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21 – 22 June 2018

Erbia Congress Centre

City Tower, 27th floor, Hvězdova 1716/2b, Prague 4


About Congress

How to best use city data? How can they improve life of the city citizens?

How to work effectively with city data portals? How to engage communities to these discussions? Let’s share best practises from cities all over the world!

We will look for the answers at Prague Data Cities Congress organised by the City Mayor and Operátor ICT, municipal company responsible for Smart City innovation in Prague.

Congress Programme

18:00 – 20:00
Welcome Opening Evening for registered Congress Participants

18:00 – Opening speech by Mrs. Adriana Krnacova, the Mayor of City of Prague

Venue address: The Residence of the Mayor of Prague, Mariánské náměstí 2, Prague 1

Registration, breakfast

8:30 – 9:30

City Mayor´s welcome speech

9:30 – 9:45, Adriana Krnáčová, Mayor of Prague (CZ)

Keynote speaker I

9:45 – 10:15, Hany Fam, MasterCard (UK)

Keynote speaker II

10:15 – 10:45, Munish Khetrapal, Cisco (US)

 Academic view and practise

10:45 – 11:45, Panel discussion on best examples of city data reuse, current trends in using data, visions – how do the academic visions meet the practise?

  • Miroslav Svítek, Czech Technical University in Prague (CZ)
  • Emil Pelikán, Czech Academy of Sciences (CZ)
  • Benedikt Kotmel, ICT Operator, Prague City (CZ)
  • and others

11:45 – 12:50


13:00 – 16:00

Two parallel series of workshops focused on case studies. Workshops will be opened by short presentations followed by moderated discussion. The output of the workshops will be a list of recommendations that will be shared among conference participants.

Workshop 1: Community Engagement + Open Data Reuse Measuring
  • Benedikt Kotmel, ICT Operator (CZ)
  • Julian Tait, Open Data Manchester (UK)
  • Kateryna Onyliogwu, Open Data Team Lead (UA)

How to ensure that Open Data are reused? In the recent years, there have been a lot of discussions about the role of community engagement within Open Data. After almost 10 years of Open Data movement, there is no doubt that without community that contains civil servants, academic sphere, private sector and citizens, it is not possible to create a truly sustainable Open Data ecosystem that has expected impact.
In this workshop challenges and barriers facing Open Data community as well as engagement and best practises will be discussed. Methods of Open Data reuse measuring will be discussed as essential part of the whole ecosystem.

Workshop 2: City Data Portals – Best Examples from the Cities
  • Lenka Kováčová, Open Society Fund (CZ)
  • Martin Dvořák, Brno City (CZ)
  • Paola Andrea Pollmeier, Medellín City, Columbia (CO)
  • Benedikt Kotmel, ICT Operator, Prague City (CZ)
  • Veronika Vozárová, Prešov City (SK)

What are the best practises when building city Open Data portals? In this workshop various Open Data leaders from cities all over the world will present their approaches and experiences with building city Open Data portals.

Workshop 3: Data driven Management – Using City Data for Strategic Decision-making
  • Nicola Graham, Smart Dublin (IE)
  • Lenka Burgerová, member of City Council of Prague 7 (CZ)
  • Britta Ricker, University of Twente (NL)

Collect, analyse, visualize data about the city is undoubtedly a step forward and there are big visions about cities which management is based on data. But what does it take to incorporate data driven approach to existing regulation and city management? Are the biggest issues more technical, organizational or societal? How to actually make actions, change regulation, provide better services to citizens as a final step of data use-cases? In this workshop different approaches and good and bad practises will be discussed.

Workshop 4: Using data for better city services – success stories
  • Roman Bohovic, World from Space (SK)
  • Piia Karjalainen, ERTICO – ITS Europe (BE)
  • Wojciech Sańko, SocLab (PL)
  • Tomáš Vyhnánek, Ministry of Finance (CZ)

In this session various concrete success and interesting stories about city data will be presented.


Closing speech, Glass of wine


Our Speakers
Adriana Krnáčová
Mayor of Prague (CZ)

Adriana Krnáčová, the Mayor of Prague, has been working as a member of Prague City Assembly for the political movement ANO since October 2014. In November 2014 she has been elected the Mayor of Prague. Under her competence belong among others area of Legislation and Law, Public Administration, R&D, innovations, anti-corruption measures and international relations. In past she worked as Consultant and Director in Transparency International (2001 – 2007). In 2007 she became Communications Director and Board Member of Czech division of Johnson & Johnson Company. She was appointed the Deputy Interior Minister for Public Administration and Legislation in 2014.

Zdeněk Valenta
The Czech Academy of Sciences

Zdeněk Valenta’s professional interests include analysing data from clinical and epidemiological studies and teaching medical statistics from pre-graduate to postgraduate level. Apart from teaching introductory courses in medical statistics he also taught short courses in survival analysis, design and analysis of data from clinical studies, nonparametric statistical methods, discriminate analysis and decision support in medicine and health care. He also took part in teaching a course in forensic genetics. Professional interests further include analysis of data from cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, statistical modelling, survival analysis, generalised linear (mixed) models and statistical applications in genetics and molecular biology.

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Miroslav Svítek
Czech Smart City Cluster (CZ)

Miroslav Svítek, is president of Czech Smart City Cluster, president of Assoc. of Transport Telematics, president of National Assoc. for Electromobility, a member of Engineering Academy of the CR and Dean Emeritus of Faculty of Transportation Sciences, Czech Technical University in Prague (CVUT). He is currently teaching courses and doing research in smart cities, theoretical telematics, intelligent transport systems, system theory and informatics. He is author or co-author of more than 250 scientific papers and 10 monographs. Since 2002, he has been associated professor in engineering informatics at Faculty of Transportation Sciences, CVUT. Since 2005, he has been the extraordinary professor in applied informatics at Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Matej Bel in Slovakia. Since 2008, he has been full professor in engineering informatics at Faculty of Transportation Sciences, CVUT.

Lenka Kováčová
Open Society Fund Prague (CZ)

Lenka Kováčová is the coordinator of Our State Our Data project at the Open Society Fund Prague. OSF Prague has been strengthening efficiency and transparency of public administration and promoting the principles of open government and open data for six years. We have also been organizing activities to support the open data community in the Czech Republic.

Benedikt Kotmel
Operátor ICT (CZ)

Benedikt Kotmel works for Operátor ICT as Head of Prague Data Platform Department. Benedikt is leading a team of developers, data analysts and consultants with the aim of integration of various city data sources to Prague Data Platform, interconnection, evaluation, visualization and provision back to the city and the public in both open data format and user-friendly form. Over the past four years, as a civil servant at the Ministry of Finance, Benedikt has strongly focused on Open data and transparency and received various awards for promoting and explaining the concept to public administration. Benedikt has previous experiences from IT & Management consulting and market research.

Munish Khetrapal

Munish Khetrapal has 26 years of experience in the ICT industry and has diverse experience in multiple GTM functions, Consulting and developing software based solutions. He is an Industry expert on Internet of Things, secure cloud and fog computing, mobility, social and mega-trends impacting democratization/adoption of emerging and sensor technologies. He is currently the Managing Director for IOT and Smart City solutions working with Cisco Systems based out of San Jose.

Hany Fam
MasterCard (UK)

Hany Fam heads up Mastercard’s Worldwide Enterprise Partnerships and is responsible for creating global transformative propositions and partnerships in key industry sectors. To date, these include Mastercard’s smart cities programme, global travel, international trade and a number of other areas. Hany has been with Mastercard for 21 years and has held a number of senior positions in several markets including, Europe (President UK&I), US (Global Key Accounts), Asia/Pacific (Marketing, Sales & Business Development). Hany has also managed business relationships in all other geographies including Latin America and the Middle East/Africa.

Paola Andrea Pollmeier
Science, Technology and Innovation Center, Municipality of Medellín (CO)

Paola Pollmeier, M.Sc. in Global Management and Governance is an innovation & corporate strategy specialist and is currently working with Ruta N, the Science, Technology and Innovation Center from the City of Medellín as the Open Innovation Coordinator. She is leading a city and citizen co-creation program called Cities for Life that aims the design of smart solutions to address urban challenges through co-creation mechanisms. Also she and her team have been designing and implementing the OpenData strategy for the Metropolitan Area of Medellín to support collaborative open data governance processes with the Ministry of Technology and the municipalities of the metropolitan area.

Kateryna Onyliogwu
Open Data Team Lead, Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services project (UA)

Kateryna Onyiliogwu is an International open data and innovation expert. Also she is the Open Data Team Lead for Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services. For the last 2,5 years, she has worked in Open Data Institute, London, leading international projects as a part of Open Data for Development, Open Data Leaders Network, Responsive City Challenge projects.  She has focused on open data and innovations, supported and mentored startups projects from EU and Malaysia.

Nicola Graham
Smart Dublin (IE)

Nicola Graham, as the Regional Data Co-ordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of the data strategy, focusing on updating and increasing the data available through Dublinked, Smart Dublin’s Open Data Store. Nicola is the Dublin pilot lead for the Horizon 2020 Route to PA project aimed at engaging citizens and public administrations around the topic of open data. She has also co-ordinated the Smart Dublin Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Challenge on Illegal Dumping in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, a pre-commercial procurement process aiming to drive innovation in the public sector. Nicola holds a BA in Information and Library Studies from University College Dublin.

Lenka Burgerová
member of City Council, Prague 7 (CZ)

Lenka Burgerová is an architect and currently a councillor for Development of Urban Planning, Architecture and Public Space of Prague 7. She is an Assistant Professor at the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Architecture. She did her master in Architecture and Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture TU Brno and her Ph.D. at the Faculty of Arts, at the Charles University in Prague, studied also at TU Karlsruhe and Universität Wien. She is also working on several non-profit projects promoting architectural heritage and she is member of the Working group for education in the Czech Chamber of Architects.

Tomáš Vyhnánek
Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic

Tomáš Vyhnánek is the Deputy Minister for Financial Management and Audit on the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic. One of the main projects Tomáš has backed in the recent years is the open data publication. This project has its roots in the idea of transparency, but also concentrates on effectivity of information and knowledge circulation. As a part of this project, Ministry of Finance was awarded many prizes including the first place in the Sharing and Reuse Awards by European Commission for the application Supervizor visualizing financial data of public institutions. Throughout his career Tomáš worked both for public service and for corporate consulting companies.

Roman Bohovic
World from Space

Roman Bohovic is earth observation expert. He has worked in research and has experience in vegetation monitoring and drought impact. His aim is to interpret satellite data for everyday life, society and business use. Roman founded start-up World from Space that undertake a mission to deliver actionable and useful information to smart cities based on Earth observation – new and independent data source. Roman is active in searching for new EO use cases and won several space hackathons.

Julian Tait
Open Data Manchester CIC

Julian Tait is the CEO of Open Data Manchester CIC. An organisation that promotes the development of intelligent and responsible data practice for a fairer and more equitable society, working in Greater Manchester, nationally and internationally. Open Data Manchester is a community led organisation that through training, awareness, research and practical implementation, builds capacity within organisations and communities to help understand the opportunities and challenges of using data and emerging data practice.

Piia Karjalainen

Piia Karjalainen, Senior Manager | Clean & Urban Mobility, MaaS Alliance Coordinator. Piia holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Joensuu and she speaks Finnish, English and basic French. Piia Karjalainen joined ERTICO’s Clean & Urban Mobility team in June 2017 and she is currently Senior Manager for Mobility as a Service. Her expertise lies within mobility as a service; transport, climate and energy policy; strategic planning; clean mobility; project management and public procurement. Before joining ERTICO, she has worked for the European Parliament and the Finnish Ministry of Transport & Communications.

Martin Dvořák
Brno City

Martin Dvořák graduated at the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development at the Faculty of Science of the Masaryk University in Brno. He studied the relationship between urban infrastructure and urban development. Since 2017, he works for the Brno City Hall in the Data, Analysis and Evaluation Department, which launched the DATA.BRNO.CZ data portal.

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Michal Kubáň
Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic

Michal Kubáň works as an National Open Data Coordinator at the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic. He is in charge of introducing Open Data principles into Czech state administration, governmental policies and strategies. He is a chief of Government Open Data Group. Within the group of experts, he has created the national guidelines and standards for publication and cataloging of Open Data in the Czech Republic. Before working at the government, he worked as Open Data Evangelist and advocate at Open Society Fund Prague where he was worked closely with the Czech state institutions to promote transparency and accountability through Open data. In 2014 and 2015 he was working as a Open Data Barometer researcher for Czech Republic, conducting research for the World Wide Web Foundation. Michal holds MA in History from Palacky University Olomouc and MA in Euroculture from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

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