Wednesday, Sep 6
17:30 — 20:00
Access with wristband


Future cities, Data, Open source,

Meetups are independent community gatherings organized by Techfestival co-creators. Open to curious minds of all ages and backgrounds. Make sure to RSVP to secure your spot!

Data-Nation Meetup will be hosted by The Danish Business Authority, Rikke Gram-Hansen and In-Between Economies at Copenhagen Techfestival 2017.

This time we’ll be discussing the future relationship between data, open source platforms, the nation state and the city in the modern digital era.

We’ll hear from a panel of experts across different disciplines, working at the forefront of how data is shaping the modern city. The conversations will be held in the round so the audience is as much a part of the discussion as possible.



  • Aslak Aamot Kjærulff, Diakron
  • Gemma Ginty, Future Cities Catapult
  • Nicolay Boyadjiev, Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design
  • Michael Tornøe, The Danish Business Authority
  • Alastair Parvin, Architecture 00 & WikiHouse


City leaders and national governments see big data and the smart city movement as a way to unlock the future of our urban lives. However, it is often pursued and paid for as a means of achieving efficiency and control, with the underlying assumption that every problem the city faces is measurable, quantifiable and solvable. If city development for the past 30 years was driven by the market logic of equating economics with the reliability of science, the algorithm holds the same promise for the smart city.

This simply doesn’t fit with the messy, contested reality we live in. More to the point networked information and open source data is much more powerful than that, but only when the possibility to share and contribute is available to all.


About the organizers
Erhvervsstyrelsen, The Danish Business Authority, endeavours to create the best conditions for growth, and to make it easy and attractive to run a business in Denmark.

Erhvervsstyrelsen is promoting the use of open data from the Danish Government in the business community through the open source platform, Virk Data.

Rikke Gram-Hansen is based in Copenhagen and has a background in Philosophy and Urban Studies. She has worked with open data and smart city projects as a special advisor for the City of Copenhagen and is now senior project manager at Archiland A/S, where she advises on strategic urban development.

In-Between Economies is an interdisciplinary research platform situated at the intersection between economies and the built environment. Supported by a website, publications, and a series of conversations, In-Between Economies aims to establish a dialogue with both experts and the public to examine how both local economies and global markets impact and shape our built environment.
Twitter: @IBEconomies

Photo by Connie Zhou

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