Media140: Dataconomy

Event Info

Thu 21 Oct, 2010 at 6:30pm
Hub Kings Cross
34b York Way
London, N1 9AB, UK (Map)
Cost: £25 - £35


The emergence of social technologies has brought with it the absolute necessity for transparency of data. There has been a shift from using data to be accountable to making data accessible and open for free re-use to benefit profit making organisations and the man on the street.

The data economy is growing and impacting how we live our lives, we can work in open data cities, read the data logs of Wikileaks or download a hack’s iPhone app.

But the challenge of turning data in to commercial gain raises legal, ethical and technological issues. With viewpoints from developers, designers and journalists we explore how you can make data work for you in this new age of dataconomy.


Who is speaking?

  • David McCandless is a London-based award winning writer, author, designer and creative director. He’s written for over 30 publications including Wired and The Guardian.
  • Dr Rufus Pollock is a Director of the Open Knowledge Foundation which he co-founded in 2004 and the Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. He has worked extensively, as a scholar, coder and activist on the technological, social and legal issues surrounding access and sharing of knowledge
  • Simon Rogers is the Guardian Datablog and Datastore – and is a news editor for the Guardian. He was involved in the analysis of the recent Wikileaks Afghanistan documents and recently received a commendation by the Royal Statistical Society.
  • Andrew Lyons is an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience building and launching innovative software products; he is currently Co-Founder and Commercial Director of Ultra Knowledge, an award winning team of creatives and technologists who are disrupting the way publishers and brands exploit online content through their proprietary Platform that automates “turning information into revenue”


Event details

media140 data economy is the first in a series of unique events we are hosting in London across different subject. It is a participartory experience with speakers providing 20 minute presentations with discussion and debate at the end of the event.

Thursday, 21st October 2010

Earlybird tickets £25 (including drinks)

Event commences at 7.00pm, doors open from 6.30pm

Drinks will be available during the evening (Non Alcoholic drinks are available)

Food is supplied by Think Eat Drink (organic produce)


Register Here

Concessions available for students and HUB members, please email infoatmedia140 [dot] com for info.




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