This summit is part of Techfestival: a 3-day festival in Copenhagen with 200+ events on humans and technology.
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How can we tackle climate change with public data?
This summit takes on the world’s greatest challenge by leveraging one of our biggest, most promising, but also most under-utilised resources: The world’s vast troves of public data.
Public data is data produced by society and held by the government about everything from mobility, environment, public spending, consumption and much more. It represents a huge resource for further re-utilization: By giving citizens, companies and other organisations access and allowing any use, for instance, to develop new public services and new products, it is estimated that a country like Denmark could achieve an increase in BNP of 34 billion DKK per annum (March 2019, Public Accounts Committee/Rigsrevisionen) – the EU and the rest of the world, even more than that.
But more importantly, public data might be one of the main keys to tackle climate change. As one of the key pillars in what is often referred to as “impact tech”, ie. the systematic use of technology to boost sustainable business for the greater good of society. Public data gives us new opportunities to develop solutions which are not only creating economic growth, but doing so in a radically new way that is both environmentally and socially sustainable. Data in general – and public data in particular – sits at the very centre of this new, impact-driven vision for developing business.
As a result of this economic and environmental potential, much of the world’s public data has already been opened up and published under open source licenses allowing any use including commercial exploitation, but with a few exceptions, the potential use of it remains largely untapped.
This summit brings together the field of data strategists, practitioners, entrepreneurs, decision-makers and visionaries from both the supply and demand side of data, to answer the question posed at the beginning of this text. We will do so by taking a hands-on deep dive in which we will ideate new ideas, design new experiments and plot new visions for leveraging our public data into concrete climate-friendly business solutions. Solutions that can spread globally and scale swiftly, and which will make a dramatic difference in saving our planet.
Key questions to explore
- How might we boost new impact tech-business based on public data around the world?
- What public data do we need to open and make available to transform business towards climate impact?
- How might we apply a much more experimental and rapid mode of exploration of public data innovation?
- How might we empower a much broader field of stakeholders as active contributors and co-creators in this agenda? Citizens, companies, NGOs, public sector bodies, etc.?
- How might we ensure data collection and re-use happens in an ethical and safe way? How do we create trust among citizens and maintain privacy as a human right?
- How might we go from talking about climate, SDGs and the potential of public data re-use to get started doing something about it?
With this summit, we want to create a series of concrete ideas for impact tech-driven business solutions based on public data, that will tackle climate change dead-on, as well as the formation of cross-disciplinary alliances of stakeholders (among participants, but also beyond) to start actively working on them after the summit.
This Techfestival summit is curated in collaboration with the Danish Ministry of Climate.
Who are your Summit hosts?
Christian Villum (DK)
Christian work as Director of Digital & Future Thinking at the Danish Design Centre, where he examines new ideas in the span between technology and design thinking. Christian enjoys developing communities and bringing people together to share new ideas and generate change. He is a frequent public speaker, blogger and was the editor and co-writer of the book ‘Open Source City’ (2016). Christian’s previous work includes co-founding and heading the experimental Platform4 Art & Technology hub, being a frontrunner in the use of Creative Commons content licenses, building global communities for the UK-based non-profit organisation Open Knowledge Foundation and initiating a wide range of companies and projects.
Benjamin Tincq (FR)
Benjamin is co-founder and CEO of Good Tech Lab, a research firm exploring the frontiers of technology and system entrepreneurship to address humanity’s biggest challenges — reversing climate change while ensuring people and nature thrive. For 18 months, Ben and his team have been mapping the biggest opportunities and challenges in the emergent Impact Tech sector, which culminated in the free ebook The Frontiers of Impact Tech: An overview of moonshots worth taking in the 21st century. With over a decade of experience in tech and impact, Benjamin has a keen knowledge of the intersections of innovation and sustainability. He previously co-founded Ouishare and organized POC21. He also worked with companies like MAIF, Michelin, Autodesk, and Kingfisher, the Paris City Council, and the French Environmental Agency, and he holds MSc in ICT Engineering and Computer Science from Télécom SudParis.