Hack Winchester: Information for participants

There are just a few days until Hack Winchester! Here’s a bit more info on what’s happening.

What is it

A community hack

When is it

Saturday 8th September, 9am to 6pm

Where is it

Winchester Business School, West Downs Campus, Romsey Rd, Winchester, SO22 5HT. More info

Social networking


Hashtag: #hackwinchester

Twitter list ( 21 people have shared Twitter details, of the 53 so far who have registered to attend)

Here are some of the organisations who are going to be represented on the day. Click the image to see an interactive version that links to associated websites.


Traditional networking

A few of us met on Thursday evening for some traditional social networking in The Westgate pub. We had some great chats, and it was clear there’s lots of energy to help tackle some of the issues facing people and businesses in Winchester District.


We talked about how to help connect people before and after Saturday’s event, and agree we’d set up a Slack Workspace for informal chat. If you want to join, it is at:


If you know your way around Slack and want to help administer the workspace, please let me know.


Time Title
09:00 Registration, tea and coffee
09:30 Welcome from Cllr Rob Humby, Winchester City Council
09:35 Introduction, Lucy Knight, hack facilitator
09:45 Paper hacking
10:15 Break
10:30 Review ideas from paper hacking

Team forming

10:45 Hacking starts
There is no set lunch time and food will be available from midday.
16:30 Show and tell – presentations / demos
17:30 Voting
17:45 Closing comments, Susan Robbins, Corporate Head of Engagement, Winchester City Council

Data sources

Data sources is a bit of a ‘moving feast’. At the time of writing we’ve identified around 80 which we think are directly relevant to Hack Winchester’s theme and topics. The current list is in a Google Sheet here. There are a few yet to be added.

Some publishers – like the Office for National Statistics, Food Standards Agency, Open Data Communities (MHCLG), and Ordnance Survey publish lots of data, and their sites are well worth exploring.

If you know of any other sources or individual data sets that might be useful for the hack, please leave a comment at the end of this post, ping me an email, or use the contact form. Please email me if you want to be given edit access to the Google Sheet

Theme and Topics

Just a reminder that the overarching theme is:

How can technology and data be used to help tackle issues affecting people and businesses in Winchester?

There are three topics to explore:

Thank you

That’s all for this post. Many thanks to

Image credits

Hackathon icon courtesy of Drawnalism and BlueLightCamp
Many thanks to Matthew Buck of Drawnalism for visualising the topics!