#OpenDataSavesLives is a new type of institution which is #RadicallyOpen, with a mission to build and create real impact, focused on sharing data and innovation to #savelives. To carry our #RadicallyOpen ambition forward we are hosting a one day online event that will bring together people from across health and care to share data, learn and innovate around key issues related to health.

There will be a Showcase in the morning with a variety of great speakers and live Q&As following the talks. In the afternoon we will hold an Unconference. The agenda for the Unconference will be guided by YOU - the participants. All those who join will have the opportunity to put their ideas on the agenda, meaning the Unconference will cover the topics most relevant to YOU.

How to Join the Unconference

On the day of the unconference click play above to watch the conference happening live. If you haven't had time to pre-register and would like to join in then please email and we will send you the joining instructions.

We are using a virtual conferencing platform, Airmeet. We have found it to be simple and easy to use - but here are some top tips:

  • You can use a laptop/desktop or either mobile phone or tablet (we do think the experience is best on a laptop/desktop).
  • If you would like to join the event via mobile you will need to download the app. Here is the link for an iOS device. This is the link to download the app on an android device.
  • When you click the link provided you will be taken straight to Airmeet, click 'Enter event'.
  • You will then be asked to add your name and organisation to be displayed within the event. If you do not want to share this information, please input n/a.
  • If on a laptop/desktop you will need to give your browser permission to use the camera/microphone to enable basic functionality in Airmeet:
    • Select 'Enable camera & mic'
    • Click 'Allow' in the popup boxes located top left of your screen
    • You are free to turn off your camera and stay on mute until you want to ask questions.
  • If you can't get on the platform - try the following tips:
    • Enable your camera and microphone
    • Disable any VPN or firewalls - you can do this in your Internet settings
    • Ensure you are using a chrome browser with a recent version
    • Make sure your internet connection is working
    • Email for help
    • There is a help function in the Social Lounge where you can chat with Airmeet Advisors.


TimeSpeakerOrganisationTalk title
10:00 AMPaul Connell & Marc FarrODSLIntroduction to the Unconference
10:05 AMChris BatesTPPSponsor introduction
10:07 AMJohn O'connellSCWSponsor introduction followed by a live Q&A.
10:15 AMMarc FarrBeautiful Info"Reducing Inequalities and Unwarranted Variation in Health" followed by a live Q&A.
10:30 AMChris RoebuckNHSX"Working together to improve open data in health and social care" followed by a live Q&A.
10:45 AMKate Croft & Paul JenningsNHS Digital"Introduction to Mental Health Data" followed by a live Q&A.
11:05 AMTina WoodsAPPG for Longevity"Open Life Data to Support Healthy Longevity for All" Followed by a live Q&A with Gavin Starks, Director of Dgen
11:25 AM20 Minute TEA BREAK
11:45 AMEd ParhamSpace SyntaxUnderstanding place to improve Health outcomes followed by a live Q&A.
12:00 PMChris BatesTPP"The OpenSAFELY Platform: 18 months on" followed by a live Q&A.
12:20 PMJohn O'connellSCW"Building Analytical and Data Science Capability" followed by a live Q&A.
12:45 PMMarcus BawGP"Open Source Is The Only Way for Medicine" followed by a live Q&A.
13:05 - 14.00 PMLunch Break and Networking
14:00 PMUnconferenceODSLIntro to the afternoon unconference
14:05 - 15:30 PMUnconferenceODSLBreakout groups


  • Dr Chris Bates

    Director of Research & Analytics, TPP

    Chris is a data scientist and developer at TPP and holds a PhD in Mathematics. He leads TPP’s work in the use of electronic health record data to support analytics, surveillance, and research. Chris is also actively involved in many national interoperability programmes and data sharing initiatives. He has previously been recognised by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) as one of the top 50 innovators in UK healthcare. He is an active researcher with recent publications in Nature, Science, and the Lancet. As part of TPP’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chris has been a key member of the OpenSAFELY collaborative, helping to build the world’s largest platform for Covid-19 EHR research In collaboration with NHS England, the University of Oxford, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

  • Chris Roebuck

    Associate Director and Chief Statistician, Data Services Directorate

    I am Chief Statistician at NHS Digital. I am passionate about improving the utility of our data to benefit patients and citizens and ensuring our 250 official statistics and open data releases each year best meet users’ needs.

    Before this I have had a number of roles in its predecessor organisations, including covering Data Dissemination and Hospital Episode Statistics.

    I live in Leeds with my partner and daughter. In my spare time, I am a very enthusiastic runner and member of my local club: Horsforth Harriers. I also enjoy playing chess.

  • Ed Parham

    Director of Innovation and Design at Space Syntax and a Founding Director of IntegrAIted.Digital

    These roles combine the development of tools to analyse cities with their application to real-world design and planning projects. The overarching objective behind these activities is to create better cities for people by understanding the interactions between urban systems.

    In his time at Space Syntax he has lead international multi-disciplinary design teams to masterplan capital cities, improve health outcomes in UK cities and shape the development of digital tools that enable untrained users to make evidence-informed decisions.

  • John O'Connell

    Director of Strategic and Service Innovation, NHS SCW

    John is the Director of Strategic and Service Innovation at NHS SCW, responsible for (i) leading the development of SCW’s approach to innovation (ii) leading the development and delivery of SCW’s Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics consultancy offer (iii) Executive lead for BSW development. My key focus is a ‘customer focused’ change maker, working collaboratively with other senior leaders within the organisation and across the NHS to constructively challenge and disrupt through experimentation and practice, agree and define new methodologies to be adopted to ensure innovation is embedded as part of SCW’s and the NHS’s ways of working.

    Passion areas: Innovation fuelled by creative curiosity using data, analytics and AI applied for social good, particularly in support of the sustainability goals to reduce health inequalities. Outside of work, a bit of a bibliophile who enjoys cycling and ‘trying to’ play guitar but not all at the same time.

  • Kate Croft

    Lead Information Manager, Data Services Directorate, NHS Digital

    Kate Croft is passionate about the use of data to improve lives. She is an experienced analytical leader with a proven track record in Analysis, Stakeholder Management, Multi-Disciplinary Team Management, Leadership, and Project Management. Kate has worked at NHS Digital for 15 years and has deep knowledge of managing the collection, analysis and publication of national data sets including across mental health, prescribing and secondary care.

  • Marc Farr

    Founder Beautiful Information

    On leaving the management consultancy Experian Marc joined UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis as a senior research fellow. It was there that he made initial contact with Dr Foster, analysing the relationship between geodemography and health outcomes. They were looking at the use of postcode level statistics to standardise hospital mortality rates alongside variables such as age, sex and diagnosis to enable hospitals to be compared with one another.

    In 2004 Marc joined Dr Foster as Director of Product Development where he oversaw the company’s development of tools across clinical benchmarking, financial management and health needs mapping. In 2007 Marc was made Honorary Professor at UCL in the field of Geomatic and Civil Engineering. In 2010 he joined East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he is Director of Information responsible for informatics, coding and clinical systems. Marc is a graduate of the King’s Fund future leaders course and was named in the HSJ Top 50 Innovators in Health 2013.

  • Dr Marcus Baw

    Chair RCGP Health Informatics Group, Freelance Software Developer, Locum General Practitioner

    Hi! I’m Marcus Baw. I’m a locum GP and Emergency Physician in Yorkshire, with a fairly unusual portfolio career in Health IT, health hacking, Open Source and some other stuff. I also founded and ran Leigh Hackspace for several years before we moved to Yorkshire, and I’m a self-taught polyglot developer. I’m the Chair of the RCGP (Royal College of GPs) Health Informatics Group, and have been working for the RCPCH (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) as lead developer and Clinical Safety Officer on their groundbreaking Digital Growth Charts project. I co-founded the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Digital Health Group, and I’m a director of the Public Money Public Code CIC. I tend to get very excited about open source in healthcare

  • Paul Connell

    Founder ODILeeds

    Paul is an entrepreneur and specialist in innovation, his experience and knowledge means that he has developed a unique skill-set in the field Open Innovation, Data & Smart & Future Cities.

    He founded ODI Leeds in November 2013 and DataCity in 2016.

    ODI Leeds is a pioneer node of the Open Data Institute. It was created to explore and deliver the potential of open innovation with data at city scale. It works to improve lives, help people and create value.

    DataCity is a Data as a Service (DaaS) company that is using Big Data and AI to understand the economy in real time.

  • Paul Jennings

    Analytical Section Head, Data Services Directorate, NHS Digital

    I am an Analytical Section Head at NHS Digital, where I am responsible for leading a team of analysts developing new solutions and statistics for our open data publications. I have been part of NHS Digital’s analytical function for ten years, working across a range of different care domains including mental health, maternity services, secondary care and clinical indicators. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and art.

  • Tina Woods

    Social Entrepreneur and system architect in Preventative Health, Healthy Longevity and Open Health Data/AI

    Tina Woods is a social entrepreneur who brings diverse stakeholders together to address the system changes needed to improve health for all. She is Founder and CEO of Collider Health and works with private sector and public sector, including the National AHSN AI Network, NHSX AI Lab and UK Research & Innovation on the Healthy Ageing Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Tina is also the Director of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Longevity and Co-Founder and CEO of Business for Health, a business-led coalition of socially responsible employers, purchasers, investors and innovators supporting long-term sustainable innovation and investment in preventative health and care. Tina’s book, ‘Live Longer with AI: How artificial intelligence is helping us extend our healthspans and live better too' was published in October 2020.