IBM and the U.S. Government are organizing a one-day Open Data Jam on August 5th, 2014, as a satellite event of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The event will allow sharing global experiences in Open Data publishing and real use cases that demonstrate growth and empowerment, develop skills and capabilities, as well as build a global community of Open Data developers who can help Africa become an Open Data leader.

Open Data is a transformational trend in Open Governance that is generating empowerment and economic growth. Around the world, cities, states, and nations are publishing Open Data and creating new data supply chains and ecosystems that are managing scarce water resources, improving land use and agricultural security, enhancing transportation and traffic flows, and generating new high-tech jobs and tax revenues. Governments themselves are benefiting because published Open Data is free of organizational barriers that hold back departments from sharing information and collaborating.

This event is designed to be interactive, informative, and fun. It will involve diverse skills and experiences, and showcase real live examples of how Open Data works, African Challenges and opportunities, example applications. There will be a mixture of keynote presentation, panel discussions, lightning talks, solution demonstrations, and problem-solving workshops. Participants should come out of the meeting with tangible experiences of what works, how it works, and how it can be deployed at home – with new relationships across Africa and the United States.

You can find more information at the website of the event.