23rd February 20139am-10pm
YMCA Hanley Stoke on Trent
We are holding a
special one off Hackathon as part of the International Opendata day. We plan to bring together the finest creative minds in the area and develop something exciting using open data. We plan to hack together an ‘interactive something’ that uses open data to trigger cool things, that could be audio, visual or hardware. This could be using a hacked Kinect sensor to naviagte a map application that when someone interacts it triggers audio or something way much better than that.
The hack session will be a place to learn new stuff, play great tunes, eat pizza, meet beautiful geeky people and learn about technology that is free to use.
What is Open data?
Governments around the world have been pressurised to be more transparent. For many years certain Governments including the ones in the UK have wasted tax payers money, been corrupt or just plain stupid in the ways they deal with the country. For years they have managed to get away with this due to hiding their mistakes or dishonesty in spreadsheets and computer systems.
Over the last few years there has been a move to force Governments to share information in the form of data (called Open data) so that people can see how good or bad tax payer’s money is being spe
nt (and lots of other things) and in some cases people can use this data to design things to create businesses themselves.
What is a Hackathon?
A Hackathon is a day where people who have a mix of skills and ideas that can design and build gadgets, Internet applications, mobile applications and games or anything that you would call geeky. During a typical Hackathon you will see people programming computers, soldering, talking, eating pizza, playing music, learning about new stuff and just getting excited over creating things.
Who can join a Hackathon?
The Hackathon on the 23rd February is open to ANYBODY who is interested in computers, hacking, games, music production, politics, creating things, destroying things, pizza, dub step and pizza.
What do I need to bring?
You only need to bring yourself, we have 12 iMacs, fibre optic broadband, plenty of software, soldering irons, electronics bits and bobs, iTunes and Spotify. Those of you who want to bring your own la
ptops, equipment, pizza, you can do although we just need to be mindful of PAT testing electrical stuff.
How much will it cost?
Nowt, nothing, zero.
If you’re interested just turn up or if you want to chat before contact:
Carl 07595692120 @carlplant
Ben 07876757180 @ben_mcmanus