Hi Folks. ‘Ow am ya? After a bit of a break, we have decided it is time for Open Data Camp to hit the road again. Making sure we hold these events in a wide range of places is really important to us and after our previous trips to Winchester, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff, Belfast, Aberdeen and London it seemed like it was about time that we tried a jaunt to the midlands. With that in mind, we are delighted to announce that the next Open Data Camp will be happening in Wolverhampton over the weekend the 1st and 2nd July 2023.
All the glitters is Old Gold.
The eighth Open Data Camp will be held in at the Springfield Campus of Wolverhampton University
The University of Wolverhampton’s Professor Mohammad Patwary, Digital Innovation and Solution Centre is generously providing the host location of the Springfield Campus.
Why Wolverhampton? Logistics are a factor, the Springfield Campus is close to the train station and a wide range of accommodation choices very close by. It is a modern building which hopefully means good levels of accessibility for all attendees and it is a continuation of our commitment to make sure that these events happen in a wide range of geographic locations.
We have not done one of these for a while, but the small team of volunteers that put on these events are as committed as ever to the importance of open data and for providing a safe and inclusive space for discussing the good, bad and frustrating parts of our collective efforts and community. We will be running the event as an unconference as normal running all day Saturday and Sunday.
We will be arranging a social event on the Saturday evening and are very excited to have a chance to catch up with people we have not seen for a while and to welcome some new people to our community
A call for sponsors and a commitment to transparency
Running Open Data Camp is not free. While the organising team is fully formed of volunteers who offer their time for free, we always offer to pay for the extra cleaning , and we want to be able to offer good quality coffee to the attendees, potentially catering, a few drinks at the pub, and take some inclusion action. We hope to have at least 100 people attend and these things cost money.
Sponsor packages start at just £600, and all details are on this web page. We appreciate both small contributions from people and small companies in our community, and larger donations from larger entities. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor then please contact us via the online form or email your query to ODcampuk@gmail.com or via twitter @ODcamp (you can also contact @puntofisso, @I_am_LisaAllen or @mr_dudders directly on twitter).
At each camp, the surplus goes to the wider UK Gov Camp community. We are fully committed to transparency, and we’ll offer a full account of income and spending at the end of the camp.
You can find tickets on Eventbrite. As usual, we will be releasing multiple batches over the next few weeks.
Open Data Camp is a two-day event, which gives us a great chance to cover loads of open data topics together. Sometimes people can’t make both days and that is fully ok. We will send a survey later on to get an understanding of numbers.