AN event is being held this Saturday which will give local people a chance to help data work for them.

The North Ayrshire Hackathon is a council first and will see residents team up with analysts to bring official data to life for people across North Ayrshire.

It could result in an idea for a new app that could streamline services processes or even something that would make it easier for residents to access provisions online.

So far, there are eight data experts on board to crunch the figures and now the council is looking for residents to help them make a difference.

Council Leader Joe Cullinane, said: “The council has a raft of data – which is accessible to the public –and is a fantastic resource. Essentially we want the data experts to do the complex bit and break down the figures and then we want local residents to see how best they can use the figures. It will give them a chance to consider what’s possible." 

The initiative is a joint venture between the council and tech company Wittin at the Garnock Community Campus and starts at 9am on November 17.