THINK: Open - May 24, 2017 - Toronto
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Information is the new currency. And it’s essential to accelerating innovation.

Within innovation ecosystems, mash-ups of scientists, students, educators, clinicians, entrepreneurs, politicians, citizens, and more, collaborate in unpredictable ways. Communities around the world are embracing the strength of multidisciplinary teams to fuel solutions to intractable problems. In this inclusive environment, connections to each other and to information are imperative to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. So much data and expertise exist outside of our traditional institutions of innovation that siloed repositories cannot support the advancement they were meant to serve.

 What would happen if data, ideas, and content were freely available to everyone to use and contribute to as they wish, without restrictions?

What kinds of new knowledge would we generate? What kinds of efficiencies would we find? What security would be needed to protect them? As public institutions endeavour to provide greater access to data, society grapples with how to leverage it. Find out what kind of infrastructure is needed to support this inclusive community with their diverse ideas. Get insight into the best practices already being harnessed across the globe and from experts right here in our own backyard.

Discover how you can enable greater transparency, participation, and improved decisions through “open”.

Topics we’ll explore:
How to support the complex needs of openness in …
  • Data - Leveraging what exists and applying new analytics
  • Government - Managing through collaboration with constituents
  • Education - Open, accessible classroom resources and new data literacies
  • Research - Encouraging public access to and new applications of scientific discoveries 
  • Bioinformatics and medical research - Optimizing data science to accelerate health
  • Technology - Considering new open network frameworks and the increased importance of security and privacy
Who should attend:

  • Technology leaders who want to know how “open” will affect their healthcare, research and education institutions
  • Champions of the “open” approach, including researchers, students, educators, librarians, policy makers, and innovation community leaders
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