CambsNotspotter Hackathon Event




You. Your laptop. One day.

Cambridge Ahead have been running the #CambsNotspotter campaign since March 2016 and have generated an average of 9 million data points per month across a 25-mile radius of the centre of Cambridge.

This data identifies areas of good and poor mobile coverage, by operator and by network.

And that’s where you come in…

What can you create that will enable better mobile connectivity in Cambridgeshire? We want you to be part of #CambsNotspotterHack – a hackathon on Saturday 16th September 2017.

We have two primary objectives: –

  1. Idea generation for how to improve mobile data coverage in Cambridge, with a key focus on insights into the data, and proposals which are implementation-capable and can make a real impact.
  2. Dig deeper into the data to validate results or provide new insights, trends and recommendations. For example analysing difference between operators, cross referencing data with population data etc.

Come along, create and formulate innovative concepts to make data connectivity ubiquitous and next-generation powerful! You’ll be able to analyse and use real data from OpenSignal as well as public sources, and we are committed to doing everything we can to make meaningful progress as a result of this event.

There will be prizes for the winning team, as well as prize draws for everyone attending. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas! If you have any questions, please contact the Cambridge Ahead Digital connectivity chair, and organiser of the event Faye Holland at

Pre-event information will be available from 4th September.


From 4th September the following information will be available for download

  • An overview document
  • Subsets of the data covering specific areas of interest:
    • Fulbourn village, which we know has poor coverage
    • Bar Hill, an area similar in size to Fulbourn but with relatively good coverage
    • A larger area in South Cambridgeshire encompassing Babraham, Great Shelford and Sawston
    • Cambridge city centre, an urban area with variable coverage
    • Part of the Cambridge-Kings Cross railway line with good coverage
    • Part of the Cambridge-Kings Cross railway line with relatively poor coverage
  • The full data set

Getting involved

You. Your laptop. 1 day.
Participants can work on either objectives, both or create their own ideas!
All materials will be made available from 4th September to maximise input on the day of the hackathon.
Participants can come as a team of 4-8 or we will assign you to teams on the day.
At the end of the day each team will present their findings and one team will be named winner as judged by a panel of independent experts.



Post #CambsNotspotterHack we will publish a document containing all the suggestions. We will share the projects that we will pursue as a result of the Hack and invite others to participate as required.