Oxford Fairtrade Hack-day: create something that makes a difference

Oxford Fairtrade Hack-day: create something in your Fair Trade City

Oxford is an official Fairtrade City. It’s not something we’re good at shouting about. But we were one of the first.

However, to stay a Fairtrade City we have to renew our ‘status’ every few years – and the next renewal is coming up. This year we want to make our renewal process a bit different. Instead of a just having a bunch of volunteers wander around a few shops with clipboards to check we have lots of places stocking Fair trade products for our renewal application, we want to take the information that’s collected on Oxford Fair Trade and:

Build some sort of online directory of what Fairtrade products you can get in Oxford and where;
Find a way for people to report Fairtrade-stocking retailers using their mobiles;
Find ways of crowdsourcing photos for Fairtrade retailers in Oxford;
Do lots of other cool things with the data we collect (like making maps that show the connection between shops in Oxford and suppliers the other side of the globe; mashing-up Fairtrade info with Daily Info data; linking up with local radio; creating custom QR coded stickers for retailers and lots more… limited only by our collective imaginations)

And for that we need your help. Building on the model of the Oxford Open Data Hack Day that was held in Oxford last year, on 25th June we’ll be in the space about the Fairtrade Shop on Cornmarket from 10am – 4pm to create interesting things with open fair trade data.

And we need you. We’re after hackers, coders, designers, people to help pull together data from our mapping volunteers and more.

We’ll be laying on food and refreshments. So – if you want to turn your skills to a project that can make a real difference – drop Tim a line: tim@practicalparticipation.co.uk and get involved.

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