Open call 15/01/20

Data and Design for Better Places // workshop


The widespread generation and availability of data in both urban and rural contexts offers new ways for these places to respond to difficult challenges such as climate change, technological advancement, higher populations, economic problems and shifting needs of industry – but new thinking is needed to ensure our solutions don’t simply shift problems or wealth from one group to another. 

This 5-day, intensive workshop will support people from a variety of roles to work together on vital challenges in a creative and fun environment, while learning how to apply tools and approaches from a range of intersecting disciplines.

Register until the 15th of January by filling out this form. The workshop will take place from 3rd until the 7th of February 2020 in Kasárne/Kulturpark.

You don’t need any prior knowledge of data or design but you must be willing to learn and share your creativity, empathy and individual experiences. Optionally, you can work on your own problems as a case study throughout the course.

The Data Place

The workshop will be lead by experts from The Data Place, a social enterprise that has been developing new methods for working with data over the past three years. They combine relevant approaches from design thinking, service design, lean startup, organisation design and systems thinking. These methods all aim to find innovative and creative solutions to various problems.

Working in this way can help us to use data to:

  • solve the right problems;
  • enhance design research;
  • make data more collaborative and human-centred;
  • and help us grow the range of tools at everyone’s disposal.

The Date Place is focused on working with those who want to make a positive social, environmental and economic impact, helping people and places to thrive. In the past, they've worked with small businesses, creatives, environmental organisations, public institutions and community groups to help them make better use of data and improve their impact.


The Data Place’s Design Lead, Simon Gough, is an experienced service designer and facilitator, and an Open Data Institute (ODI) Registered Trainer. For the past five years, he’s specialised in bringing together data and design through new tools and approaches and has led user research, prototyping and innovation workshops for numerous Central Government agencies, the Met Office and many others. 

The Data Place’s Data Lead, Lucy Knight, is an ODI Registered Trainer and has a background as an Open Data Lead at Devon County Council and Lead Data Scientist at Food Standards Agency. Lucy has significant experience in engaging new audiences with data concepts, and in strengthening communication between technical and non-technical audiences.


  • Deadline for registration: 15th of January 2020
  • Selection process: until 17th of January 2020
  • Workshop: 3rd - 7th of February 2020

Register for this creative and fun workshop until 15th of January. You just need to fill out the form below.

Register here