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Thursday, September 27

12:00pm GMT-03

Open Contracting for Infrastructure
McKinsey Global Institute estimates that $57tn of global infrastructure investment is required from 2013 to 2030 in order to provide the roads, airports, water services, hospitals and schools that will deliver development and growth. Yet 10 - 30% of infrastructure investment is lost through inefficiency, mismanagement and corruption. A key theme in the upcoming 2018 G20 will be infrastructure investment, and the anti-corruption working group of the G20 are focussing on addressing challenges in infrastructure through conflict of interest disclosure. Yet infrastructure has not yet been a theme within IODC.

This panel will bring together high-level speakers to showcase what they are doing on open contracting for infrastructure, and how the different actors in this space are working together on unified open data.  Drawing on lessons from the Open Contracting Data Standard and CoST’s Infrastructure Transparency Initiative Disclosure Principles, this session will launch the first alpha of the Open Contracting for Infrastructure Data Specification for feedback from the audience.  We will also hear from Open Contracting implementers, such as CoST Honduras on their experience of testing this model on PPP projects as well as from the Global Infrastructure Hub, a G20 Initiative dedicated to increasing the flow and quality of infrastructure projects around the world through shared data, knowledge and leading practices.

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Bernadine Fernz

Head of Infrastructure, Open Contracting Partnership
Bernadine is the Head of Infrastructure for the Open Contracting Partnership. An infrastructure governance specialist and multi-stakeholder working expert, she works with governments, industry and civil society to transform public infrastructure procurement through open contracting.Before... Read More →


Morag Baird

Global Infrastructure Hub Senior Manager

Duncan Dewhurst

Co-Director Open Data Services
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Evelyn Hernandez

Head of Members and Affiliate Programmes, CoST - Infrastructure Transparency Initiative

Thursday September 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm GMT-03

2:00pm GMT-03

Climate Change & Natural Hazards - Global versus Local Data
In recent years, we have witnessed a surge in satellite imageries and other global datasets being made available as open data, providing significant resources and tools for policymakers and population on the ground.

However, when it comes to natural hazards and climate change, earth observation, even when processed through AI, can hardly replace all data produced locally. Think about population surveys, historical records of hazards events and all other locally owned information necessary to quantify vulnerability and risk accurately.

In this session, we intend to discuss the state of open data for reducing vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change, and how to make progress both at global and local scales and where we should focus our common efforts.

The Open Data for Resilience initiative from GFDRR / World Bank Group will present the Open Data for Resilience Index and the Open Cities project both supporting governments and people to improve open data for resilience in their area. The World Resources institute will go though its recent initiatives in the field of climate change data. The Humanitarian Data Exchange from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs will introduce its platform and discuss the need for more linkages between humanitarian, climate change and natural hazards data. Finally, we will have two case studies from the Resilience Office of Buenos aires as well as from Open Data Soft who has been working with the city of Mexico.

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Grace Doherty

Geospatial Specialist, OpenDRI / GFDRR / World Bank
A teacher-trainer in open data and geospatial solutions to disaster risk management. Let's talk about how we can better communicate risk and increase resilience through open data collection, sharing, and use. Specializing in community mapping through Open Cities Africa.

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Pierre Chrzanowski

Open Data Specialist, GFDRR / World Bank Group
I work with the Open Data for Resilience Initiative under GFDRR / World Bank Group supporting people and governments to apply open data principles for natural hazards and climate change issues. You want to track and improve open data for resilience in your country. Let's talk!
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Angeles Navarro

Account Manager Latin America & Spain, OpenDataSoft
Mexican activist, in charge of iberoamerica for OpenDataSoft.We are a cloud based open data platform, that allows users to easily understand data through intuitive visualizations and dashboards, as well as generating an automated API for advanced users to reuse even real time dat... Read More →

Jeffrey Villaveces

Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX)
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Jesse Worker

Associate, World Resources Institute
I create governance diagnostics, analysis, and guidance with the aim of helping stakeholders make climate and environmental governance more transparent, inclusive, and accountable to drive more effective and equitable outcomes. That work more recently includes understanding the challenges... Read More →

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

3:00pm GMT-03

Open Washing
Open Washing is a term we use to describe a simulation of openness. In it, an institution claims to be open and builds a discourse about it, when its actions are in fact the opposite.
In this session, we will discuss the ways in which open washing happens.
We want to understand the different roles of institutions in open washing happening and how to tackle this issue. 

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Ana Brandusescu

Research and Policy Officer, World Wide Web Foundation
Ana is a Research and Policy Officer at the Web Foundation.  She drives a more inclusive use of data to enhance digital rights and gender equity through various data, research and policy projects. These include Women’s Rights Online and the Open Data Barometer. She also works on... Read More →
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Oscar Montiel

International Community Coordinator, Open Knowledge International
Oscar es un experto en datos abiertos especializado en facilitar las interacciones humanas que hacen posible la apertura de datos y el desarrollo de tecnología cívica. A través de sus experiencias involucrándose con gobiernos y sociedad civil ha desarrollado una perspectiva única... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm GMT-03

4:00pm GMT-03

Private Data for Public Good
For all of open data’s potential to address public challenges, the truth remains that most data generated today is in fact collected by the private sector. This data contains tremendous possible insights to help solve public problems. But because of access restrictions and other transaction costs its vast potential often goes untapped.
Data Collaboratives - a new type of public-private partnership around data and data expertise - offer a way around this limitation. This panel will review the potential and emerging practice of data collaboratives. It will examine why, where, how and under what conditions data collaboratives can provide for data-driven public innovation.
Key questions:
- What are the value propositions and practices of data collaboratives?
- What are the different ways to develop data collaboratives -  examples and lessons learned?
- What are the risks of using corporate data for public good?
- How to overcome the current transactions costs associated with setting up data collaboratives?

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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 →


Natalia Adler

Data, Research, and Policy Manager at UNICEF, where she and her team use data science and collaboratives to improve child welfare. Beginning as an intern in 2005, she has worked her way up the organization by spearheading numerous innovative projects. Prominent projects include her... Read More →

Leo Ferres

Professor of Computer Science at the Data Science Institute at la Universidad del Desarrollo and a fellow of Telefónica Research and Development in Santiago, Chile. In addition to teaching programming, data science, and computing, his research spans from computational social science... Read More →

Paula Vargas

Privacy and Public Policy Manager for Latin America at Facebook, a law professor, and Coordinator of the Internet Law and Technology Program (DITC) at the University of San Andrés. A graduate of Berkeley University Law School, she is an expert in the intersection between technology... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm GMT-03
Friday, September 28

11:00am GMT-03

Smart Cities and Open Data
Cities present the greatest potential for open data to result in transparency and social or economic impact as they are hubs for creativity, skilled labour, and investment, making them natural sources of new open data-based solutions. The smart city trend provides even greater opportunities for open data-driven transparency and economic growth while presenting a number of risks to transparency, accountability, and data ownership. This session presents an urban lens to open data, reflecting in particular on discussions from the Open Cities Summit on designing open data programs to solve civic problems, using open procurement data to deliver results, the changing roles of advocates in open smart cities, and global open cities initiatives to strengthen climate change resilience. The audience will be invited to discuss the tensions between open data principles and urgent development needs in cities, and the opportunities to scale city networks in the global open data movement

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Jean-Noe Landry

Executive Director, Open North
Jean-Noé Landry is a social entrepreneur and Executive Director of OpenNorth. As an civic open government activists, he convenes data stakeholders, promotes data standardization, and connects governments to their data constituents. As a co-founder of Montreal Ouvert (whose mission... Read More →

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Katya Abazajian

Open Cities Director, Sunlight Foundation
Katya directs the Sunlight Foundation's Open Cities team in sharing best practices on open data policy and practice across the What Works Cities network to bring the benefits of local government data to residents. As a primary author on Sunlight’s Tactical Data Engagement framework... Read More →
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Alvaro Herrero

Subsecretario de Gestión Estratégica y Calidad Institucional, City of Buenos Aires
Álvaro Herrero es un experto en gobernabilidad, transparencia y estado de derecho con amplia experiencia en América Latina. Ha trabajado a nivel nacional e internacional con ONGs y organizaciones internacionales como el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, el Diálogo Interamericano... Read More →
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Panthea Lee

Principal, Reboot
Panthea specializes in the applications of ethnography, design, and technology in advancing inclusive development and accountable governance. She has led initiatives to improve human development outcomes in over 20 countries, including Afghanistan, Indonesia, Libya, and Nigeria. Her... Read More →
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Eric Reese

Director of Training, John Hopkins University
Working on data literacy, community engagement, and training with governments (mostly cities) around the world.

Friday September 28, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm GMT-03

12:00pm GMT-03

Open Data in the Global South
The objective of the session is to reflect on the nature, type, and trajectory of networking activities and projects around open data across the Global South - to discuss the lessons that can be learned from experiences to date and how best to use these as a foundational basis of charting future directions in terms of sustainability and greater coordination. Five speakers from across Asia, Africa, and Latin America, will briefly share their experiences in building open data ecosystems within countries and regions, and participants will participate in small group discussions around unpacking the identified lessons-learned.

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Michael Cañares

Senior Research Manager of Digital Citizenship, World Wide Web Foundation - Open Data Lab Jakarta
Miko is the Senior Research Manager for Digital Citizenship at the Web Foundation. He has more than ten years of research and development work experience at a progressive pace — from community-based project management to regional development, with most of his work rooted mainly... Read More →

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Pyrou Chung

Senior Adviser, Ewmi Open Development Initiative
I am the Senior Advisor at the Open Development Initiative (ODI) a project of the East West Management Institute (EWMI) and manage their natural resource, land and data initiatives in Southeast Asia. I have expertise in ecology and sustainable development and my work is focused in... Read More →

Silvana Fumega

Research and Policy Director, ILDA
Silvana Fumega is currently the Research and Policy Lead of the Latin American Initiative for Open Data (ILDA).She holds a Ph.D. (University of Tasmania, Australia). In the past few years, she has focused her work on Open Government Data and Freedom of Information policies. She also... Read More →
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Muchiri Nyaggah

Executive Director, Local Development Research Institute
I'm a champion for Africa's development agenda as articulated in its normative frameworks and treaties. I am focused on how data and open data can help the continent achieve its vision to end hunger, poverty and reduce inequality. Let's talk about open data with a purpose, supporting... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm GMT-03

2:00pm GMT-03

The Art of Open Data
This session will discuss the role that artists have as intermediaries, blending data with local culture and sharing insights that come from it, focusing on transmitting and creating emotions in the audience. We will learn from experiences in Argentina, Tanzania, UK, and a Latin American regional project called Data+Art.

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Arturo Muente

InterAmerican Development Bank
Over 20 years of experience in open development, telecommunications, and financial services. Currently, I am working on digital government innovation projects, including the civil registry and identity agenda, open data, and data analytics for the public sector.

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Miranda Marcus

Research and Development Programme Lead, Open Data Institute
Miranda leads the ODI’s research and development programme. She is a digital programme manager specialising in applied research, agile delivery and digital strategy. Her background is in design and digital anthropology and she has worked across the arts, education and third sectors... Read More →
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Cristian Reynaga

Director / Curator, +CODE
Cristian Reynaga is an independent curator and researcher with expertise in art and technology. Since 2015 he is the head of +CODE Festival that gathers international artists and researchers working with art, code and technology. He has been part of the production and curatorial teams... Read More →
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Samhir Vasdev

Digital Development Adviser, IREX
Samhir Vasdev is the Technical Adviser for Digital Development at IREX, a global development and education organization. There, Samhir drives the organization’s efforts to foster better use of data to inform decisions, learning, and action within IREX and its programs. For example... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm GMT-03

3:00pm GMT-03

Indigenous Data Sovereignty
Indigenous data sovereignty (IDS) is the right of Indigenous peoples to govern the collection, ownership, and application of data about Indigenous communities, peoples, lands, and resources. IDS comprises the entitlement to determine how Indigenous data are governed and stewarded--Indigenous data governance. Over the past three years, and during the first iteration of the Open Data Charter, IDS has become a globally active movement. The initial phase raised awareness of IDS within Indigenous nations and nation-state data entities. However, in the open data community, there remains a general lack of knowledge or understanding of IDS. To date, open data policy discussions have largely been framed around the needs and interests of nation-states and open data advocates, with minimal Indigenous engagement. The dialogue in this session will focus on the tension between IDS and open data, and potential paths forward.

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Stephanie Carroll Rainie

University of Arizona
Stephanie Carroll Rainie (Ahtna Athabascan), DrPH, MPH is Assistant Professor in  Public Health Policy and Management at College of Public Health. She works in the Community, Environment and Policy Department, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH); Assistant Research... Read More →

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Ana Gabriel Z. Aponte

Project Development Manager on Transparency, Hivos
Part of the "Freedom & Accountability" team in Hivos for Latin America and the Caribbean as Senior Advisor on Open Government and Transparency.Member of open government, human rights and feminist organizations.Former Vice Minister on Political Affairs and Citizen Dialogue in the Ministry... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm GMT-03