Reflecting on our first ‘data hack’

People turn up (and want to come back)

People are seriously talented (and modest with it)

Here are some of my ‘recommendations’ for holding such events

Ask people why they turned up and what could be improved

  • I know I have a skill set. Applying it in my day job isn’t enough. I want to use it for ‘social purpose’.
  • This is actually a fun Saturday for me.
  • I want to learn from other people in relation to technical skills
  • I’m not a data expert but I want to learn about different ways to unpick a problem in a more general sense.
  • I want to build my personal confidence.
  • My employer is encouraging me to link up with the local scene.
  • In my sector, I’m not expected to produce an early output so quickly. It’s refreshing/exciting to have an opportunity to try things out without being too precious.

It is crucial to have subject matter experts in the room

Even the most seemingly-insignificant piece of analysis can be a moment of real insight to those that might use it

Don’t get too caught up in your own excitement

Provide regular reflection and sharing points throughout the day

‘Roaming’ non-techies really add value and add to the sense of ‘community’

Embrace uncertainty and communicate that it is alright

Say ‘help!’ and people that have done similar things before are both supportive and incredibly useful

The format will never be perfect or fixed

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Freelancer. Data and insight strategy through open working. Always social purpose and having conversations. Founded Sheffield Data for Good and Data for Action.

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Freelancer. Data and insight strategy through open working. Always social purpose and having conversations. Founded Sheffield Data for Good and Data for Action.

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