Tickets are now available for a new ScraperWiki event: Hacks and Hackers Hack Day Leeds, a chance for web developers and designers to pair up with journalists and bloggers to produce a number of projects and stories based on public data. We’re using the tag ‘#hhhLeeds‘ to talk about this on Twitter.
It’s the fifth stop on the ScraperWiki tour: we’ll be going to Manchester on Friday October 15th and Dublin on Tuesday 16th November as part of the Innovation Dublin festival. We’re currently negotiating venues and dates in Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow.
What? Hacks and Hackers Hack Day Leeds
When? Thursday October 28th 2010 from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm
Who is it for? We hope to attract ‘hacks’ and ‘hackers’ from all different types of backgrounds: people from big media organisations, as well as individual online publishers and freelancers.
How much? Absolutely free, thanks to our sponsors, Guardian Open Platform and Guardian Local and Leeds Trinity Centre for Journalism for making the event possible, and our hosts nti Leeds at Old Broadcasting House.
Refreshments, lunch and evening snacks will be all be provided.
NB: We’re still seeking sponsors to get involved. If you think your organisation might be interested please contact aine [at] scraperwiki.com. Or get in touch with any other questions!
What happens on the day? The aim is to show journalists how to use programming and design techniques to create online news stories and features; and vice versa, to show programmers how to find, develop, and polish stories and features. All sorts of data was scraped and played with at our past events: in Liverpool, projects included mashes of police, libraries and courts data. Birmingham saw lots of health-related projects, as well as scraping of political party donor and leisure centre information.
This four minute video from Liverpool gives you a flavour of the kind of projects that can be developed.
Armed with their laptops and WIFI, journalists and developers will be put into teams of around four to develop their ideas, with the aim of finishing final projects that can be published and shared publicly. Each team will then present their project to the whole group. Overall winners will receive a prize at the end of the day.
- Book your place now, via this page: http://hackdayleeds.eventbrite.com/
With thanks to our sponsors:
Want to support us too? Contact aine [at] scraperwiki.com.