Food is one of the few topics that affects every single person in the UK; we all have, or should have, a vested interest in what we eat, where our food comes from, the safety of our food and the future sustainability of our food system. The UK Food Industry represents the country’s biggest manufacturing sector, and contributes £28.2 billion to the economy.
However, like every other industry in the UK, the food sector is facing a period of unprecedented uncertainty as we move closer to leaving the EU. How the UK’s exit from the EU will affect the UK Food Industry is perhaps one of the most important questions we must ask of Brexit.
UKGovHack 2017 aims to tackle some of this uncertainty as we ask, ‘What is the future of food in the face of Brexit?’ Throughout the event we will explore concerns of manufacturers, SMEs, import and exporters, farmers, government agencies and citizens. We will use open data to understand what Brexit means for issues including food sustainability, traceability, and crisis management; what trade and free movement of goods will look like and how farming will change without the common agricultural policy.
UKGovHack is a hackathon with a simultaneous stream of talks & workshops, where the aim is to connect interested and interesting people with the UK Public Sector and Food Industry. We are excited to bring Government together with technologists, organisations, sector enthusiasts and citizens curious about the UK civic space to hack solutions using open data that will inspire and affect positive change.
A hackathon is best described as an invention marathon where participants work together in teams to create prototype projects to solve a specific challenge. Participants collaborate and share skills, learn new things and have an awesome time! All skill levels are very welcome.
Anyone! Our aim is to make the event accessible to everyone interested in the UK Public Sector and Food Industry through a varied programme. As such, whether you are a developer, service designer, researcher, UX-er, public servant, an armchair enthusiast or someone approaching this subject for the very first time we are very excited to welcome you to UKGovHack 2017.
The talk/workshop stream is suitable for anyone with an interest in technology, the Public Sector or the Food Industry, whether you have been in the community for years or have no previous experience in either area. The sessions will present a variety of interesting and insightful content, from entry level access, to more complex and developed themes.
Under 18s are very welcome to attend UKGovHack, however you must get in touch directly if you'd like to attend. There will be appropriate measures in place to ensure your safety across the event - namely multiple DBS checked volunteers, at least two of whom will chaperone the u18s sleeping area.
UKGovHack 2017 will be held at Goldsmiths, University of London, in the beautiful St James Hatcham Building. It's a 5 minute walk from New Cross Gate station, and a 10 minute walk from New Cross.
While staying over is not a pre-requisite, everyone is welcome to stay should they want to. We’ll have separate sleeping areas for over 18s and under 18s, and there is plenty of space in St James Hatcham to find a quiet corner to get your head down. Under 18s will be chaperoned by two DBS checked volunteers overnight. We'll have a small number of airbeds available, but you'll need to bring a sleeping bag/blanket.
We will not be providing travel reimbursements to attendees of this event.
All IP created at the UKGovHack hackathon belongs to the teams who create them. However, to generate the widest benefit from this event, we encourage developers to provide Open Source licenses for the results of their creativity.
All participants will need to bring their laptop, charger(s) and any other devices they wish to work on. If you are staying overnight, you will also need to bring toiletries and a sleeping bag or blanket and pillow.
Yes, this event is following both the Rebel Labs Code of Conduct and the Hacksmiths Code of Conduct. All attendees, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff at UKGovHack are required to comply with these codes. The organising team will enforce these codes throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everybody.
Rebel Labs is a social enterprise committed to helping individuals, communities and organisations understand how they can harness the potential of digital to power-up and improve their future. Hacksmiths is the student-run tech society at Goldsmiths, University of London. They believe that everyone should have the chance to hack around with tech. They want to create a space where people from multiple disciplines can collaborate in the context of creative technology.
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