We live in the era of transnational companies. If Panama Papers proved one thing - the world of business is complex, opaque and in critical need of transparency. Not just transparency but radical transparency, so we know who controls companies and how far their networks reach. OpenCorporates has always been a community-led initiative, and we would not have reached 100 million companies in over 100 jurisdictions worldwide without our community. You have joined the battle by writing bots, finding datasets, talking about us at events and working with us to convince governments to open up their data.
Clearly, if we are to win the battle to make a closed world open, we can only do so together. These events are a great opportunity to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into the nitty gritty of opening up data!
Drop in with your laptop, charger and enthusiasm to join us for an evening of civic activism. If you CAN code and have never written a bot - this is an excellent opportunity to learn! This is not a good place to learn HOW TO CODE though. If you can't code but would still like to participate - there is plenty to do. We've got a brand new CORPORATE GROUPINGS feature which makes it really easy to create large corporate networks. We're looking at AVIVA, G4S and Sodexo at the moment.
Hope to see you all there.
p.s. if you're not on Slack already, please do sign up: slack.opencorporates.com