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Open Data Camp - Bangalore 2012

One day unconference for people working with data from various sectors to come together and share their projects and ideas.
On March 24th, 2012 in Bangalore.


We started as a Google group and small meetup that has grown to encompass many people, ideas, projects, solutions, and challenges that using data in India presents. This event will help foster a stronger community where lines of communication are open so that solution to problems can be found and ideas enhanced so that data can be used to make a significant impact in the lives of engaged citizens across the country.


What is Data Camp Bangalore?

DataCamp will be a one day unconference in Bangalore in March 24th. This will be a place for people who are working with data from many different sectors to come together and share their projects and ideas.

Data is not just for technologists and researchers – journalists, government workers, designers, and NGOs all use or want data in some way shape or form and in India the challenges around getting data and using it are unique and require a dedicated platform to work out solutions.

This includes looking at how to make data open so that it’s potential to create more accountability and transparency to improve policies and implementation of projects across industry, citizen sector organizations, and governance.

Data Camp will provide that platform for Indians to work out what are the problems around getting data and using it to further their projects and enhance the impact they want to make.

Who is Organizing?

The people behind the event are on the DataMeet group. Primary organizers are, Nisha Thompson, Thejesh GN, S Anand, Kaustubh Srikanth, Sreechand Tavva, Gautam John, and Laina Emmanuel.

Who Will Be Attending?

India has a growing group of people who are interested in data and we hope to have representatives from many different disciplines. People from Omidyar Network, Accountability Initiative, Janaagraha, IFMR, Tactical Tech, Centre for Internet and Society and India Council of Agriculture Research have all said they will come to share their issues with data. Also there has been interest vocalized by Sam Pitroda who has dedicated a great deal of time to working with data and will be invited to share his perspective in some way. People from Mumbai, Lucknow, and Delhi have all expressed interest in attending if this event happens to offer perspectives from other parts of the country.

We also will reach out to journalists like those at, NYT and James Crabtree from Financial Times (who is also a trustee for MySociety, a British NGO dedicated to open government) who are interested in using data to tell stories. We wish to include people who work in business to see how they use data to make better informed decisions regarding scheme and programs. Organizations like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, but also Mu Sigma (located in Bangalore) who work in data analysis and Gramener who work on data visualisation and could share their experience working with data.

This event can bring together a diverse group of people with the singular goal of improving data and working with it to evaluate projects and create better programs. By gathering a great variety of experiences in one place we can learn from each other and improve all aspects of using data.


3rd,4th and 5th floors,RMZ infinity
Tower ENo.3, Old Madras Road,
Bennigana Halli, Bengaluru,
Karnataka 560 016
Ph: 080 6721 8000   080 6721 8600
Fax: 080 6721 8100
Train: Baiyappanahalli Metro Terminal


9:00am - 10:00am Registration
10:00am - 10:10am Introduction to OpenDataCamp
Team DataMeet
10:15am - 10.55am Panel Discussion: State of Open Data in India
Data in India in general is in a state for much improvement. What does that mean for open data? How can open data help improve the data situation? What are the drawbacks of opening up data?
Anand S (Gramener), Zainab Bawa (HasGeek), Nithya Raman (Transparent Chennai), Moderator Nisha Thompson
11:00am - 11.25am Pictures through numbers
Anand, Chief Data Scientist, Gramener
11.25am - 11.40pm Tea
11:45pm - 12.10pm Karnataka Guarantee of Services to Citizens
Sridhar Pabbisetty, COO, Centre for Public Policy
12:15pm - 12.40pm Open Data & Free Maps
Shekhar Krishnan
12.45am - 1.10pm Introduction Aadhaar(UID) Data
Pramod Varma & Sanjay Jain
1.10am - 2.15pm Lunch
  Main Hall Meeting Room (small) Food Court
2:15pm - 2:40pm Drawing By Numbers by Tactical Technology Collective
Kaustubh Srikanth
Why Big data and why should you bother?
Mohan S,CEO, TrendWise Analytics
Karnataka Learning Partnership
Data Practices and a Call for collaboration.
Megha Vishwanath
2:45pm - 3:10pm ISB's visualisation of migration in India.
ISB & Gramener
The State of Climate Data in India - Open and Closed.
Pavan Srinath
Anatomy of NSSO Data
3.15pm - 3:40pm Water Data

Nisha Thompson, India Water Portal
Mobile as a Data Collection Device
Thejesh GN
Open data API and the challenges
Karthik B. R
3.40pm - 4.15pm Tea
4.15pm - 4.40pm Modelling car insurance pricing
Gaurav Vohra, Jigsaw Academy
Free slot What is Data?
Mrinal Wadhwa
4.45pm - 6.00pm Feedback, etc

We will keep updating this table





Nisha Thompson

Thejesh GN

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