Looking forward to Tuesday this week, when DFID will partner with the Omidyar network and Wired magazine to hold the Open Up! conference in London.
As the strapline says, the conference aims to bring technology, innovation and open government together – and the goal is to showcase the best examples of how technology can support people’s access to democracy, open societies, and encourage participation.
This event was first mentioned back in the spring, and it has been exciting to watch as momentum built, some big names were mentioned as possible speakers, and colleagues around the organisation who initially said “hmm, not sure we have much to say on this” are now full of ideas and talking about how we fit everything in.
Speakers, listed on a page on the DFID site, include our new Secretary of State: Justine Greening, Tim O’Reilly, and Jennifer Pahlka – founder of Code for America, and I know there are many other inspiring people planning to attend.
Its an invitation only event – unsurprisingly given the fact the venue only has a certain amount of space, but sessions will be livestreamed via the conference website, and I’m sure there will be many blogs and comments across social media.
Highlight for my team was when Sir Tim Berners Lee agreed to guest blog for the DFID bloggers platform – (although I probably shouldn’t say it, much more exciting for me than the XFactor celebrities who I have to google to find out who they are!).
The day after the conference, we plan to use the momentum generated to share many more examples of how technology can support development with our colleagues – its going to be a busy week.