Rewired State

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Rewired State
FoundersJames Darling, Emma Mulqueeny, Richard Pope
  • UK

Rewired State was an organisation which ran a series of hack days for programmers and designers, focused on improving access to UK government open data and encouraging innovation in government services.[1]

Rewired State was founded by James Darling, Emma Mulqueeny, and Richard Pope in 2008.[2] The first event, National Hack the Government Day, was held on March 7, 2009 at the Guardian offices in King's Cross, London. Over 80 people attended producing over 30 hacks.[3] Judges at Rewired State events included Tom Watson MP and Dr Sue Black.[4] Sponsors included the Government Digital Service, mySociety, and Nesta. National Hack the Government Day ran annually until 2015.

Attendees at the 2011 National Hack the Government Day

Parliament Hack[edit]

Between 2011 and 2013, Rewired State ran a series of Parliament Hack events in association with the UK Parliament, with the aim to build new apps using parliamentary data.[5]

Young Rewired State[edit]

Rewired State formed a sister organisation, Young Rewired State, to bring young developers together to solve real world problems. Young Rewired State ran its own series of Festival of Code hack days between 2009 and 2015.

Other Events[edit]

Rewired State also ran a number of other government data hack days including Rewired State: Culture, (H)activate, Middle East Hack, Follow the Data, and Carbon and Energy Hack Weekend.[6]

Last Event and Closure[edit]

National Hack the Government Day and other events ran annually until the last event in 2015. Between 2015 and 2016, Rewired State was run as a consultancy business by Emma Mulqueeny.[7] The company was dissolved in 2018.[8]


  1. ^ "Rewired State: National Hack The Government Day". Guardian Open Platform Blog. 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  2. ^ "Rewired State - Who we Are". Rewired State. Archived from the original on 2010-03-22.
  3. ^ "Rewired State Projects". Archived from the original on 2009-04-26.
  4. ^ "National Hack the Government Day 2011". Archived from the original on 2012-10-14.
  5. ^ "Sign up for Parliament Hack 2013 with Rewired State". Parliament. 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  6. ^ "Rewired State: Events". Rewired State. Archived from the original on 2014-05-04.
  7. ^ "Rewired State - Hello". Archived from the original on 2015-10-23.
  8. ^ "Rewired State Ltd". Companies House. Retrieved 2019-03-08.