Why I’m hosting Vancouver’s Open Data Day Hackathon

I’m thrilled to be hosting the 2017 Vancouver Open Data Day Hackathon!

Our President @gndv starting off the 2016 #VODDay #OpenDataDay Hackathon

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Some people assume this is what I do for a living. It’s not. I have a pretty awesome (and appropriately demanding) job as the Director of Communications and Engagement with the College of Pharmacists of BC.

So why am I spending nights organizing #VODday when I would really love to just Netflix and chill (or just sleep)?

Here’s why:

This year, recognizing the importance of open data and transparency is especially important.

Just as important is Is is looking at how open data and civic tech can help support communities, whether it’s our local homeless, newcomers, or groups that find themselves discriminated against.

And finally, tools that empower everyone living here, improve efficiency, reduce waste, improve transportation and support the environment will help us build the community we want to live in.

I hope you dig deep, and find your own reason to participate in International Open Data Day.

Join me for the #VODday hackathon on March 4!

If you are interested in being a sponsor, email us at info@opendatabc.ca.