DataBC Hackathon this Saturday – inviting the public.

This Saturday, August 27, 2011 the Province of British Columbia is partnering with the Mozilla Foundation and OpenDataBC to host a open data hackathon.

The hackathon will be taking place at Mozilla Labs Vancouver. Their address is:
163 West Hastings Street, suite-200
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H5
(in the very beautiful Flack Building)

So three things:

First, as many of you are probably aware the province recently launched a data portal and so there is a lot of new data to play with. In addition the City of Vancouver continues to update its open data portal, so there is new data there as well. Will be interesting to see what people want to work on.

Second, please do not fret if you are not a developer. As we pointed out last year in the lead up to the open data day international hackathon, there are lots of ways non-developers can contribute – the easiest being… having ideas! So please come on by. I’m definitely going to be there (and I’m no coder) and look forward to seeing familiar and new faces.

Finally, and more to the point, if you are a company, non-profit, or citizen who is has a mashup, analysis, research paper, product, app or pretty much anything else you’d like to create but need data from the province, definitely swing by. I’m sure the staff on hand will be very keen to hear about what you want to do and see if they can make the data available in the near future.

The organizers are hoping that people will RVSP through their contact form (use the ‘other’ subject line) but if you decide last minute to come join, don’t be shy.

Hope to see you there!


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