We'll follow a loose format, starting with an introduction to the datasets, code/APIs, and a selection of noteworthy existing applications (please bring your own to show off!).
Developers, designers and ideas people will then break into groups to get hacking. The results will be presented in the evening, all accompanied by free food and drinks.
2012 is an exciting year for rail data, with lots of datasets and APIs becoming available that could solve a lot of headaches for train travellers. The UK is leading the way, with Network Rail recently making realtime data available along with existing timetable datasets.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Dutch national rail company, NS, has released an easy-to-use, versatile API, and the French and Germans are beginning to follow suit. And then there’s carbon-footprinting data to help to determine exactly how smug we can all feel for taking the train. There are plenty of ingredients for some exciting apps...