.

The full agenda for DataJam will be released soon – watch this space.

To register and secure your free place at DataJam North East, click on the ‘Register'button and follow the instructions.