Africa Open Data Conference 2017
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Monday 17 July ~ Open Data Community Day (Various Sites Around the City)
9:00 - 17:00 Africa Open Data Leadership Network(Invitation Only) Targeted side event at government leaders from across the ContinentRidge Hotel
Visits to innovation hubs to learn about their work and hear from farmers, teachers, police, and nurses on the issues in their lives and discuss how open data can be useful
Map of Site Visits
Community Mapping - Workshop Enock Seth Nyamador
OpenStreetMap Ghana / Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
OpenStreetMap Community
University of Cape Coast student leaders
Richard Kolman Folly, Government of Togo
Hoavonon Agbessi-Anake, Open Street Map Togo
Kokou Elolo Amegayibo, Open Street Map Togo
Ly RackyOpenStreetMap Côte d'Ivoire
Sam Agbadounou, OpenStreetMap Benin
Amadou Dicko, HDX Senegal
Geoffrey Kateregga, MapUganda
Introduction to OpenStreetMap and mapping of buildings in Teshie Nungua. The HOT Activation training builds on and improves the skills of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Activators using mapping software and practices. Participants will be guided through the online open curriculum, learning the theory and skills it takes to support a HOT activation before engaging in a simulation putting this into practice. Annan ICT Center

AITI-KACE (Advance Information Technology Institute- Kofi Annan Centre of Excelence)
Accra 233
030 267 9542
250Local Data
Wikidata Hack-A-ThonSandister Tei - NetSquared AccraSandister Tei, Wikimedia General introduction to Wikidata emphasising on how to (i) Contributenew data to Wikidata (ii) Create new items on Wikidata (iii) Embed data from Wikidata into pages on other wikis. Participants will thereafter be guided to practice their skills on improving the Wikidata item onAccra (Q3761).Kofi Annan ICT Center

AITI-KACE (Advance Information Technology Institute- Kofi Annan Centre of Excelence)
Accra 233
030 267 9542
80Local Data
Site Visit: AgriculturePhilip Kobe, Amos Wussah, iSpace GhanaJoel Budu, Farmerline
Chipo Msengezi, GODAN-Action

For our site visit we will use have a session for exhibition by Agriculture tech companies such as Farmerline and Wazimap followed by a meetup of 15 minutes presentation from all the stakeholders willing to participate.

iSpace an innovation space which provides a conducive environment for everything technology. Our space is open to all Entrepreneurs and we achieve our aim by providing (i) Office Space to the startups (ii) Funding for ideas (iii) Training And Mentoring for growing businesses. We are a space created for and by the local tech community. We welcome talent, ideas and also champion the use of mobile and web technology for Social Impact.
iSpace Ghana

2 Emmause Ln, Accra
50Agriculture & Nutrition
Site Visit: HealthEmily Sheldon, ImpactHub Emily Sheldon, Impact Hub For this event, we have a moderated panel session with health associates and health startups followed by an interactive deep dive session in small groups about health in Africa.

Impact Hub Accra support inclusive growth in Ghana through the creation of a resilient and dynamic social innovation ecosystem by developing programs, providing workspace, access to capital and connecting entrepreneurs focused on creating sustainable solutions to regional challenges in employment, financial inclusion, agriculture, health, and education.
Impact Hub Accra

F 393/4, Otswe Street, Accra
Site Visit: Entrepreneurship & Women in TechnologyAshwin Ravichandran, MESTEntrepreneurship & Economic Growth9:00 - 12:30
As part of the site visit, we would be focusing on the themes "Entrepreneurship | Impact | Scale | Women in Technology and Business". Our primary area of focus would be the incubator as it's imperative that companies start understanding how data affects scale, impact and entrepreneurship is a way of channeling effective data.
Your audience will consist of the entrepreneurs who are currently working on their startups and soon to be entrepreneurs. A few interesting topics to be discussed could be:
- How data modeling at ideation stages can build sustainable solutions.
- Data * Scale = Impact / Scale = Data * Impact
- Why data should be understood by everyone on the team.

MEST is a three fold focus organization. It is a software and entrepreneurial training program with 400+ alumni hailing from Kenya, South Africa, Ghana & Nigeria (recruiting from Ivory Coast in 2017), who are all working toward building globally successful software companies; a startup incubator with hubs in Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria (building out Nairobi, Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2017); and an early stage seed fund with 25+ tech companies in our portfolio.
Meltwater Entrepreneurial School Of Technology (MEST)

20 Aluguntugui St, Accra
030 274 2921
30Economic Growth
Site Visit: Training Women & Girls

Florence Toffa, Mobile Web GhanaFlorence Toffa- & Tina Appiah - For this event, we will be talking about:
1) Visuals for Gender, a project that is focused on visualizing gender related data-sets to bring out / highlight key insights for better decision making.
2) Unlocking women in Technology- introducing young females to basic coding and programming and help them leverage on technology tools to enhance their lives. There will also be a brief talk about teaching kids especially girls to use games to solve problems. There will be a short presentation and followed by questions.

Mobile Web Ghana was created as part of the World Wide Web Foundation’s Mobile Entrepreneurs in Africa program (sponsored by Vodafone) in 2010. We help passionate people become mobile-technology entrepreneurs, by teaching them to create software applications that are accessible via mobile phones (whether via mobile websites, apps, SMS, or voice). We also want to make them develop the business side of technology, and teach them mobile business: start-ups, market research, business models, etc. We run Mobile Entrepreneurship training sessions. Experts in the field come and teach one of 6 modules.During the training, trainees also develop their own services, with the help of the trainers. The training is followed by a period of mentorship and incubation, where promising projects can be developed further, and moved towards becoming commercial services.
Mobile Web Ghana

Agbogba - Ashongman Rd, Agbogba
0302- 505824
Site Visit: Data Journalism Precious Ankomah, Pen Plus BytesMedia Hub Africa - Data JournalismMorning:
- 9 to 12.30 pm: Data Journalism
Visit to Penplusbytes’ New Media Hub to experience firsthand, how the organization has leveraged on open data to build the capacity of journalists around data journalism and telling impactful stories. Participants will be taken through how data journalism, hinged on open data has been used to tell compelling stories and made a difference in health services provision. There will be session on showcasing usage of open data in projects undertaken by Penplusbytes to promote citizen participation in governance.

- 2 to 3.30 pm: Quartz Atlas Data Journalism Workshop
The session is aimed at training journalists on how to use Atlas (, Quartz's free chartbuilding platform, to create visually compelling, gripping illustrations of data points. At Quartz we believe that well-designed charts help journalists tell better stories. Trainees will get access to Atlas, training on how to use Atlas, take-home resources and access to a Slack channel where they can get follow-up tips/information from Quartz staff.
Trainees also get a chance to enter a competition to win an expenses-paid trip to Quartz’s newsroom in New York—the winner will be chosen based on their most creative and effective use of Atlas charts in their stories after the training. The session will also cover sourcing and verifying Africa-focused data as well as brainstorming on potential story and chart ideas.
NB: All participants must bring a laptop with a modern browser and capable of being connected to the internet in order to participante in this session.

- 4 to 5.30 pm: Public Speaking Workshop
People always identify or rally behind a great story, a great story can inspire a great movement or an attraction to an unforgettable brand. Most people have great stories, but great stories sound ordinary or uninspiring when they are not told well. Come and lets discuss ways to transform your presentation or speech into a memorable one. One that will inspire your audience.
New Media Hub Africa

No.1 Ostwe Close, Ako Adjei, Osu, Accra-Ghana, Accra
030 292 2621
30Data Journalism
6-9pmReception: Join us for a rooftop cool drink & chops!Bosphorus Restaurant

Corner of 5th circular & Ndabaningi Sithole
Tuesday 18 July - How To Open Data - Showcase & Workshops
8:00 - 9:00Registration and RefreshmentsFoyer
9:00WelcomeJeanne Holm, AODCConference M.C. Yeama ThompsonMain Hall
9:15Scene-Setter - What We Talk About When We Talk About Open DataJeanne Holm, AODCJeanne Holm and Yeama ThompsonMain Hall
9:30Intro to Conference - Track LeadsFlorence ToffaCharles Young (Extractives)
Nancy Salem (Gender)
Worlali Senyo (Agriculture)
Miracule Gavor (Education)
Bernard Sabiti (Health)
Winnie Kamau (Data Journalism)
Each track lead shares an overview of the week, highlights, expectations, and anticiated outcomesMain Hall
9:45Intro to WorkshopsFlorence ToffaWorkshop leads
Nancy Salem (Gender)
Andre Jellema (AgPack)
Camille Clerx (Akvo)
Paul Mungai (Research)
Bernard Sabiti (SDG)
Rob Pitman (Extractives)
Main Hall
10:00Transition to Workshops - The Following Sessions Occur in Parallel
10:15Building an African Open Data Gender AgendaFernando PeriniNancy Salem, Open Data Middle East and North Africa (ODMENA)
Dalia Seif, Open Data Middle East and North Africa (ODMENA)
Leonida Mutuku, Africa Open Data Network (AODN)
Muchiri Nyaggah, Africa Open Data Network (AODN)
Nnenna Nwakanma, World Wide Web Foundation
Enas Hamdy, HarassMap (MENA)
-Discuss the challenges of data for gender equality, women’s rights and women’s economic empowerment in Africa. Discuss the opportunities for open data to help contribute to gender equality.
-Share experiences and expertise of those actively working in open data/gender in Africa.
- Discuss how a community of African women in open data can work together with colleagues to improve availability and access to gendered data for decision-making.
Main HallGenderLink to session notes
Cracking Data Open: Lessons from Investigative JournalistsChioma Agwuegbo, RebootMotunrayo Alaka, Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism, Lagos
Joshua Olufemi, Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism, Abuja
Selase Kove-Seyram, Tiger Eye, Accra
Chioma Agwuegbo, Reboot, New York and Abuja (facilitator)
A few game-changing organizations in the West African media space are actively creating new ways to make public sector data accessible despite daunting constraints. The open data community can learn from these innovators as they go beyond “openness” to achieve impact in their communities.

Journalists and media organizations are typically involved in open data initiatives by being offered training in data journalism, and then given the mandate to make data compelling and useful. But in reality, many organizations in the media have been pioneering the use of open data in closed contexts, and have been able to move beyond transparency to accountability. They have valuable lessons to share with the open data community, in particular with donors and program designers seeking to more effectively involve the media in open data efforts.

This session will feature facilitated discussion sparked by recent case impact stories on: Unveiling Corruption in Ghana’s Judiciary (Tiger Eye) Accessing Data on Nigeria's Security Sector (Premium Times), and The Story Behind the Media Numbers: Opening up Nigeria’s Education and Electricity Regulatory Commissions, (Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism).
Committee Room 1227Data JournalismLink to session notes
The Data Revolution in Africa: The Case for more diversity, inclusion and collaborationBernard Sabiti, Development InitiativesBernard Sabiti - Development Initiatives
Geoffrey Kateregga- OpenstreetMap
Steve Nyumba, Director, Local Development Research Institute - LDRI;
This session will feature sharing of our experiences working with a variety of stakeholders in Africa to create a harmonised understanding and adoption of open data and data revolution principles and practices.
The Session will seek to, through interaction with players from across Africa, articulate the best way for ward for collaboration as a key tenet of the emerging data revolution in Africa.
Committee Room 2227SDGs & GovernanceLink to session notes
AgPack Workshop and IntroductionAndre Jellema, GODAN
Andre Jellema, GODAN
Amos Wussah, Farmerline
How to make open data work from a policy perspective? What are the challenges and how to overcome realizing impact with open data as a governmentMeeting Room 2
54Agriculture & NutritionLink to session notes
Is it the right information to follow the money?Aria Grabowski, OxfamAria Grabowski, Oxfam, Abdulkarim Mohammed, OxfamParticipants will examine examples of open spending data for services in the social sector, from the perspective of an in-country accountability actor to see if the information provided is sufficient to be able to answer the question of whether the funds provided for services delivered those services.Meeting Room 1 40SDGs & Governance Link to session notes
Using the 2017 Resource Governance Index as a tool for reform in sub-Saharan AfricaCharles Young, NRGIModerator: Rushaiya Ibrahim-Tanko
Rob Pitman - Introdcution to the RGI Allan Lassey - Ghana RGI reviewer and NRGI hub partner
Kwame Jantuah - PIAC vice Chairman and member of the National Development Planning Commission
Hon Mutawakilu - Ranking member of the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament
The 2017 Resource Governance Index (RGI) measures and assesses the quality of governance in the oil, gas and mining sectors in 81 resource-rich countries, including 28 in sub-Saharan Africa.. The RGI aims to enhance the understanding of how a large, diverse set of countries governs oil, gas and minerals. It provides detailed, country-specific comparative information that can serve as a guide for reform. The data can aid applied research and policy analysis of the governance deficit in natural resources, including investigations into why countries exhibit the achievements and shortcomings they do. This research could provide improved evidence for future policy interventions at the regional and country level. The country data can also serve as a basis for an evidence-based national dialogue on how to improve sector governance. We plan to put together a panel to showcase the RGI findings and explore how they can be used by different stakeholders.Meeting Room 354ExtractivesLink to session notes
Africa Open Data Research: Bridging Gaps, Strengthening TiesPaul Mungai, UCT & AODC
Umaru Bah , Morgan State University & AODC
Paul Mungai, UCT
Umaru Bah, Morgan State University
Mahadia Tunga, Tanzania Data Lab
Jeanne Holm, University of California, Los Angeles
Mr Mogire, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology
A moderated panel discussion by academics and practitioners assessing the productivity, gaps and impact of research in Africa open data, followed by an audience-centered free-flow exchange of ideas and recommendations towards a more engaging and empirically grounded field.

Chief desired outcome is identification of prospective individual and institutional/organizational partners toward the establishment of an Africa Open Data Research CONSORTIUM (AODRC). First deliverable will be the presentation of peer-reviewed papers, organized by the consortium at #AODC19/IODC19 (Next International Open Data conference will likely be held in Africa).
Room 117a70EducationLink to session notes
11:30Coffee Break
12:00:00 PM - 12:30SpotLight on Open DataConference M.C. - Papa ArkhurstAbdullai Kamara, Liberia Holding Consortium
Adebola Adedugbe, Farmideas Nigeria
Sonigitu Ekpe, Open Data Advocate
Celestine Okeke, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Advocacy and Support Initiative
Jerome Amedo, Asoko Insight
Dennis Irorere, OpenStreetMap
Reluctant open data users: Stories of learning the benefit of open data to solve a problemMain Hall1000
12:30 - 12:45Recap & Introduction to WorkshopsFlorence ToffaWorkshop LeadsMain Hall1000
12:45 - 14:00Sessions Occur in Parallel
Embracing Data Journalism in NewsroomsWinnie Kamau, Association of Freelance Journalists in KenyaWinnie Kamau - Data Journalist,
Mary Mwendwa - Talk Africa
Larry Madowo, NTV
Kwami Abienhu - PensPlusBytes, Sylvain Lapoix- CFI Africa Incharge of Data Journalism
We will have Panel of three experts who will share their lessons on telling data stories. We will look at some of the tools that have been used to visualize the data in our stories. Then we will break out into small groups where we will work on the tools and see how possible it is to use this tools to tell our stories.
We will conclude by showcasing the visuals and share the challenges and success that the groups have faced in telling data driven stories.
We will wrap up with asking for those people interested in learning the new data skills and form a group for follow up.
Main HallData JournalismLink to session notes
Climate change and environment - Examples of using open climate and weather dataKofi AsareDr. Nana Ama Browne Klutse, Ghana Space Science Technology Institute Representative from Red Cross or Ministry of Health Representative from FAO Sierra Leone or Ghana office Representative from Rwanda Representative GODANThese speakers will discuss how climate and weather information is useful, but further, how quality climate and weather information is important to ensure decision making is done right. Also, they will note how accessibility and use of open data is important in order to increase innovation and support flexibility of rapidly changing systems, both the climate system and their systems.Committee Room 1227Climate Change & EnvironmentLink to session notes
Open Contracting in the Extractive IndustriesCharles YoungModerator: Nafi Chinery Rob Pitman - NRGI
Dr Steve Manteaw - Co-chair of the GEITI Steering Committee
Dr Amin Adam - Deputy Minister for Energy in charge of petroleum Chris Nyarko, Senior Research Officer, Analysis, Research and Financing Department, Ghana Chamber of Mines
Open contracting is about using disclosure, data and engagement to make public contracting processes more transparent, accountable and competitive. Already used by many governments around the world in procurement, a rising number of governments, including Mexico, Tunisia and Ghana have now indicated their desire to use open contracting to improve the management of large contracts in the extractive industries. To explore these issues further, we will be showcasing the preliminary findings of research by NRGI and the Open Contracting Partnership, which our all-star panel will use as the basis for a stimulating discussion on the user needs of government, the private sector and citizens in the contracting for large oil, gas and mining contracts.Committee Room 254ExtractivesLink to session notes
Make Ghana’s Open Data Portal The Greatest In The WorldWisdom Donkor, NITA &
Rexford Nyarko, Innoverex
Mark Abu-Dadzie- IT Director for Ghana Statistical Services GSS data portal
Eric Akumiah- Director for Ghana Open Data Portal
Abdoulaye Ba - Head of Database Management, National Statistics, Senegal
D.P. - India National Informatics Center
Willie Seabrook- Angry Cactus (DKAN platform for Tunisia)
Jeanne Holm- Deputy CIO, City of Los Angeles
Teki Akkueteh- Data Protection Lead Ghana
Paul Plantinga, OpenUp & South Africa National Open Data Portal
Innocent Mugabe, Aid & Information Officer, Rwanda
Aliyu Aliyu - Head of Regulations and Database Department/Manager E-procurement, Government of Nigeria
Jean Rufin ANDRIAHERIZO, Aid Coordination Permanent Secretariat - Prime Minister Office, Madagascar
Mr. Kenneth Bagarukayo, eGovernment National Information Technology Agency, Government of Uganda
IT Procurement, Data Standards, web portals, metadata, data quality, civil servant training, user feedback loops. Learn from experience the promise and pitfalls of improving data collection and application by governments and lend a hand to ensuring Ghana's next iteration of its open data policy and portal ensures data is more timely, detailed, and useful. Meeting Room 3

54SDG GovernanceLink to session notes
Open Data Initiatives and GovernanceErnest ArmahNehemiah Attigah - Odekro, Ernest Arma h- OdekroAn analysis of the performance of individual Parliamentarians and Parliament as an institution in its core legislative and representative function, using objective and verifiable open data (Hansards, Order Papers and Votes and Proceedings) compiled by the Parliamentary service. Our work seeks to extend the frontiers of social accountability by making Parliamentarians accountable to their constituents. This will be a knowledge sharing and peer learning session exploring how CSOs can leverage open data to strengthen governance institutions.Meeting Room 170SDG GovernanceLink to session notes
Data collection for CSOs in low income areasDavid Selassie OpokuDavid Selassie OpokuThe ability of civil society organisations (CSOs) to collect relevant data for their decision-making and actions has not been more crucial in this age of increased societal challenges and limited resources. In many low-income areas such as Africa where there are significant gaps in open data, more and more CSOs will like to leverage on tools and methodologies to collect relevant data on their target audiences. However, do these common methodologies and tools for data collection still hold when the CSO is non-technical and/or in a low-income area ? The Open Data for Development (OD4D) team at Open Knowledge International and School of Data through its work with CSOs in low-income areas has learned valuable lessons on what it takes to build this much-needed capacity for non-technical CSOs in low-income areas. The workshop will leverage on two cases from Nigeria and Ghana to expand on lessons and possible ways forward. We will also explore and setup a mobile data collection tool (Kobo Toolbox) together to get CSOs started on building and improving their data collection capacity.117a40
Governments and the water sector: how to work towards open data?Camille Clerx, AKVOLars Heemskerk - Akvo
Camille Clerx - Akvo
Ariel Sayre - WPDx
1. Learn from different types of actors in the water sector (especially IWRM and WASH) what their interests and considerations are to publish water related data openly or not.2. Learn how to improve our discourse/advocacy on open data towards partners, take away their fears and obtain better results and increased availability of open data in the long run.3. Bring representatives from other sectors to the discussion to add insight/bring learnings to their own work as a result.4. Raise awareness about the added value of open water point data and increase knowledge about the use of water point data, especially in an institutional setting. The ultimate goal is to contribute to a better understanding of water services and increase the availability of better information.5. Increase the knowledge about existing shared water point data like water atlases. Contribute to achieving a better understanding of water services and to increasing the uptake of available water point data by global water sector actors.Meeting Room 240Climate Change & EnvironmentLink to session notes
14:00 PMLunchCorridors
15:00:00 PMSpotlight on Open DataCelebrating Women and Girls in ICTFlorence Toffa, Mobile Web Ghana
Jamila Farouk, Developers in Vogue
Mahadia Tunga, Tanzania Data Lab
Winnie Kamau, Data Journalism
Main HallGenderLink to session notes
15:45 PMIntroduction to UnConference ModelAto Ulzen-Appiah, GhanaThink FoundationWrite ideas for unconference which we will add to site and vote for the following dayMain Hall
17:00:00 PMRecap & CloseYeama ThompsonMain Hall
Wednesday July 19 ~ How is Open Data Shaping Our World? (Showcase & Training Day)
8:00 - 9:00Registration and RefreshmentsAngie TettehBadges and registration with coffeeExpo
ALL DAYFollow the Money Track (Must RSVP with the following link: Hope Muli (Hivos East Africa),
David Opoku (Open Knowledge International, Africa Lead)

Hope Muli, Hivos East Africa
David Opoku, School of Data & OKI
Stephanie Muchai, Hivos East Africa
Celestina Obiekea, Connected Development
Charlie Ngougou, AfroLeadership
Gift Omoididea, PPDC
Sandra Musoga, Article 19
Ousseynou Ngom, Development Gateway
Mark Irura, Development Gateway
The Follow the Money trackaims to facilitate peer-learning and exchange of practitioners working on topics such as budget transparency, participatory budgeting, openspending, open contracting, beneficial ownership transparency, tax justice, investigating illicit money flows, extractives, IATI, etc.The day-long track will contain hands-on workshops, learning sessions, trainings on open contracting, showcase of projects and exchange and discussions on what works and what doesn’t in Following the Money, how to work together and shape the agendas.215Link to session notes
ALL DAYGODAN Action Project: Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (Invite-Only)Chipo Msengezi, CTA20-25 participants TBCTarget audience: Information intermediaries with some training background (ICT workers, technologists, journalists, communication officers, librarians or extensionists.)Objective: The aim of the workshop is to enhance capacities of individuals in open data in the context of agriculture and nutrition and to promote the development of a network of trainers. The specific objectives of the workshop are to:(i) Build the understanding of the principles of open data.(ii) Discuss the potential of using and publishing open data in agriculture and nutrition in Africa.(iii) Promote the economic and social value of opening up data - use weather data as an example. (iv) Collect feedback of the curriculum, which will be used for refining purposes.OffsiteAgricultureLink to session notes
ALL DAYAfrica Open Data Network and Africa Data Revolution Report (Invite-Only)Fernando Perini, IDRCFernando Perini (International Development Research Center, Gov of Canada)
Muchiri Nyaggah (Local Research Development Institute)
Leo Mutuku (Intelipro)
Organization meeting for Africa Open Data Network
This session aims to achieve the following objectives:
• To report back on our initial landscape analysis on the state and use of open data to achieve development goals
• Raise awareness among the audience of AODN and OD4D’s broader activities across the continent including the Africa Data Revolution Report, Open Data and Gender Empowerment as well as collaborations with the MENA nodes.
• Spark an engaging conversation with participants on on-going work using open data and their thematic/regional foci and emerging impacts, if any.
• Map out various collaborations and partnerships that currently exist to enable the use of open data to meet development agenda
• Further understand the various challenges or drawbacks to wider developmental impact from using open data.
• Introduce early ideas on the role and structure of the network based on insights from past consultations
• Gauge interest and recruit early members/new partnerships to support the set-up of AODN.
117aLink to session notes
9:00 - 9:15Welcome & IntroductionKat Townsend & Paul Mungai, AODCConference MC: Papa ArkhurstMain Hall5
9:15 - 9:30Why Open DataKat Townsend & Paul Mungai, AODCEric Akumiah, Program Manager for Ghana Open Data InitiativeHow is Open Data a practical tool to support solving real problems? What problem are you trying to solve?
What do you need to solve?
How does public information and collaboration serve?
Main Hall
9:30 - 10:15Spotlight on Open DataConference MC: Papa ArkhurstAstou Nathalie Sidibe, OSM Mali
Mr Mogire, Open Access Platform for Africa, Kenya
Geoffrey Kateregga, Lead Mapping Supervisor, Open Street Maps, Tanzania
Isaac Mokuolu -Bureau of Public Procurements - Policy, Nigeria
Nonso Jideofor, Engine Room
Entrepreneurs present their pitches for their solutions to problems using open data. Main HallLink to session notes
10:15 - 10:30Introduction to Unconference & WorkshopsConference MC: Papa ArkhurstWorkshop Leads:
Kofi Asare, Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute
Reid Porter – InterAction and the Initiative for Open Ag Funding
Papa Arkhurst, Toastmasters International
Amos Wussah, Farmerline
Paul Mungai, University of Cape Town
Dorothy Gordon, FOSSFA
Brief overview of breakout sessionsMain Hall
10:30transition to workshops - the following sessions occur in parallel
10:45 - 12:00Climate change and environmentKofi Asare, Ghana Space Science and Technology InstitutePatrick Lamptey, Ghana Meteorological Agency
Kofi Asare, Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute
Andrew Kruczkiewicz, IRI/Red Cross
This session will introduce participants to the ENACTS platforms across Africa and demonstrate to them how they can access these climate resources for decision making.Committee Room 270Climate Change & EnvironmentLink to session notes
Mass Collaboration: Using Development Data for Planning, Learning, and CoordinationReid Porter – InterAction and the Initiative for Open Ag Funding Reid Porter – InterAction and the Initiative for Open Ag Funding
James Coe – Publish What You Fund and the Initiative for Open Ag Funding
Annelise Parr – IATI Secretariat
Camille Clerx – Akvo
Open data can be an effective tool for aid transparency, yes, but it is also an invitation for mass collaboration among a variety of development actors. By knowing who is doing what, where, and to what effect, governments and organizations can target resources more effectively, learn from other actors more efficiently, and coordinate their interventions more easily. There already exists a wide variety of information on who is doing what where (i.e. IATI, OECD, etc.), though its utility is limited by lack of awareness, a mismatch between user needs and available detail, and plain old organizational inertia. In this session, we will explore the user needs represented by our audience, propose some new ideas, and share a few tools that can help us all become more aware of what our colleagues and counterparts in other organizations are up to.Committee Room 1227SDG & Governance Link to session notes
Public Speaking for Public GoodPapa ArkhurstPapa Arkhurst, Toastmasters International Great ideas are the spark that create the burning fired propelling great movements. These sparks often die out because they are not communicated properly. Join us for a session on how to inspire your audience and acheive your goals.Main HallLink to session notes
SMART Agriculture: Current knowledge and ChallengesAmos Wussah, FarmerlinePascal Adomaku, Farmerline
Amos Wussah, Farmerline
Kwame Duah, TAHMO
Richard Duncombe, Manchester University
This session will help participants understand the role of data in Smart Agricultural systems and the gaps that exist between the technical delivery of agricultural data and the approaches for enabling smart agricultural systems.Meeting Room 240AgricultureLink to session notes
Why Open Source Unique Sadat, Accra Linux Users Group & FOSS
Dorothy Gordon, FOSSFA
Enock Seth Nyamador, FOSS4Geo
Unique Sadat
Stephen Donkor, Accra Linux Users Group Rising John Osazuwa (FOSSFA- NIGERIA) - Open Data Policy and Systems
Olevie Kouami (FOSSFA-TOGO) - E-learning for FOSS
Government, civil society, students, novices - you are all welcome to this session where we’ll explain what this “open source” thing is all about and why it’s amazing and important for you.Meeting Room 154Link to session notes
Data WalkingPaul Mungai, University of Cape TownPaul Mungai - University of Cape Town, Dr. Alison Powell - London School of EconomicsTo learn an interesting technique on how to produce radical data through collaborative walks.Room 22070Education
12:00Coffee Break
12:15Spotlight on Open Data, Unconference Pitches, & Introduction to afternoon workshopsKat Townsend, AODCCarl Sackey, GCNet: Enterprise of Open Data
Paul Plantinga, OpenUp - South Africa
Desi Lopez Fafie, Board of Directors - Corporate Council for Africa
Dr. Umaru Bah, Morgan State University
Ahmadou Dicko, HDX
Benjamin Odoi-Lartey, Internet of Things
Fadzai Madzingira, Facebook
Main Hall
12:45 - 14:00following sessions occur in parallel
Building a Business Across BordersDesi Lopez Fafie, Board of Directors - Corporate Council for AfricaPresentation and workshop on how to start a venture in an unknown region or with business partners that have a different cultural back ground.Main HallEconomic GrowthLink to session notes
Open Data for education advancement in Africa and its diasporaDr. Umaru Bah, Morgan State UniversityDr. Yacob Astatke and Dr. Umaru Bah, Morgan State University
Professor Memunatu Pratt - University of Sierra Leone
Dr. Kajsa Hallberg Adu, Lecturer, Ashesi University, Ghana
Mahadia Tunga, University of Dar Es Salaam
Abdoul Malick Tapsoba, Director of Training and ICT Promotion, Government of Burkina Faso
Inviting a broad spectrum of stakeholders to share ideas, cases and recommendations on how best to harness open data tools and resources for more effective collaboration and engagement between tertiary education institutions in Africa, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. Desired outcomes include developing strategic partnerships with Morgan State University for post-conference engagement towards productive resource-sharing, grantsmanship, research, teaching and curriculum development. Committee Room 1 EducationLink to session notes
Getting World Data Owners to Share Humanitarian Data - HDXAhmadou Dicko, HDXAhmadou Dicko, HDXGive a presentation of HDX. What are the goals of the platform, the projects we are working on and the challenges.Committee Room 2Link to session notes
Agricultural tools and Agriculture Data collection and seasons prediction with internet of things (The use of ICT in managing agric research data / Agric prediction)Boniface Akuku
Boniface Akuku / Eklou AMEMASSOVORSteps towards open data in Kenyan Agriculture and using open data to predict seasons and predict natural disastersMeeting Room 2AgricultureLink to session notes
IoT and Big Data; the way forwardBenjamin Odoi-Lartey,Prof. Nii QuaynorIng. Edward Danso Ansong
Fifi Baidoo, iSpace Ghana
Research presentation on Internet of Things in Agriculture and lighten us on the use of open source tools to help in accumulating farm field data that can be resourceful to data scientist and analysts.Meeting Room 1AgricultureLink to session notes
Workshop: Building Impact and Data for Good

Part One: Introduction & How Facebook Thinks About Data
Fadzai Madzingira, FacebookFadzai Madzingira & Chaya Nyak, FacebookThrough interactive discussions, we'll unlock the biggest challenges and opportunities in leveraging data to build impact and find solutions, and to set next steps for continued partnerships between the private, public, and non-profit sector. How can we innovate quickly to save lives and fix problems while still respecting the privacy of populations affected by crises? How can we turn policy challenges into data-driven solutions?
Meeting Room 3 54Link to session notes
Workshop: Taking Open Data Innovations ForwardPaul Plantinga, OpenUp South AfricaPaul Plantinga, OpenUp South Africa & Agapiti Mandalay, Data Local Innovations Tanzania Taking open data innovations forward: pilot project design/ management, intellectual property, government procurement/ partnership, funding commercialisation, technical and/or business incubation support
Identifying and prioritising community needs, open data challenge design, recruiting participants, unconference/ hackathon/ data quest/ world cafe, intellectual property
Room 220Link to session notes
14:00 - 15:00Lunch
15:00 - 15:15Introduction to afternoon workshopsKat Townsend, AODCRoza Vasileva, University of Nottingham
Annelise Parr, UNDP
Mahadia Tunga, Tanzania Data Lab
Annouar Karrout, Tunisia Open Government

Main Hall
15:00 - 17:00Unconference - 2 sessions with transition inbetween - The following Sessions Occur in Parallel
Unconference Session 1TBDBirds of a FeatherMain Hall - Section 1
Unconference Session 2TBDBirds of a FeatherMain Hall - Section 2
Unconference Session 5TBDBirds of a FeatherComittee Room 2 - Section 1
Unconference Session 6TBDBirds of a FeatherComittee Room 2 - Section 2
Using Open Data for Citizen-centric Smart Cities: building cities of the future with open data today! Roza Vasileva, University of NottinghamRoza Vasileva, PhD Candidate, University of Nottingham, moderator
Jeanne Holm, CTO, City of Los Angeles
Bernard Sabiti, Partnerships Manager, Development Initiatives, City of Kampala, Uganda
Yeama Thompson, Freetown (TBC)
Forecasts for dramatic urban growth predict that over 70% of the population will be urban residents in the next few decades, with two-thirds of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050. In the digital age, city leadership needs to embrace technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), sensors, digital platforms as a strategic tool to provide better service to the citizens that live within its boundaries. Smart cities have emerged as a strategy to mitigate the pressing problems generated by rapid urbanization with open data as one of the defining elements of this new form of a city. Come to this session to discuss opportunities and challenges in leveraging the power of open data while actively engaging with citizens and creating citizen-centric smart cities in Africa. You will also learn about an exciting chance to enter a funded program for resilient cities in partnership with Freetown and Los Angeles. Meeting Room 1Link to session notes
Open data benefits, opportunity and challenges in AfricaMahadia Tunga, Tanzania Data LabMahadia Tunga, Tanzania Data LabParticipants will be able to understand open data and its principles, benefits and opportunities associated with open data as well as the challenges of open data implementation in Africa. The session is expected to be interactive featured with short group discussions.Meeting Room 2Link to session notes
Workshop: Building Impact and Data for Good

Part Two: Refining your research question & Rubric for responsible research
Fadzai Madzingira, FacebookFadzai Madzingira & Chaya Nyak, FacebookThrough interactive discussions, we'll unlock the biggest challenges and opportunities in leveraging data to build impact and find solutions, and to set next steps for continued partnerships between the private, public, and non-profit sector. How can we innovate quickly to save lives and fix problems while still respecting the privacy of populations affected by crises? How can we turn policy challenges into data-driven solutions?Meeting Room 3
Making Data Available: Publishing via the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) StandardAnnelise Parr, UNDPAnnelise Parr – IATI Secretariat
James Coe – Publish What You Fund and the Initiative for Open Ag Funding
Reid Porter – InterAction and the Initiative for Open Ag Funding
Camille Clerx – Akvo
The session will open with an overview of what IATI is and is not, with some examples from IATI users and publishers. The IATI Secretariat will then present some background information on the types of data published, as well as some findings from its recent survey of partner countries, highlighting one or two of the challenges identified by partner country government users in accessing data. Akvo will present stories of innovative tools and uses based around particular sectoral challenges (HORTImpact) that are addressed using IATI data, followed by OpenAg sharing some of its work IATI data publication tools. These presentations will be followed by breakout discussions identifying potential challenges around publishing data and how they can be rectified.Committee Hall ILink to session notes
17:00Shared Community Insights and Unconference outcomesKat TownsendSession LeadsLessons from of the community discussions for government, education, civic innovation, and business.Main HallLink to session notes
17:30- 17:45Highlights of the DayPaul MungaiConference M.C. Papa ArkhurstConcluding remarks and introduction to Day 3Main Hall
17:45 - 20:00Farmerline and Manchester University Network Reception Worlali SenyoWorlali Senyo, FarmerlineFor all participants who will attend the SMART Agriculture: Current knowledge and ChallengesRoom 117a70Agric
speech, speech, panel
Thursday July 20 ~ Policy and Politics of Open Data
7:00Registration & Refreshments
8:00WelcomeConference M.C.: Papa ArkhurstMain Hall
8:05 - 8:15Introducing Conference LeadsJeffrey Konadu Addo, Ag. Director General - National Information Technology AgencyWelcoming delegates and introducing conference chairMain Hall
8:15 - 8:30Opening remarksWisdom DonkorHon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for CommunicationsImportance of Open Data for Ghana and AfricaMain Hall
8:30 - 9:15Panel: Identifying and Supporting a Demand for DataWisdom Donkor & Kat TownsendProfessor Nii Quaynor
Teki Akuetteh, Data Protection Ghana
Fadzai Madzingira, Facebook
Nnenna Nwakanma, Web Foundation
Carl Sackey, GCNet
Aidan Eyakuze, Twaweza & Board of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD),
Moderator: Larry Madowo - Nation Media Group
Open data is sweeping across the globe and across Africa, from government open data portals to civil society creating and investing in new programs using open data. The trend thus far worldwide has been an emphasis on supply side of data and building open data policies. This is a conversation about the context of open data in Africa, current and needed key actors, and how to improve going forward.Main Hall
9:15 - 9:45KeynoteWisdom DonkorWelcome by H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President of GhanaKeynote speechMain Hall
9:45 - 9:55Photo Set-Up - Open Data ExpoPresident tours the marketplace showcasing open data innovations, including lightning talks, videos, demonstrations, posters, and networking corners. Participants gather outside for the AODC17 photoFoyer
9:55PhotoConference M.C. Papa ArkhurstEveryone!Stairway entrance
10:30Coffee BreakCorridors
11:15Introducing SessionsConference M.C. Papa ArkhurstYeama Thompson (Right to Access Information Commission: Sierra Leone)
Malick Tapsoba, Burkina Faso Open Data Initiative
Elizabeth Zeitler, Millenium Challenge Corporation
Introducing SessionsMain Hall
11:30 - 12:45Who Counts? Country Data Roadmaps:How non-government benefits from and influence open data government work role and SDGsYeama Thompson (Right to Access Information Commission: Sierra Leone) Yeama Thompson (Right to Access Information Commission: Sierra Leone)
Aidan Eyakuze, Twaweza & Board of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD),
Omar Seidu: SDG Data Roadmaps Lead, Ghana Statistical Services
D.P. Misra, Government of India
Ashwell Jenneker, Deputy Director General - South Africa Statistical Services
Abdoulaye Ba - Head of Database Management, National Statistics, Senegal
Mariah Quaye Gilayeneh - Liberia Institute of Statistics & Geo-Information Services (LISGIS)
Many sectors can benefit from using open data, but the data must be there to use. Understand the issues around finding and accessing data, trust and validation of data, and creating compelling stories, programs, and visualizations with data.Main Hall227SDG & GovernanceLink to session notes
CAFDO | Conférence d'Afrique Francophone sur les Données OuvertesMalick TapsobaMaximilien Kpodjedo, Chief Information Officer, Government of Benin
Malick Tapsoba, Open Data Initiative, Government of Burkina Faso
Cyriac Gbogou- Cote d'Ivoire
Committee Room I227SDG & GovernanceLink to session notes
Empowering Communities to Improve their Lives using Data: Practical experiences from across AfricaElizabeth Zeitler, Millenium Challenge CorporationNkechi Okwuone (Code for Nigeria)
Jumanne Mtambalike (Data Zetu, Sahara Sparks)
Al Kags (Open Institute) Mark Irura (Development Gateway)
Laurent Gbanta (COSCI) Zach Brisson (Reboot)
As the data revolution continues to make more data available, local communities struggle with the greatest community development needs and the least capacity to use data to drive more effective policies and programs, increase transparency and accountability, and build more sustainable development. This session will bring attention to the use of data at a subnational level, uncovering and exploring what data use means for local communities and Local Government Authorities (LGA). Examples from people and organizations working directly with communities will identify recurring patterns of successes and challenges across subnational data interventions.Committee Room II54Local DataLink to session notes
Open Data for Agriculture & NutritionChipo Msengezi, CTA & Ruthie Musker, GODANAF3 Ernest Armah
Lusike Wasilwa (KALRO, Kenya)
Pauline L’Hénaff (Open Data Institute)
Kiringai Kamau (CANIS, Kenya)
Andre Jellema (GODAN)
Sonigitu Asibong Ekpe (Cross River State Government, Nigeria)
Objective: This session is following on from the GODAN Ministerial Conference in Kenya, where key regional stakeholders met to discuss ways of leveraging data and science to improve food and nutrition security. The aim of the panel session is to assess and discuss challenges and opportunities in Africa in the context of agriculture and nutrition open data government policy; what capacities are required by the different stakeholders; and how resources like the GODAN AgPack can provide provide a roadmap for governments looking to start publishing open data in support of the agricultural sector to enhance food security. The session will bring together actors from research, academia, civil society, government and policy sectors to discuss the issues along with the audience.Meeting Room 154Agriculture
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