On May 30, before the start of official event activities, we'll have this experimentatation and learning space. participants will learn how to find, extract and analyze public data, using forensic tools to tell better journalistic stories. It'll offer journalists, civic activists and developers a crash course in the most important teqniques and tools to analyze public data, They'll also work in teams to create newsapps and civic participation tools that enhance the value of traditional reporting. More info and registration.
On May 31 from 8:30 to 18:00 there will be an unconference organized by civil society groups in order to address subjects related to them. An unconference implies an open agenda co-created on the spot by the participants, as well as sessions for peer knowledge exchange, which will be led by facilitators. Although the event is not exclusive to civil society representatives, these will receive preference in the filling of the 150 available spaces.
In an unconference, the speaker-listeners dynamic is inverted so that all of the participants become both speakers and listeners. In several simultaneous sessions, each with a limited number of people, a dialogue is fostered based on the topics chosen from the common agenda. Each session has a facilitator who ensures that everyone has equal opportunity to hear and be heard, as well as a someone that volunteers to take notes to be shared with the rest of the participants and any interested person via the web.
In the sessions there is no use of multimedia presentations or electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops (except for the individual taking notes).
The goal of an unconference is for knowledge to be shared among peers, and its setup helps foster this. Facilitators guide the participants during the day, but ultimately it is the attendees themselves that make the event and generate its content. The event will include coffee in the morning and afternoon, as well as lunch for all attendees.
The conference will take place on June 1 and 2, with a program based on the themes that were proposed during the registration process, that were received during the call for submissions in March, or that were deemed relevant by the Academic Committee.
In the interest of being more dynamic and collaborative, the agenda includes more participative sessions instead of a traditional, exposition-based program. For this reason, the Academic Committee of the event requested contributions to the themes, rather than traditional presentations, so that speakers could then be invited to co-create sessions built around exchange and interaction.
The event will have three principal tracks:
These will include simultaneous translation and will aim to foster dialogue between the speakers and the audience.
Brief presentations from all OGP member countries in the region – by their governmental, civil society, and Independent Reporting Mechanism representatives. There will also be a series of brief presentations of regional initiatives and projects.
Lasting more than two hours and conducted by first-class experts, these workshops will aim to foster deep and practical learning on concepts for audiences with varying levels of experience.
In more general terms, this gathering will recognize the value of interpersonal exchanges and "hallway talk", and it will therefore open spaces between sessions for interaction, will provide materials for the exchange of ideas in common areas (flipcharts, markers, etc.), and will welcome the use of the lobby for meetings during the event.
The event will include coffee in the morning and afternoon, as well as lunch for all attendees.
On May 31, continuing the successful experiences in Mexico, Georgia and Tanzania, a conference will be held for government POC from countries participating in OGP from the region.
This conference will have the following objectives:
Through facilitated discussions and participatory sessions, participants will have the opportunity to reflect and learn on innovative practices in OGP-related topics.
Along the day, POC will have the chance to compare processes with other regional countries and identify good practices and common problems.
This will allow reformers establish solid working relationships and identify new opportunities for collaboration and alliances on key subjects.