Meet.22: HacKnight (12 June)

Our next hack night will be a bit different, as participants from the Make.03 “Longitudinal Hackathon” will be showcasing their projects, using “data with a purpose“.
Continuing our series of “hack nights” for Open Data enthusiasts to get together and work on open data projects. Come out and meet other Open Data enthusiasts! No you don’t need to be techie, but if you are, and you have a project, join us and get working on them with others! And if you’re not techie, come out, check out the projects, meet others to talk open data, maybe plan a project, strategise! (more…)

Meet.21: HK Government Information & Copyright


Pindar Wong, Creative Commons Hong Kong

At this event we will discuss HK Government Information and data – can we share it, repurpose it, build on it? What are the limitations, risks? Will government information become public domain and Creative Commons Zero (CC0) like in the United States? If not, why not?
Pindar Wong is the co-public lead of Creative Commons Hong Kong. He serves on the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Government, the School of Engineering Advisory Committee HKUST, the Technical Advisory Board of the Packet Clearing House. He is a member of DimSumLabs and the W3C Web Payments Community Group. He enjoys innovating by hacking the Raspberry Pi and Internet Governance Policy and serves as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

Kim Salkeld, Head HK Efficiency Unit

Also, Kim Salkeld and his staff from the HK Gov Efficiency Unit will briefly discuss the role of his department to modernise government services. The unit is “tasked with pursuing the Government’s commitment to transforming the management and delivery of public services so that the community’s needs are met in the most effective and efficient manner. The unit works in partnership with bureaux and departments across the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to identify opportunities for performance enhancement, design practical solutions, develop compelling business cases, and secure effective implementation.” 
*UPDATE* The HK Gov OGCIO have rescheduled to attend Meet.23 in June.

  • 7:00 Networking
  • 7:15 Opening up – what is Open Data, about the ODHK community (Bastien)
  • 7:30: Kim Salkeld, Efficiency Unit
  • 7:45: Pindar Wong: HKGov Information & Copyright
  • Open Data News Roundup, Announcements, Demos of anything, Review of Make.03 projects,
  • Topic group discussions – split into tables to discuss specific topics
  • Networking


Tuesday 20 May, at 7pm
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Location: Delaney’s Wan Chai
Address: 2/F, One Capital Place – 18 Luard Road, Wan Chai

Whether you’re already familiar with Open Data or just want to find out what it is, come to our regular meetup. No technical skills required. Come out and meet fellow Hong Kong Open Data enthusiasts.

Hacking with the government: The growing push for a new open data plan – TimeOut Hong Kong

Time Out Hong Kong features ODHK, discussing the growing movement and the importance of open data in Hong Kong. The article, “Hacking with the government: The growing push for a new open data plan“, appeared on April 2nd, 2014.

“Open data is simply data that has been placed in the commons,” explains Mart van de Ven, programmer and co-founder of the Open Data Hong Kong group. “It’s information that is publicly available – and you’re permitted to use it for whatever means you want.” Co-founded by Van de Ven and technologist Bastien Douglas last year, the Open Data Hong Kong group meets every three weeks and passionately advocates the assimilation of open data into our society. The diverse members include academics, journalists, graphic designers and programmers.


Open Data Hong Kong Co-founder Mart Van de Ven Explains What Open Data is and Why It Matters – Startup HK

Open Data Hong Kong co-founder Mart Van de Ven explains to Startup HK what open data is and why it matters in an article on January 16, 2014.

“The same thing is true for data,” said Mart: “governments, academics and companies hold on to their data as if it’s their competitive advantage – but if you’re not able to deliver, such as the government not being able to create services citizens can actually use, the data’s potential is squandered.”  Mart, like all the other members of the volunteer-run ODHK, believes that most government data should be open and available for competition and collaboration.