[open-data-day] open-data-day Digest, Vol 5, Issue 1/ re OD Hackathon Ottawa - thanks
alougheed at gmail.com
Wed Dec 12 14:17:37 GMT 2012
Luke, glad you found the session awesome. It exceeded our expectations! We
like running awkward experiments--this one worked out. It was interested to
witness the more receptive departments and less receptive departments,
based on who was doing most the walking (citizens or staff.) We're doing
our follow up now with the city representatives to complete the feedback
cycle. Hope you had a *safe* trip home.
Cinzia, there was no one from the city representing education or university
(neither of these are under the control of the city government in Ottawa.)
If anyone has questions about the session we ran, I'm happy to provide
feedback. Details of the event we just hosted are here:
Alex from Ottawa
On Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 7:59 AM, CC <golboim at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Luke,
> thank you for sharing this experience!
> OKA joined the project open data day 2013 (Italy) and we appreciate every
> details about successful hackathons in other countries.
> Did you meet any people from departments related to education and
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>> 1. Open Data Speed Dating (Luke Closs)
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>> Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 06:29:58 -0800
>> From: Luke Closs <me at luk.ec>
>> Subject: [open-data-day] Open Data Speed Dating
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>> Hello ODD-ers,
>> I just attended an Open Data hackathon in Ottawa this weekend, and they
>> on a "speed dating" event. Initially i was a bit skeptical, but once it
>> started, I realized it was an awesome idea. I want to spread this idea
>> around, as I think we should do it in other cities.
>> The hackathon organizers got about 6-8 city staff from various departments
>> - parks & rec, roads, waste, transportation, ... - and they all sat on the
>> inside of a big circle of desks. Then all the hackers would go talk to
>> and ask questions. Then every 5-10 minutes they'd ring a bell and (in
>> theory) the hackers would move to talk to the next person.
>> I overheard and participated in some really amazing conversations during
>> this exercise. It was totally awesome to connect the hackers with
>> and explore what other data is available, how it could be released and
>> that data could be used for. At several points I saw the city staff
>> furiously taking notes about ideas that were generated.
>> I'm going to try to get this exercise happening in Vancouver for ODD,
>> some of you will consider this for your events, too.
>> Luke from Vancouver.
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