|The aim of Opendata.ch is to make public data freely available and usable. The Open Health Data Event from September 28-29, 2012 revolves around the subject of health. Designers, programmers, journalists, specialists and non-professionals work on practical apps and exciting visuals in open workshops. The software engineering experts from Canoo are of course included! Click here to register.|
Three clicks in the internet deliver you a wide range of publicly available data from the healthcare sector – a veritable deluge of data on sector salaries, employment statistics, details of the population’s state of health, and much more besides. However, one common feature of the data’s layout in lists, tables and statistics is, above all, the lack of clarity.
The association Opendata.ch addresses precisely this issue and organises the biannual make.opendata.ch events. Designers, programmers, journalists, specialists and non-professionals work on practical apps and exciting visuals in open workshops. The mutual goal of the Open Health Data event from September 28-29, 2012, in Basel’s Unternehmen Mitte is once again: more transparency, innovation and efficiency. As sponsor and participant, Canoo is supporting the “Hackdays”, with their longstanding engineering know-how and mobile expertise. We cordially invite you to visit. Click here to register. Incidentally, at the plenary discussion on the previous evening, the topic “Publicly Available Official Data” will be presented to a wide audience. Why not drop by too!
Next Saturday, 3rd December, Canoo is sponsoring the Swiss installment of the Global Day of Code Retreat. It’s being held in Lugano, which is easily reachable from Switzerland or Northern Italy. The event is free, lunch is provided, and you’ll get a chance to practice your programming skills while taking part in a world-wide event that criss-crosses the globe. Sound fun? It will be. Here’s what you need to know:
A code retreat is a day long event where programmers get to practice and hone their craft. The format was created three years ago and has been used and improved regularly since then. During the day we’ll use Conway’s Game of Life to practice our design, testing, and pair programming skills. The event has a predefined format and will be facilitated by Canooie Hamlet D’Arcy. This is quite different from our Hackergartens, so you may want to read up on the format so you know what to expect. Michael Hunger has an excellent synopsis of Code Retreat up on the InfoQ website.
The originator of the idea is Corey Haines and he will be facilitating the first code retreat of the day in Australia and then flying to Hawaii to also facilitate the last retreat of the day. There is most likely a code retreat in your area, just in case you can’t make it to Lugano. Check out the map to see where you can go.
There are several sponsors for the Code Retreat in Lugano: Canoo, Ex Machina, and JetBrains to name a few. If you show up then expect to leave with some goodies as well as the free lunch. And please, if you plan on coming then be sure to register on the website so we can provide enough food and coffee.
See you Saturday!
Hackergarten is on tour again, and in the next few days we have an all day coding event at GeeCON in Krakow (Saturday 14th May) and all night event at GR8 in Copenhagen (Tuesday 17th May). So what is Hackergarten anyway?
Hackergarten is a group of people that come together to write open source code. If you come to Hackergarten, then expect to do some pair programming, learn better how to write code, and make a contribution to the open source world. The idea of the event is to create a hands-on user group, where you don’t sit an listen to a presentation, but instead you learn through doing and creating. Conferences give people tons of energy and excitement, and here’s a way to continue your conference experience and make a positive impact on the world while you’re still amped up from the conference.
Here’s a run-down of some important aspects of hackergarten:
- there will be coding – most of your the time is spent pair programming on a small task for an existing project
- you will submit a patch – your goal is to write a feature or fix for a project and then submit the patch (or make a commit)
- there is no agenda – the session starts with chaos as people suggest coding ideas and naturally from into small teams and groups
- you don’t need a laptop – If you have a computer then please bring it! If you don’t then come anyway and don’t worry about it
- you don’t need specific skills – All skills and backgrounds are welcome: beginner to expert, assembler to Scala, and everything in between
- you can recruit for your open source project – got an OS project of your own? Come to Hackergarten and convince other people to work on it with you
There will be some Hackergarten veterans to help out with the event. We have our own project ideas and can lead some teams if you want.
Andres Almiray – Andres is the lead on the Griffon Framework (among other things) and he’s always ready to lead people through contributing
Rene Groeschke – Rene is a frequent plugin contributor to the Gradle build system and will to help people with working on Gradle
Hamlet D’Arcy – I am a committer on CodeNarc (static analysis for Groovy) and the Groovy language. I have a ton of static analysis rules that are ready to be implemented for Groovy, and just need some help from you.
You – Got your own project? Please show up and help people contribute!
See you soon!