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Open Government and Open Data - A Series of Fortunate Events

Doors Open:  630pm

Event Starts:  7pm

Event Hashtag for last minute details:  #gov20yyz

Open Government & Open Data - A Series of Fortunate Events

The Open Government and Open Data movements are transforming the way we interact with our Government…and in a good way.  As a matter of fact, these movements have been impacting many people for many years and are even on the cusp of generating a whole new economy.

This is not a fad;  It is happening right now and it is here to stay. 

This event is specifically designed to give people context as to HOW it all came to be.

The evening will loosely follow the premise of a movie story arc.  Designed with an opening that sets the scene and introduces the audience to the main characters; followed by the adversity that comes when facing an uphill battle; and finally, the conclusion which leaves us with that good feeling.

…this is the story of the moments that have led to the growth of Open Government and Open Data.

…this is the story about how the underdogs are revolutionizing a system that needs a healthy dose of "new."  


Seven Minute Lightning Talks Delivered By

1) The Definition of Open Government & Open Data Richard Pietro – CitizenBridge

2) Open Source & Creative Commons Licenses Gabe Sawhney – Urban & Digital

3) Mapping & the legal battle between GeoCoder and Canada Post Morgen Peers – SIMCOE!

4) Portland, Google, & Transit…creating the GTFS Hussain Saleem – Rocketman App

5) Beth Noveck & the U.S. Patent Office Felix Tang – Innovate LLP and Computer Engineer

6) Open Data Portals…the Gateway to your Government Trish Garner – City of Toronto

7) Changing the Culture of Government & the #W2P Community Nick Schonning – Government of Canada

8) The Open Government Partnership Jury Konga – eGov Futures Group

9) Collaborative Tools & Environments Bianca Wylie – SWERHUN

10) Transparency in Budgeting Joshua McDougall – Bitcoinsultants

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Felt like it started late, too many videos and theatrics. It didn't feel professional or like they were taking it seriously. I left at after ttc app talk cause I only allocated two hours not all night. Suggestion is to get started right away at 6:30, skip the hyping and repetitive cheering/clapping once is enough to get a sense of community.

    1 · November 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ah yeah, I totally sympathize. That's unexpected behavior

      November 23, 2013

    • Samantha

      I too thought that the evening started at 6:30 and left at 8:30. The talks were interesting and I look forward to more.

      November 24, 2013

  • Kyle M.

    I thought it was an inspired evening. Thanks to everyone who participated.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Alex L.

    Well done team. Plenty of splendid conversations afterwards too, ranging from censuses to assassins for hire. Looking forward to the next round, and the projects in between.

    November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was fracking awesome. Seriously. AMAZING.

    November 21, 2013

  • Shanta R. N.

    I don't think I'm going to make it in time. Hope it goes well!

    November 21, 2013

    • Marc L.

      Ending at 9 pm

      November 21, 2013

  • Charles F.

    See you all tonight!

    2 · November 21, 2013

  • Ted H.

    This looks very interesting, but unfortunately it doesn't work out for me this time. Will this be recorded and/or the presentations be made available?

    November 20, 2013

  • Peter V.

    I am an client of Mars but can not attend this event. We specialize in open data apps and sap mobile apps. I attended health hack on November 8-10 at Mars. We plan to do medical apps ...

    November 18, 2013

    • Richard P.

      Sorry we'll miss you......Good luck with your work!

      November 18, 2013

  • Marc L.

    Solid program. Looking forward to connecting with this community of the minds.

    November 14, 2013

  • Nancy I.

    ditto re Sameer's comments! Really looking forward to the evening and then the follow-on GovMaker on the Friday.

    November 14, 2013

  • Sameer V.

    Looking forward to this, Richard! It's the perfect lead-in for GovMaker Day the next day, and will be very valuable to the community. Thanks for setting it all up!

    November 5, 2013

    • Richard P.

      ...and thank you for all the support! You and MaRS have been nothing short of awesome!..........for those wondering, here is the link to GovMaker Day: https://govmakerday.ev...­

      November 5, 2013

  • Ananda

    I work on large scale public awareness and advocacy campaigns to encourage the government to better support children and families in Toronto and Canada. I am interested in how to build a compelling story that highlights the cost benefit for government to adopt new platforms.

    November 5, 2013

    • Richard P.

      Look forward to seeing you at the event!

      November 5, 2013

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