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This is a past event – tickets for ODI Summit 2022 are now on sale

Join us at this year’s ODI Summit on 8 November 2022 (from 10:00-22:00 GMT) where we’ll be welcoming more than 2,000 delegates from over 100 countries to explore how data has shaped and influenced all aspects of our lives over the last decade.

To celebrate the launch of our Data Decade campaign, we are offering tickets to ODI Summit 2022 at our lowest-ever discounted price – £99 (plus VAT). This is an exclusive limited offer and will expire on 19 June 2022 so don’t miss out! Book your ticket now

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Summit 2021 –  Data <> People

*** This is a past event – read the Summit 2021 round up to catch up on everything you missed ***

Taking place online, this year’s ODI Summit explores the relationship between people and data.

Over the past year, the role that data plays in our lives has come into sharper focus: from the news stories we read to the apps where we report our health and the services we use every day.

We have all become 'data people' – more conscious than ever of the data we produce, use and share, and the decisions made using data about us.

Never again can data be the preserve of an expert minority. It is increasingly the lifeblood of businesses, communities and society at large. And when these groups work together, the data becomes so much more valuable to everyone.

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View the programme for ODI Summit 2021

View a PDF of the programme here. Or view the programme within the ODI Summit webpage below.

(Please note, this is a work in progress (last updated on 1 November 2021) – keep your eyes peeled for further speakers and roundtables to be announced in due course!)

Programme_outline_for_promotion_updated1Nov2021 (PDF)

This year's focus

This year’s ODI Summit recognises and celebrates the relationship between people and data; it illuminates what it means for us all to be data people. In it, we’ll explore:

  • How people can have more of a say in the ways data is collected and shared;
  • The skills and tools we need to understand how data is used and misused;
  • How people in organisations are finding new ways to share data across boundaries and borders;
  • The businesses that are using data to build more open, trustworthy relationships with customers and shareholders and getting bottom-line benefits;
  • The ways that artists are investigating the relationships between people and data to encourage conversations about the kind of future we want to create;
  • What we’ve learned about managing a global crisis through understanding people’s health and behaviour data;
  • How, by embracing our roles as data people, we can contribute to a better society, a more robust economy and a sustainable environment.
  • Join two thousand data people from around the world at this year’s online event to enjoy:
  • More than 40 panels, talks, round-table discussions and immersive experiences;
  • Interactive artworks and games;
  • Lively chatrooms and coffee lounges where you can mingle with fellow delegates from other countries and walks of life.

*** We have published the Summit programme – view it here ***

At ODI, we believe that data can empower people as leaders, consumers, creators and citizens. We look forward to welcoming you to ODI Summit 2021 – Data <> People.

Mr Gee's poem Data People

(Full video will be released at the event)

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Welcome fund

We appreciate that there can be obstacles for people to attend conferences like the ODI Summit, even online, from the cost of the tickets to the accessibility of the platforms we use. We also recognise that people from some communities face greater barriers to participation such as structural racism, sexism and ableism.

We hope that offering free tickets demonstrates both that everyone is welcome at the summit and is a small contribution to greater equity.

If you cannot afford the price of a ticket, face structural disadvantages or live in a low- or middle-income country, apply to our welcome fund here

Last year's event

“I always leave the event more inspired and knowledgeable - and this year was no exception. Well done on arranging such a varied and interesting set of speakers” – Jonathan Silvester, Founder, IONI

Sponsor the ODI Summit

Over 2,000 guests from across the globe join us for the ODI Summit, including senior government officials, policymakers, business leaders, startup innovators, civil society and academics. Our summit attracts a range of high-profile guests, with government officials and senior leaders making up the majority of attendees.

  • Show leadership in your sector around current data issues by aligning your organisation with the ODI’s mission and high-profile summit speakers.
  • Get your brand seen by a large, influential international audience spanning the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. We’ve shifted the timing to start at 13:00 UK time to attract audiences from further afield.
  • Gain exposure to national media coverage; ODI summits are often covered by BBC, The Times, Guardian, Economist, Civil Service World and Computer Weekly, among others.
  • Support ethical data use by demonstrating your commitment to the ODI’s vision to make data work for everyone.

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Taster training sessions at the ODI Summit

As part of ODI Learning Month 2021 and this year's ODI Summit, we’ve created some taster training sessions designed to both educate – and entertain!

Learn about data ecosystems by playing our open data board game, Datopolis, get to know the science behind visualising data, and discover our new online version of the data ethics canvas.

To attend any of the the taster sessions, you’ll need to buy an ODI Summit 2021 ticket. Then on the day, just find the Taster Training Sessions section and join what you like.

Learn more about the taster training sessions

ODI Summit 2021 sponsors

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