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Thursday, September 27 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Open Data and the Private Sector: Breaking Down the Walls

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This roundtable will showcase the many ways the private sector leverages and contributes to the open
data ecosystem. It will demonstrate the roles the private sector can play, identify the main challenges for governments and NGOs in engaging the private sector, and explore ways to fully engage the private sector to build the future of open data.

Over the past several years, the benefits of open data for the private sector have become more and more clear. Private-sector companies are using open data to improve their operations, launch new products and services, and innovate in many ways that have economic benefits. Private-sector companies have also started to contribute to the open data ecosystem by sharing their own datasets.

But despite the potential, there is still a gap between government open data providers and the businesses with an interest in their data. Government data stewards may be unaware of how their data is being used, and how it could be used even more effectively if it were made more relevant, useful, and accessible for the private sector. Conversely, companies may be unaware of the business value of government data, and may have no connection to the government leaders who could help supply that data to them. We still need to break down the walls between government and the private sector to realize the full business and economic value that open data can provide.

This roundtable will showcase the many ways in which the private sector leverages and contributes to the open data ecosystem, to highlight successes and find ways to build on them. Participants from diverse regions will show how private-sector organizations, ranging from small companies to large corporations, generate value as data users, data intermediaries, and data providers. The session will begin with lightning talks from each participant and continue with a group discussion of issues and solutions to foster private-sector use of open data.

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Joel Gurin

President and Founder, Center for Open Data Enterprise
Joel Gurin is President and Founder of the Center for Open Data Enterprise, a Washington-based nonprofit that promotes the use of open data for social and economic impact. His book Open Data Now (McGraw-Hill), written for a general audience, helped define this emerging field... Read More →

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Carla Bonina

Assistant Professor, ILDA & Surrey Business School
I am a social scientist, Principal Researcher at ILDA and Assistant Professor in Digital Economy at Surrey Business School. My current programme of research examines how open government data fosters innovation and contributes to economic and social development in Latin America. Over... Read More →
avatar for Emiliano Actis Dato

Emiliano Actis Dato

Analytics Architect, IBM
Analytics Architect at IBM Argentina, focused on understanding client needs and designing/building technical solutions that involve analytics capabilities. Specialised in Data Governance solutions. @emiactisdato
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Leonida Mutuku

CEO, Intelipro
Entrepreneur. Data Scientist. Researcher.
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Carlos Sarraute

Director of Research, Grandata & Wibson
Carlos Sarraute is Director of Research at Grandata and Wibson, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Mathematics at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) – in his M.Sc. thesis he applied neural networks to a classification problem arising from the field of Information Security... Read More →
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Jeni Tennison

CEO, Open Data Institute
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Stefaan Verhulst

Chief Research and Development Officer, The GovLab @NYU
Seeking to establish a practice and evidence base on how to leverage science and technology toward improving lives and enhancing governance. Many of our recent projects focus on open data and data collaboratives - a new kind of public private partnerships across sectors to exchange... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm GMT-03