UK Parliamentary Hack

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This weekend top developers and designers from across the UK will get their hands on information to which they would not ordinarily have access at a two-day event offering the chance to build prototype apps using government data sets.

The UK Parliamentary Hack is part of a nationwide programme of events for Parliament Week (November 15-21), which aims to promote personal engagement with the democratic process. Other London events include a Young People’s Question Time (Monday November 18 6.30-8pm at Portcullis House) and open debate I’m not a Feminist But… (Thursday November 21 6-8pm at Bishopsgate Institute).

There’s a full list on the website. But the hack, run by software developers network Rewired State, has to be the most intriguing opportunity. Last year’s winners included ‘Toe The Line’, an app which would provide an interactive visualisation of the most rebellious MPs in parliament, and ‘Have Your Say’, an application designed to allow members of the public to give their opinions on parliamentary debates.

Rapid prototyping not part of your skill set? You can still check out the results of the 2013 hack: the show-and- tell session on Sunday November 17 (4-6pm) is open to non-coders.

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