Wendy Gnenz is the Branch Manager for Open City and Innovation at the City of Edmonton and is accountable for advancing the City’s open government philosophy as well as improving corporate effectiveness and efficiency.
Edmonton is a leader in the advancement of the principles of open government and open data. Through their Open City Policy, endorsed by City Council in April 2015, they have repeatedly shown that they are a City that believes in the concept that data is ‘Open by Default’.
In addition, they have been nationally recognized on three separate occasions for the innovative work that they are doing to enhance the lives of citizens through the operational practices that they are embracing to be transparent, inclusive and collaborative.
Since 2000, TH Schee has pioneered several web projects that spawned several local NGOs and start-ups. In 2006, he co-founded Association of Digital Cultures Taiwan, and was the local Wikimania 2007 host. In 2009, the Association became the first group in Asia to manage mobilized digital communities for crowdsourcing government data in response to a national crisis situation. Other endeavors include Puncar, the largest digital inclusion project at the local level. Schee was later awarded an Honorary Mention in Digital Communities from Prix Ars Electronica. Existing social ventures include Open Knowledge Taiwan, the Data Science Program (D4SG.org) and various partnership initiatives that span across healthcare, urban development, and public service innovation.
He has been an invited specialist on the UN-GGIM and serves at International Committee on Prix Ars Electronica. He is also mayoral advisor to the Taipei City Government on smart city and economic development.
The Executive Director for the Government Excellence Program at the Johns Hopkins University. Beth has many year of experiences in open data from both government and private industry. Recently, Beth is focusing on utilizing open data in innovation projects which has yield a great amount of the momentum in open data industry.
With 25 years of experiences, Mr. Galal has expertise in strategy formulation and implementation for cities and local government entities with open data and smart cities. He is currently the co-chair for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development group that is contributing to the ISO standard for the Cities and Smart infrastructure.
Mr. Galal is a frequent speaker at numerous global conferences and panels on cities organized by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations and other international bodies as well as local and national governments in developed and developing countries.
Tracey P. Lauriault, is the assistant professor of Critical Media and Big Data, Media Studies, and Communication in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. Her areas of expertise are, critical data studies; small, big and spatial data policy; data infrastructures and open data, open government, geospatial data, open smart cities, and the preservation and archiving of data.
She is a research associate with the European Research Council funded Programmable City Project led by Rob Kitchin at Maynooth University in Ireland and the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University in Canada. She is a Steering Committee member of Research Data Canada; on the board of Open North, a member of the Institute for Data Science at Carleton and is the winner of the 2016 Inaugural Open Data Leadership award for Canada. She is also the convener and host of the Data Power 2017 Conference to be held in Ottawa in June.