DATA Play is about working with local talent and tech companies to explore how open data and technology can be used to help the Council deliver services in new ways
We run 'play days' throughout the year to encourage people to come together and play with the datasets we've opened. These days are set in a fun, creative environment and focus on different themes and some of the challenges the Council face.
You can play as a team, meet people on the day or experiment on your own – whatever works for you! It's free to join in the fun so whatever you're good at - coding, analysis, mapping, graphics, thinking - we need your skills!
We’re always looking for ideas that have potential to help communities and the city.
If you have an idea that uses technology or data, or you'd like to discuss any project that you think we might be interested in, email DATAPlay@plymouth.gov.uk and we'll see if it's something we can help you progress, with an investment or find a way of making it happen.
Cherokee is the team workhorse and chief party planner, ensuring all event material is in order while adding a bit of sparkle! She works diligently behind the scenes as shopping queen and booking the DATA Play venues.
Tom is a connector of ideas and talker of people. He does a good job keeping the DATA Play day moving and ensuring no one misses out. If you're someone to help shape your ideas or help you understand the challenges then he’s your man!
Jess is a Planning Officer in the Council and a big part of her role is neighbourhood planning and working with communities. She brings this knowledge to DATA Play days and is interested in how innovations can help shape communities.
Phil is the map man. He enjoys many aspects of the spatial side of the data that DATA Play produces. He is comfortable with the more techy aspects of DATA Play and is the member of the team you should approach if you want to talk tech jargon!
Nicki is the graphics girl and is all about the details. With her creative flair and critical eye she helps create the visual side of DATA Play taking all the open data and turning it into something that is pleasing to look at and is easy to understand.
Plymouth City Council is the engine room for DATA Play, organising events, opening up data and connecting talent in the city.
Digital Plymouth connects the tech and digital community in the city and aims to get Plymouth on the Tech Nation map.
RIO run young peoples’ versions of DATA Play days and have been supporting local young talent to experiment with data.
iDAT at Plymouth University experiment with creative ways to use data and technology to support DATA Play projects.
Plymouth College of Art are building skills in using open data with technology like 3D printing and laser printing.
Plymouth Community Homes are sharing and using open data and working on shared challenges within the city.
The Data Place is a social enterprise with a mission to provide accessible data and open access products and services.
Beyond are a social enterprise who developed the place for Plymouth data to be opened and shared within the city.
THINQTANQ have helped to develop the DATA Play days so they attract and meet the needs of local companies.
And you! DATA Play is only as successful as the people that join in. Email DATAPlay@plymouth.gov.uk if you or your organisation want to open data, share skills or challenges or just be involved.