On September 1st, the first Africa Open Data Conference will be held in Dar es Salaam. The conference includes 2 pre- conference days on Data Community and Data expedition and training, before the 2 day event on the 4th and 5th September.
Open data is a new public resource that is transforming communities and nations across the world. It is driving innovation, investment, and job growth; revolutionizing transportation, health, education, and agriculture, civic engagement, IT innovation, and government transformation.
This conference is designed to bring together African governments, businesses, and communities with international aid organizations, foundations, and other interested parties to improve local, national, and regional investment, growth and economic development and to find out more about how:
- Cities are using open data to rationalize public transport, reducing costs and improving services.
- Nations are publishing raw weather and census data, providing business with access to new markets and just-in-time inventory forecasting based on weather patterns.
- Governments are leveraging open data to increase internal information sharing, improve supply chain efficiency, reduce regulatory burdens, and increase tax efficiency.
- Farms are taking advantage of satellite open data to drive more agricultural yield, with less water, fertilizer, and pesticides, with precision agriculture.
- Communities are using cloud computing and low cost open data portals to collect information and develop new apps that solve local problems, communicate needs and issues, preserve languages and culture, improve education and social integration.
For more information on this event, see here.