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New event: Hacks and Hackers Hack Day Belfast (#hhhbel)

We’re pleased to announce another date on our Hacks and Hackers Hack Day tour. Today, the booking page goes live for our visit to Belfast: Saturday November 13th 2010, at the University of Ulster.

It’s a chance for web developers and designers to pair up with journalists and bloggers to produce a number of projects and stories based on public data. We’re using the tag ‘#hhhBel‘ to talk about this on Twitter.

It’s the latest confirmed date on the ScraperWiki tour: we’ll be going to Dublin on the 16th November, Manchester on Friday October 15th and Leeds on Thursday October 28th. We’re currently negotiating venues and dates in Cardiff and Glasgow.

What? Hacks and Hackers Hack Day Belfast

When? Saturday November 13th 2010 from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm

Where? At  the University of Ulster – room TBC (on Google Maps)

Who is it for? We hope to attract ‘hacks’ and ‘hackers’ from all different types of backgrounds: people from big media organisations, as well as individual online publishers and freelancers.

How much? Absolutely free, thanks to our sponsors, the School of Media, Film and Journalism at the University of Ulster and Guardian Open Platform.

Refreshments, lunch and evening snacks will be all be provided.

NB: We’re still seeking sponsors to get involved. If you think your organisation might be interested please contact aine [at] scraperwiki.com. Or get in touch with any other questions!

What happens on the day? The aim is to show journalists how to use programming and design techniques to create online news stories and features; and vice versa, to show programmers how to find, develop, and polish stories and features. All sorts of data was scraped and played with at our past events: in Liverpool, projects included mashes of police, libraries and courts data. Birmingham saw lots of health-related projects, as well as scraping of political party donor and leisure centre information.

This four minute video from Liverpool gives you a flavour of the kind of projects that can be developed.

Armed with their laptops and WIFI, journalists and developers will be put into teams of around four to develop their ideas, with the aim of finishing final projects that can be published and shared publicly. Each team will then present their project to the whole group. Overall winners will receive a prize at the end of the day.

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