Open Data Camp 5: weekend arrangements

Open Data Camp is returning for a fifth time this coming weekend, 21st and 22nd October 2017.

This time, the Open Data Camp charabanc will be visiting the lovely city of Belfast, in Northern Ireland.

The purpose of this post is to provide details for attendees.


At Queen’s University Belfast, in the Computer Science building

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See the Travel and Accommodation page for information on getting to Belfast from other parts of the UK and Ireland, and where to stay.


For those arriving on Friday, there’s an optional walking tour in the afternoon. There are a limited number of places, so please sign up [here]

For those who have registered for the walking tour, we will be meeting at the gates of Queen’s university at 4:30pm, and the tour lasts about 1.5 hrs.

On Friday evening, a few people will be meeting at The Duke of York from 6pm. Nothing formal, just turn up if you feel like it.

Weekend arrangements


Registration will be from 9:30am on Saturday, and 10am on Sunday. There’s no need to print your ticket, as we’ll check you in using Eventbrite. There will be tea, coffee and pastries available on arrival


At a glance

Day Registration from Welcome Lunch Last session finishes Close
Saturday 9:30am 10am 12:15-1:15pm 4:30pm 5pm
Sunday 10am 10:30am 1-2pm 3:15pm 3:45pm

There will be two sessions in the morning, and three in the afternoon on both days.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be available mid-afternoon on both days.


A light lunch is being provided onsite, and there will be vegetarian options (at least 30%). We haven’t catered for special dietary requirements, but if you have a more specific need, please let us know in advance and we’ll try to help.

Final sessions

We aim to finish the last session by about 4.30pm on Saturday and 3:15pm on Sunday.

Evening social

Networking continues on Saturday evening, and we will be gathering at The Bear and the Doll from about 6:30pm. Remember to bring your lanyard in the evening, as there will be a (not inexhaustible) tab for Open Data Camp-ers. There will also be a snack buffet laid on (but please don’t come expecting a full meal!)

A view from inside The Bear and Doll

Never attended an Unconference before?

If you’ve never attended an unconference before, you may be wondering what on earth to expect. Unlike traditional conferences, unconferences have no pre-defined agenda, and instead attendees ‘pitch’ session ideas to each other at the beginning of the event. These ideas are then written on post-it notes, which are assigned to vacant slots on a session grid, and that becomes the agenda.

For a more detailed (and much better) explanation, and links to more information, take a look at Unconference in a Box, compiled by James Cattell.

Our Volunteers

If you need anything at the weekend, or have a question, look out for people wearing maroon hoodies emblazoned with the Open Data Camp logo. Maroon-hoodie-wearers (Volunteers) have all given up their time for free, and will do their best to help you.

If you are a volunteer and haven’t already seen it, please take a look at Pauline Roche’s blog post Volunteers and Open Data Camp.

A massive thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help plan and run Open Data Camp. I won’t list everyone in this post – you already know who you are.

Our Sponsors

As you will already be aware, Open Data Camp is free to attend. That wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of forward-thinking organisations who help cover the costs associated with holding a large event.

If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to look at our sponsors’ web sites, and show your appreciation in person, or on Twitter.

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