Attendees at CTC15

Code The City 17 – Make Aberdeen Better


We’ve been thinking a lot about what our purpose is at Code The City.

While we have a vision, aims and strategies, it boils down to “we work to make Aberdeen better.” And we do that through the better use of data and tech; through education; and through running events, user groups, classes, and meet-ups.

We have been speaking to loads of people in many charities, organisations, community groups and companies. And, do you know what?  That’s their aim too: to make Aberdeen better.

It might be that their focus is on transport, health, poverty, food waste, homelessness, or air quality, but ultimately their aims are the same: make Aberdeen a better place.

So, our next event, CTC17 Make Aberdeen Better (*) will be just that – a bringing together of anyone and any agency who wants to improve this city, in any way.


The CTC17 event all happens on the weekend of  9th and 10th November 2019.


The event will take place at the ONE Tech Hub, Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10 1FR.


We’ve moved our ticketing to TiTo as they take a much smaller fee from ticket sales leaving us more of your admission price to cover catering and stationery.

A normal weekend ticket is still just £5.

You can grab a ticket here:

Lack of money should not be a barrier to attending. If you have difficulty with the cost please let us know and we’ll sort it out so that you can attend.

What will happen at the event?

We’ll follow our usual format.

  • We will begin with identification of opportunities for, or challenges to making Aberdeen a better place to live, work and play. You can contribute your own suggestions, your organisation’s or listen to others’ suggestions.
  • Next we will assist you to generate ideas to address these.
  • You will form project teams to address an idea that you wish to work on.
  • The teams will go off to start to work through their approach
  • They will then report back regularly to the whole room on progress.
  • At the end of the second day your team will have developed a prototype ‘solution’ to a challenge, or to put an idea into place.
  • We end with a show and tell of what has been developed

Open Data / Open Source

One of our Code Values at CTC is that data, information, knowledge and even software is better if it is open. We champion the creation and use of open data.  This is data which is made freely available, openly licensed for re-use by anyone, in neutral, machine-readable format. Once it is available then anyone (even you) can build anything you like with it – or reuse it in any way you fancy, even to start a new business!


The ONE Tech Hub is located on Schoolhill to the right of the arch through to Robert Gordon’s College. The building is the mirror of the Art Gallery.

There will be someone at reception to welcome you.

If you have mobility issues there is an alternative route instead of the front steps – and we can offer assistance if you need it. Just let us know when you arrive.

Getting there

While there is no dedicated secure bicycle storage space we can find somewhere to store bikes in the building.

We recommend taking public transport if you can, rather than driving.

The building is a 5 minute walk along Belmont Street from Union Street where most bus services converge. There is no parking at the venue. Parking is available at the public Denburn car park or at the private Harriet Street car park attached to the Bon Accord shopping centre. We believe that the former, while being slightly further away has a marginally cheaper day rate but both are expensive.


We’ll have juices, pastries and other breakfast goods available on both Saturday and Sunday morning on arrival.  There will be tea and coffee etc available all day. We will have sandwiches etc for lunch on both days.  And we will get pizza delivered at Saturday tea time. We’ll note any dietary issues you tell us about, and aim to cater for those.


The event proper gets going at 9.30 but please get there by about 9am when doors open if you can, so that you can fuel up. Please don’t arrive before 9am as the doors will be shut and we’ll be busy setting up.

We normally finish up on Saturday about 7.30pm if you can stay that long.

And we normally start a little later on Sunday morning. We will confirm that before you leave on Saturday. We will finish up late Sunday afternoon following a show and tell.

This is a weekend event. Participants will get the most out of it by attending for the full weekend, and teams work most effectively if they are clear on what commitment attendees are able to make to attending. We have three classes of tickets – weekend, Saturday or Sunday. Please choose the type which matches your availability to commit.

What to bring?

We will have loads of stationery (inc. post-its, paper, pens and other materials) for ideation etc.

If you are a coder, developer, designer, video-editor or similar, then please bring a laptop which contains the software you will need. There will be very fast open wifi.

If you want to shoot video or take photos for blogging, please bring your equipment.

Otherwise, just come as you are with a willingness to take part and learn from everyone else there. Each of us always learns new skills at these weekends. If you want to bring a laptop or tablet too, that’s fine.

Social Media

If you are a Twitter user, please follow @codethecity and tweet about the event using the hashtag #codethecity.

Please feel free to write about your weekend on Facebook, LinkedIn, Medium or the platform of your choice.

Participation Agreement

All attendees at Code The City events confirm that they agree to our participation agreement.

Finally, if we have missed anything, please let us know!

Ian, Steve, Bruce and Andrew

Code The City

(*) Eagle-eyed readers will note that this is the second recent event with CTC17 in the title. Our previous one-day session, a WikiData Editathon, was not a Code The City hack event and shouldn’t have been given a CTC number. We have sent Ian away to be disciplined for this breach of protocol. Let’s hope he’s back for this event.