We'l have to nail down a number of details over the next couple of weeks so this page is to start gauging interest.
We've setup a wiki here: http://ldnintlhackathon.pbworks.com
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126017170789816 (Please share with your friends)
Excerpted from David Eaves' blog:
1) Build on Success: There are a growing number of places that now have open data. My sense is we need to keep innovating with open data - to show governments and the public why it's serious, why it's fun, why it makes life better, and above all, why it's important. Let's get some great people together with a common passion and see what we can do.
2) Spread the Word: There are many places without open data. Some places have developed communities of open data activists and hackers, others have nascent communities. In either case these communities should know they are not alone, that there is an international community of developers, hackers and advocates who want to show them material and emotional support. They also need to demonstrate, to their governments and the public, why open data matters. I think an global open data hackathon can't hurt, and can make help a whole lot. Let's see.
3) Make a Better World: Finally, there is a growing amount of global open data thanks to the World Bank's open data catalog and its Apps for Development competition. The Bank is asking for developers to build apps that, using this data (plus any other data you want) will contribute to reaching the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. No matter who, or where, you are in the world this is a cause I believe we can all support. In addition, for communities with little available open data, the bank has a catalog that might provide at least some that is of interest.
So with that all said, I think we should propose hosting a global open data hackathon that is simple and decentralized: locally organized, but globally connected.
The basic premises for the event would be simple, relying on 5 basic principles.
1. It will happen on Saturday, Dec 4th. (after a fair bit of canvassing of colleagues around the world this seems to be a date a number can make work). It can be as big or as small, as long or as short, as you'd like it.
2. It should be open. Daniel, Mary Beth and Edward have done an amazing job in Ottawa attracting a diverse crowd of people to hackathons, even having whole families come out. Chris Thorpe in the UK has done similarly amazing work getting young and diverse group hacking. I love Nat Torkington's words on the subject. Our movement is stronger when it is broader.
3. Anyone can organize a local event. If you are keen help organize one in your city and/or just participate add your name to the relevant city on this ether pad. Where ever possible, try to keep it to one per city, let's build some community and get new people together. Which city or cities you share with is up to you as it how you do it. But let's share.
4. You can hack on anything that involves open data. Could be a local app, or a global apps for development submission, scrape data from a government website and make it available in a useful format for others or create your own data catalog of government data.
5. Let's share ideas across cities on the day. Each city's hackathon should do at least one demo, brainstorm, proposal, or anything that it shares in an interactive way with at members of a hackathon in at least one other city. This could be via video stream, skype, by chat... anything but let's get to know one another and share the cool projects or ideas we are hacking on. There are some significant challenges to making this work: timezones, languages, culture, technology... but who cares, we are problem solvers, let's figure out a way to make it work.
Again, let's not try to boil the ocean. Let's have a bunch of events, where people care enough to organize them, and try to link them together with a simple short connection/presentation.Above all let's raise some awareness, build something and have some fun.
When & Where
Our goal: to foster an innovative community of citizens that leverage open data in new ways to benefit the citizens of London. In doing so, we hope to bring together our community and non-profit organizations with our educational institutions, to create not only projects but lasting bonds that benefit all.