On a day when we can finally see that spring has sprung, the airwaves continue to get filled with ideas around open data and our region’s interaction with it. This is due in part to the fact that today is the second day of OHTec Tech Week. Please check out the schedule of events that extend through April 22.
As for today, if you’re not able to join in-person the 200+ folks who will gather at Jones Day for TechniCLE Speaking, please consider following the program on Twitter at @CLETechSummit. OpenNEO at @openneo will likely have some tweets out too. This event will feature three panels of robust discussion around how well our region is poised to participate in innovation, what we’re currently doing, and what can and should we be doing to expand that involvement so it benefits all of us in the region.
I’m proud to be on Panel C, titled, “The Power of Open Data: Effective Leadership, Transparency, Accountability, Partnership and Connectivity,” along with Hack Cleveland‘s Justin Bibb, CEO for Cities Lee Fisher, Chris Ronayne of University Circle Inc., William Koehler, CEO of TeamNEO, and Toby Fallsgraff of SolarCity. The panel will be keynoted by Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief Information Officer of Boston, a city featured in the seminal use case narrative, The Responsive City. Boston is involved in the same initiative – Civic Tech and Data Collaborative – that five Greater Cleveland civic tech organizations are also in, as “learning partners”. Russ Mitchell of WKYC will moderate us, and there is an expectation of heavy audience participation.
The Northeast Ohio open data ecosytem is embryonic, growing and getting nurtured. It needs more, but it’s all good.
Many thanks to the organizers at Jones Day for their forward-thinking approach to the afternoon program.