TOPIC 02: Open Development and Sustainability

Open access to data, information and knowledge has a powerful role to play in global development and sustainability. It gives us the opportunity to build inclusive ecosystems to help our society to adapt and change to avoid environmental collapse and to guarantee the well-being of the current and future generations. We’ll explore how we can engage with key development challenges, from addressing chronic poverty, to providing access to health care and addressing climate change with the help of open data and knowledge.

Main Speakers:

Programme Advisors:

Session 1 Open Data Toolkits and Assessment Tools – Workshop

Tuesday 17 September, 11:30 – 13:15 @ Room 14, Floor 2

Moderator: Christian Villum, Open Government Community Coordinator, Open Knowledge Foundation


Session 2 Open Data: a driver for development and sustainability – Talks

Tuesday 17 September, 17:00 – 18:00 @ Room 13, Floor 2

Moderator: Duncan EdwardsInstitute of Development Studies


  • Ardomino. A talking sensor for the social sharing of local data – Francesca De Chiara, Maurizio Napolitano, Alfonso Crisci, Valentina Grasso, Alessandro Matese, Open Knowledge Foundation Italy

Session 3 Plenary Talk

Wednesday 18 September, 09:05 – 09:35 @ Main Stage Room 2, Ground Floor

Speaker: Jay NaidooGlobal Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Session 4 Open Development – Panel

Wednesday 18 September, 09:35 – 10:15 @ Main Stage Room 2, Ground Floor

Moderator: Andrew Stott, UK Transparency Board / / former UK Government Director of Transparency & Digital Engagement

Panel members:

Session 5 Travelling the open road – open knowledge and sustainability in developing states – Talks

Wednesday 18 September, 10.15 – 11:15 @ Main Stage Room 2, Ground Floor

Moderator:  Matthew Smith, International Developments Research Centre (IDRC)


Session 6 How Linked Open Data (LOD) supports Sustainable Development & Climate Change Development  – Workshop

Wednesday 18 September, 11:45 – 13:15 @ Room 8, Floor 2

Panel members & workshop organisers:

Session 7 The role of Open Knowledge and Data in supporting decision making in International Development  – Workshop

Wednesday 18 September, 14:45 – 16:00 @ Room 13, Floor 2

Coordinator: Duncan Edwards, Institute of Development Studies


Session 8 Data-driven campaigning  – Cross-disciplinary Panel

Wednesday 18 September, 11:45 – 13:15 @ Room 13, Floor 2


Panel members:


Session H – Intro to the Open Sustainability Working Group

Wednesday 18 September, 16:30-17:00 @ Room 14

Moderators: Lilli Linkola, James Smith, Jack Townsend

An opportunity to find out more about the Open Sustainability Working Group of the OKFN, and related activity around Cleanweb. More information at  or @OpenSusty on Twitter


Session 9 Plenary Talk

Wednesday 18 September, 17:30 – 18:00 @ Main Stage Room 2

Open Development. From Transparency to Delivery – Chris Vein, Chief Innovation Officer for Global Information and Communications Technology Development, The World Bank


Additional Workshops and Satellite Events on Monday 16 and Thursday 19 September

In addition to the main programme we are holding a number of workshops, panel discussions, hackathons and satellite events on the pre-conference and post-conference days – Monday 16 and Thursday 19 September – which you are invited to join.

Session A Connecting Open Resource Flows for Development – Workshop

Monday 16 September, 17:15 – 18:45 @ Room 20, Floor 3

Coordinators: Mark BroughPublish What You Fund and Anders Pedersen, Community Coordinator, OpenSpending, Open Knowledge Foundation

Speakers: The workshop will be participatory and attendees are encouraged to contribute their own experiences. Confirmed participants include Publish What You Fund, Aidinfo, OpenSpending, World Bank Finances, Development Finance International, Open Contracting, Integrity Action, Adaptation Fund, OpenCorporates, United Nation Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the Guardian.

Session B Getting Real: Evidence and Ethics for open initiatives in development contexts – Workshop

Thursday 19 September, 12:00 – 17:00 @ Université de Genève, Uni Mail campus, Room M 1160



  1.  Open Development and Sustainability | OKCon – Open Knowledge Conference | time4
  2.  Previewing OKCon in Geneva, 16-19 September | The Transparency and Accountability Initiative
  3.  OKCon 2013: Open Knowledge Conference, 16-18 Sept 2013 - TrainingAid

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