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Date(s) - 24/05/2017 - 25/05/2017
All Day

Explorer House



transformation towards data driven organisations

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) group and Ordnance Survey are jointly running a un/conference

We expect the event will help you to:

  • improve professional networks
  • build communities of practice
  • find other people working on similar problems
  • find partners for collaborating on our big issues
  • develop new project proposals
  • develop solutions to problems
  • get everyone engaged in the Defra transformation agenda
  • provide an understanding of how a data driven business works

Day 1

Wednesday 24th May

10:00 Doors open
11:00 Kickoff
11:30 Session 1 (x5)
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Session 2 (x5)
14:30 Session 3 (x5)
15:30 Session 4 (x5)
16:30 Closing panel session
17:30 Close

Closing panel session

Call for Day 1 session ideas

The theme for #DataMash is: transformation towards data driven organisations. This time we are opening up a call for session ideas for the first day which we will run in a more traditional conference style. Session ideas should be submitted based following areas:

Do & Done

Things you have done and want to showcase, things you want support to do and think group focus will help it get done

How to get your boss engaged

They say the devil is in the details but sometimes the detail is the devil. Your suggestions for sessions on how to get your boss engaged.

Data 101

It sometimes helps to step back and go back to basics. Your suggestions for sessions on helping leaders explain data.


We have a space for you to pass on your tips, shortcuts, skills, or novel methods that you have found increase your productivity and efficiency.

Please submit session ideas via this form.

Day 2

Thursday 25th May

09:00 Doors open
09:45 Intro & Pitching
10:30 Session 1 (x5)
11:30 Session 2 (x5)
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Session 3 (x5)
14:30 Session 4 (x5)
15:20 Event Wrapdown
15:30 Close

Day 2 (25th May) will be run as an unconference. At an unconference the sessions will be created by the attendees at the beginning (session pitching). Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a time and a space. We expect discussions will cover a huge range of data-related subjects, from the technical to the strategic and everything in between. James Cattell explained how this works in a video.

We will provide a session grid with links to collaborative documents to capture the discussions.

How is an unconference different to a conference?

An unconferences focuses on discussion and collaboration. At the start of the day, everyone has the chance to pitch an idea to discuss. These pitches become the agenda for the day and it’ll be published online. You can pick whichever sessions interest you. You can swap sessions at any time – for example if you find that the one you’re in isn’t interesting, or if you think you can contribute more to another session.

How does a session work?

People who are interested in the session gather together when the time slot starts. The person who pitched the idea runs the session. The exact format can vary depending on what the subject is and who is running the session. Someone, often the pitcher, will take notes so these can be shared during/after the conference.

If there’s no agenda, how do I know it’ll be worth going?

An Unconference depends on the contributions of attendees. Attendees from a wide range of roles across the Defra group will be sharing thoughts about data. You’ll get the most out of the unconference if you participate and share your own experiences and opinions. Here are some things which may help you get the most out of the day:

  • Pitch a session about something related to your work
  • Improve your professional network by connecting with other attendees
  • Take part in discussions over Twitter #datamash
  • Find others who face the same data problems as you

What are the rules of an unconference?

  • Everyone’s voice is equal
  • Swap sessions if you think you can contribute more elsewhere
  • Chatham House rule applies unless agreed otherwise

But… I’m too technical/not technical enough/not experienced/too senior/not senior/not data-y enough to go

No, you’re not. If data (in its broadest sense) is some part of your job then this unconference is for you. There will be a cross-section of people attending from all across the Defra group so people are likely to pitch sessions that will cover a wide range of interests.

What should I bring?

Bring your normal work ID badge, ideas for things to talk about and your mobile and laptop so you can connect with people and access documents online.

Sign up to slack and talk to other attendees


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