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The ODI curates sessions at CogX 2020: join us

Wed Jun 3, 2020
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We are curating sessions at this year’s virtual edition of CogX Summit and Festival of AI & Breakthrough Tech, 8–10 June – find out more

ODI sessions include ‘Does Whitehall need more weirdos?’, ‘Data sharing for resilience’ and ‘Data governance under Covid: sharing data in a crisis’

The Covid-19 pandemic has illustrated the vital role data and AI can play in responding and adapting during a crisis. So while we are sad that London Tech Week Festival has been postponed until September 2020, we feel that the virtual CogX Summit and Festival is a chance to discuss the important issues that we are all facing, tackling the question ‘How do we get the next 10 years right?’. CogX is an important convening point for the tech and data community, and this year’s virtual edition will be no exception.

This year, the ODI is a content partner at CogX and we will be curating and participating in various sessions 8–10 June. It would be great if you could join us!



Session 1: Does Whitehall need more weirdos?

  • 8 June, 10:00

As attitudes to government use of citizens’ data become ever-more contested this panel, curated by the Ada Lovelace Institute, asks who we need in Whitehall to ensure data is managed for the public good.

Moderator: John Naughton, Open University.

Panellists: Jeni Tennison, Vice President and Chief Strategy Adviser, ODI; Chi Onwurah, Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central & Shadow Minister Digital, Science & Technology; Jack Stilgoe, University College London.

Session 2: Data sharing for resilience

  • 9 June, 8:00

The impact of Covid19 has demonstrated the need for businesses to become more resilient and act quickly in the face of a sudden crisis.  In this session, we look at how data sharing can be harnessed in order to embrace new ways of working and improve adaptability, as well as bring about tangible business benefits including supply chain optimisation, enabling innovation, improved market reach and solving sector challenges.

Moderator: Stuart Coleman, ODI.

Panellists: Volker Buscher, Chief Data Officer, Arup; Sonia Cooper, Senior Patent Attorney, IP Policy and Strategy, Microsoft; Di Mayze, Global Head of Data and AI, WPP.

Session 3: Fireside chat – Baroness Rock and Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt

  • 10 June, 10:00

In this session, Baroness Rock speaks with ODI Chairman Sir Nigel Shadbolt about the risks and rewards of opening public data up to corporate bodies, and the need for robust modelling during the current pandemic.

Session 4: Data governance under Covid: sharing data in a crisis

  • 10 June, 12:00

In this session we will explore how the current pandemic is highlighting challenges and opportunities in data sharing.

Moderator: Jeni Tennison, Vice President and Chief Strategy Adviser, ODI.

Panellists: Jess Morley, Policy Lead, Oxford Internet Institute; Swee Leng Harris, Principal, Data & Digital Rights, Luminate.

Session 5: What’s standing in the way of Data Trusts being implemented?

  • 10 June, 12.30

In this session we will explore what we mean by data trusts, look at current examples, and examine the barriers that have got in the way of progress.

Moderator: Jeni Tennison, Vice President and Chief Strategy Adviser, ODI.

Panellists: Dame Wendy Hall, Regius Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton; Sylvie Delacroix, Professor, University of Birmingham and Fellow, Alan Turing Institute and Mozilla; Maria Axente, Responsible AI & AI for Good Lead, PwC.

Join us at CogX

We have a very limited number of free CogX passes. To claim your pass, register here (first come, first served!). Once they run out you can still get a discounted ticket using code: ODI30

If you have any questions, please get in touch