We believe open data is a spark for innovative ideas and better local decision making.

Bath: Hacked is a joint council/community initiative that aims to put open data and smart thinking at the heart of the city. Our primary mission is to bring bright people and quality data together to do useful things for the community.

The first part of this herculean task is the city data store, which makes data freely accessible to all. We blend this with regular hack events that challenge people to find solutions to local problems and give fresh insights to life in Bath.

Can you help?

We are run entirely by volunteers and while we work closely with BANES on data release, we have strictly NO political allegiance or affiliation. Openness is our mantra.

There are lots of ways to get involved. Here are a few ideas:

1. Come hack!

Join our meetup group to access our hackathons. These mostly involve free food, drinks, generous prizes and a lively challenge for community-minded web/app developers, creatives, UXers and data analysts.

2. Be a curator

We need people with technical skill to help manage and update the city data store. It’s important work and hands-on experience for data heads and developers. Nobody leaves without learning (and it looks good on a CV too).

3. Contribute data

The more we have, the better we understand our community. If you have interesting local data please tell us about it. You may just be the spark to something incredible.

4. Challenge us

Do you have a local problem that needs fresh thinking? Tell us. It may be a challenge our people can’t resist and food for the next big hack.

5. Sponsor us

We have no formal funding and live mostly on miracles. We guarantee to respond well to any/all offers of event sponsorship.