Wednesday Morning Plenary
- Location: INSPIRE Auditorium
- Date and Time: Wed 19, 10:00 – 11:15
Morning INSPIRE Plenaries will gather all participants together for an hour before our 13 Topic Streams start their simultaneous sessions. This is a inspiring, reflective moment to get rejuvenated for the day by some of the featured speakers and also to get an (extremely) quick overview to the highlights of the day’s program.
During the Morning INSPIRE Plenaries, there are no other activities in the conference, so the INSPIRE auditorium may be quite crowded – be early, the program starts 10 AM sharp and the capacity for the INSPIRE Auditorium is 300. However, if you don’t make it in, the morning plenaries will also be streamed online and on TVs in the INSPIRE Foyer, so feel free to take the time to lounge and get a coffee while watching!
- Moderator of Plenary: Elukka Eskelinen (Forum Virium)
- Plenary Speakers: Philip Thigo (SODNET), Carlos Rossel (World Bank), Ville Peltola (IBM).
- Topic Streams of the Day (10 minutes): Lightning Summaries
>> VIDEO DOCUMENTATION (introduction 6:00)
Keynote Speaker Biographies
Philip Thigo is part of a dynamic team at the Social Development Network (SODNET) that works on developing mobile and web-based technologies aimed at strengthening the role of citizens and civil society in the strategic use of technology. Philip is a Co-founder of INFONET, an initiative rooted in SODNET that is credited with empowering African civil society, governments and citizen’s to better engage in enforcing budget transparency, service delivery demands and election monitoring. Mr. Thigo has worked extensively in Africa, the Arab World, Asia and Latin America on concepts and methodologies that challenge the root causes of poverty through alternatives that inspire non-violent means of social transformation. He is actively involved in Kenya as a member of the task force on Open Data and the Open Government Partnership Initiative (OGP). As part of a new generation of activists, he believes that we should reclaim technology within its own logic as a tool for transformation and change that proactively enables citizens to improve their quality of life.
Mr. Rossel is the publisher of the World Bank. A native of Santiago, Chile, he has over 25 years of experience in international scholarly and professional publishing. The Office of the Publisher works with departments across the institution to develop and publish a range of products that cover the full spectrum of economic and social development and that are primarily aimed at policymakers, academics, development practitioners, the business community, and students. He is currently leading the transformation of the program into a cutting edge open access publisher.
Ville Peltola looks into the horizon at IBM as a Director of Innovation in the Chief Technology Officer’s team in IBM Europe. During the past few years Peltola has been focusing on smart cities and emerging civic innovation with open public data. Peltola has been appointed to several governmental committees and working groups in Finland which involve the future of the ICT industry and ‘government 2.0′. Peltola has also been selected twice into the Top 100 Technology / IT Influencers list in Finland. Peltola also participates actively in the local open data and civic innovation scene and is passionate about driving this culture forward.
Topic Streams of the Day
Topic streams of the day is a fast, entertaining and very informative 10 minute show that no one should miss. Organizers of each topic stream of the day have exactly 1 minute’s time to introduce the expected highlights of their program. This is the time to take the printed program leaflet out and mark the most interesting sessions to participate in during the day.
Open Democracy and Citizen Movements Day 2 of 5, includes Building EU Citizens’ Initiative programming
Open Research and Education Day 2 of 3, includes Open Science and Open Access programming
Transparency and Accountability Day 2 of 3, includes Open Government Partnership programming
Open Cities Day 2 of 4, including Open Transportation -programming
Open Development Day 1 of 3
Gender & Diversity in Openness Day 1 of 3, public lightning talks and sessions
Open Business and Data Day 2 of 3
Jarmo Eskelinen leads Forum Virium Helsinki, an innovation company building digital bridges between people and services in collaboration with cities and companies. Originally trained as an architect, Jarmo is an expert in digital content, smart cities and user driven design, currently devoted to open data. Earlier, he has been the director of the Media Centre Lume of the Aalto University, the program director for the Helsinki 2000 European City of Culture, and the founder & CEO of a successful music, media and event production company PopZoo Promotions. Mr Eskelinen is also the President of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), promoting international cooperation in user-driven innovation.
During OKFestival, Jarmo will be moderating the morning INSPIRE plenaries. He will also be giving keynote speeches in the Open Cities session on Wednesday, and in the Nesta-curated session ‘Open Collaborative Networked Cities’ on Thursday, as well as hosting the Open Cities session of Commons4EU in the INSPIRE Atrium on Wednesday.