Project: OGDCamp Warsaw
Open Government Data Camp
In 2011, I was a core planner and lead designer for Open Government Data Camp in Warsaw, Poland - the world’s biggest government data event to date. OGDCamp brought over 400 representatives of more than 40 nations to a set of post-industrial warehouses at the centre for digital culture Centrum Cyfrowe for two days of collaborative talks, project sprints, hackathons and workshops. A glimpse of the event in progress is available on Flickr.
“Every community needs a big event to bring everyone together every year. Just like every family has a Christmas party, where all are welcome, regardless of what happened during the year. The OGD Camp is the open data community’s Christmas party. I can’t wait ’till next Christmas.” — Ton Zijlstra, ePSIplatform.eu, Netherlands
“[I loved] the ‘gathering of the tribes’. It was wonderful to meet similar projects, the scholars, and the politicians supporting them. And the venue – the M25 was incredibly cool.” — Iván Sánchez, Open Street Map, Spain
“I came to OGDCamp to meet people who were working with city government and were involved with changing perception of open practices in their own communities – and this is where I think the power of OGDCamp and similar events lie.” — Julian Tate, Future Everything, United Kingdom