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The Launch Event

Part of Leeds Digital Festival - we had a live streamed talk from ODI Leeds Founder Paul Connell and Open Data Associate Michelle Brook on 20th September 2021 at 10 AM.


21st October 2021 at 9:30 AM

An all-day interactive virtual event. The morning session will be a show-case, sharing the work of our partners, clients and friends. The afternoon will be open discussions on 2 topics:

  1. Planet Data Energy & Housing Solutions
    • Working in the open to design & build an open source tool to help drive pace in retrofitting buildings
  2. Planet Data Doughnut Economics
    • Creating the data infrastructure to drive a locally relevant Doughnut Economics dashboard

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How to Join the Showcase

On the day of the showcase 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 hello@odileeds.org and we will send you the joining instructions.

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Showcase Schedule

TimeSpeakerOrganisationTalk title
9:30 AMPaul Connell & Michelle BrookOpen InnovationsIntroduction
9:35 AMDimitri VogelaarKingdom of the NetherlandsWhy are the Kingdom of the Netherlands involved and interested?
9:37 AMTracy BrabinMayor of West YorkshireWhy Is Data, Technology and the Climate Emergency so important for West Yorkshire and why we need to connect across the Northernlands.
9:52 AMZeena FarookArupChallenges with Data at City Scale
10:05 AMMichelle BrookOpen InnovationsSponsor Thanks
10:10 AMYiu-Shing PangUK Power NetworksOpening Up Energy Data to help Deliver Net Zero
10:25 AMLouise CrowmySocietyExploring local climate action plans
10:40 AMHeather BadenClimate Action TechA global community of tech workers taking action on climate change
10:55 AMDan BarretWYCATackling the Climate and Environment Emergency Together
11:30 AMMarius SmitPlastic WhaleInterview with Plastic Whale
11:45 AMCoen BakkerThe Waste TransformersThe Waste Transformers: Turning one of the causes of global warming, food waste into economic, restoring and social opportunities
12:00 PMBerend Olde RikkertNet2GridHow NET2GRID helps utilities build data driven services and reduce costs
12:05 PMDan StowellOpen Climate FixBuilding a high-coverage open dataset of solar photovoltaic installations in the UK
12:20 PMFatima GarciaThe Data CityMeasuring the net zero economy in real time
12:30 PMSam MilsomOpen Data ManchesterData for and by communities
12:45 PMStuart LoweOpen InnovationsReducing Website Carbon emissions
1:00 PMRob Allen & Will SmithTredPutting the boot into climate change with data
2:15 PMWorking Open SessionOpen InnovationsIntroduction & Warm Up
2:30 PMWorking Open SessionALLPlanet Data Energy & Housing Solutions - Working in the open to design & build an open source tool to help drive pace in retrofitting buildings
Planet Data Doughnut Economics - creating the data infrastructure to drive a locally relevant Doughnut Economics dashboard
3:30 PMOpen InnovationsOpen InnovationsWrap Up and Thanks

*Timings subject to change as it is a live event


  • Berend Olde Rikkert

    CCO, Net2Grid

    Berend is no stranger when it comes to guiding organizations and especially energy retailers towards the energy transition helping them to immigrate to an energy services provider. His extensive experience both as a consultant and as an entrepreneur is valuable for energy suppliers willing to adopt a customer-centric business model and become leaders in the clean energy transition. "A powerful user experience is a key to future success" says Berend "and at the core of great experience lie data and smart technology that can deliver valuable services that correspond to people’s needs for better awareness, control and personalization. People expect their energy providers to offer them services to be more energy-efficient, empowered and in control." At NET2GRID, Berend works towards partnering with energy suppliers in this transition.

  • Coen Bakker

    Marketing Manager, The Waste Transformers

    An astonishing 30% of all food produced is lost or wasted. Coen Bakker, Marketing Manager at The Waste Transformers points out the problem of food waste handling and why it is heating up our global temperature in a very short time.

    The Waste Transformers turn one of the causes of global warming, food waste into an opportunity. How? By taking transportation of food waste out of the equation and thereby enabling food waste producers, such as malls, universities, municipalities and food production companies to turn their non-consumable food waste on-site, into green local energy. They restore the organic nutrients to use as an organic fertilizer to put CO2 back into the soil, or to grow greens in urban areas. This technology fits into modular containers, named Waste Transformers, and grow with the amount of food waste available, between 300kg-3000kg per day.

  • Dan Stowell

    Co-founder and CTO of Warblr Ltd, collaborates on OpenClimateFix

    Dan Stowell is Associate Professor of AI & Biodiversity, jointly appointed at Tilburg University and Naturalis Biodiversity Centre (NL). Since 2012 he has led research on computational bioacoustics using machine learning and signal processing. He is cofounder and CTO of Warblr Ltd (UK), a phone app that automatically recognises bird sounds - the app has received awards and copious press coverage, and has tens of thousands of regular users around the UK. He also collaborates with OpenClimateFix on fixing climate change with computers.

  • Daniel Barrett

    Head of Energy & Environment West Yorkshire Combined Authority

    Daniel is tackling the climate and environment emergency, and working towards a net zero carbon West Yorkshire by 2038. This is about accelerating a just and inclusive net zero society at lowest cost for all. Leading multi-million pound investments in clean energy, nature recovery and climate ready resilience.

  • Dimitri Vogelaar

    Head of Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Netherlands

    Dimitri Vogelaar joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands in 2003. After postings at the Western Hemisphere Department and overseas to Luanda and London, he was appointed Deputy Head International Cyber Policy in August 2016. In 2020 he returned to The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as Head of Economic Affairs. He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam and an MA in International Economics from the University of Manchester.

  • Fatima Garcia

    Data Analyst

    Fatima’s background is in geography and the environment, after finishing her degree in Spain, Fatima decided to start a career in research in the UK. She is now a PhD Candidate in Nottingham Trent University, where she further developed her skills defining original methodologies. In The Data City she is designing and producing datasets to answer complex questions, analysing datasets and sharing interesting findings on our portal. A core member of the team Fatima has the ability to ask the right questions to understand complex problems and create simple, data based, solutions.

    Website: http://www.thedatacity.com/

  • Heather Baden

    Innovation & Sustainability lead at Metta, an Affiliate Member of IEMA, organiser of ClimateAction.tech & member of Citizen Climate lobby & Tech for Good

    A bit of a nomad, I’ve lived and worked in the US, Australia and the UK. Both at work and outside, I’m an environmentalist and philanthropist passionate about my part in the race to Net Zero, volunteering, reducing my footprint & learning more about how to tackle climate change and social inequalities. I love rock climbing, cooking, natural wine, (eco)travel and spending time with my husband and cat. Above all, I’m passionate about being sustainable & inclusive.

    I’ve founded programs that help employees make a difference through green teams, volunteering to tackle poverty and climate change and a DE&I ERG. I’m the Innovation & Sustainability lead at Metta, an Affiliate Member of IEMA, organiser of ClimateAction.tech & member of Citizen Climate lobby & Tech for Good.

    Website: https://climateaction.tech/

  • Louise Crow

    Programme Director

    Louise is a public-interest technologist with over 20 years of experience in software development, in the diverse settings of startups, academia, parliament and biotechnology. She has spent the last ten years in senior roles at mySociety, one of the pioneering organisations of the civic technology movement, and has led a range of work, including the the creation of mySociety's climate programme.

    Website: https://www.mysociety.org/climate/

  • Marius Smit

    Founder of Plastic Whale

    10 years ago, I started alone, without any means but with an exciting challenge: "I want to build a boat from plastic waste. But I have never driven a boat, let alone built one, so please help me!" To this call many responded, and today Plastic Whale stands for a community of doers. People that come into action for our mission: Together for plastic free land & sea. Within our pillars 'We Collect, We Create & We Educate, we help as a social enterprise, many companies in their sustainability mission.

    Website: https://plasticwhale.com/

  • Michelle Brook

    Associate, Open Innovations

    A former scientist, Michelle is passionate about the environment and our impact on the planet. She joined ODI Leeds as an Associate in 2021 to lead our work on #PlanetData, and is also an associate at Icebreaker One and Chair of Open Data Manchester.

    Michelle has over a decade's experience of working in not-for-profit organisations with clients including local authorities, central governments, multi-national organisations and the European Commission. Her work focusses on helping people, communities and organisations have greater access to the data, information, skills and opportunities to help them make better and more informed decisions.

    When not working, Michelle spends her time outside as much as possible, including feeding local birds, swimming, cycling and kayaking.

    Website: https://open-innovations.org/

  • Paul Connell

    Founder of Open Innovations

    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.

    Website: https://open-innovations.org/

  • Rob Allen

    Market Manager, Tred

    Rob is Tred’s marketing manager and has long been interested in all thing’s sustainability. His experience in bringing new sustainable products to market means he’s well positioned for help Tred build a large and active community of users.

    Website: https://www.tred.earth/app

  • Sam Milsom

    Programme Development Manager

    Sam designs and delivers Open Data Manchester’s programme including training, workshops and projects such as Data for Communities and the lottery funded Our Streets Chorlton.

    He is a skilled workshop facilitator with experience of making data accessible to ‘non-data people’ and building strong community and stakeholder engagement.

    Previously Sam has worked for Code Club and ReadingWise. In 2011, he co-founded Time/Image Online, responsible for the digitisation and cataloguing of the British Council’s film archive. He can sometimes be heard co-hosting the Tech For Good Live podcast.

    Website: https://www.opendatamanchester.org.uk/

  • Stuart Lowe

    Data Projects, Open Innovations (formerly ODI Leeds)

    Stuart works on a range of projects at Open Innovations (formerly ODI Leeds) that use open data - everything from visualising the Internet-of-things sector to mapping open datasets in the north of England to hex cartograms of election results and visualising future energy scenarios.

    Before joining Open Innovations Stuart was a radio astronomer, helped build a satellite to study the echoes of the Big Bang, made educational websites, created a book of infographics about space and astronomy, and cycled across continents.

    Website: https://open-innovations.org/projects

  • Tracy Brabin

    Mayor of West Yorkshire

    Tracy Brabin is a British Labour and Co-operative politician who was elected as the first Mayor of West Yorkshire, and the first ever woman Metro Mayor in May 2021. She was the Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen from 2016 until 2021. As MP, she held appointments as Shadow Early Years Minister, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries. Born in Batley, Tracy was an actor and television writer prior to entering politics.

  • Will Smith

    Co-founder of Tred

    Will co-founded Tred last year alongside Pete Kirby. They created Tred to help people understand the real impact their choices have on the planet. Will’s experience as a triathlete came in useful in letting him recently acquire the record for fastest marathon dressed as a tree when he ran the London Marathon to raise funds for tree planting.

    Website: https://www.tred.earth/app

  • Yiu-Shing Pang

    Open Data Manager at UK Power Networks

    UK Power Networks recently launched its Open Data Portal, which will be a key enabler to Net Zero, from supporting EV proliferation to helping Local Authorities with their local area energy planning. This is achieved through openly licensed network asset data, available for anyone to use. Yiu-Shing hopes to build a collaborative community around this Portal, with users innovating with the datasets and sharing ideas with one another.

    Previously, Yiu-Shing worked within UK Power Networks’ strategy and regulatory affairs team focused on engagement with the UK government and Ofgem. Outside of work, he is a keen runner and reader, he also served as the treasurer and committee member of the London branch of the Energy Institute Young Professionals Network.

    The Open Data Portal can be found here: https://ukpowernetworks.opendatasoft.com/pages/home/ [ukpowernetworks.opendatasoft.com]

    Website: https://ukpowernetworks.opendatasoft.com/pages/home/

  • Zeena Farook

    Growth Lead, ARUP

    Zeena has a number of years of experience on major projects as a Civil Engineer in Arup, and developing and commercialising software in Oasys, the software house of Arup. She has seen at first hand the data challenges in the Built Environment and is working to scale data use through our projects and innovations.

    Zeena leads the scaling of Digital Products and Partnerships from Arup within our Digital Hub and Digital Technology Departments. Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today’s built environment. Together we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world.

    Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zeenafarook/

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