Meeting – 29th July at MadLab

21 07 2010

I wanted to hold off posting details here until the schedule had been finalised, but we can now confirm 4 great talks next Thursday at MadLab, Edge Street, M4 1NH.

Our schedule looks like this:

  • 6.30pm: Turn-up/introductions/etc.
  • 7pm: Introduction from Paul Robinson, ATCO CIF data parsing and other toys you can use today
  • 7.15pm: Steven Flower from will be sharing stories from the front-line of open data
  • 7.40pm: Julian Tait talks through real-time data (and funding!) possibilities
  • 8.05pm: Derek Harvie and Tom Robinson will discuss Metrostink – a use of Twitter for reporting Metrolink wait times and problems
  • 8.30pm Wrap-up and adjourn to a bar nearby (possibly Common?)

We’re bursting at the seams on this one, and we’re hoping there is something for everybody. I can’t say too much about my intro talk right now, except we’re hoping to be able to show you something never seen before… I’ll leave it at that, you’ll have to turn up to see for yourself if you’re curious.

Any changes in details will be announced over at the wiki, and we’d appreciate it if you could drop your name on the page to let us know about numbers.


Meeting this ThursdayWednesday 16th June – Common Bar, Northern Quarter

14 06 2010

Well, the people have spoken, and it has been decided:

We’re meeting from 6.30pm onwards at Common Bar in the Northern Quarter.

If the place is packed, we might move on to somewhere a little quieter but will leave word at the bar if anybody asks for the “Open Data Manchester crowd”. If you don’t know how to spot us, feel free to email me and I’ll send on my mobile number.

Hopefully see a few of you there.
UPDATE: We originally said this was Thursday. We meant Wednesday, sorry!

Options for the next meet-up

3 06 2010

The request for speakers for the next meet-up on the mailing list fell on deaf ears, so we’re switching to a social-style pub meetup instead.

We’re planning on meeting at 6.30pm-9pm on the 16th June 2010. The only question is, “which pub?”

There is a football match on that night, so I was going to suggest a TV-less pub, perhaps with a beer garden in case the weather is as magnificent as it is tonight: either the Briton’s Protection on Great Bridgewater Street (near Deansgate tram and train, 5 mins walk from Piccadilly Gardens, but doesn’t serve food after 6pm), Rain Bar nearby or Kro2 on Oxford Road. I’ve also suggested Common Bar in the Northern Quarter which might suit some of you better although there is no beer garden, but plenty of space inside.

If this idea appeals, state your preference over at the Doodle poll and I’ll announce in the next couple of days via the list and here at the blog the choice made.

Reminder: Meet up tonight

27 04 2010

I’m really happy that even though we only left a week for signups to our inaugural event, it looks like a couple of dozen people are ready to get stuck into open data this evening at MDDA, Portland Street. I know some people are only planning to come for the drinks afterwards as the event clashes with a couple of other things going on in town that night, but I’m looking forward to hearing from Julian and Alan about things going on in the city and meeting lots of new faces – it’s the first event in Manchester I’ve been to in a while where I don’t recognise most of the names.

There are still spaces available and a few hours left to signup, so if you want to come along please get your name down ASAP.