DevCa 2015: Open Data Conference and Code Sprint

by Guest blogger, Mariana Leytón

Developing the Caribbean, or DevCA, is a regional Open Data Conference and 24 hour code sprint that aims “to highlight the current and potential impact of open data and software innovation on addressing social challenges globally and particularly in the Caribbean”. It is held simultaneously across multiple islands and combines conference sessions with a 24-hour code sprint in which teams of designers, developers and domain experts work together to build solutions to pressing problems using open data. The conference is happening during the Caribbean ICT Week that celebrates the 25th anniversary of CTU and has served as a forum for government representatives, policy regulators and technology experts to gather and discuss the opportunities provided by ICT and open data.

The first day of the conference will begin with a series of talks in which professors from the University of West Indies will explain various open data tools and repositories that participants can use during the code sprint and then on. After a break, experts on ideating solutions that use open data will talk about applications for the data exposed. On day two, discussions about the single Caribbean ICT space will be held while the code sprint takes place in a parallel session. There will be a presentation of the products of the code sprint in the afternoon, followed by an awards ceremony.

You can learn more about the event at DevCa’s website, where you can also learn more about open data, data journalism, and hackathons, and see the entire event schedule.

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