New event: Hacks and Hackers Hack Day Manchester #hhhmcr

**Please note venue to change to Vision+Media, 100 Broadway, Salford, M50 2UW. Nearest tram is Broadway.**

ScraperWiki is thrilled to announce its next event for journalists and programmers: Hacks and Hackers Hack Day Manchester, a chance for web developers and designers to pair up with journalists and bloggers to produce a number of projects and stories based on public data.

When? Friday October 15th 2010 from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm

Where? At Vision+Media, Broadway 100, Salford Quays, M50 2UW (nearest tram: Broadway) View on Google Map.

Who is it for? We hope to attract ‘hacks’ and ‘hackers’ from all different types of backgrounds: people from big media organisations, as well as individual online publishers and freelancers.

How much? Absolutely free, thanks to our sponsors, Inside the M60, Guardian Open Platform, the Digital Editors NetworkVision+Media (supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the Northwest Regional Development Agency), Journal Local and MEN Media, for making the event possible. Refreshments, lunch and evening snacks will be all be provided.

What happens on the day? The aim is to show journalists how to use programming and design techniques to create online news stories and features; and vice versa, to show programmers how to find, develop, and polish stories and features. All sorts of data was scraped and played with at our past events: in Liverpool, projects included mashes of police, libraries and courts data. Birmingham saw lots of health-related projects, as well as scraping of political party donor and leisure centre information.

This four minute video from Liverpool gives you a flavour of the kind of projects that can be developed.

Armed with their laptops and WIFI, journalists and developers will be put into teams of around four to develop their ideas, with the aim of finishing final projects that can be published and shared publicly. Each team will then present their project to the whole group. Overall winners will receive a prize at the end of the day.

NB: We will also be running another event in Leeds on Thursday October 28th 2010. More details soon.

With thanks to our sponsors:

NB: We’re still seeking one more sponsor to get involved. If you think your organisation might be interested please contact judith [at] Or get in touch with any other questions!

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