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Open Data Camp Bangalore - 2016 - Pollution Party! May 14-15

Bangalore Open DataCamp it is an annual conference that aims to create a space to discuss the challenges and experiences of using data in India with the aim of promoting an open data culture in government and the private sector.

Pollution Party!

This year at Open Data Camp we want to learn about and discuss the citizen and private sector pollution monitoring networks coming up in cities across the country. We will be looking at the role of data in fighting pollution and how open data can strengthen the fight to curb it. There are many groups working to fight pollution directly, government bodies in charge of data collection and monitoring all of which will be invited. However, pollution data can also inform other disciplines looking to make impact in urban planning, development, and resource management. We will be inviting people from all these groups to come participate and share experiences.



Who is Organizing?

DataMeet comprises a group of over 1500 people from across the country who share data, lessons, projects, and tools to improve the access and understanding of data. It is primarily a civic minded group that believe data and technology can add value to the lives of citizens.

Every year Bangalore DataMeet hosts open data event that looks at a particular theme through data. Two years ago we spent two days playing with Election data and freed the Parliamentary and Assembly Constituency shapefiles, last year we looked at education data and are working with the NCERT on trying to bring more data into the open.

The DataMeet community are the organizers of this event, primary contacts are, Nisha Thompson and Thejesh GN.
Nisha Thompson is the Lead Organizer for DataMeet.
Thejesh GN is a Technologist who works with Mavrix, and DataMeet, and has a passion for open data.

What is open data?

“Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.”

What does it have to do with pollution?

Last year saw a major turning point in the debate around pollution. Indian cities became a major focal point, as proof that New Delhi has worse air quality than reigning champion Beijing. This revalation brought out the growing air pollution problem across India. At the same time water pollution from industry has also come up in the foaming lakes and rap videos fighting for recognition of pollution and its affects on people. The economic and development growth has meant that the building industry has been in over drive bringing sand and dust into urban and peri urban areas in large quantities plus the growing lack of proper trash disposal has brought in major health implications for people from all social economic backgrounds.

However, the actual exposure of pathogens and pollution is not well known, extensive data has not been made available or is being collected in a way that can't be easily understood or acted upon. This has spurred the rise of data collection networks and agencies to fill this gap. In every major city citizen supported cheap sensor devices have been put around cities to add data to the small number of official government monitoring stations.

Can I speak?

Please contact the organizers with your topic and we will assess whether it fits.

Can I volunteer?

Yes! Please contact the organizers and sign up to volunteer!

How can you help?

For this event to be successful we need your help. We need to be able to bring together a wide variety of individuals from the sector and that is why we are asking for a larger travel budget. 5 lakhs will be able to bring people from all over the country to talk and share their experiences.

We also need help with recording video and other costs like printing signs.

For your support you will receive multiple mentions during the event and also signs will be posted around the venue.

Are there travel grants?


Can i watch a Webcast or Participate remotely ?

There is no provision as of now for Webcast , however you can be on IRC , Freenode Network , channel #datameet, hopefully people will be chatting about the event. That said we do record the talks and upload to YouTube account.

Code of Conduct

Please read the full Code of Conduct but shorter version is

We have a few ground rules that we ask people to adhere to. This code applies equally to founders, mentors and those seeking help and guidance. Be nice to everyone involved. Be friendly and patient. Be respectful. Be considerate. Do not spam. Be careful in the words that you choose. Agree to disagree. Contact us at if you face any issues.


ODC Day 1

9:00am - 10:00am Registration
10:00am - 10:15am Introduction to OpenDataCamp
Team DataMeet
10:15am - 10.55am Karnataka State Pollution Control Board
By Dr Nagappa, Scientific Officer
11:00am - 11:10am Tea Break
11:15am - 12.00PM Environmental Support Group
12:00pm - 01.00PM Water Dr. Priyanka Jamwal
Environmental Researcher who currently is a fellow in ATREE. Her work focuses on identification of contaminant sources in surface water bodies, modeling the fate and transport of contaminants in urban hydrological systems and assessing the risk to human health due to exposure to contaminants.
01:00PM - 02.00PM Lunch
02:00PM - 03.00PM Pollution Data Collection Demos
Sensors without Borders, IndiaSpend*, Hindustan Times, YUKTIX - Open Weather Network Bangalore, India Open Data Association
03:00PM - 03.15PM Tea Break
03:15PM - 03:45PM Getting to 12 PM 2.5 | Setting the context for Action!
Sensing Local is a Bengaluru based do-tank focused towards making cities healthier, safer and more inclusive. The studio is working in partnership with Anti Pollution Drive (APD) Foundation, Mangalore towards a collaborative project on tackling air pollution. (
03:45PM - 04:45PM Urban Emissions
By Sarath Guttikunda
04:45PM - 05.30PM Group conversation and planning session on response to Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016
By Volunteers of
05:30PM - 06.00PM Closing Remarks and Plans for Day 2

We will keep updating this table

ODC Day 2

  1. On day 2 of Pollution party we have Sensor Workshop for Kids.
  2. Hack Weather data


Google India Bangalore
No. 3, RMZ Infinity - Tower E, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Floors
Swamy Vivekananda Rd, Bennigana Halli
Bangalore, Karnataka 560016, India


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