Hacklands – the great outdoors, only better …

Of the many myths about technical people , the idea that we all hate the outdoors is maybe the most mistaken. We don’t hate nature, we just think it could be vastly improved by power sockets in every third fence post, and a reliable wifi signal. Hardly seems like much to ask, and luckily the […]

Open Data Forum Plymouth July 2015

Last week we held our first Open Data Forum event in Plymouth, hosted by the excellent ThinqTanq work hub managed by Rob Wicks and Sabrina Simpson. After settling in with coffee and biscuits we got down to the business of the evening – getting to know the Plymouth attendees and finding out about what they’re […]

An Open Data Training Centre

We’re developing a world-class open data training centre in the South West. With three ODI Registered trainers we offer more training expertise than any other Node and we’re working to develop specialisms that help individuals and organisations really make the most out of open data. You can read more about our current training offer on […]

Launching Beyond

Following on from our launch conference, Beyond the Smart City, we’ve put together a website dedicated to taking the project forward. We’ll be working on Beyond over the next few months to build new partnerships around a more human, sustainable vision for smart technologies and data. This will lead to a second conference in 2016 […]

Devon Open Data Forum comes to Plymouth

Hot on the heels of our successful Beyond the Smart City conference launch at the Met Office last month we are bringing another event to a different part of Devon. We’ve been running the open data forum for quite a while now, but it has always been based in Exeter and we feel it’s time […]

Social enterprise beyond the smart city

It can be challenging to start or grow a social enterprise when you are cut off from some of the more obvious sorts of sources of funding, news, and community that you might get from growing an organisation in a densely populated area. Cities enjoy a number of advantages simply because there is easy access […]

Not another jobsite …

A couple of weeks ago we took part in the latest NESTA/ODI open data challenge in Manchester, looking into ways of using open data to find people better jobs. The original brief was to “build products and services using open data which help people get better jobs or create new jobs.”. Our submission was based on […]

ODI Devon takes the Open Data Challenge

This coming weekend we’re looking forward to joining teams from across Europe for two days of design and development in pursuit of an Open Data Challenge Prize. All three members of ODI Devon will be assembling in Manchester to refine our Rural Skills Matching app, which builds on existing open data sets to map the […]

Beyond The Smart City 2015 Conference 25-27 June

Beyond the Smart City

Exeter, 25-27 June 2015 What is a Smart City? Judging by the diversity of Smart City initiatives there’s no definitive answer; data, sensors, systems all play a role. But how do we look beyond this technological perspective of Smart Cities to a more holistic, sustainable and human ambition? And how can we use the energy […]

What are ODI Nodes: Creating a global network

The ODI Nodes are an important part of our global network. The last year has seen significant growth: we have welcomed Rio, Devon, Queensland and Athens to the community; our first group of nodes have become ODI registered trainers; our community of nodes have collaborated with us to deliver global projects; and the network is […]