Open Data Camp 6 – weekend arrangements

Open Data Camp is returning for a sixth time this coming weekend, 3rd and 4th November 2018.

This time, the Open Data Camp charabanc will be visiting the lovely city of Aberdeen, in Scotland.

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


MacRobert Building,
University of Aberdeen,
581 King St,
AB24 5UD

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


For those arriving on Friday, a few people will be meeting at Six ° North from 6pm. Nothing formal, just turn up if you feel like it.

Weekend arrangements


Registration will be from 9am on Saturday, and 9:30am 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
Saturday 9am 10am 12:45-1:45pm 4:30pm
Sunday 9:30am 10:30am 1:15-2:15pm 4pm

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

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%), and a small number of vegan.

Final sessions

We aim to finish the last session by about 4.30pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday.

Evening social

Networking continues on Saturday evening, and we will be gathering at the Red Lion from 6pm (130 Spital, AB24 3JU). There will be a (not inexhaustible) tab for Open Data Camp-ers in the evening. There will also be some pizza (but please don’t come expecting a full meal!)

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 high vis waistcoats emblazoned with the Open Data Camp logo. These 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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