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Take the next step with data sharing

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Price: CA$5.00 /per person
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Every nonprofit tracks data - client, donor and member data, finances, stats on your programs, email and social media metrics, etc. While some of this data is extremely confidential, some of it could be very useful to other organizations, sectors, and the general public if shared appropriately. Many governments have already embraced open data and there are numerous examples of how this has improved the lives of their citizens.

There are many ways to share your data. Some are simple, such as posting your annual report and financials on your website or in a central repository. Others may be a bit more involved, such as publishing sanitized data in an open format, or creating a partnership with organizations in your area to confidentially share client data to find overlaps in who you are serving.

At this event, we will look at the benefits of data sharing, the many forms it can take and how you take your next step with data sharing. Through a panel discussion, we’ll explore these topics as well as look at practical examples of data sharing.

Who should attend?

Nonprofits, charities, social enterprises, businesses and consultants who are interested in learning more about data sharing. Both IT staff and decision makers or accidental techies will be welcome at this event.

Live streaming
This event will be live streamed, so you can attend no matter where you are! Joining is easy as there is no need to RSVP; just go to around 5:30pm Eastern Time.

Co-organizer/facilitator: Ushnish Sengupata

Ushnish has an Industrial Engineering and MBA education, experience in starting up and managing Social Enterprises, and is currently pursuing research on social enterprise. Ushnish’s specializations include project management, strategy, and IT, and he is a strong believer in the transformative possibilities of open data and data sharing between organizations and individuals.


Melanie Gorka ( )
Melanie is a designer and strategist, creating technology solutions for social change. She combines her design and technical skills and cross-platform knowledge with her background in international development and gender issues to take a holistic view on creating useful interactions with technology. Melanie is co-founder and partner of Commons11, a service design and process innovation organization based in Toronto but working with partners globally. Melanie is aslo a co-founder of Random Hacks of Kindness Toronto, a hackathon which uses open data and harnesses the power of open source technologies to create solutions for the common good.

Gabe Sawhney ( (

Gabe Sawhney is an experience designer, creative technologist and innovation strategist. For over 15 years, he's been using design and technology to address creative and business challenges, with particular focus in digital media & entertainment, experiential marketing, and games. As an innovation strategist, Gabe helps organizations to discover emerging opportunities, build consensus, and navigate ambiguity. As a creative technologist, Gabe explores and tests ideas using functional prototypes (hardware & software), to imagine future use cases, assess user experience, and build buy-in. He has served on the boards of Heritage Toronto ( and Wireless Toronto (, and on the founding steering committee of the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC).

Bill Morris ( (
A native Torontonian, Bill’s formal training is in Fine Arts. However, his passion for social causes and public policy eventually evolved into an unintended career in the non-profit and charitable sector. Bill joined the staff of United Way in 2002. In September, after completing a 3-year assignment to establish the Ontario 211Services Corporation and implement 211 service province-wide, he returned to United Way Centraide Canada as 211 National Initiative Director.

Stephanie McAllister

Stephanie McAllister (MA) is the Research and Workshop Coordinator at Timeraiser. Her work focuses on finding ways for nonprofits to use low cost and easy to use technology solutions to help them report on their impact while sharing well and sharing widely.

Heather Leson
Heather Leson is an Idea Hacker and Community Builder. She will be joining the Open Knowledge Foundation as a Community Managersoon. She is currently the Director of Community at Ushahidi and on the Board of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap.

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