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Data Days Cleveland 2017

Data Days Cleveland 2017
HIMSS Innovation Center
March 2-4, 2017

Cleveland’s first annual celebration of civic technology, data & the doers working to improve our region, Data Days Cle was presented by the The Cleveland Civic Tech + Open Data Collaborative (The Collaborative) at the HIMSS Innovation Center, 4th floor of the Global Center for Health Innovation.

The Collaborative is a joint initiative of five original partner organizations, including the CWRU Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Open Cleveland, of Code for America, Hack Cleveland, OpenNeo, the Cleveland City Planning Commission as well as, and more recently, the Cleveland Shapers, of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers venture, and the Ward 14 office of Cleveland City Council.

Data Days CTRL + ALT + CLE brought together community data users and resources in facilitating collaborative conversations aimed at improving the Northeast Ohio data, technology and civic ecosystem. In partnership with the HIMSS Innovation Center, EDSI, DigitalC, the Cleveland Foundation, Microsoft, Cleveland City Council and others, the event was broken down over the 3 days as follows:

Thursday, March 2nd, also known as “CTRL” featured a day long symposium focused on existing data use, institutional tools and training. Providing hands-on data and skills training for area nonprofits, community members, and students, attendees learned how to use our community's data resources and hone your data-focused skills and practices.

Openiing Day - Lanyards waiting for attendees

Opening Day - Lanyards waiting for attendees


Presentations by the US Census Bureau, Microsoft, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, CWRU’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development (NEO CANDO), and other data-smart, civic-focused Northeast Ohio organizations.

Thursday evening there was a reception in the beautiful lobby of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Photo, videos and more from Thursday - CTRL

The morning of Friday, March 3rd, also known as “ALT” features a keynote address and forum with Aneesh Chopra, President of NavHealth, author of Innovative State and the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States of America appointed under President Barack Obama.

Aneesh Chopra at Data Days Cleveland promo


Aimed at civic activists, as well as institutional and government leaders, “ALT” was an exploration of the use of open federal, state, and local government data and civic engagement. The forum featured a local perspective alongside Aneesh representing how communities properly enable handshakes among stakeholders and handoffs to civic innovators to better serve communities.

Photo, videos and more from Aneesh Chopra on Friday - ALT

Saturday, March 4th, also known as “CLE”, was an attendee driven day exploring civic tech and open data. A day of inclusivity and citizen access, attendees set the agenda. ‘CLE’ capped off Data Days in true un/conference style, focused on engaging the broader public.

Data Days Cleveland Unconference sign

Developers, advocates, and users convened and facilitated conversations of their choosing. Several lighting speakers shared motivating stories around the use of technology and data as a means for progress.

Photo, videos and more from Saturday - CLE

As mentioned, Data Days CLE was held at the HIMSS Innovation Center, 4th floor of the Global Center for Health Innovation.

John Paganini, Sr. Manager, Interoperability Initiatives, of HIMSS told us about the great space. The HIMSS Innovation Center, located at The Global Center for Health Innovation, is the only physical and virtual, state-of-the-art, testing, exhibition and conference facility that offers real-time demonstration of how healthcare technologies contribute to safer, higher quality and more cost-effective care and ensures that information gets to the right people at the right time to enable informed decisions. It's also great as a unique venue for other tech and business events. Watch the video and let John tell you.



During a break, Great Lakes Geek Dan Hanson did a walk-through of the HIMSS Innovation Center. Take a walk with him in this video.




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