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Government Open Data Hack Day

Open Data Hacks

Friday, 8 June 2012 at 18:15 - Saturday, 9 June 2012 at 20:30 (BST)

Government Open Data Hack Day

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Ticket Type Sales End Quantity
General Ticket for Fri +/or Sat   more info Ended Free  
Show & Tell (ONLY) Sat 7pm
Come along just to see / hear what was achieved and what might happen next. If you order a general ticket then you do not need one of these as well, as obviously you'll already be there.
Ended Free  
Donation to help with event costs   more info Ended

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Event Details

Government Open Data Hack Day (No.1)

Fri 8th (pm) & Sat 9th (all day) JUNE 2012

(Twitter @GODHackDay / hashtag: #GODHD)

 Would you like to... hack around with Open Government / Free data?

Would you like to...
meet some of the local community of developers, data analysts, journalists, designers, public servants & more?

Would you
like to...
help to produce something beautiful, insightful or meaningful to benefit the community, or your *business?

*Birmingham City Council could potentially buy an application or website service created off the back of open data)

For a quick idea what this is all about listen to this Interview about the event

(Recorded by head William Perrin at #TAL12)

The "unconference" Agenda:

Day1 ~ Fri 8th JUNE 18:15 ~ 20:30 (maybe later if possible)
   -- Intro/Speakers, Problems to Solve, Ideas & Networking.

 Day2 ~ Sat 9th JUNE 10:30 ~ 20:30
   -- Hacking with
Open / Free Data all day long to create something (App,Website,Tool,other?) or to find out something nobody knew before (data journalism-esq)


• As discussed on Day 1 the main themes to be worked on will be a Quality of Life Index & associated Visualisations/Mapping.
+ Some sort of framework/schema description for Birmingham City Council's open data platform.


 DATA SETS & Platforms:

• Access to Police API secured.


• The Guardian Datastore

• Open Street Map

• Azure Datamarket (if anything is free to use)

• Alpha of Birmingham Open Data Platform
   (it will
at least be discussed )

...More to come...

...and whatever you good people can bring or find on the day!


Please bring your own laptop/tablet/smartphones & ANY cool programs or datasets you may have. Free strong signal WI-FI is available to all.


• Tableau

• R (programming language)

• Python

• Ruby


• Scraper Wiki

• Photoshop

• Excel

• Notepad...

• Calculator & your own head...

• ... Everything is welcome!

Sponsorship / Donation: 

Please help... :)
Running this event has costs involved which need to be covered and it would be nice to be able to order in some pizzas and beer on the Saturday as well.
So if you would like to help out financial please contact and about sponsorship oppertunities which will extend well beyond just this event, or make a simple donation using the form above.


Do you have questions about Government Open Data Hack Day? Contact Open Data Hacks
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When & Where

Faraday Wharf, Birmingham Science Park Aston
Holt St
United Kingdom

Friday, 8 June 2012 at 18:15 - Saturday, 9 June 2012 at 20:30 (BST)

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