We may be sticklers for statistics but our real passion is the people and the stories behind the numbers. From bedroom developers to multi-national, world-leaders in technology and innovation, Leeds is teeming with talent. Some people are at the bleeding edge of the curve creating the future of service delivery, whilst others are just starting out on an Open Data journey working in challenging, complex and political environments to bring a relatively new and unproven innovation to businesses across the city and the UK. Hear some of their experiences or share yours on our blog, and keep an eye out for the latest events, training and networking happening in Leeds.


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ODI Leeds and Friends Showcase 2017

Leeds Digital Festival returns for 2017, and with it so does our ODI Leeds & Friends Showcase! Last year's event had a fabulous turnout of nearly 100 people throughout the day, popping along to hear about ODI Leeds and the partners and sponsors that make the digital scene in Leeds so vibrant.
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Ripple – An Open Digital Platform for the NHS

Ripple OSI are looking to create an 'open platform challenge fund' - a yearly open competition for the creation of open platforms to be deployed in the NHS. The fund would be created by diverting 1% of the yearly NHS digitisation budget.

They are inviting submissions of interest in this 'open platform challenge fund,' hoping to gauge the wider interest in this fund and bring the responses to the attention of NHS Digital and NHS England.
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Upcoming Events

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Leeds GovJam 2017

Date: 16/05/2017 - 18/05/2017

Venue: ODI Leeds, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds, LS9 8AG

Leeds GovJam is a chance to learn by doing. Your team will collaborate rapidly in designing and testing solutions to public problems. You’ll get more than great new ideas and service design methods: by the end of the event you will have the experience of co-creating a working prototype.

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Making an impact with data webinar

Date: 16/05/2017

Venue: On line

This webinar will focus on making an impact with data looking at the impact of data use in local government to highlight where and how exemplary work is being done, and to inspire other local authorities to make working with data a core part of their practice. It provides links to exemplar case studies.

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Data-driven Government roadshow – Leeds

Date: 18/05/2017

Venue: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, LS1 4BR

The must-attend event for data professionals in local authorities, NHS and government departments
The power of data is now widely recognised as crucial to making public services more effective and improving outcomes. Yet, despite this, many organisations remain at the start of their journey or still have a long way to go before they can fully unlock the opportunities data can bring.

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Michael Ramsey

Michael is new to the public sector and Open Data worlds, having joined Leeds City Council’s Graduate Development Programme in September 2016. Prior to this, he studied International Relations at the University of Leeds; including spending a year studying in Germany. He will be co-ordinating Smart Cities and Open Data projects for his first 8-month…

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Forsyth Hill

Forsyth has worked for the council for over 20 years. The past three have been in Information Governance doing information compliance work. Before that he worked as a Change Manager for Legal Services. Forsyth will be involved in the effort to change the culture within the organisation to a position of information being open by default.

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aql are an Ofcom regulated telecommunications operator. They provide wholesale integrated communications services ranging from mobile messaging, IP telephony, fibre and wireless leased lines, secure datacentre hosting to machine-to-machine (m2m) services for the growing demand of the Internet of things (IoT) marketplace.

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