March 1, 2013

Open Call to Innovators: Apply to present at G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture

Are you interested in addressing global challenges, such as food security, by providing open access to information? Would you like the opportunity to present to leaders from around the world?

The G-8 is seeking innovative products and ideas that demonstrate the potential of using open data to increase food security. This April 29-30th in Washington, D.C., the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture will host policy makers, thought leaders, food security stakeholders, and data experts to build a strategy to share agriculture data and make innovation more accessible. As part of the conference, we are giving innovators a chance to showcase innovative uses of open data for food security in a lightning presentation or in the exhibit hall. This call for ideas is a chance to demonstrate the potential that open data can have in ensuring food security, and can inform an unprecedented global collaboration. Visit data.gov to see what agricultural data is already available and connect to other G-8 open data sites!

The G-8 is seeking top innovators to show the world what can be done with open data through:

*  Lightning Presentations:  brief (3-5 minute), image rich presentations intended to convey an idea
*  Exhibit Hall:  an opportunity to convey an idea through an image-rich exhibit. 

Presentations should inspire others to share their data or imagine how open data could be used to increase food security.  Presentations may include existing, new, or proposed applications of open data and should meet one or more of the following criteria:

*  Demonstrate the impact of open data on food security.
*  Demonstrate the impact of access to agriculturally-relevant data on developed and/or developing countries.
*  Demonstrate the impact of bringing multiple sources of agriculturally-relevant public and/or private open data together (think about the creation of an agriculture equivalent of weather.com)

For those with a new idea, we invite you to submit your proposal to present it to leading experts in food security, technology and data innovation.  Proposals should identify which data is needed that is publicly available, for free, on the internet.  Proposals must also include a design of the application including relevance to the target audience and plans for beta testing. A successful prototype will be mobile, interactive, and scalable.  Proposals to showcase existing products or pitch new ideas will be reviewed by a global panel of technical experts from the G-8 countries.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

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The Global Food and Agriculture Program aims to inform the development of US policy on global agricultural development and food security by raising awareness and providing resources, information, and policy analysis to the US Administration, Congress, and interested experts and organizations.

The Global Food and Agriculture Program is housed within the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. The Council on Global Affairs convenes leading global voices and conducts independent research to bring clarity and offer solutions to challenges and opportunities across the globe. The Council is committed to engaging the public and raising global awareness of issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.

Support for the Global Food and Agriculture Program is generously provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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