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Open Data Camp 9: Manchester, 6-7 July 2024

Hi Folks. Y’alright?  It is that most wonderful time of the year again. Open Data Camp ticket day. We are extremely pleased to say that we are revisiting Manchester. We will be there for the 6th and 7th of July 2024 and we hope you will be too. 

Open Data Camp 9

The ninth Open Data Camp will be taking place at the beautiful MECD building on the University of Manchester campus. Thank you to the University of Manchester, the UK Reproducibility Network and our long term friends Open Data Manchester for making this possible.

University of Manchester MECD

Also, in what might be a ODCamp first, on the Saturday evening from 18.00-20.00 we will be having a reception at Whitworth Art Gallery, also hosted by the University and the UK Reproducibility Network, which will include catering for all attendees.

Let me put you in the picture, let me show you what I mean

Why Manchester? Logistics are a factor, the Campus is close to the Manchester Oxford Road train station. It is a modern building which hopefully means good levels of accessibility for all attendees and we have verified the wi-fi is good. The local data and tech scene is a strong one and we feel like we can put on a really good and well attended event here.

It is also in the middle of a large city, which means a wide variety of accommodation options. To help make life easier, and hopefully as cheap as possible, we have secured 3 floors of the Dalton Ellis Halls of residence and have 30 places there at £60 for a single night (Friday or Saturday) or £110 for both nights for bed and breakfast. This is an ideal location for the camp and we are pretty excited about being able to offer this deal. 

Bountiful and likely slightly more expensive options of hotels across Manchester are also available

The hall’s spaces are available on a first come, first served basis and can be secured through our Eventbrite booking page alongside the regular admission tickets.

The small team of dedicated volunteers that put on the camps are as committed as ever to the importance of open data, and to 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 appreciate that taking time out to attend a conference on a weekend is not something that is easy for everyone to do and we have tried to take steps to help support as many people as possible to attend. Along with the university halls accommodation, we are committed to providing professional childcare as part of the conference. This year we will be working with Sweetheart Nannies, who are Ofsted registered and have been recommended by the organisers of Reframe Women in Tech conference

They will provide appropriate staffing numbers in a dedicated separate room from 09.30-17.30 on both days of the conference. If you are interested in using the childcare service or have any queries please get in touch by email ODCampuk@gmail.com

Finally, we are also making bursaries available to cover some or all of the costs of covering attendance at the conference. This can include travel, accommodation or any other associated costs. We appreciate that people may wish to make a request for a wide variety of reasons and we are attempting to make this process as simple as possible. We will ask for some details via a web form that will be published in the coming days and the camp organisers will review each application on a case by case basis. 

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, catering, childcare provision, and help more people attend. 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 X at @ODcamp or Bluesky at @odcamp.bsky.social (you can also contact @puntofisso or @mr_dudders directly on X / Bluesky / most other places. They are pretty easy to find.)

We are fully committed to transparency, and we’ll offer a full account of income and spending at the end of the camp. 

Tickets

You can find tickets on Eventbrite. They are being released at 10:00 am, Wednesday April 24th.

Photo credit: University of Manchester