X-Gov Hack Your Way Day


NDRC, The Digital Exchange, Crane Street, Dublin, DO8HKR9


10th February 2017

What is it for?

Using open data from DCCAE, LGMA, HSE, eHealth Ireland and other Government Bodies; the aim of the hack is to make finding and using government services easier – with particular emphasis on the use of EirCodes.

Who can go?

It’s open to everyone.

How much does it cost?

It’s a free event but you need to sign up here to get tickets.

For more information visit X-Gov Hack Your Way Day.

#HackAccessDublin – Join the Mobility Movement



Innovators from the engineering, design and technology fields are invited to use their talents and interest in social impact to help Hack Access Dublin make Dublin’s transport system accessible to people with mobility problems.

Hack Access Dublin is a for purpose hackathon happening in Google over the weekend of 25-27 November.

It is being organised by Janice Valentine, Founder of Great Life Distillery and Innovation Engagement Consultant.  Its vision is to leverage the startup community’s innovative approach to solving problems to make Dublin inclusive to people of all abilities.

You can register to participate online here.

Hack Access Dublin is being sponsored by Smart Dublin, Nissan and Dogpatch Labs and is supported by the National Disability Authority.

janice_rtchd-4Commenting on the inspiration for Hack Access Dublin, Founder of Great Life Distillery, Janice Valentine says: “It was an idea that was inspired by my brother and his desire to be treated the same as everyone else, irrespective of being confined to a wheelchair.  He refused to be defined by the differences between his physical ability and others.  Sadly, Steven passed away 6 years ago but Hack Access Dublin has been inspired by his positive spirit and the ambition he showed in his short life. I want to help people like him experience a better quality of life”.

The hackathon will kick-off with an opening ceremony in Google on Friday 25th November. The focus of the evening will be on celebrating the beginning of a movement towards inclusivity and empowerment for people with mobility challenges through innovation & entrepreneurship.

Minister for Disability, Finian McGrath will be visiting teams while they work on their ideas during Saturday’s maker sessions. There will be inspiring talks given by Neill Milliken of @AXSChat, a Twitter chat for disability and Virtual Reality expert, Julie De Moine, who was recently a judge for a hackathon in MIT, USA.

On Sunday at 4pm teams will pitch their solutions to a panel of judges made up of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland CEO, Darren Ryan, Smart Dublin Manager, Jamie Cudden, Manager of Corporate Partnerships at Dogpatch Labs, Liz McCarthy, Senior ICT Advisor, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at National Disability Authority, Shane Hogan and Professor of Inclusive Design for Education & Chair of Creative Technologies at UCD, Lizbeth Goodman.  After the pitch there will be keynote talks given by Kathryn O’Donoghue, Director, Trust & Safety EMEA Monetized Products at Google and James McCarthy, CEO at Nissan Ireland.  The pitch will be open to members of the public to attend.

Tickets are available online here.

Or for more information, contact Janice Valentine janice@greatlifedistillery.com.


Department of Expenditure and Public Refrom Open Data Engagement Fund


Have you or your organisation an interest in promoting Open Data?

Do you want to see more data available for re-use?

Would you like to use open data to create an app which can help citizens?

Do you need a little extra funding to help you do this?

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, why not take a look at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Open Data Engagement Fund. The fund has been developed in conjunction with the Open Data Governance Board (ODGB).

open-208368_960_720It is designed to provide support to improve the availability and usage of data on the data.gov.ie   portal . There are 3 categories under which you can apply:

(a) Outreach and Engagement– Support for training, workshops, discussion groups

(b) Competitions and Events – Support for  competitions, events and conferences

(c) Innovative Use of Data/Projects – Support for innovative use of data or data projects

More details on the fund and how to apply can be found here.

Application forms can be found here.

The deadline is fast approaching, applications must be received by Wednesday, 16th November 2016.

Dublin City Council seeks Feedback on new Planning Application Interface

Buildingeye is a new user friendly planning information portal, which is being tested by Dublin City Council through the Smart Dublin pilot programme.   We want to make it easier for residents, planners and councillors to find the planning information they need straight from their mobile or tablet.  Click here to use the Buildingeye demo and see what is planned for your neighbourhood.

How does it work?

The Dublin demo shows a map of all planning applications received by Dublin City Council from January 2003 up to the end of last month. It also has an easy to follow tutorial that shows you step by step how to search by address, neighbourhood or constituency.

Image of Drimnagh Map
Image of Drimnagh Map

Blue dots show applications that have been submitted and green represent approved applications. Select a dot on the map and an overview of the planning details are displayed. Select “more details” and the application links you to the full planning application on the city council’s website.

Tell us what you think.

We are running this pilot until the end of September so please tell us if you think it is a good idea or not by selecting the feedback option under the menu tab on the Buildingeye demo.

BEMenu BEFeedback

Website: Buildingeye.com

Twitter: @buildingeye

About Buildingeye

Ciaran Gilsenan
Ciaran Gilsenan

We took the DCC planning data feed from Dublinked and within one day we were able to transform it into a fully functional application which helps citizens to interact with the planning information and set local alerts in a way that was not possible before”

– Ciaran Gilsenan


Ciaran Gilsenan has over 12 years experience as a civil engineer working with local authorities and planning developments. His initial idea began with  a planning website which used open data published by the local authorities. Buildingeye.com has greatly grown and is now operational in several cities in the US including San Francisco, Palo Alto and Adams County, Colorado.  Buildingeye has also been named as one of the GovTech100 a listing of the leading 100 companies to improve or transform government services.

Knowledge Preservation in the 21st century



8/9 Westmoreland Street,
Dublin 2.

(Next to Palace pub in Temple Bar)


June 14th 2016

Who is it For?

Anyone with an interest in Open Data  and Open Knowledge.

What Does it Cost?

Entry is free but a donation of €5 would also be appreciated to support continued work by Open Knowledge Ireland. You can book your tickets here.

 For more information see  Open Knowledge Ireland


New Fire Brigade and Ambulance Data!

Now you can check out the incidents activity log for 2013-2015 for:

Image Source: www.dublincity.ie

Dublin Fire Brigade Service

Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Service

Also included with the new datasets is a fire and ambulance service type file which provides an incident description and explanatory notes for each incident.

Visit the Fire and Ambulance Service types here.

Iteration, Iteration, Iteration

It’s not about location, location, location for the researchers, developers, partners and pilots in the Route to PA project. It’s about iteration, iteration, iteration!!!

Just to remind everyone….

Route to PA stands for Raising Open and User-friendly Transparency-Enabling Technologies fOr Public Administrations. It is operating under the largest EU research and innovation initiative, Horizon 2020. Dublinked’s role in this project is to act as a test bed; reviewing the tools and technologies developed and, providing the researchers and developers with user feedback.

Horizon 2020/Route to PA logo
Horizon 2020 and Route to PA


In year 1 Route to PA has developed its Social Platform for Open Data (SPOD) and a Transparency Enhancing Toolset (TET) to encourage citizen engagement with open data. The toolset together with the social platform allows users to access datasets, connect with others interested in open data, create data visualisations (datalets) and openly discuss their findings. Future plans for the platform include; the ability to create new open data by combining information from pre-existing datasets.

Minutes from Warsaw…

On the first day, participants from the partners, pilots and those in the field of research; made presentations to the group, discussing areas such as:

  • Technology
  • Scenario Development
  • Implementation
Warsaw Meeting
Dublinked giving Feedback in Warsaw

On the second day, the participants discussed the next steps and stages of the project. Using feedback provided from the pilots, the researchers and developers will review and include recommendations into the next version which is due for release in the Autumn of this year.

Collaboration is key….

When designing any new system or web application; there are many variables to consider. Functionality, interface design, usability and content management are just some of the aspects needed to build an informative and productive application.Route to PA is a European collaboration which incorporates groups from Italy, France, Poland, the UK, the Netherlands and Ireland. Each group represented at Route to PA bring a different set of skills to the table. By sharing these skills and working together; Route to PA aims to build an application that considers all aspects of the design process and of course, the end user!

Next steps…

Route to PA has come a long way in its first year but there is more work to be done.

For year 2, Dublinked aims to improve the quality of the datasets and obtain new data that citizens, researchers and developers can interact with. It hopes to promote open data awareness and improve data literacy within the local authorities in the Dublin region. And it will continue to provide Route to PA with user feedback and insights regarding its tools and platform. Through testing, trials and retesting, the project gets closer to achieving its goals – Providing a repository of data from across Europe, designing a socially engaging platform where citizens can discuss, use and reuse open data and will encourage government transparency!

If you would like to know more about Route to PA, download the brochure here .

We will keep you updated as the project progresses.


Code For Ireland Meet up

Code for Ireland are hosting another Meet Up tonight, April 28th at Dogpatch Labs.  Their vision:

 Improve society and the lives of people in Ireland using technology.

Code for Ireland
Code For Ireland Meet Up

If you want to get involved check out their current projects below:

Code For Ireland Projects


Dogpatch Labs,

The CHQ Building,

Custom House Quay,

Dublin 1


Tonight, April 28th 2016

Who is it For?

Citizens, government officials, designers, developers, code warriors, data analysts, project managers – all welcome.

Entry is free but you must register in advance.

For more information on the current projects, visit: http://codeforireland.com/apps/

NASA Space Apps Challenge 2016

This weekend sees the launch of one of the largest International Hackathon events in the world, NASA Space Apps Challenge 2016. People from countries all over the globe will begin collaborating for up to 72 hours on over 25 different challenges facing the Earth.


Driven by NASA’s Open Innovation Initiative, the challenge invites citizens to connect and innovate to create solutions using open data. It aims to bring people with a variety of skills from different backgrounds together to share and build upon their ideas.

To find out more on the Irish launch pad for this event, see Space Apps Dublin 2016

Where ?

The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoighaire


23rd-24th April 2016

Who is it for?

Engineers, coders, makers, artists and storytellers – anyone with an interest in problem solving on Earth and in Space!!

Where can I find out more?



Dublin Airport Hackathon

Dublin Airport Hackathon Image
Dublin Airport Hackathon

Can you help Dublin Airport reach its 2020 goals? Have you an idea which can help improve the passenger experience or optimise the capacity of the airfield? If so, why not sign up for #hackDub? This event is hosted in conjunction with Dublin City University, for more details see below:

Dublin Airport Resources for hackathon
Source: http://dublinairport-hackathon.com/


DCU Alpha Innovation Campus


15th-17th April 2016


To improve passenger experience and optimise airfield space

Who is it for?

Engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and intrepid travellers

How much is it to enter?


Where can I find out more?