Ontario’s open data community to gather in London for region’s premier open data event

London, Ont – On May 5 and 6, 2017, Ontario’s open data practitioners, enthusiasts, end-users and academics will gather in London Ontario for the region’s premier open data event – the Go Open Data Conference (GOOD).

The GO Open Data Conference is an annual event created by and for the Ontario open data community. The conference started in 2013 in Waterloo Region, and has since been held in Toronto, Niagara Region and Markham. GO Open Data attracts participants from the public, private and non-profit sectors, citizens, academia, media, entrepreneurs, developers, municipal leaders and civil servants from a range of industries such as economic development, education, information technology, transportation, housing and more.

In addition to marking the 5th anniversary of the GO Open Data conference, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, with festivities being held right across the country all year long.

With the theme of Canada at 150, GOOD17 looks at how far we’ve come, and the future that lies ahead. This year’s program includes reflective and visionary discussions illuminating where we’ve been and where we’re headed next, including:

  • Welcome Address – Hon. Liz Sandals, MPP and President of the Treasury Board
  • Keynote Speakers Panel – Moderator: Maureen Cassidy, London City Councillor

Speaker: Tracy Antone, Director of Health with Chiefs of Ontario

Speaker: Dr. Tracey Lauriault, Assistant Professor, Carleton University

  • Presentation – Hon. Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier of Ontario, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government
  • Closing Remarks – Mayor Matt Brown, City of London



Day 1 of the conference will take place Friday, May 5 at the Wolf Performance Hall located inside the London Public Library (251 Dundas St.). Press is invited to attend and make requests in advance to interview speakers. Registration opens at 8 a.m. with welcoming remarks beginning at 9 a.m.


Day 2 of the conference consists of a community-driven Hackathon, taking place at the Fanshawe College Centre for Digital and Performance Arts (137 Dundas St.). The GOOD17 hackathon is a training ground for civic minded technologists. You don’t need to be a coder, an accomplished designer, or working at a hot new start-up to participate. Join with other civic and technically minded folks to brainstorm, collaborate, design and develop the solutions and projects that will make our communities and cities thrive. Press is also invited to attend the GOOD17 Hackathon, with the event kicking off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 6.


By definition, open data is machine-readable data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share-alike. But what open data can do is far more important. Open data means transparency and efficiency in government. It means developers can use open data to create innovative solutions and new businesses that help address community problems such as transportation or affordable housing. It means more engaged citizens, bringing together public and private organizations and bridging gaps.

Open data is disruptive. It has the potential to create a better future for everyone. It’s about creating dialogue, creating innovative technologies and highlighting the real business needs for open data.

According to the McKinsey Global Institute, open data has the potential to unlock 3 to 5 trillion dollars in economic value across multiple sectors.


GO Open Data 2017 is being organized by a committee of representatives from the following organizations:

  • City of London
  • London Public Library
  • unLondon
  • PSD
  • Open Knowledge Canada
  • Pathways Communications
  • Province of Ontario
  • TechAlliance
  • Fanshawe College


 “To build a strong city, we must have open data policies encouraging innovation, collaboration and access to information for all. This can lead to streamlining city services and reducing the overall cost to provide them.”

 Mayor Matt Brown, City of London

 “The Go Open Data Conference is unique in that it brings together thought leaders and practitioners from across sectors to discuss the application of open data to community-based problems and opportunities. Open data has the potential to improve transparency in government, unlock value for economic growth, and enhance collaboration across organizations and sectors – a very compelling rationale for gathering annually at the GOOD conference!”

 – Tyler Sutton, Editor-in-Chief, Public Sector Digest and GOOD17 Conference Co-Chair

Media Contacts:


Tyler Sutton,


Public Sector Digest


(519) 690-2565 ext. 2210



Kristen Pawelec,

Specialist, Community Reporting and Planning

City of London


519.661.2500 x 4926