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In early 2017, we hosted the first #AirHack event in response to the startling headlines about air quality, where some cities were exceeding their yearly targets within the first few weeks of the year. An early warning sign of the Climate Emergency that was unfolding, we had to respond. So we brought together several of our sponsors and other passionate organisations to host a 2-day hackathon to explore air quality and data. It was an opportunity to test the accessibility and usability of air quality data available at the time.

A lot has happened since 2017. More organisations are realising the benefits of releasing open data and personal air quality sensors are becoming more mainstream, allowing citizens to monitor it in their local context. It is precisely because more people are aware of the climate and the effects of air quality that we are planning a follow-up event. This builds on the work started with #PlanetData - a climate-focused event that we first hosted in November 2019, with its own follow-up event in April 2020. Innovating with data to help respond to critical challenges in the environment is a core theme that has emerged in our work, so we developed it further in our open strategy for the years ahead.

We will be hosting #AirHack2 in September 2020, working with Bradford Metropolitan District Council and the University of Bradford, with a warm-up event in July 2020 to start conversations, find out where people are with air quality and community health projects, and more.

Resources from #AirHack1


We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the partners who have helped make #AirHack2 possible. They are passionate about tackling issues surrounding air quality, and this is their commitment towards finding new solutions for cleaner air in future generations. This kind of innovation would not be possible without them.