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#OpenDataSavesLives

During the summer of 2019, the team at ODI Leeds spent some time thinking about an open strategy for the future. Over the previous 5 years, ODI Leeds worked on a multitude of projects across various sectors, including transport, the environment, education, Internet-Of-Things, and health. Certain themes would appear time and again, so these became the foundation for thinking about the future focus of ODI Leeds. One of those themes became #OpenGovTech (launched in September 2019).

#OpenDataSavesLives is another theme that frequently appeared across the projects at ODI Leeds. As part of the future strategy, we wanted to use radical collaboration methods and an open approach to innovation within health and social care (and related sectors and communities) that could create a surplus of value that anyone could access.

In a similar sentiment to #OpenGovTech, we don't want to 'own' #OpenDataSavesLives. It isn't something that anyone should own. It is something that everyone can and should participate in, with no barriers to access. So how are we going to do that? What can we do about it?

It begins with two innovation sessions in January 2020 to start the conversations, find the like-minded folk, and create the environment that enables #RadicallyOpen innovation.

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