Big Data Hack-a-thon
Update: Each participant will get free $250 Amazon credit during the hack!! (To be used towards EC2, Redshift, OpsWorks, Glacier, DynamoDB, S3, CloudFront, CloudSearch, ElastiCache, Route53, AWS Simple Queue Service (SQS), SimpleDB, AWS Data Transfer, Elastic MapReduce, RDS, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS Storage Gateway, Simple Notification, Service (SNS), Simple Workflow Service (SWF), Simple Email Service (SES))
Update 2: Lexalytics and Semantria https://semantria.com/demo just confirmed unlimited access to their API for the hack! We now have some great NLP
What is this?
It’s a gathering of Toronto (and area) developers, statisticians and data scientists to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using closed media data to show the world what Toronto has to offer in the data sector and encourage the adoption of BIG data by the world's publishers, regionally and nationally and internationally.
There will be prizes, food and drink!
Who is this event for?
If you have an idea for using media data, want to find an interesting project to contribute towards, learn about how to visualize or analyze data or simply want to see what's happening, then definitely come participate! No matter your skillset or interests, we are encouraging opportunities for you to learn and help the global open data community grow.
We need computer cowboys and cowgirls like yourself to wrangle data into something useful. That means visualization, notification, integration, etc., all in the name of doing something crazy and fantastic.
We need people like you to make the everything look amazing, feel intuitive, and have a smooth user experience. The best application in the world that no one can use... isn't much use! You know the drill.
Statisticians / Data Scientists
I heard you folks like data, data modelling and stats! And eat catalogs of data for breakfast... You beautiful people are going to scour the earth for interesting data, help the rest of us figure out what’s important, and generally be useful.
How Will It Work?
These hackathons, like small pieces, will be loosely joined by these basic principles.
- It will happen on Saturday, April 27rd from 9am until 9pm
- It can be as big or as small, as long or as short, as you'd like it.
- Anyone can organize a team event
Want to help organize your team / friends / co-workers to participate? Add your team name (or just your own), along with the Project name here
- You can hack on anything that involves our media data
Could be a local or global app, a visualization, proposing a standard for common data sets, scraping data from our API or even creating your own data catalog of our media data.
What to Expect
A lot will be going on. So... expect to:
- Learn more about media and their open data.
- Find out how local and national media offer data and what could be done with it.
- Meet & network with tons of cool people in your city and around the world.
- Voice your opinion & share your ideas with the people and media attending.
- Find out about apps being created, and get to play around with them as well.
- Help out with parts of the conceptualization, creation, design, and testing of apps.
- Conduct an open tutorial sessions around using the data.
- Have lots and lots of fun.
What to Bring
Anything! Bring your laptops, mobile phones, phasers set to stun, etc. but above all, your energy and your brains! We’re trying to make this event very hands on, so feel free to bring all your wacky geektronics so that you can participate in all the fun.
Where is it?
All of this will be run out of the Ryerson DMZ, hosted by Viafoura Inc. We have space in the heart of Toronto, the coolest place in the country, in Dundas Square. Easily accessible via TTC, GO, on foot, on scooter, or even by jet pack (we do have a landing pad on top of the building)!
When is it?
Saturday April 27th from 9am to 9pm.
8:30am - 9am Breakfast
12pm - 1pm Lunch
5pm - 6pm Dinner
8pm Hard deadline for submitting hacks
9pm Prize Ceremony and Interviews
9am - 10am [tech talk session]
1pm - 2pm [tech talks session]
6pm - 7pm [tech talks session]
10pm - 1am Gathering for drinks, cool-down in Dundas Square Area.
Why is it?
Yes Please. $1,000 for first place team. $500 for second and $250 for third.
Follow the rules, or your connection will be terminated.
Get started now
App Ideas are always welcome. Add your app here and register on eventbrite here
We will be using the Guardian’s open API data. It is available for you to start playing with athttp://explorer.content.guardianapis.com/
You can also augment this data with Amazon's data sets: http://aws.amazon.com/datasets/ (note the primary data still has to be from the Guardian)
Talk to us
Looking forward to high-fiving you when you show up, but until then you can reach us firstname.lastname@example.org
The idea for the first Open Data Day started out as an international brainstorm involving some of these characters:
Lots of cool people are helping make this happen including many, many, many not listed above. They rock. This is all very unofficial and very awesome.