DATA Play 2
Get creative with data

Thrive Hub, Ocean Crescent, Plymouth

Friday 4 March 2016
9.45am to 4.30pm
Saturday 5 March 2016
10am to 4.30pm

DATA Play 2 was a great day with a good mix of people, from kids learning how to write their first code to coding pros from the University.

The day included some really interesting talks and workshops with some ‘speed DATAing’ which resulted in interesting discussions about how we can get creative with the data we’ve open. It was great to see the DATA Play community grow with more people participating in digital networking.

We were also excited to introduce our reward scheme – three rewards of £2,000 to help progress the top three ideas that have the most potential to help the city and deliver some of the challenges we face. We’re hoping this will help some of the ideas discussed on the day progress to the next stage.

DATA Play 2 winners

We received 14 ideas/proposals for DATA Play 2. The panel was made up of Adrian Hollister (Head of Strategy and Architecture at Plymouth University), Dom Jinks (Arts Professional), Sabrina Simpson (Cofounder of THINQTANQ), Rob McCarthy (CEO of GOSS), Kelechi Nnoaham (Director of Public Health for Plymouth), Chris Penberthy (Cabinet Member for Co-operatives, Housing and Community Safety) and members from the DATA Play team.

The following ideas won £2,000 to take their ideas forward:

Our Way Tech: Pop-up Past

Our Way Tech (a student led social enterprise based at Plymstock School) put forward an idea to create pop-up events to engage young people in the heritage of Plymouth. They suggested doing this by creating a virtual reality experience using the google cardboard, a cheaper more accessible version of the oculus rift virtual reality headset, making local heritage cool and intrinsically connected to technology.

Andrew Young and i-DAT: Plymouth tree database

Andrew Young and i-DAT proposed delivering a pilot database of amenity trees which is accessible through the internet and populated with live data. It will include a method of alerting registered users when information within their areas of interest changes. The database will be capable of uploading pictures with GPS location from mobile devices and provide the input to the i-Tree tool for calculating canopy benefits.

Plymouth Outdoors: Sports facility app

Plymouth Outdoors proposed developing an app for mobile devices which would enable users to locate their nearest sports facilities along with useful information. The app will allow a user to select a type of sport and then show on a map the locations of their nearest facilities for that sport alongside useful sport specific info for comparison.

This work is supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government through Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods funding and Local Planning Reform funding.

Get in touch

We’re always on the lookout for potential investment opportunities in good ideas. If you think you have a great idea that will improve the city or your community email

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