UPDATE Aug 26, 2014

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CodeTheCity 2 - Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing

Following the success of CodeTheCity Aberdeen earlier in the year we are delighted to announce our second event, to be held on 18th/19th October 2014 at University of Aberdeen.

tickets now available

Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing

Across the city dozens of venues offer hundreds of opportunities for people of all abilities and experience to take part in sports, exercise, and other in-person activities.

At CodeTheCity we’ll investigate the challenges faced by providers and participants, and look for ways to improve availability, access and participation.

All areas of sports, fitness, and practical activity are important to us - from competitive sports clubs through to walking groups and skate parks. Other less strenuous activities which bring people together in a social context are also of interest – from meditation classes to whist drives, chess clubs or sketching groups.

Activities of these types can have a positive impact on both physical and mental health. Removing barriers to participation is an area that technology has potential to be tranformational.

At the first event one team took sporting activity event information from many sources, including inaccessible and hard to use documents, and made it accessible to all in a shared database. We hope to further this project, and start new ones.

At CodeTheCity we focus on some key areas:

  • Achieving social good
  • Improving local services
  • Sharing skills and knowledge across disciplines
  • Using and creating open data and Open Government Data (OGD)
  • Open source
  • Quick delivery of real results

Who should come?

We don’t just need coders - we need designers, writers, service providers, community members, anyone interested in getting involved in improving our city. The more diverse the group the better, as we have a better chance to ensure our projects are inclusive and serve everyone. If you take part in sports / fitness activities (or would like to) your experience is likely to be especially useful.

About the first event

You can get a feel for what happened at the original CodeTheCity on our blog.

What languages / platforms do I need?

If you’re a coder then whatever languages you know, and whatever platforms you work with you’ll find a way to contribute to CodeTheCity. We have people using ruby, python, php, .net and several other systems already signed up. We expect simple HTML and CSS may be the most important skills on the day.

What do you need?

If you plan to code please bring a laptop with a suitable development environment and an extension lead is also useful if you have one available. Our room has a number of external monitors you can borrow - so bringing your cable / adaptors might be an idea too. For non-coders just bring your enthusiasm and any tools or materials that you think will help you to contribute.

What will we provide?

Food and beverages to keep you going during the event Possible ideas to get you started Sticky notes and pens to capture ideas Facilitators to help you form teams and aid your work

If you have any questions please get in touch.

UPDATE Jun 26, 2014

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Code The City Draft Manifesto

Following the success of the first CodeTheCity event in Aberdeen a few days ago, we are keen to maintain momentum and to rerun CodeTheCity. The unusual combination of people, the open approach, and the tangible results give us confidence that we are on to an interesting formula.

To help this to happen we are working on our manifesto, and a few other key documents at the moment.

We’d appreciate your feedback.

UPDATE Jun 24, 2014

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Quick CodeTheCity Aberdeen Project Links

CodeTheCity Aberdeen took place over the weekend of 21st and 22nd July. We had over 50 participants across the weekend, with eight core teams producing some great projects.

We blogged all weekend and encouraged teams to share their prototypes and code on github so that people who couldn’t make it along could follow along. Some of the projects to publish their code or release alpha / beta versions so far:

  • Match The City (live demo) - an event aggregator and search service / platform with several data scrapers / feeds already in place.
  • FOIAWiki - Linked data project collecting FOI requests, currently pulling data for Aberdeen City Council and East Lothian Council.
  • Ten Percent News - a news service focussing on accessibility and EasyRead producing summaries and flickr api accompanying images.
  • Volunteer Web App - streamlining and expanding how people volunteer their time - a dating app for volunteers and volunteering opportunities.
  • Community Events iOS App - built to work on both the volunteer app and matchthecity data, a simple event finding app for iPhones / iPads.

Enthusiasm continues, with some teams already posting updates to their projects since the weekend.

We’re already looking at dates for the next CodeTheCity Aberdeen, and for a small series of ‘micro hack’ events on single projects. Huge thanks and appreciation to all the participants.

UPDATE Jun 23, 2014

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Catch Up - #codethecity Aberdeen Review

Throughout CodeTheCity Aberdeen we collated out tweets, photos, blog posts and videos on Eventifier. You can see the highlights below, or explore everything at our eventifier hub page.

UPDATE Jun 22, 2014

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Thank you to our sponsors

Putting on an event like CodeTheCity can only happen with the support of a large team of volunteers and the help of our sponsors. All of the companies below helped provide funds, accomodation, materials, prizes and assistance to the organisers to help make CodeTheCity a success.

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ibm logo

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aberdeen university logo

aberdeen city council logo

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github logo

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UPDATE May 26, 2014

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Announcing CodetheCity

Code The City Aberdeen. 21st-22nd June, 2014

Meston Building, Old Aberdeen Campus, University of Aberdeen

Our cities are changing, life in our cities is changing. Access to services is one of the key benefits of locating in a city, but many services are difficult to access. Knowing that they exist, finding where they are, when they are, and who is involved can be a struggle.

We aim to fix that.

At code the city you’ll help a passionate group of volunteers to build new tools and services to help people in your community access existing services and even start new ones.

At Code the City we focus on some key areas:

  • Achieving social good
  • Improving local services
  • Sharing skills and knowledge across disciplines
  • Using and creating open data and Open Government Data (OGD)
  • Open source
  • Quick delivery of real results

Over the course of the weekend you will help to deliver prototype services to assist our communities in accessing existing services, and to help facilitate the creation of new services. These prototypes will take the form of websites, web apps and more.

With access to exciting technology and data, and supported by experts in various fields, this is an excellent opportunity to work closely with a passionate team on problems that matter.

Who should come?

We don’t just need coders - we need designers, writers, service providers, community members, anyone interested in getting involved in improving our city through data.

What languages / platforms will be used?

If you’re a coder then whatever languages you know, and whatever platforms you work with you’ll find a way to contribute to Code the City. We have people using ruby, python, php, .net and several other systems already signed up. We expect that HTML and CSS may be the most important skills on the day to help make ideas real.

What do you need to take?

If you plan to code please bring a laptop with a suitable development environment, and an extension lead is also useful if you have one available.

For non-coders just bring your enthusiasm and any tools you think will help you to contribute.

What will we provide?

  • Food and beverages to keep you going during the event
  • Possible ideas to get you started
  • Sticky notes and pens to capture ideas
  • Facilitators to help you form teams and aid your work

What do I do now?

If you would like to take part please reserve a place by clicking here. Places are free, and the weekend is fully catered, so it helps greatly to know the numbers to expect.

event poster

Help spread the word

If you have a noticeboard at your work / club we'd also appreciate it if you could print and display our poster to help spread the word.

Just click here to download the PDF.


Defining CodeTheCity

We are working on our manifesto, and a few other key documents at the moment. We'd appreciate your feedback.

Manifesto

Participant Agreement

Guide for organisers