About

Welcome to Open Tech Calendar, an user editable calendar of the local tech meet ups.

Our Mission

We help people find great tech events near them.

We also help the tech community work together for everyone's benefit.

We provide a platform of Open Data to make the data more useful and for others to build on.

We are a directory of tech events - we don't try to "take over" an events presence online but instead happily have prominent links to an events own home page and ticketing provider, where ever that may be.

Open? How does this work?

We are "Open" in the sense that we invite anyone from the community to add and edit events for any tech group. You can do this through our easy web interface. You don't have to be the event organiser to do so. All edits and deletes are versioned to ensure safety, like a wiki.

We are also "Open" as in Open Data; there are feeds and an API so exporting the data into the system of your choice should be easy. Our data is displayed on other websites, we post regular updates of upcoming events into Facebook and Slack groups, and have a WordPress plugin to display events on your site.

(We can also import other sources of Open Data - we are trying to encourage good Open Data practices in the community!)

History

Open Tech calendar was started in July 2012 after a similar calendar run by Tech Meetup was accidentally destroyed. Tech Meetup always was and still is a place to bring the community together, and we thought that was a great thing that should be encouraged.

We set out to create a calendar that made the data more useful, could welcome more contributors and crucially, was less likely to be accidentally destroyed. Our initial version was a rough website launched using an Open Source wiki platform in a long weekend. However it was clear from the response to this that the community was interested.

We grew over time. We moved to our own custom platform as it quickly became clear that there were UI/UX challenges that our initial platform couldn't handle. We Open Sourced our own custom platform in Feb 2014.

Our Open Source Software

The Wiki Calendar platform behind this site is available for anyone to use for their own group or shared interest. It is Open Source (OpenACalendar) or there is a hosted version (HasACalendar).

There is a mailing list for this software, and we encourage anyone interested in the future of the site to join. You'll see what features are coming before everyone else, and we would love to discuss your suggestions or constructive criticism. (Or get in touch directly if you prefer)

The People

Open Tech Calendar is run by JMB Technology Limited, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. They are available for project work.

James Baster is the founder and still leads the project. He is a developer who is a regular at many tech events. He previously helped run Tech Meetup and was the presenter and talks organiser in Edinburgh for a year. He now focusses on Open Tech Calendar.

Thanks to everyone who has helped out over the years, and thanks to our sponsors for keeping us going.

I want more! Any Questions?

Any questions, please get in touch. We also write sometimes on our blog.