The Open Data Development Camp 2012 will be held on 27th and 28th June at Strathmore University. The two day camp is part of The Kenya Open Data Pre-Incubator Program and aims at attracting more than 200 participants in the field.
At the same event, a cocktail has been organized to mark the launch of the Kenya Open Data Initiative Portal which turns one year. On July 8 2011, President Mwai Kibaki launched the Kenya Open Data Initiative, making key government data freely available to the public through a single online portal.
Registration for the camp has been ongoing and the event is expected to attract a diverse group of policy-makers, academia, and development aid workers, researchers, journalists, ICT-staff and software developers. The aim is to share experiences and networks, build tools, and show the power of Open Data.
Going by the tagline, “We are open for change – are you?, the event will be seeking to shed more light on open data in stimulating the country growth.
This is a six-month experiment to help accelerate and make sense of data and to galvanize engagement around critical public issues. It promises a combination of keynote speakers, workshops, best practices, speed geeking, hack space, networking, exchange of knowledge and needs, sharing data sets, co-creation, open data visualizations, and inspiration.
Dr Bitange Ndemo, PS, Ministry of Information and Communication, Johannes Zutt, Worldbank Country Director, Paul Kukubo, CEO, Kenya ICT Board, and Pieter Dorst, Head of Aid Effectiveness Division, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs are some of the high profile speakers at the camp.
Organizers of the open data development camp 2012 include: ICT Board Kenya, Kenya Open Data Initiative, Open for Change, World Bank, NaiLab, @iLabAfrica, Akvo, 1%CLUB, Hivos, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and Development Gateway.
Detailed information about the event are available on www.openforchange.info.