February 20, 2013 - Comments Off on Leeds Data Thing: the new kid on the block

Leeds Data Thing: the new kid on the block

Over the past few months representatives from Bloom – Peter Laflin and Rebecca Edwards – have been part of the steering group of a brand new data community for the city of Leeds.

Bloom wanted to get people together to talk about data in the city. Peter and Rebecca joined forces with some representatives from the  public sector and the market research community and after a few discussions, Leeds Data Thing was born.

Leeds Data Thing aims to bring like-minded, data loving people together  to network, share ideas, learn a few things and chat over a beer or two – all in our fantastic city. The group is open to anyone who lives, loves or works in Leeds – from digital marketers to public sector workers, market researchers to bankers, academics to third sector employees.

Kicking off with a sold-out event at the Cross Keys next Wednesday (27/2), the evening promises delicious beverages to accompany the data fuelled conversation. Focusing on geo-demographics, data visualisation and crowd sourced mapping, the event will feature talks from the brilliant  Andy Bolton and Tim Waters.

There will also be the opportunity for attendees to throw their ideas into the ring about the future of Leeds Data Thing and what they’re interested in getting out of the group – we’re all about about creating a living, breathing community of data fiends!

This will be the first in a number of events devoted to data. The group are looking to organise monthly events, along with a series of Open Data hack days and a session on Hacking for Beginners.

Want to know more about Leeds Data Thing? Follow the group at @LeedsDataThing or join the Leeds Data Thing Linkedin group.