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Open Data News 04 Sep 2015

St Albans - Open Data Entrepreneurs Youth Hack

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The 21c Team were back in St. Albans, to run inspirational Open Data Youth Challenges for 60 students between the ages of 8 and 18. The team along with partners from Aecom, Microsoft and Silicon Abbey designed the hacks using a ‘Dragons' Den’ format, to enable any student - regardless of their technical background - to play with local open data and create innovative new business ideas and mobile application prototypes.

App ideas created included Lego Minds, an app that helps to build your own city from Lego bricks, St. Albans Travel, an app for people of all ages interested in exploring their local area, Saint History, an app that allows local people and tourists to visit historic sites and arrange funeral services, and Tunes 4 You, an app that aims to rival Ticketmaster, a mobile web site that helps people find and buy tickets for their favourite events.

If you'd like a Youth Hack Day in your area then contact Susan Ruston McAleer for more information.

We need your help - OpenTransportNet - survey

OpenTransportNet (OTN) is an EU funded project designed to revolutionise the way transport related services are created across Europe.

OTN will enable:

  • Public Sector users to gain insights from linking and visualising different data sets and be able to make better public service decisions based on the findings
  • Businesses and entrepreneurs to use the data to enhance existing services and build new transport-related services
  • The wider open community to benefit from the project outputs and findings to advance geospatial data standards such as INSPIRE

You can find more info on the website http://www.opentransportnet.eu/otn/

There is a short 5 minute questionnaire to survey transport/mobility managers about their use of geospatial information and we would be grateful if either yourself (if relevant) or a colleague could complete. You can find the questionnaire here

Prestigious 2016 Intelligent Community Awards - nominations close on 23 September - has your community got what it takes?

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In its global search for outstanding examples, the Intelligent Community Forum's award nominations are open until 23 September, culminating in selection of the Intelligent Community of the Year next June. Cities large and small, urban and rural, have won the top prize. Nomination is free. Being named a semi-finalist, finalist or top honoree brings international recognition and advances your community on the road to growth.

The Awards process is designed to identify Intelligent Communities based, not on their resources, but on their aims, strategies, focus, imagination and persistent and skilled execution. Communities with populations from two thousand up to ten million have competed successfully in the program. More at www.intelligentcommunity.org/awards.

Securing the Skills for the Data Revolution

In the first of a series of articles on education and the data skills challenge, Brian Hills - Head of Product Management , The Data Lab, discusses recommendations from new research by Nesta to create skills for the data revolution in the UK. Read more

Dr Julia Glidden Speaking arrangements

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Julia Glidden - Founder and CEO 21c - is a regular keynote speaker at events around the globe. You can hear Julia at the following upcoming events:

Let us help you

We're happy to talk to you about your Open Data requirements at any level. Our leading research and the data we have amassed over the years, combined with our Citadel Platform, are used extensively by governments and local authorities globally.

21c's Experience is unique and unmatched in that they are the only firm in the world whose work is rooted in the real world experience of cities that started to Open Data as far back as the beginning of the Open Data movement in 2010. They were also the first team in the world to link Open Data and Smart Cities and created Citadel Open Data - designed to help every city - regardless of size and budget - to open and use data quickly and easily. More information at http://www.nextgenevents.co.uk/events/data

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