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Off the Rails hack day
Saturday, 13 October 2012 from 09:30 to 21:00 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
The hack day will be held at Campus London (near Old Street/Moorgate, London) on Saturday October 13th.
We'll follow a loose format, starting with an introduction to the datasets, code/APIs, and a selection of noteworthy existing applications (please bring your own to show off!).
Developers, designers and ideas people will then break into groups to get hacking. The results will be presented in the evening, all accompanied by free food and drinks.
2012 is an exciting year for rail data, with lots of datasets and APIs becoming available that could solve a lot of headaches for train travellers. The UK is leading the way, with Network Rail recently making realtime data available along with existing timetable datasets.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Dutch national rail company, NS, has released an easy-to-use, versatile API, and the French and Germans are beginning to follow suit. And then there’s carbon-footprinting data to help to determine exactly how smug we can all feel for taking the train. There are plenty of ingredients for some exciting apps...
We’re looking for enthusiastic train and software geeks, as well as designers and others interested in the worlds of trains, travel and/or sustainability. Everyone is welcome, and all expertise is greatly appreciated so that we can get a good mix of technical and creative minds.
When & Where
Loco2, Bethnal Green Ventures and Campus London
Loco2 is a startup focused on making it easy to book European rail journeys. The team of five includes sibling co-founders Kate and Jamie Andrews, along with rails core team member, Jon Leighton as Technical Director. Our mission is to make booking a train as easy as booking a plane so that more people can reduce their travel carbon footprint.
About Bethnal Green Ventures
Bethnal Green Ventures is an accelerator program for technology startups working on stuff that matters. We select ventures that are using the web and mobile to solve social or environmental problems ranging from healthcare to climate change, and provide them with pre-seed investment capital, office space, mentorship and business support.
About Campus London
Campus is Europe’s newest co-working space and entrepreneur community. We’re backed by some valuable partners. Google offer mentoring and access to powerful tools you can use to solidify, market and share your ideas with others. Techhub and Central both run other creative spaces nearby. Their experience ensures everything runs smoothly.