On Saturday 6th March 2021, the eleventh Open Data Day took place with people around the world organising hundreds of events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. Thanks to generous support from key funders, the Open Knowledge Foundation was able to support the running of more than 60 of these events via our mini-grants scheme.
In partnership with Tbilisi Startup Bureau and Friedrich Naumann Foundation, DataFest Tbilisi organized PechaKucha Night Tbilisi on open data for equal development. Nine speakers were chosen to speak at the event and their background was well balanced with representatives from civil society, business and government (including Digital Governance Agency, Squander Detector, Bank of Georgia, Atlantic Council, etc.).
PechaKucha Night is a simple presentation format where the speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and the presenters talk along to the images. PechaKucha is a Japanese word (ペチャクチャ) and it means “bla-bla-bla” or ”chit-chat”.
The format gave us the chance to briefly go through assessing the landscape in different sectors in Georgia and was followed by lively discussions. 130 people registered to participate in PechaKucha Night Tbilisi.
Because it’s the day solely dedicated to reminding us how much value open data can create if we are smart enough to use the benefits of it.