Lovely Data Transport Hack Day, Sat 9 April 2011

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Do you have ideas on how to improve public transport and travel information in Manchester?

Are you a developer or designer who wants to build great applications using public transport data?

Do you work in local government and want to know more about Open Data at a practical level?

Do you just want to get your hands on lots of Lovely Data?

Lovely Data is a series of Open Data hack days sponsored by Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA) – part of Manchester City Council – and run in partnership with Open Data ManchesterDataGMFutureEverything and the Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab). Read more about Lovely Data.

The theme of the very first Lovely Data, taking place on Saturday 9 April 2011, is Transport.

We’d like you to share your ideas, play with public transport data sets, build cool applications that show off your skills, and give feedback on how public data can be improved.

You’ll learn more about the Data GM – the open data catalogue for Greater Manchester – and give feedback on how it can be improved.

You don’t need to be a super geek to get something out of the day (though super geeks are always welcome!). If you’ve got a great idea you can team up with someone who’s got some coding skills.

Where and when

The Lovely Data Transport Hack Day will take place on Saturday 9 April 2011, from 10.30am to 5pm at the MadLab in city centre Manchester.

The MadLab is at 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN. Here’s a map on OpenStreetMap and a map on Google.

Teas, coffees and lunch will be provided.

Please note that the MadLab will also be hosting a writer’s group meeting in the afternoon, so please be prepared to move around a bit to accommodate them.

What you’ll need to bring

Ideas on improving public transport data! They’re always good.

A computer you can create, design and / or code stuff on.

Not a programmer? Bring a computer or mobile anyway and you can help with research on the day or testing the websites and things that people make from your ideas.

Some projectors will be available, but please bring your own VGA adapter if you want connect.

Register to attend

If you want to attend, please go to the Transport Hack Day page on Eventbrite and sign up.

Any questions?

Leave a comment on the Lovely Data blog and Alan Holding at MDDA (that’s me!) will do his best to help.

Lovely Data is funded by the Smart-IP project. The Smart-IP project will develop open innovation pilots in Manchester, Ghent, Cologne, Bologna and Oulu around the themes of Smart Environments, Smart Engagement and Smart Mobility. In Manchester we will be developing new services and products around the first two of these themes, and will be engaging with the local developer community and with citizens to ensure they can benefit the widest community.  The project is led by Manchester City Council and part-funded by the European Union’s Competitiveness and Innovation Programme.

Posted on: March 15, 2011.

1 comment on Lovely Data Transport Hack Day, Sat 9 April 2011

  1. Preston is a nice place. Oh, and Local Gov Camp North West (Part 1) | markbraggins mentions:

    [...] pollution and temperature in central Manchester. I remember Alan Holding first mentioning it at the Lovely Data Transport Hack Day almost a year ago – great to hear about a bright idea being taken [...]

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