“Data Innovation for Policy Makers” Conference to be held in Indonesia

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As the recent report of the United Nations Secretary-General's Expert Advisory Group on Data Revolution noted, the data landscape for policy makers is rapidly changing. New technologies and new ways of engaging citizens in collecting and analyzing data, if properly harnessed, have the potential of addressing the important data gaps that remain for effective policy making. At the same time, new challenges are emerging when it comes to developing effective trust frameworks for data sharing.

We are therefore excited to announce that Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) in collaboration with Pulse Lab Jakarta, together with the Knowledge Sector Initiative and UNDP Innovation Facility, is hosting an International Conference on Data Innovation For Policy Makers in Bali on 26-27 November 2014.

From harnessing big data for public policy to involving citizens to collect data, from improving frontline services to improving data collection on the most marginalized communities: the conference is meant to focus on lessons from practitioners at the forefront of data innovation (both in Indonesia and abroad).

Below are some highlighs from the conference agenda:

·       Keynote speech from the Minister for National Development Planning/Bappenas of the Republic of Indonesia, Andrinof Chaniago (TBC)

·       Singapore's first Chief Data Officer, Prabir Sen will talk about the rationale for setting up his office and the projects it is initiating

·       The World Resources Institute (WRI), the winner of UN Global Pulse Big Data for Climate Change Challenge will present their Global Forest Watch project that harnesses big and “small” data for forest protection in Indonesia

·       Dr. Ki-Byoung Kim will illustrate how Seoul Metropolitan Government is using Big Data and digital signals to provide better services to SMEs and for mobility purposes

·       Social innovation outfits Kawal Pemilu (Indonesia) and Social Cops (India) will talk about how they engage citizens in the collection and analysis of data

·       Start up project Floodtags will showcase different uses of social media for urban resilience while Tony Quinlan and the Bihar Innovation Lab will illustrate how to merge qualitative and quantitative insights to better understand citizen needs

·       Miriam Lips from the University of Wellington will illustrate the experience of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum, a nation wide effort to envision the future of data for the country

·       Highlights from the upcoming Nesta's Practice Guide on Data-Driven Innovation

·       Hector Salazar from J-PAL will talk about the use of randomised control trials to inform the roll out of the rice subsidy scheme in Indonesia

In line with the “hands-on” philosophy underpinning the event, the conference will also include an exhibition where participants will have a chance to try first hand prototypes and tools for data collection and analysis. Among others, Kopernik will showcase its recently lauched Impact Tracker Technology toolkit and sensors, startup Positium will showcase its geolocation tools to understand mobility patterns and participants might get hands-on with 3D printers and quadrucopters!

Follow the conference on Twitter @PulseLabJakarta using #Data4Policy


Conference Proceedings Report available online at: https://www.unglobalpulse.org/blog/data-innovation-policy-makers-conference-proceedings


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