4th IODC



Oct 4th


Africa Open Data Day

4th October 2016, 15:30-19:30.

Spain, Madrid, Convention Center IFEMA NORTE, Room B

Key event contact:
-Katherine Townsend, rktownsend@gmail.com
-Jeanne Holm, JHolm@ucla.edu

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Pre event notes:
Civic actors across Africa use open data to drive growth, unburden bureaucracy, creative innovative solutions to tough problems, and improve lives. Who are these communities and how can they grow and connect? Join an afternoon of day of workshops showcasing great solutions, teaching each other what works, and convening current and new open data enthusiasts for Africa.  Here current progress and plan next steps with policymakers, civic tech leads, entrepreneurs, data journalists, researchers, more from Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda, diaspora communities, and many more.  Learn more at africaopendata.net


  • 3:20-3:30

o     Tag your city! Add a sticker to the map to show where you are from

  • 3:30-3:45

o     Welcome (Yeama Thompson, Master of Ceremonies)

o     Introduction of AOD Community (Kat Townsend)

o     Measuring the impact: statistics from AODC events (Paul Mungai)

o     Format: short presentations (Coordinator: Jeanne Holm)

  • 3:45-4:15

o     AODC events in Dar es Salaam, Freetown, Cape Town, Paris, and Nairobi

  • Moderator: Chukwudozie Ezigbalike
  • Panelists: Yeama Thompson, Kat Townsend, Pierre Chrzanowski, Paul Mungai, and Jeanne Holm
  • Highlights, lessons learned, and what’s next
  • 4:15-4:45

o     Civil Society and Data Innovators: Communicating and helping people use open data

  • Women’s Environmental Programme
  • Code for South Africa
  • TalkAfrica
  • AOD Collaboration Fund
  • Tanzania dLab from Data Collaboratives for Local Impact
  • UN Economic Commission for Africa
  • Format: panel discussion with Q&A
  • 4:45-5:30

o     4:45-5:30

  • Round table discussions on the role of collaboration in improving and sustaining open data progress for Africa
  • Table topics: Research and International University Collaborations, Government, Research and Africa Universities, Business, Health, Agriculture, Youth, Data Journalism, Sustainable Development Goals (English), Sustainable Development Goals (French)
  • Format: Facilitator led discussions and reports to the group

5:30-5:45 –  Break

  • 5:45-6:15

o     Connectivity and Need to Access Communication

  • Data Journalism (Stephen Abbot Pugh)
  • Citizen demand, and infrastructural challenges and opportunities  – (Umaru Bah)
  • Access to Internet Connectivity in Africa – Web Foundation (Nnnenna Nwakanma)- Confirmed
  • Access to Information – Right to Access Information Commission, Sierra Leone (Yeama Thompson).)
  • 6:15-7:00

o     Future Plans for Africa Open Data

  • Commitments from audience members for actions to sustain open data progress
    Discussion of future organization of AODC and collaboration tools

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