Creating new innovations to protect & assist communities

Flooding in Hebden Bridge 2016 (C)

What's happening

On 11th & 12th of March (Friday & Saturday) we're gathering at the Open Data Institute node in Leeds to respond to recent flooding by prototyping new innovations using open data & local experiences. If you have a background in communities, technology or data we'd love you to be part of this - doing our bit together to improve people's lives in the future.

How it will run

FloodHack 16 will run across Friday & Saturday, maximising the chance of people with different commitments to get involved at some stage. It's running in the excellent cowork space at ODI Leeds (see map below) with fibre broadband & plenty of work benches. The first day will focus on clearly understanding the problems experienced by communities & authorities before, during & after flooding. The second day will focus on creating & prototyping solutions to these problems. We're expecting a wide variety of different prototypes, including maps, community building, communication campaigns, open data based solutions, data visualisation & electronic monitoring.

If you can't make it, don't worry - you can follow by opening the streaming video link or following our hashtag on twitter (see below for links).

How you get involved

In advance of the day, we're pulling together notes on recent experiences of flooding & using those to build challenges to be explored during the hack. Please get involved in this by contributing at

The event will be free to attend, but please sign up at to ensure that you have a place...

How to find us on the day

We're right next to Leeds Bus Station, in the Open Data Institute Leeds cowork space (on the top floor of Munro House):

Click here for our virtual presence on the Internet, streamed to you by John Popham.

Our hashtag for the event is #floodhack16 - click below for a sample of tweets: