Networking businesses not people/Speed data-ing

Or… Hack day for start-ups (update) <- we had too many clever names for this post

Right, there has been growing interest in this hack day, which is all very exciting as I think it might be brilliant. So here is a bit of an update:

Date: I did say I was aiming for the first Saturday in June, that is now looking unlikely as I have been a bit busy with the day job :), but it will be a Saturday probably in June, possibly sneaking into July.

the rest of this post will refer to ‘we’, I have not come over all Royal, but have dragged a few people into this

If you don’t know what I am talking about, here is my previous post on the matter.

What businesses, what data?

Ideally we want 15 businesses involved and we are now in the process of  reducing a wish-list of 44 down to 10. Then we would like to invite five volunteer businesses – seem fair?

In order to put your business forward you just need to have some interesting non-personal data,

data is information that has been translated into a form that is more convenient to move or process

basically, the stuff that sits in databases. We don’t need to have any story behind why your business should be included, just send us a link to your website and tell us about the data you have. Email us: bizhackday at gmail dot com.

What’s in it for businesses?

We can’t be completely prescriptive, however we would expect at least the following:

  1. connections with other businesses based on your professional data
  2. potentially a new product or service that you can take forward
  3. a visualisation of your information that makes more sense than you’ve ever seen before
  4. finding connections with data sets that you simply hadn’t thought of before

Here is a blog post about a hack day run by Rewired State, just to give you a better idea of what happens. (Important to note that this business hack day is not a Rewired State event, but is supported by some Rewired State developers and me, a founder director).

Stuff we need

I have had several offers of servers, so I will get back to you kind people. We need money to pay for food during the day, IT support at Adam Street, paying the developers, beer and pizza. Rewired State will be stumping up some cash but it would be good to have sponsorship from elsewhere as well, contact me if you want to sponsor.

Register your interest to attend

We really don’t know what is going to happen, what will be produced and what opportunities will be created. What we do know is that the show and tell at the end is usually brilliantly buzzy and incredible to watch. The business owners will obviously be there and Adam Street members, sponsors (if we get any), but if you would like to come along and see the presentations and be part of what we hope will be a inspirational bit of geekery then please apply (again to bizhackday at gmail dot com) and we will confirm places once we are clear on numbers.

I think that’s it, over the next week we will be contacting businesses, do yell if you want to join in in some way!

Thursdays ROCK – but this Thursday was the best this year

If I was to pick a day out of this year that summed up me and what makes me happy – today would be it. Here’s what I did:

3.15am Shriek at daughter and daughter’s friends for still being awake and over-excited after watching High School Musical 3 (OK bad start)

6.15am Wake up and lie in bed considering how to get out of all today had in store – FAIL

8.30am Meet Michelle Acton-Bond for breakfast to talk about her work for Channel Four’s Battlefront on cyber-bullying. We talked about this, as well as personal stuff, mutual friends and general how-dos. As ever, it was delightful and a wonderful way to start any day: inspired.

9.30am Hit desk and email – happen to have a discussion with someone who has a desk close to mine who can help Michelle get to the relevant people in government who have cyber-bullying as part of their policy areas

*between* organise lunch for next week with two people I adore, and who happen to be available on the same day as each other, and me… bonus

11am Meet with someone with whom I have a difficult professional relationship to explain how I felt and how we might move forward. SUCCESS: WITHOUT SWEARING

Show off to boss

12pm Meet a bloke who’s company is potentially doing some critical web audit work for us: fully believe, after meeting, that the company can deliver

1pm Complete to do list: extraordinary achievement – done by plugging self into two computers and ipod

2pm Meet UKBA, UK Visas and Directgov to discuss the way forward for delivering online content for the overseas audience: potentially a very controversial meeting, but turned out fine

*between* secure the time of an editor I have been chasing for a while to work with us on the IPS content for Directgov (thanks Fran and Christi)

4.30pm Meet Ministry of Justice, Atul Sharda, to make sure that the two depts (HO and MOJ) are working in alignment for website rationalisation and general loveliness – we are! (Can this get any better?)

5.45pm Get to One Alfred Place early for Oli Barrett‘s networking event, meet Alice Sherwood from the KitCat Club – bore her silly with public sector news… pitch for place at the KitCat table (WIN)

6pm network network: how I missed this. Great people, sometimes inspiring, sometimes boring – but nothing is boring when you realise that Tom Steinberg from My Society has not met Robert Loch.

It is like bubble wrap, you think you have popped all the all there is to pop… then you find a couple more.

Ad Nauseum Post Script: yes I did do more than this today to earn my crust, but have chosen not to bore you with it…

Further blogging sin- updating after I have posted BUT – I do not include my family in my BEST THURSDAY EVER post… that is mine but it did end with reading Maximum Ride to my daughter before she slept