This post is by Lucy Chambers, Cambridge-based Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Cambridge, it has been too long…

The #OpenData meetups are returning to Cambridge, following on from the success of the London meetups (#OpenDataLDN) and the recent Helsinki meetup (#OpenDataFi).

The Details

  • When: Thursday, 15th December, 7pm-9pm
  • Where: 37 Panton St, Cambridge
With thanks to Brian Condon, Centre for Creative Collaboration.

Like the London meetups, the format will be very informal and flexible, here’s an idea of things we’ve done in the past:

  • Topic corners, meet new people who are interested in the same areas as you, plan collaborations… even build stuff. Some corners we’ve had for previous meets: Open Government, Data Journalism, Tools for working with Data, ICT 4 Development, Open Science, Transport Data, Open Educational Resources… You name the topics you are interested in, we give them a space…
  • Lightning talks – pitch an idea, an event… stand up and let people know about a problem you have working with data and see whether anyone can offer you a solution. The floor is yours for 2-3 minutes, spark the crowd’s interest with a quick talk, then carry on the discussion afterwards…
  • What is open data? – don’t know what all of the fuss is about? No worries! We’ll pull together a group to show you some things people are working on in this area, and why they do it.
  • Brainstorm – e.g. what’s next for OpenData in Cambridge, who should we be reaching out to? working with? how do we link people up with people doing similar things in other areas?…
  • Your idea here…

Sign up

Sign up for the event via the meetup page.

If you are interested in giving a lightning talk (2-3 minutes), would be interested in leading a topic corner or want to suggest your own idea for an activity, please drop me an email: lucy.chambers [at] (or just let us know on the day!).

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Lucy is a free range "tech-translator", blogging about her work at

Formerly, Lucy worked for Open Knowledge leading School of Data, co-editing the Data Journalism Handbook and coordinating the OpenSpending community.