Program

Day 1
01 May 2015
Day 2
02 May 2015

Welcome & Conference Opening

The official opening of the conference including a welcome from conference co-chairs Connie McCutcheon and Trevor Twining and the surprise “Opening Act” from community advocate and provocateur Richard Pietro.
Richard Pietro GO Open Data 2015
Richard Pietro
Trevor Twining
Trevor Twining
Connie McCutcheon GO Open Data 2015
Connie McCutcheon

Hon. Deborah Matthews

The Honourable Deborah Matthews, Deputy Premier, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy will provide insight into the Province’s Open Government and Open Data program – today and into the future.
Hon Deb Matthews GO Open Data 2015
Hon. Deborah Matthews

Christian Villum

Christian Villum comes to us from Copenhagen, Denmark and is the Open Knowledge International Community Manager. He will provide insights into the tenets of success for open data and how to grow the open data community.
Christian Villum Speaker at GO Open Data 2015
Christian Villum

Jamie Van Ymeren

Jamie Van Ymeren is part of the Mowat Centre NFP think tank and recently authored “An Open Future – Data priorities for the not-for-profit sector”. She will provide her research findings and suggest opportunities for the open data with the not-for-profit sector.
Jamie Van Ymeren GO Open Data Speaker 2015
Jamie Van Ymeren

Keynote Question & Answer

The Keynote presentations and following Q&A session will be facilitated by Jury Konga, Open Knowledge Canada Ambassador. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to ask our keynote speakers questions about their presentations...
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Jury Konga GO Open Data 2015
Jury Konga
10:15 - 10:45

Networking & Coffee Break

Open Impact – Success Stories Open Data

Just making data open is not enough – we need to do something with it. This panel will provide diverse success stories drawn from the fields of entrepreneurship, transportation, health, civic engagement, education and the environment.

Economic
Taylor Blake, Pan Am Games

Civic Engagement
Mary Wiley, Knowledge Exchange

Transportation
Antoine Belaieff, Director Regional Planning | Metrolinx

Education
Bogdan Oros and Adriana Ruiz, Minecraft Niagara with Geospatial Niagara

Open Success Portfolio
Jury Konga, Open Knowledge Canada Ambassador

Paul Connor, Moderator

Adriana Ruiz
Mary Wiley
Mary Wiley
Taylor Blake
Taylor Blake
Paul Connor GO Open Data 2015
Paul Connor
Jury Konga GO Open Data 2015
Jury Konga
Bogdan Oros GO Open Data 2015
Bogdan Oros
Antoine Belaieff GO Open Data 2015
Antoine Belaieff

Empowering Open Panel

Empowerment How?

Open government and open data has hit a bit of a momentum plateau. What are some of the key challenges? What to do about it them? How do we empower government and staff to keep on going? What is the role of the public, of different stakeholders and of policy-makers?

Bianca Wylie, moderator

Bianca Wylie
Ashley Casovan
Ashley Casovan
Stuart Hendrie
Stuart Hendrie
Joseph Mclarty
Joseph McLarty
Honey Dacanay GO Open Data 2015
Honey Dacanay
Jeff Evenson
Jeff Evenson

Open Data & Community Alley Launch

Open Data and Community Alley Participants

Quick call out (1 min) from the Open Data and Community Alley Participants to let everyone know the highlights of what they have to share.

Ronnie Audeh, facilitator
Ronnie Audeh
Ronnie Audeh
12:15 - 13:15

Lunch Break

Open Data & Community Alley

Continuing in the tradition of prior conferences, we’re providing a venue for entrepreneurs to show their open data applications, for community groups to show what they’re trying to achieve, to governments showing their open government and open data initiatives to anything open or part of the open data ecosystem!
Participants include: City of Niagara Falls, Innovate Niagara, Geospatial Niagara, Niagara Workforce Planning Board, Ministry of Transportation, Map Your Property and more!

Open Mic

Open for quick announcements, concepts and pitches.  We already have people lining up – contact us with what you’d like announce.

Trevor Twining, moderator
Trevor Twining
Trevor Twining

Knowledge Sessions

We've planned a diverse set of concurrent sessions for knowledge sharing and peer to peer discussion. See the descriptions below to learn more about the sessions and presenters.

Socio-Economic Issues: Poverty

One of five concurrent Knowledge Sessions

Community Data Collaborative | Addressing root causes of poverty requires a collective approach among diverse community partners. This session will dive into the roles of the public, for-social-profit (non-profit) and private sectors in addressing root causes of socio-economic issues, and the importance of working together to create, manage and utilize data - which could/should be open.

Mary Wiley, moderator
Sara Mayo
Sara Mayo
Karen Glass
Karen Glass
Sarah Pennisi
Sarah Pennisi
Harvey Low
Harvey Low
Mary Wiley
Mary Wiley

Digital Community Ecosystem

One of five concurrent Knowledge Sessions

The Internet of Everything and digitization of the planet is accelerating exponentially. This session will discuss the ecosystem that drives the information economy and provides models such as the Intelligent Community/Smart Cities that will impact everyone and how open data is a core requirement.

Karen Dubeau, moderator
Kristina Verner
Kristina Verner
Karen Dubeau GO Open Data 2015
Karen Dubeau
Jury Konga GO Open Data 2015
Jury Konga
Nora Kalb GO Open Data 2015
N’ora Kalb

Data Journalism in 2015: Baby Steps, Teenage Angst or Full-Blown Adulthood?

One of five concurrent Knowledge Sessions


Governments often speak of the "maturity model" and frequently use the term as a reason and rationale for slow [or lack of] progress. In this session, we turn the tables and ask data-driven journalists to comment on the state of data journalism—the profession and its progress. As well, panelists and the audience will debate the open data synergy between media and government. 

  • Is data journalism better defined as data-driven journalism? 
  • Is Canada behind in the field? 
  • Are providers of Open Data part of the problem or a solution? 
  • What do we have in common? 
  • Can both media and government work together to go further and faster in providing data? 
  • Are we enemies or allies?

Trish Garner and Keith McDonald, moderators
Valérie Ouellet
Valérie Ouellet
Peter Kim
Peter Kim
Joel Eastwood
Joel Eastwood
Bill Dunphy
Bill Dunphy
Trish Garner
Trish Garner
Keith McDonald
Keith McDonald
Joey Coleman
Joey Coleman

Education and Open Data

One of five concurrent Knowledge Sessions

Open data has huge potential to facilitate learning, research, and innovation in education to engage students in creating solutions to “real world” issues in their community. This session will present some of these examples and discuss future opportunities.

Bogdan Oros, moderator
Colleen Beard GO Open Data 2015
Colleen Beard
Jeff Boggs
Jeff Boggs
Pamela Robinson GO Open Data 2015
Pamela Robinson
Zach Harmer GO Open Data 2015
Zach Harmer
Darren Platakis GO Open Data 2015
Darren Platakis
Bogdan Oros GO Open Data 2015
Bogdan Oros

Unconference | Design your own session

One of five concurrent Knowledge Sessions

You have a burning question you’d like to discuss with your peers – this session is open to you. You will have the opportunity to pose your questions to the group and people can choose which topics they wish to participate in. Participants are free to move from topic to topic. Sample questions can be anything! Here's a few to get your creative juices flowing - "How get parcel data?" or "How encourage more students to use open data?"

Rosina Mete, moderator
Rosina Mete
Rosina Mete
14:45 - 15:00

Networking & Coffee Break

Learning Labs

This year the conference is offering more Learning Labs than ever before – five in total.  Learning Labs are opportunities for more in-depth (often hands-on) learning – consider bringing your laptop. See the descriptions below to learn more about each session.

Gittin’ Github

One of five concurrent Learning Labs

Github is an amazing environment that is used by both application developers and  more and more governments as a vehicle to manage code and document changes.  Come learn what a great tool Github can be for your application or non-tech project.

Mike Mottola, presenter
Michael Mottola
Michael Mottola

Public & NGO Open Data Policy

One of five concurrent Learning Labs

Moving open data forward requires a framework and policy is an important component of that framework.  Come learn from people have developed and implemented open gov – open data policy and lessons learned – from creating through to execution of the policy.

Nosa Eros Brown
Nosa Ero-Brown
Heather Laird
Heather Laird
Dan Murray
Dan Murray
Jury Konga GO Open Data 2015
Jury Konga

Open Data Portals

One of five concurrent Learning Labs

A fundamental technology need of any open data initiative is how to make the data available.  This session will dive into the functionality of open data portals/catalogues and look at some of the options available together with future directions.

Connie McCutcheon and Rob Giggey, moderators
Rob Giggey
Robert Giggey
Colin Spikes
Colin Spikes
Denis Zgonjanin GO Open Data 2015
Denis Zgonjanin
Connie McCutcheon GO Open Data 2015
Connie McCutcheon
Bryan Smith GO Open Data 2015
Bryan Smith

Data Analytics & Visualization | Cool Tool – OpenRefine

One of five concurrent Learning Labs

Raw open data is the fuel – now come the cool tools that allow us to analyse and visualize data from many potential sources.  For sure bring your laptop to try out some of the cool tools and have group discussions on the pros and cons … and other applications you’ve come across.

Bianca Wylie, moderator
Bianca Wylie
Martin Magdinier
Martin Magdinier

Mapping Open Data

One of five concurrent Learning Labs

Visualizing data can be effective and powerful. Come learn how to do this with a variety of readily available tools.

Greg Bowie, moderator and presenter
Greg Bowie GO Open Data 2015
Greg Bowie
Devin Tu
Devon Tu
Darren Platakis GO Open Data 2015
Darren Platakis

Open Forum and Closing Remarks

A few words from the conference co-chairs and an invitation to take part in Saturday's hackathon.

Trevor Twining
Trevor Twining
Connie McCutcheon GO Open Data 2015
Connie McCutcheon

Post Conference Social Pub

Fill up on great food and great conversation at the Post Conference Social Pub located just a short walk away at Alphie's Trough on the Brock Campus.

Introduction

Trevor Twining
Trevor Twining

Open Data 101 and Ignite Speakers

Catherine Mindorff
Catherine Mindorff-Facca
Darren Platakis GO Open Data 2015
Darren Platakis
Christian Villum Speaker at GO Open Data 2015
Christian Villum

Community Pitches

Community groups and entrepreneurs will provide background on projects, goals and challenges and will invite others to join them in working towards solutions for their challenges.

OpenFest / Hackathon Concurrent Activities

Select one of the two streams to participate in or spend a bit of time doing both. All participants are welcome, whether you’re a policy expert, a software developer or an interested citizen. This is a day of learning and sharing and it will give you a chance to see, work on and discuss open data in action.

Hackathon

Work with a team to solve real problems with open data (and scraped data) – coming alone? We will help match you up with a team. This is not a competitive space, you can work in pairs or large groups – the focus is on learning and building, not winning. Anything goes from analysing data and creating visualizations to developing a mobile or web app.

Community Action Plan (CAP)
No technical skills required – just a desire to solve or improve the well-being of your community. The day will be spent reviewing data availability, analysing the root causes of issues, brainstorming for ideas and developing an action plan (what to do, who to do) as a follow-up to the conference. Groups will receive support from a facilitator to help focus and organize the discussion and to create challenges for tech teams to pick up and work on throughout the year.

Mentors and facilitators will be available to help you throughout the day. Whether this is your first hack day or your one hundred and first hack day, it’s a safe and welcoming space for you. We also encourage folks to bring their technology - ie. laptops, tablets. Don't forget your chargers!

Results Presentations

Teams share the results of the day – these will be five minutes, tops. We will provide the format for the presentations to make it simple, all very casual and fun.
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