CTC26 – A new reality.

Date: 21st – 22nd May 2022
Location: ONE Tech Hub, Schoolhill, Aberdeen and online

This event took place over two days in May. We had 13 participants on the Saturday. There were 11 people on Sunday. We had three teams of people exploring different ideas.

We planned on enabling a hybrid event, but there were no online tickets, so it all happened in person. We pulled out the sticky notes and sharpies from storage, and ordered food for attendees. It was great to be back in person!


We has three projects that teams elected to work on. These are set out below.

Open Data Scotland

The OD Bods started at CTC23 – so this is their fourth consecutive hack weekend with us! . You can see their progress at https://github.com/OpenDataScotland/the_od_bods/ which feeds the website at https://opendata.scot The goals this weekend were to automate the manual scripts which were successfully implemented.

The success of the weekend is neatly summarised in the video below:

Oan Yer Bike

While Aberdeen’s bike friendly infrastructure is improving, there is no central place for information. As such we set out to create a map based directory of useful things, places and routes such as repair stands, bike shops, bike stands, bike lanes, and bike routes. Over the course of the weekend a map was created and bike stands, bike gates and bike repair stands added along with the commencement of a directory of potentially useful bike related sources. We unfortunately were unable to add bike routes as most sources provided this data in pdf format. Nevertheless we made a great start on creating a central source for information on cycling in Aberdeen. Please checkout the webpages created. More details on the project can be found on the github repo: Oan_Yer_Bike or watch the wrap-up video below.

The Fediverse and CTC

Aim: to explore options for creating communities in Mastadon and elsewhere.

This project looked at the possiblity of better use of Fediverse platforms for CTC. We focused on Mastodon in particular. We identfied a gap in Mastodon for a “tech and data for civic good” / UK-level (?) community. It was suggested that we explore this further – perhaps at SODU session in Nov 2022 – to see what appetite exists for other organisations and individuals to join such a community. We also identified the opportunity for CTC to use Fediverse alternatives for Instagram and Youtube, and to create and maintain bots to post content (perhaps replicating content from existing platforms). We closed this project down before lunch Saturday, and members joined other teams.

The remainder of this page has been left as it was pre-event.

We are back!

Please join us at Code The City’s 26th hackathon (CTC26) which will be held in person at ONE Tech Hub – or you can join us online.

We frequently hear that the post-pandemic world is “a new reality” but what does that mean to you? How are you inspired to create your own new reality? What opportunities are opened up by us being back in the physical world? What ideas does the phrase a new reality inspire in you?

Challenges and project

Have in idea for a project? Please share this with us in our growing list of possible projects. Or feel free to bring your own challenges to the weekend which you would like to work on.

If you have never been to a hackathon before or are interested in knowing more about the projects previously tackled then please check out our hackathon overview page.

Turn ideas into reality


After an absence of over 2 years from in person hackathons, we are looking forward to the new hybrid way of working by hosting this event both in person and online.

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

Sat 21 May 2022

  • 09:00 Open for breakfast
  • 09:30 Introductions
  • 10:00 Identify 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
  • 13:30 Projects continue
  • 17:00 Wrap up for day one (TBC)

Sun 22 May 2022

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Projects start
  • 12.00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Projects continue
  • 15:30 Show and tell
  • 16:30 Event close

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

You can book a ticket now at https://ti.to/code-the-city/ctc26

By signing up for this hack weekend, you agree to our Code Of Conduct

Who should attend?

Anyone – despite our name, coding is a small bit of what we do.

Of course, coders, data wranglers, designers and other techies are important to a hack weekend.


As a charity we aim to encourage all to attend our events – and to make the barrier to attendance as low as we can make it. We also have to consider our costs of administration. So our standard tickets are just £5 for the weekend.

If this is a barrier to you attending please get in touch and we can issue you with a ticket at no cost, no questions asked.

Book ticketshttps://ti.to/code-the-city/ctc26

Image credit: Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash