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Thursday, November 2


Open Data vs. the World - Shelby Switzer, Healthify
"Despite open data's potential to change the world, it seems that developers and open data providers are constantly in an uphill battle to make open data not only available, but usable and actively used. The obstacles facing open data’s growth and adoption vary from technical infrastructure concerns, including maintenance, APIs, open data formats, to societal ones, including the ethical and security challenges of open data and the political climate shift in some countries causing antagonism towards open data.

In this talk, Shelby Switzer will dive into the origins and current state of open data globally and in the US, using concrete stories to illustrate the value of open data and its potential impact on our communities, governments, and businesses. She will explore the challenges facing the open data ecosystem, and discuss how key open source projects and standards, including Open API, have the potential to be instrumental in changing the game and positively impacting the open data movement."

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Shelby Switzer

Head of Integrations, Healthify
Software engineer, public speaker, and veteran nomad, Shelby has dedicated herself to community work and civic hacking across four continents. She is obsessed with APIs, language, and connectivity, and has led API design, development, and consumption projects in a variety of industries... Read More →

Thursday November 2, 2017 10:50am - 11:10am
Pavilion West


Empowering Citizens Through Open APIs - Nitin Agarwal, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.
"Governments around the world are facing a unique challenge these days. Citizens with the use of social media and omnipresent information, are more vocal and cohesive. Incase of Governments, especially in the emerging world, are slow in delivering Governance, results can sometime be catastrophic. Lately we have seen mass movements in various countries that has led to chaos.

What the Governments in the emerging world need is Proactive Governance. Proactive Governance, means delivering public services to the right audience before the need becomes dissatisfaction.

Open APIs build by the Government can take reactive Governance to Proactive Governance. And this is actually happening in India. Digital India is the ideal example of How a country can transform using Open APIs.

A part of Digital India initiative, Aadhaar is the largest Biometric Identity Database in the world with 1.15 Billion enrollments and counting. Authentication APIs on this database is transforming the public delivery system and ensuring transparency and targeted delivery of benefits. The APIs are further utilized by the Private sector for instant delivery of services like, getting a phone connection or opening a bank account. This has also enabled door step banking in the rural areas, which largely were unbanked.

Aadhaar, part of Digital India initiative, is transforming the public delivery mechanism. And it is just an “API”."

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Nitin Agarwal

Vice President, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited
Nitin Agarwal has been associated working in the area of Digital Identity for last decade. He was part of world's largest Digital Identity project "Aadhaar" by Government of India. He has worked with Accenture and United Nations as National Expert on various eGovernance initiatives... Read More →

Thursday November 2, 2017 11:20am - 11:40am
Pavilion West


APIs in the Core of Open Smart City IoT - Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts, Forum Virium Helsinki / City of Helsinki
Smart Cities around the globe are levering IoT to make their cities run in a smoother, usable and environmentally friendly manner while budgets are getting tighter. While public sector IoT is creating business opportunities it has been noted that often these investments are resulting in siloed, closed solutions. Helsinki, like many other cities, has been active on open data, open APIs and engagement of third parties (businesses, developers) on digital service production. Cities in initiatives like Open and Agile Smart Cities and projects like Synchronicity and Select4Cities have now started moving forward with taking the lessons learnt following the same principles of openness in the IoT domain: engaging businesses and citizens through out the data value chain, enabling crowdsourcing of data, building IoT capabilities through hacklab functions, harmonizing southbound and northbound APIs and building an open source IoT platform in collaboration with other cities. To mention a few.

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Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts

Program Director, IoT, Forum Virium Helsinki / City of Helsinki
Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts (MA in New Media) works as a Program Director leading teams working on Forum Virium's new IoT projects mySMARTLife and SynchroniCity as well as teams boosting data-driven business through the Six City Strategy's Open Data spearhead project. | | During her years... Read More →

Thursday November 2, 2017 11:50am - 12:10pm
Pavilion West


Getting Your API House In Order - Ryan Day, General Services Administration
"Is your organization getting maximum impact from the technical talent and API experience that you already have? What is stopping you from turning that potential into results?

Ryan will share some of the steps that that GSA is taking in implementing an agency-wide API Strategy. Early successes include publishing API Standards, reviving an internal API Working Group, and creating an API documentation template and reference prototype API.

Learn about the journey that GSA is on, and how you can apply similar strategies across your organization."

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Ryan Day

Software Developer, General Services Administration/OCIO
Ryan works in the GSA's office of the Chief Technology Officer on APIs and solutions architecture.

Thursday November 2, 2017 12:20pm - 12:40pm
Pavilion West