écoHACK MTL Launch 5 à 7
Am I dreaming? A new project called écoHACK MTL marries two things I’m passionate about, environmentalism and open data. écoHACK MTL is a partnership between an interesting mix of eco-conscious Montreal non-profit and community organizations. On the open data front, there’s Montréal Ouvert and OpenNorth; on the NGO side, Alternatives and Santropol Roulant. Also involved: RuePublique, an organization devoted to improving the health and safety of Montreal neighbourhoods and ECTO, a cooperative co-working space. This fall they’re holding Montreal’s first-ever “green” hackathon. So if you’re involved with or care about urban agriculture, greening of public spaces, cycling, renewable energy or environmentally sustainable buildings, check out next week’s launch party. Ditto if you have expertise in computer software, Python or open data. When: May 23, 2013, 5-8 p.m. Where: ECTO, 880 Roy St. E. (Sherbrooke metro) Register here
Données ouvertes (Open Data) 5 à 7
Expect to discover some “top-secret” news about an open data project related to Montreal’s upcoming November election at this first monthly get-together Montréal Ouvert is organizing on behalf of Québec Ouvert (according to Québec Ouvert’s e-newsletter) for people interested in open data. When: June 5, 2013, 5 -8 p.m. Where: Benelux, 245 Sherbrooke St. W. Register here.
Ladies Learning Code is coming to Montreal
While I have to put this in the “I’d be there if I weren’t broke” category, I think this is great news. The Toronto-based non-profit group “runs workshops for women (and men) who want to learn beginner-friendly computer programming and other technical skills in a social and collaborative way.” Ladies Learning Code has chapters in Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax, London, Calgary and Edmonton. This June they’re launching a new Montreal chapter with an all-day workshop intro course on HTML and CSS. When: Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Notman House, 51 Sherbrooke St. W. Cost: $50.00, includes a catered lunch Info available here.