Can we create better cities with open data?

We are partnering with Idea Bombing Newcastle to present ‘Hacktivate the City’, a free event for people to learn about open data and how it helps to allow people to access information that might be useful in their daily lives or for business decisions.

Manager Corporate Information, Brooke Humphries, said the amount and type of data collected by governments and businesses is now extensive, and would be useful for many people if they had access.

“Open data can be about nearly anything, such as the location of services and infrastructure, the number of cars using a road, the location of parking, and the number of visitors to places, but doesn’t include any personal information. When small businesses, residents, and researchers have access to this data, it allows better decision making and even the start-up of new businesses,” Ms Humphries said.

“It’s about making it really easy for people to access information about the City.”

Hacktivate the City will feature Co-founder and Managing Director of Code for Australia, Alvaro Maz, and Co-founder of Social Pinpoint, Colin Goudie, among other guest speakers, discussing open data and how it can be used to build better cities.

“The event will allow the community to share their ideas on what information or datasets they would like to see ‘open’ and why. Making data available is an action in the Lake Mac Smart City, Smart Council Digital Economy Strategy,” Ms Humphries said.

The event is part of the Hunter Innovation Festival - a week of events to spark and inspire innovation in the Hunter region. Find out more about the Festival at

Hactivate the City

When: Wednesday 15 June, 6pm

Where: DaSH, the Dantia Smart Hub, 63 Ridley Street, Charlestown

RSVP for Hactivate the City online or by contacting Council on 4921 0333.

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