Code for Europe at the ODI

The ODI is hosting Code for Europe Fellows who arein Londonmeeting open data entrepreneursand sharing advice and ideas with one another.Code for Europe is working with city authorities across Europe to engage data technologists inexploringsolutions to city challenges. The group is visiting London from 4th to 6th March and will be meeting organisations includingmySocietyand Mudlark as well as ODI-based start-ups, Locatable, Placr and Mastodon C.Representatives from Code for Africa and Code for Latin America willalso join a Code for Europeworkshop at the ODI. So far, six cities are involved in the initiative- Manchester, Helsinki, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Berlin – with ambitions to increase the numbers over the next year-to-18-months.

In each city there is a team of technologists-in-residence, working on adigital service project. These range from maximizing the use of city-owned buildings and spaces, to creating digital tools for museums and galleries, and building new applications for users of public transport.

Encouraging the exchange ofbest practice is high on the agenda of Code for Europe.The Fellows met in Barcelona in January -just as their placements started - to explore connections between projects.

This week's visit has been organised by UK innovation foundation,Nestawhosrole is to encourage thereuse of successful open data and digital projectsacross cities. Nesta Programme Manager, Haidee Bell said:

"All around the world, pockets of great work are happening – a host of ‘Code for…’ initiatives which build on the movement started by Code for America now exist in countries from South America to Africa. All these initiatives are nowstarting to syncroniseplatformsthatshowcase and encourage thereuse of digital applications across geographical boundaries. This is an exciting time for Code for Europe and I'm delighted that the ODI is able to be a part of the week's activities by demonstrating to the Code for Europe Fellowswhat's being achieved with open data in the UK."