Hacks and Hackers: Hack Day Manchester (#hhhmcr)

Event Info

Fri 15 Oct, 2010 from 9:30am - 7:30pm
36-40 Edge Street
Manchester, M4 1HN, UK (Map)
Cost: Free


Scraperwiki, the award-winning new screen scraper and data mining tool, funded by 4iP, is putting on a one day practical hack day* in Manchester at which web developers and designers will pair up with journalists and bloggers to produce a number of projects and stories based on public data. We would like to thank our sponsors, Inside the M60, Guardian Open Platform, the Digital Editors Network /Vision+Media (supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the Northwest Regional Development Agency), Journal Local, and MEN Media, for making the event possible.

Who's 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.

What will I get out of it?
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. To see what happened at our past events in Liverpool and Birmingham visit the ScraperWiki blog.

How much?
NOTHING! It's free, thanks to our sponsors and our host, the Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab).

What should I bring?
We would encourage people to come along with ideas for local ‘datasets’ that are of interest. In addition we will create a list of suggested data sets at the introduction on the morning of the event but flexibility is key for this event. If you have a laptop, please bring this too.

So what exactly will happen on the day?
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.

NB: We are planning another event in Leeds on Thursday October 28th. Keep an eye on the ScraperWiki blog for more details.

*Not sure what a hack day is? Let's go with the Wikipedia definition: It "an event where developers, designers and people with ideas gather to build 'cool stuff'"...



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