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!
After playing with the data you can pitch your idea or project for a reward. The three ideas that have the most potential for the city will be given £2,000 to take it forward.
To submit your idea you need to provide a short description of your idea, a team name, the names of people who have worked on the idea and your contact details.
Your pitch needs to take about five minutes to look at – this could be a film, screenshots, text or pictures and it can be on paper, memory stick or sent via We Transfer. Email your submission to DATAPlay@plymouth.gov.uk or apply online on our consultation portal.
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 DATAPlay@plymouth.gov.uk. We also like to hear about anything you've done with our data so we can celebrate it and use it to influence how we work.
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!
Sandy is a Mapping Officer in the Council and supports the team across a broad range of tasks, including mapping and open data. On DATA Play days she enjoys networking for open data and is excited to see the data being visualised.
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 – if you or your organisation want to open data, share skills or challenges or just be involved email DATAPlay@plymouth.gov.uk.