Composite of things we do

What we do

We use tech and data for civic good.

And we believe that a world where everyone understands at least a little of how to use code and data, is a better place.

Currently we run the following activities.

Hack weekends

We’ve run hack weekends for over five years during which time we have developed a successful co-design methodology which combines a traditional hack event together with elements of service design. These are normally themed and are formulated to bring service providers, their service users, data specialists, web people, coders, user experience practitioners, and many more together. The goal of these events is to prototype ideas to find out if they’re worth pursuing further.

Data Meetups

We have organised the monthly Aberdeen Data Meetup since its launch in April 2018. The local data community comes together on the first Tuesday of the month to network over pizza and beer, and then hear two or more speakers on all aspects of data. Attendees are drawn from academia, various industries, including the energy sector, government, and wider civic society. It is a friendly community who welcome new attendees.

Python User Group

We created a new Aberdeen Python User Group in September 2019. It meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month, and is an opportunity for experienced Python coders and learners to come together in a social space, hear talks, code together and grab some refreshments.

Young Coders Club

We kicked off our new bi-monthly Young Coders sessions for 6-18 year old coders which we run in the ONE Tech Hub, where we are based, in September 2019. We operate on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Our partners, ONE Codebase, operate a registration process for us as places are limited.

Projects

The biggest project that we have been involved in is the ongoing Aberdeen Air Quality project. As lead partner we’ve run two workshops and we’re working with 57 North Hack Lab, Aberdeen University and community groups to develop the project to deliver a large network of community built, and hosted, air quality sensors. These generate open data which anyone can use to monitor the quality of the air in Aberdeen.

Workshops

We run workshops to give people to use technology and data. A recent example is the Wikipedia / Wikidata Editathon which we ran to help local cultural institutions to better use these tools and platforms, and to give local people confidence and skills to use them.

Promotion of Open Data

We believe in openness as an approach in many contexts: working in the open; open source development of software and open data. We operate the only Scottish node of the Open Data Institute, ODI Aberdeen.