The Faculty of ICT (FICT) from the University of Malta, together with the Local Councils’ Association, are organising a number of events related to Open Data.
The scope behind these events is two fold. First and foremost they are intended to increase awareness about the area of Open Data, since it promotes transparency and administrative efficiency within governments, and is considered by the EU to be hugely exciting, as well as hugely valuable to the European economy as a whole.
Secondly we’d like to motivate students and IT developers, as well as professionals in general, to appreciate the business potential behind Open Data through the realization of Web and mobile apps that exploit such data in innovative ways. In this regards, recent figures reported by the EuroApp report state that the app economy (app development being one of the targets behind Open Data), currently supports 1.8 million jobs in the EU and this is predicted to rise to 5 million by 2018. Furthermore the EU’s app economy produced revenue of 17.5 billion in 2013, and this is predicted to rise to 63 billion by 2018.
We’ve set up a website (http://opendatamalta.com/) and a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hack4Malta-hackathon/244914399017392) related to these events.
The first event, is a conference/workshop, which will happen on the 11th of March at The Palace hotel in Sliema. For this event we’re lining up a number of talks (technical and non) related to various aspects of Open Data. Registration for this event can be done by visiting the website (http://opendatamalta.com/) or by sending an email to email@example.com
The second event is a full day hackathon entitled, Hack4Malta, which will be held on Saturday, the 29th of March in the Faculty of ICT’s building.
Both events are free of charge.
Should anyone need further information about the events or would like to discuss further any aspect related to Open Data, please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Open Data Conference and workshop:
Date: 11th March 2014
Time: 09:00 to 17:00
Venue: The Palace Hotel, Sliema
Date: 5th April 2014
Time: 08:00 to 22:00
Venue: Faculty of ICT, University of Malta
More information about these events can be found on our website and the relevant facebook page: