Open Data Day 2015

Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analysis using open public data. See the 2015 Highlights

The Highlights of ODD2015 - Kathmandu

Visit the Site Launched at ODD2015

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Read the 2015 Report

What is International Open Data Day?

The event is organized to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world's local, regional and national governments.

International Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to liberate data, create open map and write software applications to analyze, visualize and publish the results. The event is an effort to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.

Open Data Day is a yearly event that takes place in numerous cities around the world that brings together organizations and citizens based on shared enthusiasm for Open Data. In 2014, 117 cities celebrated Open Data Day. During the event, participants gain an opportunity to share their experiences with open data and map, brainstorm for future projects and explore new datasets. For more information on Open Data Day around the world, please visit

Why is Open Data Day celebrated in Kathmandu, Nepal?

By celebrating International Open Data Day in Kathmandu, we want to be part of International movement on Open Data. We are one among 59+ cities around the world that are celebrating this event each year.

Although Open Data is a relatively new concept, we have already started seeing quite a bit of excitement around it with particular emphasis to promote transparency, accountability and citizen engagement in Nepal. This is evident from the work that different communities and groups like Open Nepal, Kathmandu Living Labs, Open Knowledge Foundation and others have been doing.

Along with alphanumeric data, open map data has gained momentum in Nepal. Kathmandu Valley is considered to be one of the most densely mapped areas in the developing world. All schools, major health facilities, road network, businesses and other critical infrastructure have already been mapped. All this data is open to public for free viewing, use and even download. Click here to get a sense of this work.

As part of International Open Data Day celebrations in Kathmandu, we want to bring different communities together, share ideas, work on projects and develop partnership for future collaborations. It is not only about techies working with codes and data, it is about bringing authorities interested in open government, and citizens who care about transparency and accountability together.

This is not the first time that we celebrated Open Data Day in Nepal. We were thrilled with the kind of overwhelming response during our earlier iterations in 2013 and 2014. This year, we wanted to make it even more successful by laying a solid foundation for Open Data driven transparent, accountable and engaged systems in Nepal. The event on February 21, 2015 continued the momentum of what has already been achieved in previous years and explored the further potentials of open data in Nepal.

What was the theme for Open Data Day 2015 - Kathmandu?

The theme of Open Data Day 2015 - Kathmandu was Open Data and Map for Local Governance and Civic Participation

This theme was selected to build on the work triggered from last year’s open data day celebration. During the event, it became clear that open data needs to be connected to governance in order to generate larger benefits to the public. We have made some progress along this direction since last year's event. We wanted to share it, inspire further work, and invite both government and citizens for co-creating solutions to Nepal's governance issues. Throughout the day, we explored this concept and witnessed how adoption of Open Data and Maps can make a difference.

What happened during Open Data Day 2015 in Kathmandu?

Open Data Day is all about motivating data enthusiasts around the world. Following the same spirit, Open Data Day 2015 - Kathmandu saw a range of activities that provided opportunities for people to explore and collaborate on open data for enhancing local governance and foster civic participation. The following activities occurred during ODD2015:

Open Data Hackathon

Techies worked with CSO representatives, journalists and citizens to collectively develop applications, visualizations and tools that harness the power of open data at the local level to promote citizen engagement and participation.

Keynote Session

High profile individuals from different walks - central and local government officials, parliamentarians, policy makers, open data leaders, etc. shared their insights and perspectives on Open Data.

Thematic Talk Programs

Throughout the day, different talk programs were hosted by community members on thematic areas such as Open Data, Local Governance, OpenStreetMap and civic participation.

Initiative Showcasing

The event hosted different organizations and groups who showcased their initiatives and engaged with visitors.


Participants learned to map their local community in OpenStreetMap, and how to use mobile apps to report their grievances to the government. In addition, they had opportunities to play with GPS devices and participate in fun game-like activities e.g. geo-caching, OSM Fight, location sharing.

Launching of Pilot Project on Open Data and Maps for Local Governance and Civic Participation

The website which opens up local government data (KMC Ward 7) and maps for enhanced local government services and civic participation was launched at the event. The pilot work is a result of collaborative effort between Kathmandu Municipality, YoungInnovations (representing Open Nepal), Kathmandu Living Labs and Office of Member of Parliament Hon. Gagan Kumar Thapa).

Who can participate in Open Data Day 2015?

Open Data Day 2015 is for everyone - governments, citizens, techies, hackers, students, developers, designers, statisticians, journalists, civil society organizations (CSOs), and anyone with an interest in open data, open map, transparency, accountability and civic participation. Participation is FREE of cost.

Participants can attend a variety of activities throughout the day as per their personal interests. It doesn’t matter if you are an ordinary citizen with no exposure to open data or an expert in this field. There will be enough opportunities for everyone to learn, share and collaborate. Open data novice will be able to learn the basics and experiment, while an expert can create maps, apps, visualizations and games in the one-day hackathon. Meanwhile, NGOs, CSOs, private organizations, and government officials can be part of talk programs and initiative showcasing and connect with different stakeholders.

Who organized Open Data Day 2015 in Kathmandu?

Open Data Day 2015 - Kathmandu was organized by YoungInnovations (representing Open Nepal) and Kathmandu Living Labs with support from Livable Kathmandu, Kathmandu Metropolitan City and KMC Ward 7 office. There were also other organizations collaborating for this event. We are happy to work with any other organizations who wish to collaborate with us to make the event a great success.


Sujata Shrestha

Kumaripati, Lalitpur

Sazal Sthapit

Kathmandu Living Labs
Baluwatar, Kathmandu

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2015 Schedule

Morning: Inaugural and Keynote Session



10:00am-15:00am Dr. Nama Raj Budhathoki,ED, Kathmandu Living Labs
10:15am-10:30am Dr. Swarnim Wagle, Member, National Planning Commission
10:30am-10:45am Hon. Gagan Kumar Thapa,Member, Constituent Assembly Nepal
10:45am-11:00am Mr. Bibhusan Bista, CEO, YoungInnovations
11:00am-11:10am Mr. Naresh Chapagai, Joint Secretary, Public Procurement Monitoring Office,GoN
11:10am-11:20am Representative from KMC
11:20am-11:30am Ms. Bimala Koirala, Administrative Chief, KMC Ward 7

All Day: Open Data Talks


Hall A

Hall B

11:30am-12:00pm Sparking the Data Revolution in Nepal with Open Data by Ms. Pavitra Rana, Open Nepal The Growth of Open Mapping in Nepal by Mr. Nirab Pudasaini and Mr. Prabhas Pokharel, Kathmandu Living Lab
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch Break
Special Feature of a Day: Play on "Kursi Khali Chha"
Lunch Break
Special Feature of a Day: Play on "Kursi Khali Chha"
1:00pm-1:30pm Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) by Mr. Kamal Pokhrel, Transparency International Data Journalism in Round Table by Mr. Gyanu Sharma, Open Nepal/ Record Nepal
1:30pm-2:00pm Geometrical Progression for Open Data Community in Nepal: Getting the government buy-in by Mr. Pranav Budhathoki, LIG Importance of open data for improving Local Governance : Experience of CAHURAST-Nepal by Mr. Bishnu Shrestha, CAHURAST, Nepal
2:00pm-2:30pm Open Challenge on Dairy Industry by Mr. Dipesh Khanal, Robotics Association of Nepal Experience Sharing of Data Journalism in Nepal by Mr. Arun Karki and Mr. Sunil Dhungana, Center for Data Journalism in Nepal
2:30pm-3:00pm Open Data in the Perspective of Entreprenure by Mr. Anish Shrestha, Yellow Nepal Access to Information and Municipal Governance /Report Launch by Mr. Anirudra Neupane, Freedom Forum
15:00pm-15:30pm Mr. Rishi Acharya, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, GoN Role of Youth in promoting good Governance by Ms. Sarita Bartuala,Youth Initiative

All Day: Open Data Hackathon



7:30am-8:00am Registration
8:00am-8:15am Briefing to Hackers
8:15am-12:00pm Hacking
12:00pm-13:00pm Lunch Break
13:00pm-17:00pm Hacking Continues
17:00pm-17:30pm Presentation and Awards

All Day: Mapathon



7:30am-8:00am Registration
8:00am-8:15am Briefing to Mappers
8:15am-12:00pm Mapping
12:00pm-13:00pm Lunch Break
13:00pm-17:00pm Mapping Continues
17:00pm-17:30pm Presentation and Awards

All Day: Initiatives Showcase


Showcasing Partners

  • Galli Galli
  • Open Nepal
  • Accountability Lab
  • Kathmandu Living Lab
  • Development Check
  • Transparency and Citizen Engagement Forum, KMC Ward 7
  • Aidstream
  • ADCS