Save the Date for 4 March, 2017 - Its Open Data Day 2017!

It's our favourite time of the year! Kathmandu Open Data Day will be celebrated on March 4th with a pre-event Hackathon on 25th February. We are excited to welcome you all to be part of this international celebration!

Open Data Day is celebrated around the world to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society. It is an opportunity for people to gather for networking, learning, sharing and promoting, and to get together to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analysis using open public data.

Open data day is being celebrated for the fifth time in Nepal and this year promises to be better than ever. Plans for the event will be posted on the Open Data Day 2017 page and keep an eye out on our social media for updates. We look forwards to seeing you there!

What's happening for Kathmandu Open Data Day 2017?

Pre-event Hackathon: On 25th February, a week ahead of Open Data Day, data enthusiasts are invited to come together and develop solutions such as visualizations, web-apps or mobile-apps to address real challenges in the domain of public procurement and health. If you are a data analyst, front-end developer, project manager, designer, mobile developer, student or just someone who is interested in data then come along and get involved! You can learn more about it here. The event is organised by Young Innovations in partnership with Open Nepal and Leapfrog Technology.

Open Data Day Event: The 4th March will be a packed-day of sessions, workshops and networking. Currently on the schedule are:

·         Panel Discussion: What is the government doing to improve availability and accessibility of its data? What are the challenges? What are the opportunities? If the panel was as lively as last year’s then this year will be a great opportunity to find out.

·         Lightening Talks: Open data enthusiasts, civil society leaders and government officials will have 5 minutes to present their data initiatives and how data has been supporting their work.

·         Hackathon Award Ceremony: Award will be given to the winners of the hackathon held on 25th February.

Planning for these sessions is still in progress. If you are interested in participating as a speaker in one of these sessions or have ideas for other interesting sessions please write to us at info@opennepal.net or share your ideas via our Facebook and Twitter.

More information and updates about the Open Data Day 2017 will be shared in our dedicated Open Data Day 2017 overview page. So watch out this space!

What’s in store for you?

Networking: Open Data Day is a great platform to meet people from diverse range of professions –tech specialists, journalists, researchers, academics, CSO representatives, government officials, parliamentarians etc and to make connections with them for exploring opportunities to collaborate in future. Grab this chance!

Learning: Open Data Day presents a myriad of opportunities to learn new skills on using and analysing data in your work whether it is building applications or developing effective messages for advocacy; interact with people to learn new ideas and concepts of open data, open development, transparency, accountability, governance and citizen participation and gain new perspectives on them. We know you wouldn’t want to miss this opportunity!

Sharing: Empower others by sharing your skills, knowledge and experience. It could be helpful to them in many ways and who knows, you could inspire an exciting new project!

Promoting: With nearly 500 people attending the event throughout the day, Open Data Day is an ideal event for you to promote your initiatives on open data, access to better information, transparency, accountability, and local governance.

Be part of the Open Data Community: If you have ideas on how to make better use of data and information to solve problems and foster more effective development in your community, please join us at this event. If you want to learn about open data or just see what’s happening in this space, this is an event to go!  Come join us and help the open data community in Nepal to grow.

 It’s going to be exciting! Join us on March 4. The venue, time and schedule will soon be announced on the Open Data Day page.