Fancy a whole day playing with Bath city’s open data to make fun and useful data mashups in a super-relaxed environment with free food/drink and cash prizes on offer? Of course you do!

“Our job is to use data, solve problems with data, visualise it and tell stories with it”


Taking place on Saturday 4 July from 9am – 6.30pm, the Bath:Hacked Summers of Data event is looking for developers, designers, creatives, data analysts, well, you name it really, to explore what they can do with the open data stores they have available.

bath-hacked-food-featureProjects made at previous hack days included a a ‘Primary School Admissions Data‘ project which used public data to show how easy or hard it was to get a child admitted to different schools in the Bath area; a project that brought Bath’s historic plaques to life with timelined photos; another which provided an innovative mashup of Instagram photos and food standards ratings so you can see the food you are considering eating; and even one that explained how Bath Council spends its money.

Open to all

As the organisers say on the Bath:Hacked website: “This should be our most open event yet: The first year was spent working closely with BANES to carve out data, build a data store and get open data enshrined into policy. That meant we were mainly a team of developers and council staff.

“Our job now is to use data, solve problems with data, visualise it and tell stories with it.”

Bath Hacked 2014: A packed Guild

Prizes up for grabs

There are a variety of prizes to be won on the day. The only rule is that your project has to contain some local open data: Mash it with other data, visualise it, make an app or tell a data story with art – it’s all up to you.

The prizes include:

Best Story (£100)

Tell us something about where we live; a story that educates, inspires or just plain titillates, based on local data.

Best Community Solution (£100)

Awarded to the team that solves a local problem for our residents using open data.

People’s Choice (£100)

Which team did you most admire? Awarded by popular vote of hack participants.

Best Overall Project (£200)

Awarded to the team judged to have made the best of the hack across any/all categories.

You can sign up for the free event being held at the Saturday 4 July 9am – 6.30pm at the Bath-Hacked Meetup page and see more details at the Bath:Hacked site.  You can also see the data sets you can play with at the Bath:Hacked data store site and keep up to date with them on Twitter here: @bathhacked