Open Data Innovation Week
Do you have what it takes to create innovative tools?
Are you interested in solving social challenges using open data?
Then join us!
ABOUT THE EVENT
The World Wide Web Foundation’s Open Data Lab Jakarta, together with the Goethe-Institut Indonesien, will hold the “Open Data Innovation Week” from the 22nd to the 24th of November 2016 in Jakarta. Our goal is to gather innovators from across the Asia-Pacific region to build a box of tools and methods for improving the design, practice and implementation of open data initiatives to help solve the region’s key political, economic, and social problems. Throughout the event the participants will be going through a process of co-creation, iteration and sharing, while at the same time learning from each other and building a network of actors active in the wider innovation, tech and data space. After the conclusion of the event, we will publish all tools openly for anyone to use and build upon.
What is Open Data?
Open data promotes the idea that government data should be published openly online for anyone to access, analyse and reuse. This can help entrepreneurs build businesses, allow civil society to find new ways to tackle social challenges, and strengthen the relationship between citizen and state. Open data has seen rapid growth across Southeast Asia with more and more governments opening up data for anyone to use without restrictions. Civil society organisations and media outlets, start-ups and civic coders have found ways of using the data in their work. We would like to harvest the lessons learned from these initiatives, reflecting together on how these initiatives worked, how they can work in other contexts, and what steps are necessary to ensure their successful implementation.
Interested in participating?
The Open Data Innovation Week is free—we will also be sponsoring most of the flights and hotel while in Jakarta, as well as providing a daily stipend. The catch is that we only have a limited number of spaces for the event, so you need to complete your application and pitch us the tool that you would like to develop or develop further during this week.
The categories for proposed tools are:
- Tools that help us understand the environment we are operating in—from the actors and their degree of power and influence, to the different issues and problems that society faces that can be addressed using open data. Examples for these tools are ecosystem mapping, problem identification, and assets and needs mapping.
- Tools that are useful for designing and testing open data interventions. How does one design and test an open data intervention? Who should be involved? How long should it take? How should it be done? If you have answers to these questions, propose a tool that would make it easier for different stakeholders to design and test an open data initiative, based on a solid understanding of context.
- Tools that influence others to act. We’re looking for the methods and tools that can be used to convince decision-makers – in government and elsewhere – to adapt a new practice, kickstart a project, or adjust a policy to improve the current ways of doing things.
- Tools that usher new learning and insights. Testing open data initiatives will surely bring about new ways of thinking and show lessons for future work. Tools that allow reflection, insight-picking and identification of lessons will help us improve the process of ensuring that open data can lead to actual economic, social or political benefits.
- Tools that aim to build capacity. Building capacity of both producers and users of data is critical to the success of open data initiatives. Tools that help assess and analyse capacity building needs, design and conduct capacity building activities, and monitoring and evaluate changes in knowledge, skills and attitudes as a result of capacity building interventions are important.
If you have a tool to propose and would like to join this exciting event, please respond to the “Call for Tools” no later than September 16, 2016.
Dates to remember
- Call for Tools Deadline: September 16, 2016
- Announcement of Participants: October 28, 2016 (Moved to November 14, 2016)
- Open Data Innovation Week: November 22 – 24, 2016
Who should apply?
- Experienced open data organisations and individuals
We welcome all organisations and people with prior experience and working knowledge of open data and/or innovation methods and tools that could be applied to increase the impact of open data initiatives.
- Innovators located in the Southeast Asia
The geographic focus of the event is Southeast Asia.
- People with ideas for the toolbox
We expect participants to –
- Either have existing and tested tools to contribute to the toolbox,
- Or would like to co-create a tool during the event, based on an idea they may already have, and which they will later use in their own organisations.
Criteria to Consider
Here are the features we’ll be taking into large consideration as part of the criteria for selecting the tools:
- Relevance: How valuable is this tool for open data work, taking into account the different states of open data across the different Southeast Asian countries?
- Practicality: How useful is this tool and how much time, energy, and other resources are needed to use it?
- Adaptability: How versatile is the tool to help solve problems across different sectors (e.g. education, health, environment), and how flexible is it to adapt and use in a range of countries with different contexts, and for different projects?
- Scalability: How extensible is this tool for use from a pilot (or from one) project, to multiple or bigger projects?
Note: There is no maximum limit to the number of tools that any single organisation or person can submit. However, each application must be submitted separately.
Fill in the Application Form to apply.
Price: Free, but by Invitation
Date: 22-24 November2016
Venue: Jakarta, Indonesia
Please contact Denise Karunungan for inquiries at