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.
Event registration & Breakfast
Conference Opening & Welcome
Leaders Keynote Panel
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, Ryerson University
Bonnie Healy, Chair of Board of Directors of First Nations Information Governance Centre and Operations Manager, Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre
Jean-Noé Landry, Executive Director, OpenNorth
Smart Communities Panel
Open Mic + Sponsors
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.
Community Continuum - Rural/Urban and the Missing Middle in Open Government
What does the ‘networked rural’ look like? In an age focused on urbanism and ‘smart cities’, what happens to the missing middle of rural communities striving to leverage open data and open government initiatives in the face of limited capacity?
Moderator, Bianca Wylie, Co-Founder, Tech Reset Canada
The Business Imperative of Smart Communities
Data is an imperative for business. Business is an imperative for economic growth and prosperity. Open data can support the business imperative and contribute to a “smart community”. Join this interesting discussion.
Moderator: Chad Ballantyne, Blockchain enthusiast, Creative Director of Rhubarb Media, “Tummler” of The Creative Space
Open or Not - Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Social Media
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.
Moderator: Grant Cowan, Manager of Information Technology, Town of Innisfil
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
Evolution of Open Health Ecosystem
Open Smart Cities and Digital Justice
We need to talk about the tension between the digital tools and technologies that are available to cities and how access and justice factor into their use. How might the idea of digital justice factor into the policy landscape? And is an open smart city at odds with privacy? Join this vital discussion.
Nasma Ahmed, Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow
Meghan Hellstern, Design Strategist, City of Toronto Civic Innovation Office
Dr. Pamela Robinson, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives, Faculty of Community Services and Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
Raoul Plommer, Project Lead for New Digital Rights MOOC, Open Knowledge Finland
Knowledge Sharing, Education and Libraries Contribution to Open
We need better knowledge translation & mobilization as Universities produce more meaningful & actionable information when they connect directly with communities. Libraries play a role as convenors of conversation & as learning spaces for civic engagement. Join the panel discussion in knowledge mobilization, translation, and public value creation.
Moderator: Kejo Buchanan, ODI Toronto
Ashleigh Weeden, PhD Student & Researcher, University of Guelph
Valencia Gaspard, PhD Candidate & Researcher – University of Guelph
Ab Velasco, Manager, Innovation Toronto Public Library
Jonathan Brown, Recovering Public Servant
Kelsey Merkley, Creative Commons Canada Public Lead
Open Government - Leveraging the Past, Planning for the Future
Moderator: Connie McCutcheon, President MISA Ontario
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
Designing for the Community – Approaches to Defining and Responding to Community Needs
One size does not fit all. At this session, you will hear from three leaders in healthcare that believe in the importance of designing healthcare services around the unique needs of the community they serve. Our speakers will discuss their different approaches in combining quantitative data mapping and qualitative community engagement to co-create solutions and tools for healthcare service design and decision making.
Moderator: Candice Luck, Innovation Program Manager at LifeLabs.
Brian Mosley, KFL&A Public Health – Community Hub Ontario
Sean McConnachie, Barrie and Community Family Health Team – Healthy Barrie Initiative
Jennifer Flexman, LifeLabs – Barrie LifeCentre by LifeLabs™ innovation hub
Closing Keynote Speaker
Teemu Ropponen, Executive Director of Open Knowledge Finland
On the borderlines between open and personal data – making the best of both worlds
MyData is a human-centered approach in personal data management that combines the need to reuse data with digital human rights. It includes both an alternative vision and guiding technical principles for how we, as individuals, can have more control over the data trails we leave behind us in our everyday actions.
Conference Summary & Closing Remarks
Networking + Pub Social
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.
Project Teams form - Get Started!
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!
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.