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Code The City 23 – The Future of the City

This event took place over 12th and 13th June 2021.

There were two teams / projects:

The former group sought to use maps and timelines to show the fluctuating soundscape of the modern city.

The latter team sought tackle the challenges of finding and using Open Data in Scotland – and in particular the data produced by the 32 local councils.


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The concept and character of the city has evolved through centuries. Even in the last few decades attitudes to work, leisure, transport and the environment have meant that the city, its various districts, and how people use or move between them, have been changing with ever quickening speed. The 2020 Covid Pandemic, not yet over, has if anything accelerated that process and thrown up many questions about the city dweller and worker and their relationship to retail, greenspaces, modes of transport and more. It also has created many challenges for those who run our cities, how we elect them, and how they make decisions on how the city is looked after or developed. 

Join us for a weekend of exploration; an opportunity to identify the challenges (and opportunities) that these sudden, and long term, changes pose. 

This event will be fully online and will offer a safe interactive space, away from our day jobs, to identify opportunities and challenges, to generate ideas, to work on those with a small team in an agile process over the two days. We’ll generate prototypes of what the next generation of your city needs to be to fulfil its potential and all you and your community to flourish. 

You can book a ticket now at 

When you sign up you will receive a link to a Google Doc which is being used to capture suggestions of areas to explore (such as Greenspace, Transport, Data Institutions, City Centre utilisation of space etc.)


Saturday 12th June  9.30am to 4.30pm, and Sunday 13th June 2021 9.30am to 3.30pm

CodetheCity will host ‘CTC23 – The Future of The City’ an online facilitated ideation weekend or hackathon. 


This event has a broad theme of The Future of the City.

This event is for anyone who lives or works in the city; visits the city or is involved in running the city. 

Whether you’ve attended our previous events or not, there are lots of ways you can contribute (whatever your background and skill set), and you will find it really satisfying to work in small teams to gain new skills, try out new ideas and prototype solutions in a supportive environment.

And of course, it will be fully online – we will be using Zoom so that everyone can interact throughout the event – so you don’t even have to journey to Aberdeen to take part.


We’re working on finalising the exact format but the weekend will resemble this

Sat 12 June 2021

  • 09:30 Introductions
  • 10:00 Identify challenges and opportunities; suggest potential projects; form teams
  • 10.30 Break-out sessions to familiarise ourselves with some of the tools and platforms
  • 11.30 Projects start
  • 12.30 Lunch (Grab some food and socially chat while you eat, or break away from the screens for a while)
  • 13:30 Projects continue
  • 17:00 Wrap up for day one

Sun 13 June 2021

  • 09:30 Projects start again
  • 12.00 Lunch (Grab some food and socially chat while you eat, or break away from the screens for a while)
  • 15:00 Show and tell
  • 15:30 Event close

Throughout the weekend we will have regular check-ins where we speak about our projects and hear what others are doing.

What happens over the weekend?

  • Identification of opportunities and barriers.
  • Ideation to address the opportunities and barriers.
  • Creation of project teams to work on the ideas.
  • Agile prototyping of solutions, so that by close of play Sunday we will have demonstrable solutions which could be developed into real world products or services

Book Now

You can book a ticket now at 

By signing up for this event, you agree to our Code Of Conduct.

At a typical weekend we follow this process:

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