#GE2017 Hackathon

Jun 4, 2017 · Greater London, United Kingdom

[Edit sorry deleted this by mistake - original listing is here: 

https://www.meetup.com/UK-Hackathons-and-Jams/events/240388100/?rv=ea1 ]

On Thursday 8th June the UK is holding a General Election.

On Sunday 4th June election fever will be in the air: candidates crying clockwork catchphrases, pundits pontificating on polls, every citizen considering the choices before them. In other words, the perfect time for an election hackathon!

Thank you to Prodo.AI and SixFifty.org.uk for sponsoring this event.

(Attendance is free. You can also RSVP here, although via this Meetup group is fine: https://attending.io/events/ge2017-hackathon).


We have £450 set aside for breakfast, pizza, drinks and prizes. The odds of winning something are pretty high so consider bringing a whole team along!

• Machine learning competition. There will be a Kaggle-inspired machine learning competition for predicting the outcome of UK general elections. SixFifty has been working hard to source and produce model-ready datasets for solving this problem. All that remains is for someone to solve it!
• Voter engagement. For the hack most likely to get more people to turnout.
• Use of open data.
• Fanciest AI hack.
• Most entertaining demo.
• Audience favourite.
• Best in show.


You don't have to use these, but they're a good start.

• GE2017 Tech Initiatives Handbook: http://bit.ly/GE2017TechHandbook – Collection of resources, datasets, volunteers, existing projects, proposed projects. Initiated by Newspeak House.
• UK Politics Datasets: http://bit.ly/UKPoliticsDatasets – Crowdsourced document of links to useful datasets & munging tools. Candidates, polling stations, constituencies, parliament voting records, parliament speeches, Hansard, previous election/referendum results, registered financial interests, boundary maps, shapefiles, campaign expenses, registration rates, candidates CVs, constituency stats, GE2017 manifestos…
• Democracy Club: https://democracyclub.org.uk/data/ – Election identifiers, candidates’ info since 2010 (name, email, photos, social media), polling stations, all CC-BY-SA.
• SixFifty Datasets: https://github.com/six50/pipeline – Model-ready datasets for 2010/2015 elections, EU referendum, opinion polls at national/regional levels, all available in CSV, JSON and Feather.


Newspeak House, 133 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG. 

Newspeak House is a community space for political technologists. During the run-up to the June 8th election, Newspeak has opened a free co-working space to for anyone involved with a CivTech project to work together and share resources, expertise, coffee, strategy and camaraderie. For more information see http://bit.ly/GE2017WarRoomAtNewspeakHouse


9am: Doors open & breakfast
10am: Opening remarks from Newspeak, SixFifty & any other CivTech projects attending.
5pm: Pizza
7pm: Presentations
8pm: Wrapup, prizes, pub


SixFifty will be sponsoring prizes for election forecast models:

1. The best predictive model for both the 2010 and the 2015 General Elections¹.
2. The best turnout model for both the 2010 and the 2015 General Elections¹.


Thank you to Prodo.AI and SixFifty.org.uk for sponsoring this event.

Prodo.AI makes machines write code for humans. Find out more at https://prodo.ai.
• SixFifty.org.uk is a collaboration of data scientists, software engineers and political experts. Our goal is to use open data to analyse and model the general election.

¹ ML competition conditions: Models must use prior data only (the results are a matter of historical record!). Code must be made openly available for review via GitHub. With the winner’s permission, SixFifty will work with competition winners to publish the winning models with commentary on SixFifty.org.uk.

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