GOOD18 Program

GOOD18 Conference Program


This year’s theme is “Open Data and Smart Communities” – both exciting and topical.  Open data has been acknowledged as a foundational component of Smart Communities/Cities.  But what is a “smart community”?  It has many definitions and many opposing opinions as to what the value is to the community – is it just the tech companies with a profit focus or is the focus on community well-being?  Even the term community provides some diverse perspectives – is community a small village? Is it a province?  Is it the country? Is it a sector like the environmental sector?

This year’s conference will start with a plenary morning of panels – Leaders Keynote Panel, Open Data Charter – Principles, Standards and Impacts and of course – the “Smart Communities” panel.  The afternoon will feature concurrent streams including: Smart Communities, Open Contracting, Open Health and Safety and Open-Closed-Shared Data Realities.  As part of the concurrent sessions, we are providing an open Call for Speakers.   A Closing Keynote will pull together the dialogue of the conference and link to activities happening from a local to a global level and provide some action items for the community to move forward.

Day two continues the tradition of holding a Hackathon that speaks to some community challenges and seeks to the yardsticks forward and establish action plans to continue the work post- conference.


Go Open Data 2018 Program Outline

Day 1 Morning

Conference Welcome
Leaders Keynote Panel
Open Data Charter Panel
Smart Communities Panel

Lunch – networking “Birds of a Feather”

Day 1 Afternoon

– Smart Communities
– Open Contracting
– Open Health & Safety
– Open – Closed – Shared Data Realities
– Closing Keynote 
– Closing Remarks
– Pub Social

Interested in sharing your knowledge? Give us your proposal for one of the concurrent sessions here (


This page will be frequently refreshed as speaker information is confirmed.


Conference Partners
City of Barrie Open Knowledge Pathway Communications