After the Hack

Earlier this month we welcomed hackday veterans and newcomers to the first Hack the City. Of course, it wasn’t about breaking into City Hall’s computer systems – it was about helping people find out about and engage with their city through the public data that’s available to them.

Some came to experiment with open data, others to knock together a civic hack, and a few to prototype a data-driven startup concept with a view to entering the Open Data Institute’s Challenge Series programme.

Before we get into where the different hack projects are a few weeks on, it’s worth remembering that hackdays aren’t just about the hacks on the day. Conversations that start on the day can lead to some great contributions and collaborations that continue or are realised only after the event. Some of those we’d love to see taken forward that started at Hack the City include:

The breadth of organisations getting involved on the day was great – the Open Data Institute and Nesta, the Home Office, as well as community organisations and commercial enterprises of varying scale.

That gave us a great mix of talent and interests in the room, including citizens, policy advisors, data owners, designers, entrepreneurs, marketers, journalists as well as software developers to turn ideas into reality.

In all, nearly 30 folk gathered to progress half a dozen hack projects, chosen from over a couple of dozen ideas to improve urban and civic experiences using open data that were put forward at the start of the day.

Thanks to everyone who came along or supported to make Hack the City a success.  If it has inspired you to get involved or you want to find out more about open data in your local area, you’re welcome to join us at future Open Data Sheffield meetups. They’re usually in the evenings on the third Monday of the month, but keep updated for the latest by following @opensheffield on Twitter.

Hack the City was produced by MundoJumbo for Open Data Sheffield, in partnership with the Open Data Institute and Nesta  as part of the Open Data Challenge Series.  You can find out more about Series’ Crime and Justice Creation and Innovation Weekend on 12-13 October from this piece by Simon Whitehouse, the first Series Lead.

On the next page is a rundown of the first Hack the City projects, including where to find out more about them or get involved. For blow-by-blow happenings of the day check this Storify.

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