February 4, 2022

In Case You Missed It

We kicked off our Research Seminar Series for the spring 2022 semester by featuring intrapreneurs from the Open Data Policy Lab’s City Incubator for a discussion about reimagining institutions, investing in innovators, prioritizing data infrastructure in different cities across the globe. The recorded session is below. Watch Part II to hear from the other cities in the Incubator.

What is the Open Data Policy Lab's City Incubator?

Today, 56% of the global population lives in cities. This number is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Our city governments are the stewards of valuable data, data systems and data policies. How might we better equip our cities to solve problems with data? The Open Data Policy Lab‘s City Incubator is a program to help public intrapreneurs from 10 cities around the world to develop their data innovation ideas into reality by providing dedicated support over a six month period from September 2021 to March 2022. 

In Part I of the City Incubator seminar, we heard from the cities of Winnipeg, Canada; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Timișoara, Romania; Syracuse, New York, USA; and Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. 

Portrait of Jennifer Bodnarchuk

Winnipeg, Canada

Jennifer Bodnarchuk, Senior Data Scientist, Innovation & Technology Department, City of Winnipeg, Canada

Promoting accessibility, equity, diversity & inclusion in Winnipeg by developing the first City of Winnipeg Diversity Dashboard. This dashboard will provide transparency and visibility of the municipal government’s workforce demographics and updates on the activities at this city to create a more welcoming and inclusive workplace culture and city.

Portrait of Henry Hernandez

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Henry Xavier Hernandez Rendon, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Department, City of Guayaquil, Ecuador

Launching a public market analysis geospatial open data tool, Citizen 360, to support businesses and other organizations and individuals in understanding potential investment opportunities in the city. 

Portrait of Val Muresan

Timișoara, Romania

Valentin Muresan, Personal Advisor to the Mayor of Timisoara for Smart City & Digital Transformation, City Hall, Timisoara, Romania
Developing a central team and program, the Timișoara Open Data Lab, with a focus on the creation of Civic Inspector – a tool for selected volunteers in Timisoara to report back on the effectiveness of select city services. 
Portrait of Nicolas Diaz

Syracuse, New York, United States of America

Nicolas Diaz, Chief Innovation & Data Officer, Office of Accountability, Performance & Innovation, City of Syracuse, New York, United State of America

Developing a performance management framework and public facing dashboard for the City of Syracuse’ ARPA investments; working with all departments within the City of Syracuse to ensure a data-driven, effective, equitable and transparent use of funds.