Kenya wins bid to host the International Open Data Conference in 2020

H.E the Deputy President of Kenya, Hon. William Ruto.

The 6thInternational Open Data Conference (IODC) will be held in Africa for the first time, in Nairobi, Kenya. The Announcement was made at the closing ceremony of this years’ IODC being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina under the theme “The Future is Open”.

The International Open Data Conference (IODC) is a bi-annual premier gathering of champions on Open Data from Government, Civil Society, Academia, innovators etc to share, learn and collaborate on policies, technologies, tactics, tools and platforms for making data more open, accessible, available and interoperable in support of development priorities.

 Mr. Rudi Borrmann, Undersecretary for Public Innovation and Open Government, Argentina’s Ministry for Modernization noted that “This will be an excellent opportunity to share lessons learnt on hosting such an auspicious gathering with Kenya, but most importantly, a practical opportunity to strengthen South-South Collaboration. We look forward to advising and working with the Government of Kenya in the successful hosting of IODC in 2020.”

The IODC exists  to accelerate collaboration and increase the impact of open data activities globally, across different work streams such as Agriculture, health, education, gender and fiscal transparency. The Government of Spain, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the World Bank, and the Open Data for Development Network (OD4D) have been the curators of the Conference for the last 10 years. The Fifth IODC held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from September 27 – 28, 2018, was organized by the Government of Argentina, the World Bank, IDRC and OD4D with the support of Google, amongst others.

The Government of Kenya won the bid based on the consistency and high level leadership of H.E the Deputy President, Hon. William Ruto, on Open Government and data for development over the last three years. The Office of the Deputy President has co-founded the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) with over 400 leading Data Companies and Governments, energized the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) by co-hosting a Summit with the Governments of the United States and the United Kingdom in New York, convened a high level meeting on Data for Development in Africa with the Governments of Ghana and Sierra Leone and signed a land-mark agreement on with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and National Aeronautic Space Administration (NASA), to release 17 Years of satellite data for free to 5 Africa Countries (Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Senegal).

Dr. Korir Sing’oei, legal advisor to the Deputy President, in receiving the button to host #IODC20, on behalf of Kenya, stated that “We are indeed humbled and honored to be entrusted with the next International Open Data Conference, which will be a tremendous opportunity for the African Continent to showcase impact on how it has harnessed the power of data, technology and innovation, to respond to the age old challenges of our populations. With this conference, we are signaling Africa’s readiness to play a leading role in bridging the different data communities to deliver the benefits of data to our economies and leave no one behind.”

The theme of the International Open Data Conference in 2020 will be “Bridging Data Communities”, a vision that received a resound applause from the audience, noting the significance of the year 2020, that will mark 5 Years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement (PARIS21), 5yrs anniversary of the Africa Agenda 2063 and 25 Years since the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA). The 2020 conference is expected to bring over 3000 participants to Nairobi from across over 100 countries. Additionally, over 50 tech international tech companies are expected to participate, exhibit and hopefully invest in Africa’s burgeoning innovation spaces.

Do you have a story that you think would interest our readers?
Write to us


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.