#DevTO 23 – Near Future Trends in Tech and Building an Open Data Ecosystem

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If you missed last month’s speakers check them out here. As for this month, it’s Lanny Geffen and Joey Coleman talking about near future trends and building an open data ecosystem for all to access!
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Where the puck is going: Near future trends in tech and UX
Lanny Geffen – Creative Director at Digiflare

In 15 mins I’d like to look at new hardware and ux possibilities to expect in the next decade and how that may also affect devs and it entrepreneurs.

Lanny Geffen has close to 14 years experience as a creative thinker and problem solver in the field of interactive design.
A large agency veteran, Lanny has spent his career working with many of the world’s most distinguished brands, successfully producing award-winning work across all interactive platforms.

Building an Open Data ecosystem for all to access, not just elites
Joey Coleman – Freelance Journalist

How do we build open data so it is accessible to all citizens and not just those with specialized skills such as information management or coding? In Hamilton, municipal open data is being implemented because of advocacy among neighbourhood associations and community groups, not solely from the developer community, with the goal of ensuring all citizens can use open data. It’s a unique partnership – what does it mean for open data, open government, and civic engagement? Join this discussion as we explore the question.

Joey Coleman is Canada’s first crowdfunded journalist. Based in Hamilton, Joey covers all municipal government and board meetings, responds to reader inquiries at all hours, and livestreams from breaking news events. Prior to breaking out on his own, Joey worked for Maclean’s and The Globe and Mail. A nerd at heart, Joey is a leader in Hamilton’s Open Data movement believing that journalism is not gatekeeping, but gate-opening.

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