San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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There is growing recognition around the world that an open government, enabled by innovative technologies in digital media and open data as well as by the active participation of empowered and engaged citizens, results in a stronger government and, ultimately, a stronger democracy.
There are untold numbers of changemakers (or really, gov-makers) within our municipal, provincial and federal public service who work to make government more accountable, responsive and transparent. In a word, more open to the people the public service exists to serve.
Countless other like-minded peers in the public service, as well as colleagues in the private and non-profit sectors, share this passion and drive for open government.
#GovMaker Day is dedicated to bringing together this diverse and multi-disciplinary group of people to learn more about the what, why and how of open government.
Attendees will hear from public servants about lessons learned (including successes, obstacles and opportunities) from a wide range of recent or current open government initiatives. The day will culminate in a facilitated workshop in which participants will collaborate with public servants across different jurisdictions and stakeholders from academia, business and civil society to design and co-create the open government of the future.
This event is organized and hosted by MaRS Discovery District, in partnership with the City of Toronto, City of Guelph and the Government of Ontario.
Who should attend:
- Public servants from all jurisdictions and all levels of government
- Stakeholders from the private sector, academia or civil society who are involved with open government initiatives (for example, open data, civic engagement, access to information, public policy research, participatory budgeting, journalism and so on.)
All registrants will receive a copy of Solution Revolution, co-authored by opening keynote Paul Macmillan.
Agenda and speakers: (Joeri van den Steenhoven, Director of the MaRS Solutions Lab, will be moderating this event)
|8:30 - 9:00 a.m.||Registration and breakfast|
9:00 - 9:05 a.m.
9:05 - 9:55 a.m.
|9:55 - 10:15 a.m.||Ulli Watkiss
City Clerk, City of Toronto
|10:15 - 10:35 a.m.||
|10:35 - 11:05 a.m.||Networking break|
|11:05 - 11:25 a.m.||
|11:25 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.||Facilitated workshop: Ideation practice|
|12:05 - 1:00 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:00 - 1:25 p.m.||
The Hon. John Milloy
|1:25 - 2:45 p.m.||Facilitated workshop: Idea development and pitch|
|2:45 - 3:05 p.m.||Ann Pappert
Chief Administrative Officer, City of Guelph
|3:05 - 3:15 p.m.||
|3:15 p.m.||Networking reception|
For out-of-town attendees:
MaRS is within walking distance of most hotels in downtown Toronto, and is well-served by public transit (with direct connections to GO Transit and VIA Rail at Union Station). Parking is also available on-site. Click here for details and directions, or for information on accommodations with preferred rates.
When & Where
MaRS Discovery District
MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) in Toronto is the one of the world's largest urban innovation hubs. MaRS supports promising young ventures tackling key societal challenges in the health, cleantech and ICT sectors. In the last three years, these ventures have raised $1.3 billion in capital and earned $640 million in revenue. In addition to helping startups launch, grow and scale, the MaRS community is dedicated to cross-disciplinary collaboration, commercialization of discoveries and driving ideas to impact.