We’ve had to reschedule the Open Data hackathon. Whilst speaking to people about the event, the overwhelming feedback we had is that they would prefer the hackathon to be on another weekend. Any weekend other than that of Mother’s Day! So we’re moving it, exact date to be determined.

We are pleased to announce that in collaboration with KPMG and the Open Data Institute, we will be running our first hackathon, with a theme of Open Data. As well as four category prizes, the Best In Show Prize includes an incubation space for three months from import•io and advisory services from KPMG!

Participants will have access to import•io’s data extraction technology and expertise, allowing them to build new business ideas quickly.

Whether you are in development, design, business, or marketing we invite you to attend. The hackathon will begin at 6pm on 8th March at Google Campus, with an introductory talk from Gavin Starks, CEO of the Open Data Institute.

The judging panel for the weekend will include a senior tech journalist, Eze Vidra (Head of Google Campus) and David White (from import•io), with more people still to be confirmed. The winning team will be the one which is able to demonstrate, by the end of the weekend, a working product, a clear value proposition and workable business model, while using real-time data and displaying an innovative use of multiple datasets in a unique manner. There will be additional prizes for the best visualization of data and the best use of government / public sector data.

We are very excited to be hosting our very own first hackathon and hope that many of you will join us. For more information and updates prior and on this weekend keep an eye on our blog and follow us on our social media pages.

Alice N