Buenos Aires Open Cities Summit

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Open and Smart: The Evolution of Open Cities.

With the support of the Open Data 4 Development OD4D) network, the Open Cities Summit will take place the Monday before IODC18, September 24th, 2018 at Centro Metropolitano de Diseño in Buenos Aires.

The Open Cities Summit will aim to:

  • Reflect on challenges and opportunities since the last Open Cities Summit in 2016
  • Provide a forum and space for advancing discussion about and action on open cities
  • Create and publish action steps to advance the open cities movement
  • Create a roadmap to achieve the action steps through collaborative work

The Open Cities Summit will bring together:

  • Civil servants, CSOs, and NGOs working at the local / city level
  • Subject matter experts working in the field of Smart Cities and E-Government
  • Researchers interested in Open Data and Public Sector Innovation
  • Anyone who is passionate about using data and open principles to create positive change at the city level.


Missed the summit? Check out a summary of the event and the materials we covered below.


The summit will be structured as an all-day open conference and workshop

In the morning,

speakers, panels, and small group discussions will focus on how open cities are or are not improve the lives of people.

In the afternoon,

participants in the summit will be working in groups to ideate solutions to overcome challenges identified at the 2016 OCS and in the morning sessions.


there will be open space for discussion on successes and challenges of open cities, followed by a social gathering.






Welcome and Summit Overview

Why we’re gathered and how to get the most out of your Open Cities Summit experience

  • Jean-Noé Landry, Open North
  • Natalia Carfi, Open Data Charter
  • Panthea Lee, Reboot

Reflections from Buenos Aires

What our host city can teach us about open and smart cities

  • Fernando Straface, City of Buenos Aires

Keynotes: Open and Smart Cities

  • Gustavo Ungaro, Comptroller General - City of Sao Paolo: Transparency and Accountability in Smart Cities
  • Milena Pribic, AI Design Practices - IBM: Democratizing AI for Public Participation and Transparency
  • Francois Croteau, Borough Mayor - City of Montreal: A Values Driven approach to Smart Cities

Keynote Panel and Open Q&A


Panel: Best Practices in Open Smart Cities

How to support, scale, and sustain best practices around the world

  • Paulina Bustos Arellano, Civica Digital
  • Rosario Pavese, Open Government Partnership Local
  • Eric Reese, GovEx
  • Tony Rojas, Puebla State - Mexico

Where We're At and Where We're Going

Key takeaways from morning discussions & introduction to afternoon workshops that explore major opportunities and challenges

  • Synthesis of Takeaways and Key Questions: Panthea Lee, Reboot
  • Afternoon Workshop Pitches
    1. Marielle Velander, Reboot
    2. Kathrin Frauscher, Open Contracting Partnership
    3. Katya Abazajian, Sunlight Foundation
    4. Jean-Noé Landry, Open North



Facilitated, interactive discussions on key issues facing open, smart cities

  1. Advocates as Changemakers: Roles for Advocates in Open, Smart Cities
  2. Reflecting on the changing power dynamics between advocates and the governments they work with, whether they’re building capacity inside gov’t, advocating for governance reform, or providing a platform for citizens’ voices to be heard in local decision-making. How have advocates played a role in making cities more open and how will they help make cities smarter?

    • Katya Abazajian, Sunlight Foundation
    • Daniel Carranza, Data.UY
    • Ana Gabriel Zúñiga, Hivos
  3. Open Contracting in Cities: Using Open Procurement Data to Deliver Results
  4. Open contracting can change how procurement delivers value for cities. The session will introduce open contracting experiences from different cities and then break into small discussion groups to advance issues, such as increasing internal efficiencies or market opportunities and supporting the use of open contracting data by business and city communities.

    • Kathrin Frauscher, Open Contracting Partnership
    • Fernanda Hopenhyam, Poder
    • Nicolas Penagos, Open Contracting Partnership
    • Oscar Hernandez, Harvard Government Performance Lab
  5. From Theory to Impact: Designing Open Data Programs to Solve City Problems
  6. The last decade of open data initiatives has been focused on supplying and publishing data, but cities now face the challenge of making open data meaningful and useful to people working to solve problems in their communities. During our session, we will spark a conversation about the growing frontier of demand-driven open data initiatives.

    • Marielle Velander, Reboot
    • Richard Gevers, Open Data Durban
    • Rosalía Fucello, City of San Isidro
    • Samhir Vasdev, IREX
    • Zack Brisson, Reboot
  7. Open Cities for Climate Change Resilience
  8. Climate change is a cross cutting issue. This session intends to explore real-world examples of how open data can support cities' climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, including open data standards and tools, open climate change monitoring and evaluation processes and metrics. This interactive session will also explore how stronger city-to-city networks can help identify, share and scale best practices.

    • Peck Sangiambut, Open North
    • Daniely Votto, World Resources Institute (WRI) Brazil
    • Grace Doherty, World Bank
    • Constanza Movsichoff, City of Buenos Aires

Walk and Talk Break

Workshop Summary and Implications: From Talk to Action

Key takeaways from workshops and how we organize to seize key opportunities and tackle key challenges for our shared agenda

  • Panthea Lee, Reboot
  • Jean-Noé Landry, Open North
  • Maricel Lonati, City of Buenos Aires

Closing Reflections

What have we learned and how do we address open questions moving forward

  • Katya Abazajian, Sunlight Foundation
  • Alvaro Herrero, City of Buenos Aires
  • Gabriela Hadid, Omidyar Network
  • Juan Ignacio Belbis, ILDA

Informal Social

Celebrate open, smart cities and continue the conversation

Garage Bar (Chile 631, San Telmo)


Francois Croteau

Francois Croteau

First elected mayor of Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie borough in Montreal, Canada, in 2009, and re-elected in 2013 and 2017, Mr. Croteau's leadership stood out particularly for its focus on innovative ecological transition, including urban agriculture, sustainable mobility, urban planning and sustainable management of public services. M. Croteau is also a member of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal, responsible for smart city, information and innovation technologies.

Milena Pribic

Milena Pribic

Milena is defining what it means to design for Artificial Intelligence at IBM. Her work focuses on the direct and indirect effect of AI on human relationships. Currently, she’s working to create and scale ethical AI resources for thousands of designers and developers. She lives and works in Austin, TX.

Gustavo Ungaro

Gustavo Ungaro

He holds a Law Degree from the University of São Paulo - USP (1997) and a Master's Degree in State Law from USP (2006). He is currently Professor of Higher Education at Nove de Julho University, invited lecturer of other institutions. He was General Ombudsman of the State of São Paulo and member of the National Council of Internal Control - CONACI. He is studying for a doctorate in Law at University of São Paulo. He has experience in the area of Public Law and Management, with emphasis in Public Law, working mainly in the following subjects: administrative law, constitutional law, general theory of Law and State, control of the administration, internal control, prevention of corruption, transparency, access to information, human rights, educational management. He is currently General Controller of Sao Paulo City.


If you are interested in participating, please send us an email at opencitiessummit@gmail.com