RIO worked with Devonport High School for Boys and iDAT to organise the first of many Data Play events for the Plymouth community. The first event, which was held on Friday 27th November, gave the community a chance to find out more about the digital sector and those organisations who work in the digital industry. It also gave them a chance to have their say about how the digital sector can shape the environment they live in, and how it might affect their future.
The young person’s data play event was broken into four parts, giving young people a chance to brainstorm digital technology ideas which might benefit them, and experiment with new digital technology. Young people came up with some possible ideas about how to use data effectively, including monitoring CO2 usage and gaining ‘points’ to spend on environmentally friendly objects for every low emission. iDAT demonstrated their technology and the group delved further into the concept of the app, and the possibility of gaining ‘community points’ to spend after doing a ‘good deed’ for the community.
The event was designed to demonstrate the importance of Open Data and the digital sector, and to allow the community to not only find out more about it, but also to play around with some of the technology already out there. Look out for the next upcoming Open Data events, with February being our next one! The event also gave an insight into the kind of thing which will be important in the opening of Devonport Market Hall, which is due to open as a digital innovation centre in 2017.
To find out more about the event which took place last month, read the blog by Plymouth City Council here.