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OpenDataCamp Delhi 2017 - December 02


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Hashtag: #ODCDEL17
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What is OpenDataCamp Delhi?

OpenDataCamp Delhi will be a one day un-conference in New Delhi on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017. DataMeet organised the first OpenDataCamp in Delhi in 2014 and followed up with another in 2015 to create a discussion and sharing space for people involved in opening up and working with government and non-government data. This year's edition will focus on open data in the development sector, and the opportunities data sharing and open data creates for collaboration among different organisations working in this sector.

Event Details

The camp will begin with introductory session on what open data is, and how an organisation that collects data can open up these datasets that they produce. It will touch open the techniques of aggregation, anonymization and formats of publishing.

In the second session we will hear from organisations who have engaged in data collection or generation activities about the challenges (technical or otherwise) that they have faced, what they’ve learned from their experiences, and how it can improve in the future. Often, efforts of data collection are duplicated. Sometimes, organisations discover existing data sets after the fact. This panel seeks to understand what it might take to build a culture of sharing and collaboration around data within the development sector.

This will be followed by a session on the data technology revolution and open data. It will consist of panelists who are familiar with the technologies being used to leverage open data for development and beyond. The focus will be on technologies that are easily accessible and usable.

After lunch, there will be a workshop that will allow all participants to work in groups and collaborate with each other based on existing datasets, open or not. This will be followed by flash talks and a concluding keynote address.

A detailed agenda is provided below.

Organising the Camp is made possible by generous support from the Sarai programme at CSDS, Akvo, and unpaid labour of various volunteers and well-wishers.


If you use Meetup, please RSVP here: or use the registration payment link directly.

Registration Fee: Rs 200/- Please Pay Here To Register


The Sarai Programme
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
29 Rajpur Road, Civil Lines
New Delhi 110054
Nearest Metro: Civil Lines on Yellow Line
Parking available at venue


9:00am - 9:30am Registration + Coffee/Tea
9:30am - 10:00am Introductions
Ice breaker with DataMeet Team
10:00am - 10.30am Session 1: What is open data? by DataMeet Team
Why is data sharing important and how can it promote or help collaboration in the development sector.
10:30am - 11.30am Session 2: Data challenges in the development sector (Panel)
What kind of challenges are organizations in the development sector facing related to data. Panelists: Satviki Varma (Aga Khan Foundation), Sreechand Tavva (Arghyam), Abhirupa Das (Outline India)
11:30am - 11:45am Tea Break
11:45pm - 01:00PM Session 3: Data technology revolution and open data (Panel)
Technologies that have been used to leverage open data for development. Panelists: Craig D'Souza, Thejesh GN (Datameet), Arpit Deomurari (WWF)
01:00PM - 02:00PM Lunch
02:00PM - 03:30PM Workshop:
All participants are divided into groups for this activity. The objective is to promote collaboration among different organizations or individuals present. More details on the day of the camp!
03:30PM - 04:00PM Tea Break
04:00PM - 04:30PM Flash Talks
04:30PM - 05:30PM Concluding keynote and closing remarks
V K Madhavan (Water Aid India)

Speaker Profiles

Satviki Varma

Satviki Varma currently manages the WASH portfolio for Aga Khan Foundation in India across six states. Her work involves designing behavior change communication strategies for hygiene promotion, strengthening the Foundation’s work on Menstrual Hygiene Management and building the team’s capacities to implement an integrated WASH in School Initiative. Prior to this, she has worked on different projects involving adolescent health and vocational training, climate resilient agriculture and ICT in education. Using her previous experience as a Journalist, she sees communication for development as critical link needed to strengthen community engagement and their support for any development initiative. She is an alumni of the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, Asian College of Journalism and Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi.

Sreechand Tavva

Sreechand leads technology strategy and manages technology partnerships at Arghyam, a grant-making foundation on groundwater in India that supports on-field projects, aids knowledge sharing initiatives, research and advocacy and helps create new networks around issues related to groundwater. Sreechand currently works on monitoring and evaluations systems for Arghyam and assists the team and partners on technology and data needs. In his previous jobs, he worked with tech startups and social enterprises in design, research and programming roles. He has an M.A in Development from Azim Premji University and a B.Tech in Computer Science Engineering. His involvement with technology-for-development started as an internship with Carnegie Mellon University where he created educational games on language learning for rural school students. His current interests are in understanding humanities of data and technology.

Abhirupa Das

Abhirupa Das is a quantitative researcher working at Outline India. Her research interest lies in the areas of measuring women empowerment and labor. A few of the projects she has been involved in the past include: Study on sexual and reproductive health in collaboration with Mathematica Policy Research to understand health and family planning practices among the Mahadalit population in rural Bihar; Study on labour productivity in Indian textile industry; Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi; and Study of women empowerment through the MGNREGS; Krishna Raj Travel Fellowship (awarded by Delhi School of Economics), Uttar Pradesh. She has a Master’s Degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and is the recipient of the Krishna Raj Fellowship.

Craig Dsouza

Craig is an independent researcher in the development sector with a keen interest in water resources and agriculture. He has a Master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Policy (2013) and has previously worked as a researcher with the Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Mgmt, undertaking river basin studies in central and eastern India. He believes that the democratization of data and tools holds tremendous potential for addressing issues of inequity and environmental sustainability in India. He contributes to these efforts as co-ordinator of the 'Open Water Data' Project and other training and capacity building activities at Datameet-Pune

Thejesh GN (ತೇಜೇಶ್ ಜಿ.ಎನ್)

“Thej” is an Independent Technologist, Hacker, Maker, Traveler, Blogger, InfoActivist, Open data and Open internet enthusiast from Bangalore, India. He is one of the co-founders of DataMeet Trust.

Arpit Deomurari

Arpit has an experience of more than 14 years in the non profit sector. He had worked with various NGOs and Corporates including Foundation For Ecological Security, Wildlife Trust of India and before joining WWF-India as a Coordinator - GIS and Conservation Technology, focusing on Data Management, Technology, Spatial Ecology and Biodiversity Informatics. His domain revolves around GIS and Remote Sensing, Data Management and Analytics with special emphasis on NRM and Conservation. He had conceptualized and built various systems for effectively harvesting big spatial data and use it for better insights into tackling ground level issues. He is a recipient of the Carl Zeiss Award for Wildlife Conservation 2012 and is an avid birder and bird photographer with many publications in national and international books, scientific journals and monographs.

VK Madhavan

Madhavan is the Chief Executive of WaterAid India. Following a Master’s in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1991, Madhavan commenced working with the Urmul Rural Health Research and Development Trust in Bikaner district of north-western India where he worked in various capacities till 1998. Since then, Madhavan has worked with ActionAid and The Hunger Project and subsequently spent eight years working in the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand with the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (Chirag). In his years as a development professional, Madhavan has worked on an integrated approach to rural development – community health, primary education, natural resource management, on and off-farm livelihoods and investing in young people. Prior to assuming his role as Chief Executive of WaterAid India, Madhavan was Managing Director of Skills Education Private Limited, a company that provides youth with access to information, skills and opportunities leading to employment. Madhavan was a TED Global Fellow in 2009 and a TED Senior Fellow in 2010. Madhavan is an avid reader and enjoys music.


Who is Organizing?

The OpenDataCamp Delhi is being organised by Delhi Chapter of DataMeet. Primary contacts are Guneet Narula, Nisha Thompson and Thejesh GN. The organising team includes Guneet Narula, Madhumitha H, Namrata Mehta, Nisha Thompson, Rohith Jyothish, Shashank Srinivasan, Souvik Das Gupta, Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Thejesh G.N and Vinaya Padmanabhan.

What is DataMeet?

What started as a Google group and small meetups in Bangalore has now grown to encompass people across the country, discussing ideas, projects, solutions, and challenges that using government and non-government data in India presents. DataMeet at present comprises of a group of 1000 people from across the country who use this group to share data, experiences, projects, and tools to improve access, understanding and use of data.

It is primarily a civic minded group that believe data and technology can be harnessed to better the living conditions of citizens. This includes looking at how to make data open so as to realise its potential to ensure accountability and transparency, and improve policies and implementation of projects across private and civic organisations, and government.

What is an Unconference?

An unconference is an event that is not as structured or curated like a regular conference. This is to allow people who are there to make time and space to speak about what they are interested in and also create informal groups to come together and take ownership of the space.

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” - Read more on Open Data Handbook:

What do you mean by Development Sector?

Development sector is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of work that deals with infrastructure, living conditions and livelihoods among other significant spheres of socio-economically under-privileged regions, societies and communities - be it urban or rural. So from drinking water to sustainable farming to maternal health, school education, sanitation, hygienge and nutrition, development sector covers all of them.

Can I Speak?

Unfortunately the scheduled talks at the event are all by invitation. However, the post-lunch sessions at the Camp will provide sufficient space for flash talks and informal discussions for you to share your data works and questions with the participants.

Can I Volunteer?

Yes! Please contact the organisers!

Can I Watch a Webcast or Participate Remotely?

There is no provision for Webcast as of now. However, you can join the discussion remotely over IRC (Freenode, #datameet) or on Twitter (#ODCDEL17).


The Delhi DataMeet community is the organizer of this event. Primary contacts are Guneet Narula ( and Nisha Thompson (


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