Africa Open Data Collaboratives 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.

Ghana has been selected to host the second Africa Open Data Conference (AODC) in July 2017! The conference will be held at the Accra International Conference Centre from 17 – 21 July 2017.

The 2017 Africa Open Data Conference in Accra, Ghana is set to attract over 600 delegates drawn from all over Africa and the world at large. This auspicious event will push the leadership role of the private sector in supplying, using, and demanding open data, and bring together brilliant innovators and visionaries to grow their networks, hone their success, and connect with sources of support, and introduce investors and donors to an expanding sector that seeks and supplies open data to achieve development goals in Africa and across the globe.  Goals for this conference include:

  • Identify existing and potential solutions for closing the open data skill gap in Ghana and Africa

  • Develop and expand partnerships that build open data awareness and drive use of open data among businesses, media, governments, academia, civil society, citizens, and advocacy organizations.   

  • Connect new actors with existing projects and initiatives that will benefit from open data, including the Sustainable Development Goals, Data Journalism, and Ghana-specific programs such as e-Transform

  • Launch new opportunities for mentorship, training, and funding of open data-driven projects and initiatives including the second round of the Africa Open Data Challenge

  • Improve the quality and useability of open data services including the Ghana Open Data Portal

  • Promote the development and harmonization of data standards across Africa

  • Elevate existing and ongoing work to be counted toward progess of SDGs

  • Increase the demand for open data across sectors and including open Government data in Ghana and Africa

  • Help build healthier communities through improved open data in Africa.





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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