The Case for Public Sector Open Data
The Case for Public Sector Open Data:
Public Access for Innovation and Improved Policymaking
Join Austin Tech Alliance, The Data Coalition, City of Austin and Open Austin for a panel discussion about the OPEN Government Data Act and how this will turbocharge existing open data policies and drive citizen engagement.
We’ll start off with opening remarks by former Governor Martin O’Malley. Gov. O’Malley was one of the first State officials to push for broader citizen engagement in solving public sector problems through open data, and his CitiStat initiative has been credited with helping inform many of President Obama’s open data policies.
We’ll then head into a panel discussion facilitated by Christian Hoehner,Senior Director of Policy at the Data Coalition. Christian helped lead the advocacy effort to pass the OPEN Government Data Act (P.L. 115-435) through Congress into law.
Our panelists include:
• Susan Alzner, Co-founder – Chief of Strategy & Ops, shift7; Previously Head of the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service — Susan Alzner is co-founder of shift7, advancing tech-forward, open, shareable practices to drive direct impact on systemic challenges, particularly through scouting and scaling promising solution-makers and solutions. Susan led public engagement at the United Nations from 2010-2018, serving the Office of the President of the General Assembly and the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.
• Kate McCall-Kiley, Co-founder at xD, a data/AI- focused product studio within the federal government working to help agencies leverage emerging tech to rethink how they deliver critical services. She also serves as Head of User Insight & Design for the US Census Bureau. Her work has been featured in places like FastCompany, Time, and Wired. Kate is a former White House Presidential Innovation Fellow for the Obama Administration (2015-2017).
• Robert Shea, Principal, GT Public Sector Grant Thornton — Former Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (2002-2008) and Commissioner on the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission.
• Jameila “Meme” Styles, President and Founder of the award winning nonprofit MEASURE, a research and advocacy organization that empowers people to use data to tell their own story. Ms. Styles created MEASURE in 2015 to build trust and measurable progress between people and institutions that serve them. She is a global thought leader for community engagement strategies and is responsible for the annual Big Data & Community Policing Conference + Workshop.
Snacks and refreshments will be served.