Category Archives: Hack Event

Touring MatchTheCity – EdinburghApps 4/5th October 2014

Intro

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This is a short tale of how I took another city’s data in order to expand the information we can provide for people / apps to consume. It also acts as a warning as to some of the unexpected side effects of using automatically generated data that has not been checked by a human.

One of the goals of the Code for Europe project is the creation of software that can be reused in other cities with little or no extra development work. Being invited to attend the EdinburghApps hackathon event in Edinburgh over the weekend 4th & 5th October 2014 gave me the opportunity to attempt to tick this goal off the list.

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Involving the community – CodeTheCity flashback

Back in May of this year I was involved in the planning for the inaugural CodeTheCity event that was to take place in Aberdeen the following month. Initially the event was going to be billed as another hackathon-type event doing stuff with Aberdeen-based open data. However, between the five of us who were putting the event together we decided to drop the reference to the hackathon term and to make it more approachable, more attractive even, to the non-developer community. As well as involving local (and further afield) developers, we also wanted to involve the community in Aberdeen to ensure they got something out of it that they actually wanted. This led to the CodeTheCity name idea. Not only was it perfect for Aberdeen but could easily be re-run in other cities around the world under the same umbrella.

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