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Monday, September 12, 2011

BarCampBrighton, The Tube & London Transport Museum Hack Day

Over the weekend I travelled down to Brighton to attend
BarCampBrighton, a fantastic two day "unconference" as part of September's month long Brighton Digital Festival. I had two heads on and had planned to speak as @anniemole and as @gbchefs (my day job at Great British Chefs where I am Head of Social Media and we were one of the sponsors).

Brighton Line - BarCampBrighton6

I love Brighton and although Brightonians would probably scowl to hear it called London by the Sea - essentially it is! I stayed the night at my friends who had a fab map in their hallway, "The Brighton Line" with the various streets and areas of Brighton, mapped out like a London Underground map. If you're from Brighton, apparently it's pretty accurate, with its Stag & Hen line (Brighton's still a popular spot for Stag & Hen parties) and the Northern Line running from "The North", (one stop north of London) to "Palace Pier" in the sea.

It was a fairly geeky weekend and although I still can't really get my head around the idea that I'm a geek, I spose I am. Anyway, the geeks and techies amongst you may be interested to hear that London Transport Museum are holding a Hack Day this coming Saturday, 17th September.

"Love of facts, stats, data and great design? Release your inner geek and delve into the beautiful and immersive world of data visualisation with onedotzero and Protein. Following a brief introduction about how to data visualise, where to find data and what to do with it, participants will be given a set of data, inspired by the Museum’s new exhibition Sense and the City: smart, connected and on the move. You will then go on to produce a graphic output that displays the material in a way that is interesting and visually appealing. Designers, developers, techies and competent amateurs are all welcome. Presented by London Transport Museum in partnership with onedotzero."

This sounds amazing and I will certainly be going along as a "competant amateur". You must bring along your own laptop. The day runs from 10am until 4pm and costs £25 (£23 concesssions) but this does include full entry in to London Transport Museum for a year plus refreshments.

You can book Online or telephone London Transport Museum on 020 7565 7298.

Finally for those who want a idea of all the amazing stuff that went on over the two days of Bar Camp Brighton, here's my "Storify" summary of the weekend.

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