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Yesterday, the OKFest team launched a beautiful report on numbers, impact and stories associated with this years OKFest in Berlin. It’s one of the best reports on the impact of an event I have ever seen.

For those of you who follow this blog, you’ll need no explanation on how involved OpenCorporates was at OKFest. If you don’t know much about this, here is a short description: We launched a 10 day campaign to crowdscrape 10 million datapoints. This culminated at OKFest where we spent 3 days putting on 3 #FlashHacks with Open Knowledge Foundation GermanySunlight Foundation and Code For Africa,. Not only did we have lots of fun meeting this target, we actually broke it by crowdscraping 12 million datapoints with the help of lots of dedicated coders who volunteered online and offline to gather this data. You can read more here.

Here are some snippets from the OKFest report showing the impact #FlashHacks had on the unconference.

#FlashHacks trends on twitter for #OKFest14

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Here is an interview of me by Beatrice Martini & Katelyn Rogers on our experience of launching Turbot and Missions as well as the #FlashHacks at #OKFest14.Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 16.06.51

And here, a featured quote from an attendee mentioning him wanting to start #FlashHacks in Belgium! 

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Thanks once again to the wonderful team behind OKFest who made this an excellent conference possible.


Loved #FlashHacks? Can’t wait to participate in more? We have good news! Starting this month, we will be having a monthly #FlashHacks meet up in London. Yes, there will be Tshirts & Stickers! We think it’s extremely important to release more open data as it is in the public interest

If you’re not based in London, then don’t worry as we want to do events wherever our community exists. Want to help us run one? Get in touch with me at community@opencorporates.com

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