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Our Meetup Groups - Don't miss the latest events!

2016 Vancouver Open Data Day Hackathon

Saturday, March 5, 2016 (aka International Open Data Day)

Hosted by Code for Canada and the Open Data Society of BC.

Celebrate International Open Data Day by participating in Vancouver’s Open Data Day Hackathon on March 5, 2016!

Mashing up one or more Open Data sets, create a meaningful open data app or visualization that citizens can use, creating a prototype to be demoed at the end of the day. A competition panel will vote for the best prototypes under six different categories.

There will be prizes!

Find out more and RSVP

Open Data Society of BC Holiday Mixer and Open Data Elf Show and Tell

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Don't miss our Open Data Society of BC Holiday Celebration and Fundraiser!

Join us as we spread Open Data and Holiday Cheer! And there is plenty to celebrate as we reminisce over the past year.

You loved show and tell at our #Elxn42 Open Data Roundup - so we're doing it again! Show your open data goodies during our show and tell session.

Don't be shy! Share your open data goodies ahead of time, by tweeting @OpenDataBC, messaging us in meetup or emailing us at and we'll share them accross our feeds and on

Find out more and RSVP on OpenDataBC's Vancouver Meetup

Using open data in your startup - challenges and opportunities - Vancouver Startup Week 2015

September 23, 5:30-8pm

It’s September and startups are floating into the consciousness of Vancouverites like the leaves of fall... Vancouver Startup Week is nearly here! This year, the Open Data Society of BC is thrilled to be joining into Vancouver Startup Week 2015!

Why Attend?

We want to help Vancouver’s tech crowd learn a little bit more about how open data’s being used by startups in Vancouver. You’ll see products using open data, and hear the honest truth from co-founders on the opportunities and challenges they’ve faced using open data in their startups.

RSVP on OpenDataBC's Vancouver Meetup

GIS Anywhere, Anytime on Any Device

June 4, 2015

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown 6083 MacKay Avenue, Burnaby, BC

On June 4th, 2015, the British Columbia Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA BC) will host a one day seminar entitled GIS Anywhere, Anytime on Any Device! Join us for an informative and exciting seminar that will explore the direction of geospatial technology as new solutions provide access to spatial information anywhere, via mobile applications, anytime, access whenever it’s needed, and on any device or platform. Topics for this seminar include mobile GIS, the move to HTML5, open standards, cloud, GIS integration and web based editing.


International Open Data Conference

May 28-29, 2015 Ottawa, Canada

Hashtag: #IODC15 (great way to experience the International Open Data Conference from BC)

The best reason to visit Ottawa we can think of

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Canadian Open Data Summit 2015, (International Open Data Pre-Conference)

May 25, 2015, Ottawa

Hashtag #CODS2015 (great way to experience the Canadian Open Data Summit from BC)

(Founded and supported by OpenDataBC )

An even better reason to visit Ottawa

The Canadian Open Data Summit was created by the Open Data Society of BC. This year's summit is in Ottawa. Its activities help provide easier access to information so that citizens may better understand their province.

Find out more

Open Data Drinks - Come discuss ideas and actions for open data!

Date: May 13, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Shebeen Whiskey House (at the back of Irish Heather) 212 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2

Who feels like some Open Data Drinks?

Come discuss ideas and actions for open data... or "data geek" out on things like BeerXML Recipe Standards, BC's regional drinking habits, or plan your next (AirBNB?) vacation around BC Winery Locations. Or just have some good old pub food!

Hashtag: #ODVan

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Vancouver Open Data Meetup

Big Data Hackathon in Vancouver - Microsoft

Date / Time: April 18 - April 19

The Microsoft Big Data Hackathon is your opportunity to hack for a good cause. Assemble a team, learn, share, and make new friends as you use big data technologies to solve real-world problems. Big OpenData from around BC will be available.

Data will include Big Open Data from ThinkDataWorks at including datesets from Vancouver and BC.

There will be $2,000 in prizes for winning teams under these two categories:

  • Data Modeling* – a team should produce a model to prove or disprove a relationship with the data; and
  • Data Visualization - a team should create a visualization to represent the data.

Find out more and RSVP!

Come learn about the BC Developer's Exchange and share you ideas!

Date: April 15, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: The HiVE, 210 - 128 W Hastings St., Vancouver BC

Hashtag #BCDev

OpenDataBC and the Province of British Columbia invite you to come and learn about the BC Developer’s Exchange and share your ideas.

See full details on our BCDevExchange event page.

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Vancouver Open Data Meetup

RHok4Peace - Hacking for Humanity

Date / Time: April 11, 2015 - 10:00am to April, 12 2015 - 6:00pm
Location: The HiVE, 210 - 128 W Hastings St., Vancouver BC

Hashtag #RHok4Peace

PeaceGeeks is hosting its 1st hackathon of 2015 and its 2nd ever Random Hacks of Kindness to help some incredible organizations that are working on peace and human rights issues around the world.

Like the Nakuru Gender-Based Violence Network in Kenya, that is helping to raise awareness about violence against women to local health authorities. Or Community Empowerment for Progress Organization in South Sudan, that is looking at how to leverage social media to challenge the escalation of violence in South Sudan. Or Aid Watch Palestine which aims to made aid to Palestine more transparent and accountable to Palestinians. Or you can help the teams at PeaceGeeks resdesign their websites or at Random Hacks of Kindness to migrate their content to a new site. Or help us to leverage social media to monitor the Nigerian Presidential Elections (Friday night/ Saturday).

There will be Open Data, Open Source Solutions, and cool people who believe in hacking for humanity!

Visit PeaceGeeks for more info and to RSVP.


Web Mapping and Basic Data Herding with Hugh Stimson - Tyee Master Classes 2015

March 21, 10am The Tyee's Vancouver Newsroom

There are stories in the data. You need to get them out of there, and onto a map, preferably on the web. You’ll walk away from this class with hands-on experience with the best tools available to make the most convincing interactive web maps from the messiest of data (without writing any code).

Find out more and register (only a few spots left):

Open Data for Nonprofits Panel (hosted by OpenDataBC and Net2Van)

March 18, 2015 Location: The Hive, 210 - 128 W Hastings St , Vancouver, BC (Upstairs. Buzz 210#)

Hashtag #ODVan

This meetup will focus on how nonprofits can and are using open data and we'll be including both demos and a panel discussion.

Panelists (so far)

• David Vogt of Urban Opus

• Alex Jurgensen of Camp Bowen and Accessibility Hound

• Tom Ash of Charity Science

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Vancouver Open Data Meetup

Vancouver Open Data Day Hackathon

Hashtag: #VODDY

Organized by OpenDataBC

February 21, 2015

Celebrate International Open Data Day by participating in this OpenDataBC Hackathon on February 21, 2015!

Mashing up one or more BC Open Data sets, create a meaningful open data app or visualization that citizens can use, creating a working prototype to be demoed at the end of the day.

Full details on our OpenDataBC Vancouver Hackathon Page .

RSVP to the OpenDataBC Vancouver Hackathon on Meetup

Vancouver Open Data Meetup

CODE 2015 Victoria Hackathon


Organized by OpenGovGear and OpenDataBC

February 21 & 22, 2015

Take part in the Canadian-wide CODE Hackathon! OpenGovGear is organizing a space in Victoria for all CODE contestants to work on their apps and collaborate. Even if you aren't entered in CODE, come on by to write some code or just mingle with like-minded individuals!

TIme: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Location: Fort Tectoria, 777 Fort Street

Follow us on twitter to stay updated! @OpenGovGear

RSVP on Meetup

{CODE} 2015 Vancouver VIP HUB

February 20-22, 2015 @BCTIA's Innovation Hub

CODE 2015

CODE 2015 is an intense 48-hour coding sprint where innovators from coast to coast compete to build the best app utilizing federal government data from Canada's Open Government portal. Registration and participation is FREE.

You'll get to hang out with other CODE2015 participants at BCTIA and get a CODE SWAG bag filled with goodies. They will also cover you meals and drinks during the hackathon.

Visit this super long link below if you want to participate in CODE 2015 at the Vancouver VIP Hub!

Smart City Hackathon: Vancouver

Smart City Hackathon: Vancouver (full)

Feb 21, 2015

Urban Opus is planning on running a Smart City Hackathon on Feb 21/22 in Vancouver as part of the Global Urban Datafest.

Join UrbanOpus on Feb 21st for a fun day of hard hacking and some partying.

Bring a team, or just yourself.

We’ll provide:

  • A selection of gadgets including arduinos, Raspberry Pi’s, and various sensors
  • The Urban Opus datahub with a set of city centric data sets and a rich API
  • Code templates for those that want a head start
  • An intro to Node-RED, the hottest new IoT hacking tool based on Node.js
  • Team building in the morning so you can team up with skills you think you need
  • Prizes

Event Location: Centre for Digital Media – 685 Great Northern Way Vancouver, BC

RSVP to theSmart City Hackathon: Vancouver on Eventbrite

Event Page

Open Data Camp - an introduction to open data in the lower mainland

Tuesday February 17, 2015 Organized by Drew Rifkin, Canadian Territory Manager - Socrata and Translink

Open Data Camp's objective is to educate on the power of Open Data- Improving governmental transparency, strengthening citizen engagement, empowering data-driven decision making, and promoting economic development.

RSVP to Open Data Camp on Eventbrite

{CODE} 2015 Vancouver Road Show Stop

Wednesday February 11, 2015

OpenDataBC is helping co-ordinate the local side of the Vancouver {CODE} 2015 Roadshow stop on Feb 11.

To bring focus on {CODE} 2015, which will take place in February over the weekend of International Open Data Day, and to deepen the relationship with Open Data advocates in the Vancouver area, Minister Tony Clement will be visiting Vancouver on February 11th.

The Vancouver {CODE} 2015 Roadshow stops will bring together Open Data enthusiasts, Academic representatives, potential hackathon participants as well as members of the VC community and interested media.

The evening will consist of a series of speakers and networking.

RSVP to the #CODE2015 Vancouver Roadshow Meetup

To learn more about {CODE} 2015 and find out how to enter the {CODE} 2015 hackathon competition visit:

Vancouver Open Data Meetup

Vancouver Open Data Meetup - Thursday January 8, 2014.

Salty Tongue Cafe

213 Carrall Street, Gastown, Vancouver

Come join us for our first #OpenDataVan meetup of 2015.

This month's meetup includes a Open Data Business Mashups Panel

Panelists include smart folks from Recollect, Denim & Steel and PlaceSpeak

RSVP to the #OpenDataVan Meetup

OpenDataVan Meetups are held the first week of every month. Join the OpenDataBC (Vancouver) Meetup Group to stay connected with events happening in Vancouver.

Data Mashups Recipes using Power Query (Organized by VanPass) - December 17, 2014

Potatoes, cream and butter not required!

Power Query has been around for a little while now, but I can’t say that it has been selling like hot cakes, well… because it is FREE! Not many people know that you can have your cake and eat it too – Data can come from various sources and you can bring it together and reshape it in Excel for your analytic needs. Whether you are grabbing Open Data, Public Data, Social Data, Private Data, or Corporate Data, Power Query is up for the job.

Details / RSVP

Have an idea for a Hackathon?

See Hackathons page for our Open Data Project Brainstorming Form, Hackathon How-To Guide, and Project Ideas Spreadsheet.

Hack4Good Victoria - September 12,13 and 14

Victoria BC, Canada » CGI, 405 Douglas Street 5th-6th Floor, Victoria, BC V8W 2P8, Canada

Uniting globally 12-14 September 2014, 3,000+ leading software engineers, hackers, ui/ux designers, product makers, founders, thought leaders and civic-minded organizations will gather in 40+ global cities to hack against climate change, building projects and prototypes of technology solutions that address 15 global climate change challenges.

more information here: (

Open Government Tour 2014 - August 25 and 26

Open government advocate and co-founder of CitizenBridge, Richard Pietro is riding on a motorcycle across Canada to ignite the open government conversation. The journey covers over 20,000km in 90 days with 20 stops to engage the local community on open government. The goal is to raise awareness about the movement to open up government via open data and get citizens more civically engaged -- building trust between government and its citizens.

Guests from the local government, technology, industry, and not-for-profit sector will be talking like real human beings about Open Government, Open Data, and Open Source. The style is more conversational in nature and not only involves the guests, but the audience in an engaging discussion about our current society.

OGT14 Vancouver

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch (Alice MacKay Room) 350 W Georgia St

Vancouver, BC

V6B 6B1

RSVP on Eventbrite Co-organized by Socrata and OpenDataBC

OGT14 Victoria

Monday, 25 August 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

City of Victoria Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Centennial Sq Victoria, BC V8W 1P6

RSVP on Eventbrite Co-organized by OpenGovGear and OpenDataBC

Upcoming Hackathons

none planned at this time

Past Hackathons