ADVISORY: Future Tense Collaborating on Open Data Conference & Hackathon in Mexico

Will Explore How to Make Government Information More Freely Available
Published:   August 30, 2012

Future Tense — a partnership between New America, Slate magazine, and Arizona State University — is helping to organize a three-day conference and hackathon in Mexico City focused on open data and open government.

Speakers at the Sept. 6 Future Tense conference include Alissa Black, director of the New America Foundation’s California Civic Innovation Project; Nigel Jacob, co-founder of the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics; Shannon Spanhake, deputy innovation officer for the City of San Francisco; and Retha Hill, executive director of the Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab at Arizona State University.

Following the day-long Future Tense conference, the Ciudad Movil DF Hackathon — the largest hackathon in Latin America focused on open data in government — will explore how to make government information public and freely available to all citizens, without copyright restrictions, patents or other mechanisms of control. It is being organized by Future Tense, Aventura Capital Partners, Mexico City’s E-Government commission, and Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología.

This year, 200 participants will get access to information and data packages from several public agencies of the Mexico City government. Using this information, they will aim to develop apps for mobile devices that will be useful to citizens and public servants in addition to helping the government better serve the public.

“We're bringing together thought leaders from the United States, Latin America and Mexico to discuss our governments' roles in promoting transparency, fighting corruption, and leveraging new technologies,” Black said. “Learning to create more open societies, open economies and open government requires collaboration and the sharing of best practices among government leaders.”

What: "The 2012 Ciudad Móvil DF Conference"

When: Conference Sept. 6; Hackathon Sept. 7-9

Where: El Centro Cultural del Mexico Contemporaneo

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About Future Tense
Future Tense is a partnership between the New America Foundation, Arizona State University and Slate magazine to explore emerging technologies and their transformative effects on society and public policy. Central to the partnership is a series of events in Washington, D.C., that take in-depth, provocative looks at issues that, while little-understood today, will dramatically reshape the policy debates of the coming decade.

About the California Civic Innovation Project
The California Civic Innovation Project promotes innovations in technology, policy and practice that deepen engagement between government and communities throughout the state.