AHA Digital has a strong track record of planning, managing and promoting events:

Open Data Camp

Mark Braggins, is the founder and co-organiser of Open Data Camp – the national unconference for the open data movement – the most recent of which was Bristol 14-15th May 2016.

Teamwork, one of the essential ingredients of a successful event.


Open data Camp 3 (some of) the organisers and volunteers (Photo by Neil Ford)

Pictured left to right, from the back:

See Storify by Pauline Roche for more examples of feedback.

Events can have a long tail:

Using Data as a Policy Maker

The ‘Using data as a policy maker’ event was held at The Guildhall in Winchester, in December 2015, in conjunction with Southern Policy Centre and Know Now Information. There was an excellent line-up of speakers, and also a live-link with the City of Bendigo in Australia.

See the Storify for feedback, and the resource pack for more information about the event.


BlueLightCamp is a two-day event, bringing together people who work in and around emergency services from across the UK. People who have attended previously include: paramedics, police, fire & rescue, mountain rescue, crisis management / emergency planners, hospitals and ambulance trusts, community and voluntary sector, and many more…

There have been four events so far, two in Manchester in conjunction with British APCO, one in Southampton, hosted by Ordnance Survey, and one in Birmingham, hosted by West Midlands Fire Service.

Mark Braggins is a co-organiser of BlueLightCamp, along with Sasha Taylor, who founded the event in 2012.

Pictured left to right:

Informing Hampshire: “Open Data: Fuel for decision-making”

Mark Frank - one of many excellent speakers at Informing Hampshire

Mark Frank from University of Southampton – one of many excellent speakers at Informing Hampshire

‘Informing Hampshire’ is a regular series of events aimed at public service providers in Hampshire.

Several events were hosted by Hampshire County Council in 2014, initially to discuss requirements for an open data store for Hampshire, and subsequently to showcase different aspects of decision-making, including (open) data and customer insight.

Mark Braggins organised the December 2014 event, which covered open data as “fuel” for decision-making.

It was actually Simon’s tweet which led to the birth of Open Data Camp.

Forthcoming events:

GODAN is the acronym for Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition. GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. It is a rapidly growing group, currently with over 282 partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organisations that have committed to a joint Statement of Purpose.

GODAN Summit 2016

Mark Braggins is a member of the Communications Planning team for the GODAN Summit, which will be in New York 15/16th September 2016.