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Mississauga to Co-Host First Open Data Idea Jam – Code and the City

February 5, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alison Hermansen
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The City of Mississauga will co-host "Code and The City", an idea jam, in partnership with Sheridan College and I-CUBE (University of Toronto Mississauga) to mark International Open Data Day on March 5, 2016.

As an early adopter of open data in 2010, the City of Mississauga was one of the first 12 public sector agencies in Canada to publish open data, on the City's website. The website describes the purpose of open data and provides accessible data sets.

"We are inviting the best and the brightest - students and seasoned professionals - to participate in our inaugural Code and the City Mississauga event," Mayor Bonnie Crombie said. "Participants will mine through mountains of open data and it is our aim that this greater access to information will empower participants to use City data sets for software and website development. Participants will help ignite new applications that have the potential to deliver smarter, effective and more efficient community services," Mayor Crombie added. "With open data, our next big idea is in the hands of Mississaugans."

"The City of Mississauga is a digital innovator. Code and the City is one of many initiatives to advance our community through digital," said Shawn Slack Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. This event will  create a greater awareness of Mississauga's open data sets and educate the community on how the City's information and services can be accessed through the use of technology."

At Code and the City, 75 developers, designers, mappers and information analysts will gather to share, discuss, network and collaborate on ideas through the use of open data. Participants will have the opportunity to attend open workshops led by industry professionals and instructors.

All teams will present their submissions to fellow participants and judges. The event aims to create actionable solutions for improving how Mississauga can gain greater awareness and engagement with the community in a digital environment.

The winning solutions can earn up to $6,000 in cash and prizes.

For more information or to register, visit codeandthecity.ca