April 03, 2013 - Comments Off on Big Data Week 2013 – your city needs you!

Big Data Week 2013 – your city needs you!

Calling all data lovers,  researchers, statisticians, academics, marketers, librarians, designers, developers and people who just LOVE to make and discover stuff – it’s time to get your Big Data Week 2013 hat on!

For the first time in the history of Big Data Week, Leeds is a host city for the global festival that focuses on the social, political, technological and commercial impacts of Big Data. Taking place from the 22nd– 28th April 2013, Leeds is one of over 20 cities across the world who is working to bring together a community of people who are passionate about asking questions and making things from data.

What’s going on in Leeds?

The team behind Leeds Data Thing is spearheading a number of hugely exciting events that are happening in Leeds from the 22nd – 28th April as part of Big Data Week. Bloom are also playing a part too – so we hope there’s something for everyone! There are still a couple more events to be announced, so watch this space for more info!

Wednesday 24th April

Bring Your Own Data
Venue: The Cross Keys, Leeds. 7pm – 9pm

A brilliant opportunity for a selection of speakers to bring their own data and talk for a maximum of five minutes on the questions they’d like to ask of it and why they think their data is important.

Leeds Data Thing want to hear from all different types of organisations – from volunteer organisations to charity groups, artists to marketers, sporting groups to cultural organisations, academics to individuals. Think this could be you? Drop them a line at [email protected] or register your interest in presenting here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5931072999

The floor will then be open to debate, questioning how Leeds Data Thing could work as a facilitator to make something useful out of the data presented.

Want to come along? Book your place here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5931072999

Thursday 25th April

Data in a day
Venue: Various, across Leeds and virtually

Data in a Day is an opportunity for organisations and individuals to produce content on what data means to them, how they use data, and how they see Big Data changing the community in which they live and work. This content could come in the form of a virtual or physical submission.

The day will also revolve around a number of open door events across the city where you will be able to rummage into lives of data professionals in their own habitat! These will be timed to happen across the day and the challenge for participants will be to choose carefully and plan a route as there will be a variety of presentations and workshops to consume and discuss.

All content will be curated by Leeds Data Thing to produce a virtual time capsule of Data in a Day.  It promises to be a unique library of data resources and insight for future generations.

Interested in submitting something to Data in a Day? Or want to throw your doors open to the Data community? Register your interest here: http://datainaday.eventbrite.com/

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April

Global Big Data Challenge: How Healthy is your City?
Venue: Information Centre for Health and Social Care

Want to be part of something BIG? Well, Bloom are the headline sponsors for the Global Big Data Challenge, taking place on the weekend of 27th – 28th April 2013. Along with fellow data lovers around the world, you will work in teams to calculate a ranking for health in worldwide cities and communicate these results to a non-technical audience. Each team will use this process to build a model and how well this model represents reality will be judged by a panel of international data thought leaders.

From data scientists to marketers, designers to developers, statisticians to librarians, all you need to take part is a passion about asking questions and making stuff from data! No matter what your skill-sets or interests are, or what sector you have experience in, there’ll be a role for everyone. If you’d prefer to work virtually, that’s fine with us, although the doors of the Information Centre for Health and Social Care in Leeds city centre will be open from 0800GMT to 1700GMT on both Saturday and Sunday. We’ll be in constant communication with other teams working on the challenge around the world.

An area of the Leeds City Centre venue will also be set up to provide a demonstration of a small team working on the Big Data Challenge, which means that we can introduce newbies to the world of data exploration too!

Brilliant prizes will be awarded to the participants with the best submission on a local scale.

Interested in taking part? Secure your place here: http://leedsbigdatachallenge.eventbrite.com/

And finally…

Want to communicate with other Big Data Week participants around the world? Join the conversation by using the hashtag #bdw13 on Twitter.

Don’t forget to follow Leeds Data Thing on Twitter @Leedsdatathing and Facebook too.

Leeds Data Thing also have a brand new sparkly website that they’ll be using to keep the world up to date with what they’re doing. You can check it out here.