mySociety Weekly Hack Nights – join in the conversation

Mountain Rescue Team by BeingFocal
Thanks to everyone who came to the inaugural mySociety Hack Night – and thanks too to our hosts, the Open Data Institute for such a great space to work in.

Topics ranged from community-building in post-conflict societies, to mountain rescue in Wales, via an extended front-end for WriteToThem which would put campaigns in context. It really showed what a lot of exciting ideas there are, just waiting for someone to launch into them.

We’ll be running these nights every Wednesday: we’re currently booking for the following dates, 6:00 -9:00 pm.

Places are restricted, so drop us a line on if you’d like to be sure of getting in. All you need is a little coding experience and a laptop.

We’d also like to start a conversation in the comments below, so that like-minded folk can think about hacking together. If you’re looking for people to help you with an idea, or if you see something you like the look of, leave a note below and try to synchronise which nights you’ll be attending.

Photo by Being Focal (CC)


  1. How about a hackathon for data visualization to create accessible, interactive and user friendly data formats out of the plethora of Open Data on know out there?

  2. Would love to, but no laptop! Any chance you could extend the session so those of us who want to help can work remotely? Would aid those who don’t live anywhere near as well. 🙂

  3. Hi all,

    My project is mentioned above – the extended front-end to Write to Them. I’m pleased to say (with a bit of help from others at the Hack Nights) the prototype site is now live and I’m looking for participants to take part in a study to use the tool and give feedback:

    [dead link removed November 2014]

    It should only take 20-30 minutes of your time and there’s the chance to enter into a prize draw for £10 of Amazon vouchers at the end. I’m also happy to share results of the study with people: please contact me at kelly dot arnstein at gmail if you’re interested.

    Thanks in advance, and thanks to all those who contributed to the project at the Hack Nights I attended.