GOOD18 Conference Program

This year’s theme is “Open Data and Smart Communities” – both exciting and topical.  Open data has been acknowledged as a foundational component of Smart Communities/Cities.  But what is a “smart community”?  It has many definitions and many opposing opinions as to what the value is to the community – is it just the tech companies with a profit focus or is the focus on community well-being?  Even the term community provides some diverse perspectives – is community a small village? Is it a province?  Is it the country? Is it a sector like the environmental sector?

This year’s conference will start with a plenary morning of panels – Leaders Keynote Panel, the “Smart Communities” panel and Open Nxt.  The afternoon will feature concurrent streams including: Smart Communities, Open Contracting, Open Health and Safety and Open-Closed-Shared Data Realities.

Day two continues the tradition of holding a Hackathon that speaks to some community challenges and seeks to move the yardsticks forward and establish action plans to continue the work post- conference.

8:00 AM
Event registration & Breakfast
9:00 AM
Conference Opening & Welcome

Panelist will provide diverse perspectives on our theme of “Open Data and Smart Communities”.

Moderator: Jury Konga, Conference Co-Chair

Dr Pamela Robinson, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives, Faculty of Community Services and Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning

Bonnie Healy, Chair of Board of Directors of First Nations Information Governance Centre and Operations Manager, Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre

Jean-Noe Landry, Executive Director, OpenNorth

Dr. Pamela Robinson
Bonnie Healy
Jean-Noé Landry
10:15 AM
COFFEE

Moderator: Robb Meier, Project Coordinator, Firebird Community Cycle

Lynn Dollin, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and Deputy Mayor, Town of Innisfil

Bianca Wylie, Co-Founder, Tech Reset Canada

Geoff Cape, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Evergreen

Lynn Dollin
Bianca Wylie
Geoff Cape

Gabe Sawhney, Executive Director of Code for Canada

Ryan Garnett, Manager Geospatial Data Integration and Access; Manager Open Data; Geospatial Competency Centre, City of Toronto

Jury Konga, Open Knowledge Canada Ambassador and OpenNorth Associate

Gabe Sawhney
Ryan Garnett
Jury Konga

EVERYONE welcome to make a BRIEF announcement … new events, new initiatives …  Please register for this at the registration desk and we’ll call you up in order.

Welcome message from our sponsors who support our conference.

12:30 PM
LUNCH

Ashleigh Weeden, PhD Student & Researcher, University of Guelph
Bianca Wylie, Co-Founder, Tech Reset Canada
Valencia Gaspard, PhD Candidate & Research, University of Guelph
Alex Petric, MSc Candidate & Researcher, University of Guelph

Ashleigh Weeden
Bianca Wylie
Valencia Gaspard
Alex Petric

Devin Tu, Founder of Open Data startup, MapYourProperty
Rob Davidson, Veracify (respresenting Open Contracting Partnership)
Chad Ballantyne, Blockchain enthusiast, Creative Director of Rhubarb Media, “Tummler” of The Creative Space

AI at work, AI in your home – is AI the new space race?  Does Machine Learning use open data?  personal data?  Facebook and Social Media?  Join us in discussion of these issues moving from a global perspective all the way down to local communities.

Keith McDonald, the Open News Network & formerly Open Data Lead, City of Toronto
Connie McCutcheon, Niagara Region IT & President of Municipal Information Systems Association Ontario
Jury Konga, Open Knowledge Canada Ambassador & Open Smart Cities Associate, OpenNorth

Keith McDonald
Connie McCutcheon
Jury Konga

 

Francis Jeanson, PhD, IAMOPEN Inc.
Luca Pisterzi, PhD, Toronto Dementia Research Alliance
AkshayKalle, CTO – The Pathway Group

2:30 PM
Break

 

Nasma Ahmed
Meghan Hellstern,
Paemela Robinson, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives, Faculty of Community Services and Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning
Bianca Wylie, Co-Founder, Tech Reset Canada

 

Ashleigh Weeden, PhD Student & Researcher, University of Guelph
Valencia Gaspard, PhD Candidate & Researcher – University of Guelph
Kelsey Merkely, Public Lead – Volunteer, Creative Commons Canada and Steering Committee Co-Chair, Open Policy Network
Ab Velasco, Toronto Public Libraries Innovation

 

Alannah Hilt, Open Government Office,  Treasury Board Secretariat Canada
Ryan Garnett, Manager Geospatial Data Integration and Access; Manager Open Data, Geospatial Competency Centre, City of Toronto
Karen Stewart, Industry Manager Municipal Solution, ESRI Canada

 

Brian Mosley, KFL&A Public Health
City of Barrie Health Services

 

3:45 PM
Conference Summary & Closing Remarks
4:00
Networking + Pub Social
9:00 AM
Breakfast & Day Overview

Here’s your opportunity to pitch your project to the audience and excite them about joining your team!  The project doesn’t need to be creating an app, you can pitch a project to design new principles or policy, or a project that looks to define the framework for a new social service or improve an existing one, or something radical for a “smart community” – there are no limitations on the project you pitch other than being of community and/or societal value.

Find the leaders of the pitches that interested you and talk about what your role might be.  If the first one isn’t a good fit, try another.  Most project teams have people with diverse experiences and knowledge – and they’re all valuable!

Now – Get Going and ENJOY!

12:00 PM
LUNCH

A quick 5′ report to the rest of us so we know what the team accomplished over the day … AND your future plans for the project.

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