Data for good (believe it or not)

Tech for Good Live
Tech for Good Live
Public group

Federation House

2 Federation St · Manchester

How to find us

Federation House is on the corner of Federation Street and Balloon Street. It's near the Shudehill Metrolink stop, Victoria Station and near multiple carparks.

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Is data the new oil or is the data the new data? Who knows?!

We have seen the impact that bad actors such as Facebook or Cambridge Analytica have had with our personal data. We’ve read the newspapers, we’ve seen The Great Hack. But what about those who seek to do good?

There’s a burgeoning community of data publishers and users who are using the tons of data collected about us to meet social challenges. Together with our friends at Open Data Manchester, we’re hosting this event to celebrate the projects using data ethically and transparently.


The event will be co-hosted by Open Data Manchester. Open Data Manchester CIC is a not-for-profit organisation underpinned by a diverse community of expertise. They advocate for responsible and intelligent data use for a fairer and more equitable society, and supports individuals, communities and organisations to do so through a wide and varied programme.

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Hera Hussain from Tech for Good Live and Sam Milsom from Open Data Manchester will be your hosts.

Pete Sherlock
BBC Shared Data Unit
Pete brings a passion for local content and an appetite to bring new ways of sourcing and telling stories to the role of Assistant Editor at the Shared Data Unit. In 2015, he was tasked with setting up a unit to provide innovative, data-driven content for the website. The unit went from strength to strength, producing a series of original news stories and features that resonated with the BBC’s online audiences.

Annie Gouk
Annie Gouk is the deputy editor of data and multimedia at Reach, whose titles include the Mirror, Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo and Birmingham Mail - along with many other regional titles up and down the UK. She uses data every day to write national and local news stories, and to create data visualisations and interactives. Annie is also the host of The North in Numbers - a stats based podcast that uses data to get to the heart of issues that affect the north, telling the human stories behind the statistics - and is a guest lecturer in data journalism at Goldsmiths University of London and the University of Central Lancashire.


6:30: Arrival for food, drinks and networking*
We have non-alcoholic and alcoholic refreshments. Food will include vegan options. If you don't fancy networking, the venue has plenty of space for you to chill.
Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult (please note: there may be swearing)

7:00 speaking stuff starts

8:00 speaking stuff ends

8:30 open floor for questions, contributions and community shout outs

9:00 - event close

We are proud to be sponsored by The Federation, Co-op Foundation and Luminate Group.

You can find our Code of Conduct on the Tech for Good Live website: Let us know if you have any questions.

Please keep your RSVP up to date as we often have a fair few no-shows on the night and we need to manage the food order.

There is on street pay and display parking near the venue and multiple nearby car parks.

The venue has a wheelchair ramp, lifts and a hearing loop. If you have any other accessibility requirements, please get in touch with us ahead of the event and we'll do our best to accommodate.

See you there!

Hera, Sam and the team at @techforgoodlive @opendatamcr