Posted by Keith Loo
Open Platforms Lead, Microsoft Canada
Last weekend’s Open Data Day Toronto 2014 (aka ODDTO14) brought together more than 300 public servants, community activists, and technology professionals to encourage government transparency and adoption of open data policies as part of International Open Data Day.
The takeaway was clear – we have real work to do – and anyone who has a passion to make their cities better, from developers to government officials and librarians, can contribute to real projects. So, join in!
At Saturday’s hackathon we tried to help techies and non-techies alike analyze and interpret open data sets from the newly launched Canadian Open Data site, powered by Socrata and Windows Azure. We have a series of these #HackGoesOn events coming up, building upon Open Data Day momentum and creating an ecosystem to drive results forward. In fact, our next hackathon is tomorrow, just one week after Open Data Day.
To learn about how to join a #HackGoesOn session and move open data projects forward, please check out the Open Data Day Canada site. For a full recap of last weekend’s ODDTO14, please see our Make Web Not War blog.