Sunday attendees

Scottish Open Data Unconference 2020

We ran this event fully online on the weekend of 5th and 6th September 2020. We used to run the unconference, and ran multiple Zoom pro accounts so that we could accommodate up to five breakout rooms, each named after our sponsors for the event.

We had 33 attendees on Saturday, and 26 on Sunday, While these numbers were much reduced from the original bookings for the March physical event, which we had to cancel at short notice, the numbers worked well. We had very engaged sessions: twelve on the Saturday and fifteen on the Sunday.

Saturday's Room Grid
Saturday’s Room Grid

You can download saved copies of the Miro Boards for Saturday (PDF – 5.8MB) and Sunday(PDF 6.5MB)  if you want to look at the sessions in detail.

A sample whiteboard from a breakout room
A sample whiteboard from a breakout room

We asked attendees to blog about their sessions, or actions that they followed up on in the days following the SODU event. We’ll add links to the list below.

Get involved

If you are interested in getting more involved in the Scottish Open Data community, please join our open Slack Group, and/or follow the Open Data Scotland twitter account.

Thanks to all of our attendees, to our co-organisers and to the sponsors, below, who made it happen.


Original pre-Covid event description below.

Open Space Event

This event will follow the open space format, where participants create the agenda each morning for the sessions that will happen that day. This is the time to pitch your questions to the many people who will be there, and to tell others about your project too.

Sessions in open space always work best when there is an interactive aspect so that the participants talk as much as the person chairing the session. This short video will tell you more about open space. The amazing thing is that it scales really well from 20 people to over 1000 people.

If you want to keep up to date with news as plans develop, why not join the Scottish Open Data Slack Group?


The Data Lab Logo      Scottish Government

UBDC LogoThe OKFN Logo

Swirrl logo

We now have The Data Lab as our Gold sponsor, Scottish Government as Silver Sponsor, and three bronze sponsors onboard: Swirrl, the Urban Big Data Centre, and the Open Knowledge Foundation. Thanks to all for their  generosity! We are so grateful for their support.

Finding Us

ONE Tech Hub is on Schoolhill.  You’ll find us to the right of the arch leading through to Robert Gordon’s College. The front door is between granite pillars which look like those of the Art Gallery.

ONE tech Hub (map by Open Street Map)
ONE Tech Hub highlighted (map by Open Street Map)

Getting there / access

There is no onsite parking. Most Aberdeen buses run to Broad Street or Union Street which are each just a 5-10 minute walk away. If you need to take the car we suggest parking in the Denburn carpark and walking up (cheaper) or parking in the Harriet Street carpark, part of the Bon Accord Centre (closer but more expensive). If you have a bike we can probably find a space for it.

The main door has two steps. There are two other doors with level / ramped access which we can make available. If you have mobility issues and need assistance let us know. Contact details will be included in an email to all attendees before the event.


The recently opened 218-room Sandman Signature hotel, just around the corner from the venue offer a special weekend rate of £69 per person per night for a ‘signature king room’ for the event.

For rooms with double occupancy there would be a supplement of £10. An upgrade to a corporate king (a much larger, spacious room) is available for an added £10.

We understand that these rates are for B&B.

If you would like to take up this offer (or query the terms) please contact the hotel directly on 01224 945555 and quote “ONE Tech Hub weekend corporate rate.”

Many other hotels are available!

See you there!

Ian, Steve, Bruce, Andrew

Code The City

[Header image by Edwin Andrade on Unsplash ]