The East Africa Open Data Fest will provide a platform for sharing the experiences on the adoption of Open Data and also create opportunities for investment and partnerships related to Open Data.

EAODF aims at achieving the following specific objectives:  

  1. Convene a growing network of local leaders to support and elevate ongoing work

  2. Ensure continuity of the open data conversation in East Africa.

  3. Support a national and regional open data culture.

  4. Promote market-led open data and create long lasting partnership opportunities.

  5. Develop an expert platform for learning, debate and collaboration between open data stakeholders.        





Day One: August 17, 2016

8:30 - Welcome to Strathmore University

9:00 Africa Open Data and Sustainable Development

Dr. Sevilla, Director of iLab Africa

CS Mucheru, ICT Ministry

Casper Sitemba - Philip Thigo, Deputy President rep

Mr. Zachary Mwangi (TBC), Director General, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics

Dr. Albina Chuwa (TBC), Tanzania Bureau of Statistics

Larry Sperling, PEPFAR and Global Partnership

9:15 Panel Discussion

Moderator:  Steve Adler, IBM Information Governance Council

Format: Presentations and Moderated Panel



10:15 BREAK


10:45 EA Open Data Needs and Challenges:

  • Catherine Gicheru - Code for Kenya

  • Dr. Juma - dLab and GODAN

  • Linet Kwamboka, ICT Authority Kenya

  • Global Partnership Rep - Open Data Charter

  • Uganda Government ICT Authority Rep - TBD

  • Moderator: Daudi Were, MAVC

Format: Lightning talks and moderated panel discussion


12:00 Working Lunch


1:30 Harvesting Satellite Data

Presentation & Panel Discussion


2:30 Infomediaries and Data Journalism

Catherine Gicheru - Code for Kenya

Format: Overview with breakouts to deep-dive on established stories


4:30pm Close


Day Two: August 18, 2016

8:30 Welcome

8:40 Lightning talk intros

  • Digital Globe demo

  • Map Kibera demo - Joshua Ogure

  • Professor Mafula - JKUAT

  • Dr. Juma: dLab Tanzania

  • Nkechi Okwuone - Edo State, Nigeria

  • David Lemayian - Code for Kenya

9:30 Working Sessions:

Note: No formal break in the agenda though coffee will be available throughout the morning

Format: Facilitator defined open discussions and shared findings with an aim toward connecting community for concrete work going forward.

  • Building Local Open Data Communities
  • Digital Globe & Strathmore
  • Open Data Charter
  • Open Agriculture & Nutrition

12:00 Major themes & findings from group discussions

12:30 Working LUNCH

1:30 - 4pm Intro to basic tools and concepts of open data

  • Code for Kenya: Serah Rono

All Participants: Please bring a laptop

4:00 pm: Close and Thanks


Session 1: JKUAT Open Data ICEOD project experience - IBM Africa are currently working with them to develop an Open Data Platform for Agriculture which should be launched early August they have offered to come and speak about their experience and how open data will help them in research in the Agricultural space

Session 2: Challenges & opportunities of mapping open data visualizations

Session 3: Satellite for Demographics: Demo by Digital Globe satellite images to Strathmore University. These images show precise details about Kenya and can be used to identify and inventory homes, villages, towns, cities, people, livestock, roads, water towers, telephone polls, hospitals.

Session 4: Training - Intros to GitHub, Open Contracting, Open Street Map, Data Journalism, Build With Not For.


Kiosks/Demo Tables

Local and regional organizations will showcase innovation and work throughout the festival.



AODC Mission

Open data is new name given to a timeless concept: it is information accessible by anyone. Open data is a growing global resource with potential to grow business, improve quality of government service, and increase innovation in healthcare, education, transportation, agriculture, gender equality. The Africa Open Data Community is a convening space for tech industry, small businesses, journalists, civic tech, entrepreneurs, researchers, students, IT solution providers, banks, telcoms, insurance companies, NGO's, donor organizations, and local and national governments to connect virtually and in person to share advances in open data, share lessons, and form new collaborations.  We seek a transparent, open dialogue and concrete action on common challenges and shared solutions for communities and partners across Africa.


Open data can generate jobs, build business confidence, make government more transparent, and revitalize communities.


• Open data from satellites can inventory agricultural production, help farmers improve yields, and improve financial results.

• Open data about transportation networks can improve freight delivery, tourism, and public safety.  

• Open health data can help consumers understand the capacities, costs, and potential outcomes of healthcare in their communities.

• And open climate data can help nations prepare for climate change and improve social and economic adaptation.

• Journalists can use open data to reveal new patterns of social, economic, and scientific discovery to tell new stories and help communities understand their world.

• Private Industry can publish open data and engage with civic leaders to empower women and transform conditions that are good for business and society.


Data is a tool to achieve the goals that matter to people, business, and government.  Working with this tool requires new skills and old common sense. AODC events provide both and engage people, civil society, journalists, and the private sector in a public dialog about the power of open data to transform our communities, governments, and businesses.  All of us can lead, partner, and work together to collect, publish, and share open data resources to drive sustainable development.


Africa must diversify its economies, increase economic participation, and empower women  - and data is an untapped resource that can generate tremendous economic opportunity. It can open up trade, improve agricultural production, reduce hunger and poverty, make service delivery more efficient, empower women, and help us all prepare for climate change.



There are many ways to collaborate with the AODC community and organizers. You can submit an idea or question using the form below, or visit these online resources to get more involved:

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