In 2019, we hosted Northernlands, bringing together over 25 innovative speakers from across the UK and the Netherlands to showcase the radically open ideas that are changing and shaping the future. A second event was always going to happen but the coronavirus pandemic forced us to rethink how we could still create and host an event with the same impact as the first. It presented an opportunity to be equally radical in the design and delivery of an online event.
With Northernlands 2, we want to try to recreate the excited buzz and electric atmosphere of a conference but from the comfort of homes, sheds, parks, etc, around the world. 'Video call fatigue' is a real challenge so we are thinking of ways to keep the content as fresh and engaging as possible, with opportunities for questions and interactivity. We also know that people's time will be stretched in different ways, whether that is making time for home-schooling or taking that essential outside mental-health break. So we will be scheduling the talks in smaller, more accessible sessions, and live-streaming so that people can dip-in-and-dip-out as their own schedule permits.
It is hard to look beyond the current coronavirus pandemic (and all the challenges and changes that come with it) to the future, or even to the other pressing issues of our time like the Climate Emergency. We want Northernlands 2 to showcase the great work that is still happening across so many sectors that is making a difference now, and that can lay the foundations for a version of the future that is more radically open and more radically innovative.
Profiles and photos of the Northernlands 2 speakers
What to expect on the day.
Catch up on any of the talks you missed.
As Northernlands 2 was our first wholly online conference, there was a lot to learn and we would really appreciate your feedback about what you found useful and what we could do in the future.
Monday 6 July
Open Data Saves Lives
The coronavirus outbreak has highlighted the need for accessible and openly available data that can not only help respond swiftly to public health crises but can positively impact wellbeing and future health.
Author of Bad Science and Bad Pharma
Professor Barend Mons
President of CODATA, founder of GO FAIR
Vice President and Chief Strategy Advisor of The Open Data Institute
Responsible Data Collaboration
What can we do to facilitate better and more prolific data collaboration? How do we ensure that data collaboration is done for the benefit of the many and not the few?
Director of Advisory at The Open Data Institute
CEO of The Royal Statistical Society
Founder of Datactive
Sander van der Waal
Lead Future Internet Lab, Waag
Tuesday 7 July
Mobility in Modern Cities
The lockdown in many cities has forced people to rethink how they move about their neighbourhoods, their cities, and more. What does the future look like for mobility in the dense places and will they still be connected to the sparse places?
Programme Lead - Data Institutions at The Open Data Institute
DfT Bus Open Data Team
With KPMG and ITO World
Smart Mobility Embassy
DfT & ODI Leeds
DfT in conversation with Paul Connell and Tom Forth from ODI Leeds
Social Interaction in a Distanced World
Working from home was always an option but wasn't really embraced by the majority of the office-bound workforce. Has that changed? What affect will working from home have on ourselves, our environments, etc?