Scottish Open Data Unconference 2020

SODU postponed – update 11 March 2020

Having considered all of the circumstances surrounding the Scottish Open Data Unconference which was scheduled for this weekend we have reluctantly decided that the right thing to do is to postpone the event until later in the year.

We understand that will be disappointing to many people. It is not something that we did lightly. We apologise for any inconvenience that this causes you. 

In coming to the decision, in addition to the current situation with Covid-19, we also considered: 

  • A number of key sponsors, groups and individual participants have cancelled for various reasons. 
  • An open space event works best with a mixture of experts and passionate non-experts.
  • If we were to proceed now with SODU20 then we expect that we would see less action being put into place following the event under the current circumstances.

At present we are looking at setting up a limited remote event for say, 2pm – 4pm this Saturday afternoon, using a technology such as Zoom. We will set up an open channel in the Slack Group  to coordinate this event. We’ll also send out a further email to attendees tomorrow explaining how this will work. 

We will of course be rescheduling SODU20 for later in the year. The date of a new event will be announced once we have had a chance to speak to our sponsors. We’ll also sound out ticket holders on preferences as we want everyone who has booked to be able to attend. Whether we can reschedule for early summer, or late summer / Autumn is yet to be determined. 

Thanks for your support and understanding.

Ian, Bruce, Steve, Andrew

Code The City 

11 March 2020


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 ]