Call for Proposals


Launch call for proposals | February 14, 2018

Closing of submission period | April 1, 2018

Publication of conference programme | June 1, 2018

IODC 2018 - The Future is Open

The global open data community is invited to submit proposals for sessions to be included in the agenda for the 2018 International Open Data Conference to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 27-28, 2018.

This year marks 10 years since the idea of open data first started to gain global traction, but a decade later, openness has never been more important, nor has it been more under threat. From social media to artificial intelligence and a range of privacy issues, we live in a world where data increasingly both drives the economy, and simultaneously creates disruption across every sector of society.

This year’s conference will strive to explore the key issues, challenges, and problems facing the open data community, and seek to identify innovative solutions, partnership opportunities, and collaborative ventures that can translate into real progress.

Under the Theme “The Future is Open”, IODC 2018 will once again bring the global open data community together at an innovative conference that will help shape our increasingly data driven world. The organizers of IODC 2018 are seeking the help and support of the global open data community to co-create a forward-focused programme of interactive sessions, workshops, guided discussions, and events.

We are inviting proposals between now and April 1, 2018 that seek to help shape the future of open data. Submissions should target one of three conference tracks:

A strong preference will be given to proposals that identify a particular problem or challenge then seek to explore or solve it through interactive sessions, or that provide an opportunity for presenters and participants to explore issues and innovative approaches together.

In addition, IODC 2018 will spotlight gender issues as they relate to open data - both in terms of gender equity with regard to participation, practices, and processes toward attaining gender equality as an end goal, as well as the accessibility and use of gender related data. We will give special attention to those submissions that explore gender related issues, as well as to those which reflect gender considerations and balanced participation.

This year, the conference will also highlight the State of Open Data initiative, providing results to date from multiple contributors, and encouraging broader feedback from participants on observations and recommendations.

You may submit more than one proposal, but each submission must be made separately. Submissions must be received no later than April 1st, 2018. All those that who submit a proposal for a session at IODC 2018 should also pre-register for the event.

The working languages of IODC 2018 will be both English and Spanish; thus, proposals and presentations will be accepted in both languages. Should your proposal be accepted, please note that sessions must be delivered in person.

All submissions received during the Call for Proposals will be reviewed by the IODC Programme Committee comprised of a wide range of open data subject matter experts representing open data organizations, academic institutions, governments, and the private sector.

Please note that everyone (attendees and session participants) in IODC 2018 must adhere to the terms and conditions of the IODC Code of Conduct.

Suggestions for Successful Sessions

The following tips are intended to help you think about how to make your session more engaging, participatory and insightful.

Get creative. Design your session so that it meets your objectives in a way that is conducive to learning, and meaningful to your audience. Think creatively about how best to facilitate a session and what techniques to use to make it as engaging and participatory as possible.

Collaborate with others to organize a session. If you know other organizations working on similar issues, you might want to consider collaborating on a joint session.

A representative session. Is your session inclusive and diverse? Does it consider gender, regional and sectoral balance?

Engage participants before the summit. Ask participants who register early for your session if they would like to contribute to the design or have ideas regarding content. This can help ensure your session is a success.

Engage participants after your session. Plan to provide concrete follow-up actions after your session. For example by sharing useful resources, offering ways to take action, and suggesting forums in which to continue the discussion.

Brief the speakers ahead of time. The session moderator or facilitator should give speakers/presenters sufficient guidelines about the session and its format.

Allow sufficient time for questions, answers and genuine discussion. A good portion of the time should be allocated for participants to share their ideas and ask questions.

Remember to document your session. Whether it’s through traditional note taking or more dynamic social reporting, at least one person should be designated to report on discussions via social media. This is a great way to engage a broader audience (including participants attending other sessions, audiences tuning in via livestream and others) and to provide follow-up and continued discussion after the session.

Conduct a review of your session. It is advisable to set aside time to discuss the session among organizers and facilitators: Did it meet the planned objectives? What worked well? What could be improved next time you plan, design, and run a session.