EnvHackPOSTED on behalf of EnvHack

Explore new data about the environmental impact of industry with the Environment Agency

5th-6th July 2014, Impact Hub Westminster, Haymarket, Central London



About the Hack

EnvHack 2 has been made possible with funding from the EU Life+ CLEAR Info project.

The CLEAR Info project has taken data the Environment Agency collects from regulated industries who have environmental permits and merged it with business information about the structure of companies. For the first time, we will have data that provides a comprehensive overview of companies’ & communities’ environmental performance & risks. EnvHack2 is a great opportunity to explore this unique data & to join it up with other data sets, enabling understanding of industry’s overall footprint. Solutions created from this data may influence change & reduce business environmental impacts.


About the Data

We are bringing some of our best data on industry regulation, including all of the sites we regulate, the companies that operate them and the permits we issue at these sites concerning emissions (to land, water and air), waste & water abstraction. We also have data about breaches of environmental permits and environmental incidents that have occurred. For the first time, thanks to the EU-funded CLEARinfo project we’re able to aggregate our data to show how corporations have behaved across all of their sites.

We think this is really interesting data but need your wisdom on how it can best be visualised & used.
We’d also love you to bring relevant data that could be merged with our data to create new things!

As we approach the hack weekend, we’ll be filling out the EnvHackPad – please help us to do this…


Challenge areas

We’re remaining fairly flexible about defining the challenges & problems for this hack. We’d like to give you space to think creatively on what could be achieved with better visualisation & analysis for a number of different user groups:



The Schedule & Arrangements

The hack will run Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th July 2014 in Impact Hub Westminster. The programme is:


9.30am Arrive & Coffee
10.00am Intro to the event
10.30am Intro to the data
11.00am Idea time
11.30am Pitching & formation of groups
12.00pm Lunch
12.30pm Start to hack
6.00pm Dinner – is it pizza o’clock?
9.00pm We’re knocking off but you’re welcome to carry on!


9.00am Breakfast
9.30am Back to Hacking! (with lunch on the run)
3.00pm Presentations & Prizes
4.00pm We all go home happy

We’ll provide some kick-starting ideas, our data, fast Net connection, plenty of food/drink and a place to crash.

Yes, that’s right, you can sleep over and hack all night if you want – we even provide a shower & breakfast!

Bring your computer weapons of choice, design heads, any relevant data you may have and crash mats / sleeping bags.



We’re still confirming these – watch this space!

ENVHACK 2 – The Clearinfo Hack
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