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.

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?



Dublinked User Survey

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2) Identify areas of the website and datastore for improvement

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