Bring your ideas and brainstorm with us on how to uncover strategic lessons and build solidarity with democracy defenders at home and abroad.
Open Gov Hub has been the meeting place for people and innovative ideas for 4 years now, and we'd love to celebrate this achievement with all of our friends!
Please join us for snacks, drinks, and networking (this *is* DC, afterall).
We've also got some fun games in store for all willing participants, so come ready to party and celebrate with all of us at Open Gov Hub.
Come gather at the meeting place for all things open gov to hear from some of our members about their latest work and to engage with our community. Drinks and snacks will also be provided.
Ignite Nights are fast-paced presentations that quickly convey a topic in 5 minutes. They're fun and informative to watch! We'll be hearing from:
Jean Scrimgeour, Accountability Lab
Cynthia Mellon, Climate Justice Alliance
Jennifer Lentfer, Thousand Currents
Working in energy and climate-related policy can be a hard and isolating job in DC, so come build fellowship and collaboration with others who work in this field. Join Climate Justice Alliance, as we share conversation, updates on important work, plus a few surprises. This is an excellent opportunity to share climate and energy policy work with each other and deepen our networks as we tackle difficult and complex issues.
Activists, researchers, policy experts, and lawmakers who are working to create a more just and sustainable world are all welcome. Feel free to share with your colleagues.
Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Join us for a Happy Hour to meet our new Open Gov Hub member, the Governance team at Mercy Corps! Mercy Corps works in over 40 countries to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
Good governance is integral to the work we do at Mercy Corps. Our teams work in communities grappling with recurring disasters and protracted conflict, food insecurity, failed markets and a changing climate. To adequately respond, we need approaches that tackle the governance barriers underpinning and perpetuating these global challenges.
Please join Sanjay Gurung, Director of Governance and Partnerships and Allison Shean, Governance and Partnerships Technical Advisor, to learn more about Mercy Corps' governance approach and our work around the globe and explore opportunities for collaboration.
Drinks and refreshments provided.
This event will feature a series of several Ignite-style lightning talks (exactly 5 minutes, with 20 slides that auto advance every 15 seconds) about some of the latest exciting projects from OpenGov Hub member organizations, including Open Data Watch, the Natural Resource Governance Institute, Global Integrity, and more!
Wrap up this crazy election season with other awesome people as we learn the final call in this year's historic presidential election!
The OpenGov Hub, DC Unite Against Hate and ReThink Mediainvite you to join great company as we celebrate fulfilling our civic duty (don't forget to vote!) and watch the results of this year's election roll in. We'll have some pizza and drinks and several large TVs on to view the real-time results coming in. Located near McPherson Square, the OpenGov Hub is a great location for any who may plan (hope) to head to the White House later that evening!
Friends and members of the sponsoring organizations are warmly invited and all are welcome to join, but to do so you must RSVP by Monday evening. See you on the 8th!
Meet the new generation of participants of The OAS Fellowship on Open Government in the Americas, young Open Government activists from civil society, public administration and the private sector. For its second edition the Fellowship has gathered 23 young leaders from 14 countries across the Americas. Lightning talks presenting the work of NGOs and multilateral organizations active in the field will set the stage for a Networking Happy Hour that allows you to expand your connections throughout the hemisphere!
Please note that spaces are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
The OpenGov Hub is turning two!
We're pleased to invite you to the OpenGov Hub's (2nd) Anniversary Party. Though the Hub first launched in late 2012, The OpenGov Hub moved into its current full location just over 2 years ago on April 1, 2014. So let’s celebrate where we’ve come from, and all the places we can go and new things we can achieve together!
This informal celebration for Hub members and close friends will also mark the transition of Sanjay Pradhan from the World Bank to his role as the new CEO of Hub anchor member, the Open Government Partnership.
We’ll have karaoke and icebreakers, and sweet and savory treats and drinks will be provided.
Come and meet the Latin American community working on open data and open government.
We are holding a small informal social event to share with you our experience in the Latin American Open Data Initiative (www.idatosabierto.org) and the work we have done in the region so far as part of the Open Data for Development Programme.
We will present a few lighting talks from some of our partners and mingle with great people in Washington DC . Come and meet us. We welcome Spanglish! We have limited space so please be sure to register.
Pizza and drinks will be provided.
This event is being organized and hosted by the Open Data Latin American Initiative/Iniciativa Latinoamericana por los Datos Abiertos
The Center For Open Data Enterprise and NuCivic have teamed up to co-host Demand-Driven Open Data Happy Hours - a series of events consisting of lightning talks and networking all centered around the idea of demand-driven open data.
We define “Demand-Driven Open Data” otherwise known as “agile open data” as government data that is accessed and managed based on the unique needs of users.
Beer and snacks will be served.
NuCivic is a mission-based company that provides full-service open source software-as-a-service (“OpenSaaS”) solutions to public sector institutions around the world.
The Center for Open Data Enterprise is an independent nonprofit organization that develops smarter open data strategies for governments, businesses, and other nonprofits by focusing on data users.
How Exactly has Tech Contributed to Impact in my Social Change Project? Happy Hour Workshop and Framework Launch
Laura Walker McDonald, CEO, SIMLab
Linda Raftree, Independent Consultant
Amy O’Donnell, ICT in Programme Lead, Oxfam GB
SIMLab helps to build accessible, responsive and resilient systems using inclusive technologies, helping people and organizations solve both the technological and human obstacles along the way. We’ve found, over ten years of working with organizations testing inclusive technology approaches all over the world, that there isn’t enough evidence of the contribution technology makes to social change work; that where there is, we don’t share it; and that often it doesn’t get to the really knotty issues.
This isn’t about how to use technology for M&E - this is about how to do M&E on technology projects. These interventions succeed or fail based on their sustainability, business models, data practices, choice of communications channel and technology platform; organizational change, risk models, and user support - among many other factors. Yet there is so little evidence that examines these issues, or which tells us what has been successful - even less about what has failed, and why.
We are publishing our internal Monitoring and Evaluation Framework next Monday, 4th April, under an open license. We’ll be launching it with a Happy Hour, discussion and workshop featuring two of the authors (Linda and Laura) and Amy O’Donnell, visiting from Oxfam GB. Laura and Linda will (briefly!) share the challenges that lead SIMLab to develop and share such a Framework, and the criteria they’ve developed (based on the OECD-DAC principles) to evaluate projects. Amy will offer her perspective around some of the opportunities and challenges from within a large development organization. And we’ll hear from you in a discussion session, and then get to work helping us to make the Framework better. This will be a hands on event with plenty of time for networking as you contribute ideas. And we will have wine, beer, soft drinks and nibbles.
We’ll be sharing the Framework as an open document for anyone to contribute to, and hope the discussion continues well beyond this workshop. Catch the beginning by signing up, coming along, and pitching in!
This workshop was made possible with the generous support of the Hewlett Foundation.
On March 21, from 5:30-7:00pm, join us at OpenGov Hub to meet, share knowledge, and explore potential collaborations with members of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance.
Convened and organized by the GovLab, and made possible by a three-year 5 million USD grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Network seeks to build an empirical foundation and fundamental understanding of how the redesign of democratic institutions influences effectiveness and legitimacy in governance, to the end of improving people’s lives. A core group of twelve members is complemented by an advisory network of academics, technologists, and current and former government officials. Through both face-to-face and online collaboration, the Network is focused on assessing existing innovations in governing and experimenting with new practices and, eventually new norms, for how our institutions make decisions at the local, national, and international level.
This reception will give a chance for the Network, the GovLab, and the OpenGov Hub's network of 35 member organizations promoting transparency, accountability, and civic participation around the world to explore collaboration opportunities with one another.
NDI, IFES, DAI, and the OpenGov Hub are pleased to invite you to the February 2016 #tech4dem Happy Hour featuring the $100,000 Innovation in Action Challenge, presented by DAI, USAID’s Global Development Lab, Montgomery County, and Global Accelerator Network. The challenge’s goal is to generate and incubate fresh solutions in six areas of international development:
1) Data Analytics: Improving monitoring, service delivery, and impact of development projects
2) Climate Change Adaptation: Helping monitor and respond to changes in the environment
3) Agriculture: Improve and secure food production and distribution.
4) Workforce Development: Equipping young people with skills and opportunities to connect to the labor market
5) Governance and Services: Fostering dialogue between governments and citizens
6) Knowledge Management: Facilitating learning and collaboration among development partners
Join #tech4dem on Wednesday, February 24th at the OpenGovHub to meet the people behind the Challenge and mingle with like-minded professionals. DAI will give a short presentation with Q&A.
Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Applications are due—four days later—on Feb 28th, so this will be a final, critical chance to ask questions before you apply.
THREE winners will receive:
- $20,000 in seed funding
- Matchmaking with an active DAI project
- A field visit to that project for testing and market analysis
- Access to a network of innovation accelerator professionals through DAI’s challenge partners
- Coaching to refine their pitch with an eye to the commercialization of their product
For more information on the challenge, eligibility requirements and to start your application, visit: http://bit.ly/dai-challenge
The #Tech4Dem Happy Hour series is a community forum for groups working in the ICT for democracy space and is organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI). Sign up for our mailing list.
Accountability Lab is hosting a unique social gathering with some of Liberia's most progressive minds. Share appetizers and drinks, bid on custom artwork, and enjoy live entertainment, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Liberian media startup, The Bush Chicken--the news outlet that has been setting standards for high-quality journalism in Liberia. The Bush Chicken was recently featured in the South African-based media outlet, How We Made It in Africa.
The OpenGov Hub and Global Giving are joining forces to celebrate the holiday season together this year!
Join us for some great company, food and drinks, activities, and to get to know your office neighbors and spread the holiday cheer.
The OpenGov Hub has had some new members join recently, so this is a great opportunity to welcome them to our community as well.
We'll be having:
- Cook Off and Bake Off Food Competitions
- Gift Wrapping and/or Gingerbread house building competitions
- Collecting Donations for a Group Charitable Gift and/or Winter Clothing Drive
- Possibly Karaoke
- And More!
Family members/partners are welcome to join.
See you there!