News 15th July 2013

Open Government Partnership Annual Summit: Call for proposals

by Tim Hughes

Tim is coordinator of the UK Open Government Network.

As lead co-chair of the Open Government Partnership this year, the UK will be hosting the OGP’s Annual Summit in London on 31 October and 1 November. To help to build the programme, the organisers have launched a call for proposals for ideas of sessions. Here’s what they say:

In just over 3 months around 1000 reformers from government, civil society and the private sector will gather in London for the OGP Annual Summit. The programme will build on core elements of what the OGP is all about: ambitious and innovative commitments on open government, and reinventing the relationship between the citizen and the state.

We want the OGP Annual Summit to bring together leaders, decision-makers, thinkers and doers from across the OGP’s participating countries and beyond. The Summit is an opportunity for the community to make new pledges, prepare for the next round of action plans, have real conversations on what worked and what didn’t, connect across borders, explore new open government frontiers and, above all, be inspired and energized.

The event will take place 31 October- 1 November 2013 in London. The summit will be structured in three parts: i) the plenary session which is the ‘ceremonial’ part of the event; ii) a core programme that builds on particular themes of interest, and provides space for OGP sessions around, for example, the IRM and the working groups; iii) a festival, which is a freer part of the programme and is your chance to showcase or schedule sessions that are relevant to the ethos and spirit of the OGP. In addition, civil-society organisations involved in OGP will be hosting a day of events in London on 30 October.

One of the OGP’s greatest strengths is the people it can bring together. That is why we want to draw on the energy and ideas of the OGP community in creating the programme for the Summit. The deadline for submissions is 9 August. You will hear soon after if your proposal can fit into the programme. If it can we look forward to working with you to make it happen!

Follow this link to submit your ideas: http://www.opengovpartnership.org/open-government-partnership-annual-summit-–-call-proposals

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