Members of Long Beach’s tech community are invited to participate in an “open data forum” taking place Monday, Nov. 16 at the Beach Auditorium in the CSULB Student Union. There will be food starting at 5:30 pm, and the panel begins at 6 pm. Open data can be freely used, shared and built-on by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose. Like for civic engagement. Or to develop apps that can transform you into a millionaire.
The University Program Office is co-hosting the forum, in partnership with the Long Beach Commission on Technology & Innovation, because the city is developing an open data policy. Long Beach plans to share city data with the public to increase transparency, bolster accountability and help companies innovate. The city hopes that residents and business owners will harness this information to conduct research, to better understand local challenges and to make Long Beach a better place to live. Mayor Garcia wants the city’s open data policy to be as inclusive as possible, and the forum is a great opportunity to weigh in on what it should include.
We have a terrific panel lined up for the event:
–John Keisler, director of the city’s Innovation Team
–Doug Smith, database editor for the L.A. Times
–Ev Boyle, director for the Civic Tech initiative at USC
–Nyariana Maiko, Chief Information Officer for the Port of
Long Beach Bryan Sostokas, the director of Technology & Innovation for the city, will make opening remarks. It promises to be an interesting conversation, and we’d love to see you there.