We’re meeting up every Wednesday night at the Mozilla London space. Hope you can join us.
We mentioned that we’ll be joined this week by Arnaud from Google. We’re delighted to say that Richard Pope will also be there.
Richard describes his current interests:
- Location-based design “I have a bee in my bonnet about responsive design just being about moving pixels about, rather than responding to full context. I’m building an api/js library called ‘Habbit’ as an experiment using open street map data”.
- “I’ve just started to get my head around the Remote storage protocol, so it’d be interesting to hear from anyone else who’s been using that”.
Note: While these events have, up to now, been limited to coders, we’ve had a lot of interest from non-coders too. So we’ve decided to open them up to one and all. If you’re interested in any aspect of our work, you’re welcome!
Just add your name to our Lanyrd pages. Then other people with similar interests will know you’ll be there.
When? Every Wednesday, 6-9pm
Where? Mozilla London
Photo by Dan Cook (CC)
We’re meeting up every Wednesday night at the Mozilla London space. You’re welcome to join us!
This coming Wednesday, we’ll be joined by Arnaud Sahuguet from Google. Normally resident in New York, he’s Product Manager for Google Maps infrastructure.
Arnaud’s areas of expertise are digital mapping, cryptography, databases and data management.
He describes his current areas of interest as “Civic Search Engine Optimisation; open data; and civic CMS. In general, I like to hear about a new problem and try to provide a first quick and dirty solution”.
What happens at a mySociety meet-up?
- Meet mySociety developers and other people interested in civic and democratic projects;
- Talk about project ideas you may have; get advice or find people to help you;
- Chat about our projects, data and tools;
- Do some coding if you’d like to;
- Drink beer, eat crisps and socialise.
There’s no need to book – just turn up; BUT, do add yourself to our Lanyrd pages. Then other people with similar interests will know you’ll be there.
When? Every Wednesday, 6-9pm
Where? Mozilla London
Links to Lanyrd pages:
Photo by Jonathan McIntosh (CC)
Come and say hello
We’re out and about at quite a few local government conferences over the next few months. Come and find us! We’d love to hear what questions you have about mySociety’s digital services.
At all the events below, Mike will be speaking, and both Mike and Myf will be available at our table if you’d like to chat.
Channel Shift in the Public Sector London, September 26th
Digital Public Services Wales Cardiff, October 18th
Channel Shift in Scottish Public Services Edinburgh, October 31st
Channel Shift in the Public Sector Manchester, December 5th
Want to meet for drinks?
We’ll also be around for informal localgov digital chat and drinks, the night before the Cardiff, Edinburgh and Manchester events. Drop us a line if you’d be interested in joining us.
Photo of Cardiff by John Greenaway (CC)
mySociety Developer Dave reports on last night’s get-together.
Once again, the Mozilla Space in London was home to our weekly Civic Hack Night yesterday evening.
It was good and busy, partly because the space was also hosting a meetup in preparation for Mozilla’s upcoming festival, better known as Mozfest.
Our mySociety hack night attracted friends old and new, including Lewis, whose “organ donor” tattoo has a Pledgebank backstory to it; and Ricardo, who may have been surprised to discover that he’s not the only Chilean we’ve been hanging out with recently (a shout-out to our friends at Ciudadano Inteligente).
It wasn’t all tattoos and chat though. We did actually get down to some useful work on Alaveteli and FixMyStreet — so thanks to everyone who came and hacked.
If you fancy coming along one Wednesday night, just add your name to our Lanyrd pages here, or drop us a line.
There’s no formal agenda: you might just want to talk about your ideas, or investigate how you could use our code / benefit from our APIs. Or maybe you’d like some guidance on how to jump in and fix an issue from one of our codebases. Or something else entirely…. Come along: we’re friendly, and we’re at the Mozilla Space every Wednesday.
Photo by Daniel Catt (CC)
In this series of talks, we’re exploring how organisations can present data meaningfully and accessibly – and how to maximise the benefits, both for themselves and for their stakeholders.
If you are interested in attending a mySociety Data For Breakfast briefing, drop us a line and we’ll add you to our mailing list.
It was great to see so many people at our latest Data For Breakfast event, where our Senior Consultant Mike Thompson explored how you can match a data presentation method to your organisation’s aims.
Mike’s uploaded his presentation, along with others in the series, on our Slideshare page, but I’m also going to summarise it here, as Mike said a lot more than you’ll glean from the slides alone – and there was some really useful conversation from our attendees.
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Our first hack night at Mozilla London was a lot of fun.
We found the space really conducive, with loads going on, but equally, room to sit and work or collaborate.
Although there’s no obligation to work on mySociety data or tools, it worked out that quite a few people did. Among other things, people were:
- Setting up a new Alaveteli installation so that changes to page templates could be tested out;
- Finding the fastest responses received to Freedom of Information requests on WhatDoTheyKnow.com;
- Looking at FixMyStreet Github tickets;
- Wire-framing an innovative crowd-funding project.
Fancy coming along next time? You’d be welcome. Just add your name to one of our upcoming events on Lanyrd.
From the 14th of August onwards, our Wednesday hacknights will be at Mozilla London, in (very) central London.
Mozilla is well-known as the creator of the Firefox browser, but you may not be aware that Mozilla is also a not-for-profit organisation whose software is open-source – just like mySociety. We’re really pleased to be able to work with a community whose aims and ideals are so closely allied to our own: take a look at their manifesto and you’ll see what we mean.
Mozilla London is one of the Mozilla Spaces, open working/community spaces around the world.
We reckon that there’s the opportunity for some really rich cross-fertilisation of ideas here. So – if you’d like some company, some advice, or some people to collaborate with, come along. You don’t have to work on mySociety code (although you are welcome to, and we can give you plenty of help with it). All you need is a laptop and some basic coding knowledge.
If that sounds good, add your name to our Lanyrd pages, or drop a line to email@example.com – and we look forward to seeing you.
Image: Mozilla in Europe
It was great to see everyone at the hacknight on Wednesday. This time, ideas ranged from using the FixMyStreet Platform for reporting of Trading Standards transgressions, to installing a Mzalendo for Greece. We hope that these ideas will flourish, and many others will arise at our future hacknights.
Talking of which, don’t forget to reserve a place if you’d like to come along. Hacknights are weekly. All the details are here.
Our Wednesday hack nights are fast turning into the place to be – if you’re into civic tech, coding, and chat with friendly people, that is.
Last night saw some concerted scraping of the Leveson Inquiry hearings, which were then imported onto our work-in-progress SayIt platform. Now if THAT doesn’t sound like fun, we don’t know what to tell you.
You’d be welcome to join us – every Wednesday night, 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Open Data Institute.
Numbers are limited, so add your name to one of our Lanyrd pages, or drop us a line.
Image credit: HackNY (cc).
We were recently invited to the LGA annual conference to exhibit FixMyStreet for Councils in Nesta’s Innovation Zone along with a lot of interesting social enterprises.
At one memorable point, we each had the opportunity to pitch to the surrounding crowds. Having to drum up interest from people passing through made me feel somewhat like a travelling salesman, but I channelled my semi-theatrical background and that seemed to do the trick.
As one councillor said to me incredulously: “Why doesn’t every council use this?” If you’d like to see what inspired such a comment, here’s my presentation (click through and scroll to the bottom of the page if you’d like to see the accompanying notes, too).
We’ll be putting all our presentations, of every kind, on our Slideshare account from now on, so do subscribe if that’s of interest. Just click the orange ‘follow’ button on that page.