Data for Policy Conference: UW and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus Dec.8 and 9, 2022

We invite you to join us on the UW campus and at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) in Seattle on December 8th and 9th for the 7th edition of the Data for Policy Conference.

The Data for Policy conference is a premier forum for interdisciplinary and cross-sector discussion around the impact and potential of data-driven innovations in governance and the public sector. This year the conference will be held sequentially in Hong Kong (5 Dec), University of Washington, Seattle (9 Dec), and Brussels (13 Dec), with the Seattle conference also hosting a Thursday afternoon side event (8 Dec) on the BMGF campus.

The all-day UW Friday event features sessions on:

  • research from Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, South Africa and Italy on Covid data and policy
  • citizen data and governance (example from India);
  • a panel on inclusive data policy for AI in Africa with the Africa-Canada Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Consortium
  • a panel on Indigenous data and sources of data sovereignty
  • A panel on leveraging data to set objectives and make decisions: What can we learn from impact assessments? The IFAD experience.

Finally, UW Professor and co-author of “Calling Bullsh*t: The Art of Scepticism in a Data-Driven World”, Carl Bergstrom will offer the keynote lecture. 

The BMGF side event features three plenary panels on: open data; the politics of data; and the ethics and efficacy of modeling and machine learning.  Panelists are composed of researchers, senior public service officials and foundation officers, hosted by BMGF’s Ashley Farley and co-moderated by Stanley Wood and Managing Director and Co-founder, Open Watch Inc., Shaida Badiee. Lunch, coffee breaks and a reception follow both events.

Registration for the entire conference is here. Closes Nov. 15th

As the host campus, students and faculty with UW net ids are eligible to register under the inclusion scholar option, though we ask those who are able to pay the normal fee, which helps to support the non-profit Data for Policy community. 


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