As a non-coder but very enthusiastic about technology, Andrea Knabe encourages non-programmers to start coding. She talks about her very inspiring action of re-programming Fitbit (fitness tracker app) to modify it according to her needs. Fitness trackers are focused on weight loss and encourage to be more active. However, that is not always useful. When you are unable to eat, have no hunger and loss of appetite, the aim is not to lose weight but is not to die. Andrea shows how technology can work against you and what you can do to change that. Watch in this video how she changed the Fitbit app to work to her advantage
There is so much you can do with open data! Lucie Kaffee shows three totally different projects she worked on over the last months. Learn about:
“A Tree Of Life” build with the data of Wikidata”
“Markets-Berlin Project” based on data from Berlin Open Data”
“Phones Don’s Grow on Trees Project”
Lucie puts special emphasis on the different possibilities we have with open data, the different sources data can come from and the struggles and advantages is has when we use data from different sources.
Open Data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.
Walter Palmetshofer from the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany shows us which great things can be done with Open Data.
About Open Data:
“Ensuring interoperability is particularly important because it allows for different datasets to be conjoined, thus building new, more complex datasets and revealing more insights” (Open Knowledge Foundation, cited in Kitchin, 2014:52).
Open Knowledge Foundation Germany: http://okfn.de/