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Open Data Camp - an introduction to open data in the lower mainland

Drew Rifkin

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PST)

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To educate on the power of Open Data- Improving governmental transparency, strengthening citizen engagement, empowering data-driven decision making, and promoting economic development.


Socrata in conjunction with TransLink and the amazing volunteer presenters have put together a day to learn, discuss and network everything Open Data.


10:00 - 10:15 Networking

10:15 - 10:45  Welcome from TransLink - Gerry Akkerman

10:45 - 11:15 The Power of Open Data- David Eaves

11:15 - 11:45 Township of Langley's Open Data Journey – Steve Scheepmaker  

11:45 - 11:55 An intoduction to the BC Developers Exchange (BCDevX) - Peter Watkins

11:55 - 1:00 Lunch & Networking - Sponsored by Socrata

1:00 - 1:30 The Changing Community of Open Data Users  - Drew Rifkin

1:30 - 2:00  Halifax's Open Data Journey- Karen Stewart

2:00 - 2:30 Vancouver's Open Data, Getting from Here to There - Jonathan Mark

2:30 - 3:00 Data Driving Decision Making - Colin Spikes

3:00 - Closing Remarks 

Tickets are free but limited..
Have questions about Open Data Camp - an introduction to open data in the lower mainland? Contact Drew Rifkin

When & Where

TransLink's Conference Room
287 Nelson's Court
New Westminster, BC V3L 0E7

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PST)

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Drew Rifkin

Drew Rifkin’s career and passion is focused around data and its ability to empower. During the 90’s tech boom Drew started his career in New York City helping real-estate investors understand data. When he moved to Canada (Vancouver), he obtained a Post–bachelor degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) .

With Drew’s technical acumen and communications ability, he has been educating executives and technologists alike on the power of data for over 15 years.

Working for MacDonald Dettwiler, he traveled throughout Asia to promote the use of Canada’s RADARSAT data. Then at Safe Software, Drew helped Governments across North America integrate data from disparate systems.

In Drew’s current role as the Canadian Territory Manager for Socrata, he has taken the next step in helping governments unlock their data by facilitating the engagement of their citizens via “open data”. Thereby promoting transparency, entrepreneurship, collaborative analysis and ultimately, informed decision making.

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