Initiatives such as a Wikipedia and the Human Genome Project have demonstrated the multiplicative positive impact that data can have when shared openly. Increasingly countries and governments across the globe have begun to embrace and recognize the benefits of the idea of open data. With an estimated more than 1 million data sets posted by governments to the Internet, the potential exists to fight corruption, increase transparency, prevent atrocities and harness new technologies to advance developing countries with a strong emphasis on open data as a means to achieve this. This talk will highlight the contributions being made by organizations such as the World Wide Web Foundation and grassroots hackathons to drive forward change for financial and social good. We will also explore the platforms and technologies being leveraged in this process as well as the potential opportunities that are being generated.
Ari Hamalian is a Senior Lead Scientist in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group providing advanced analytics and strategic business intelligence consulting services across gov’t and commercial markets. Mr. Hamalian has over ten years of experience in domestic and international business growth strategy, proposal development, program management and high level systems modeling & analysis. Mr. Hamalian earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Tufts University, an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Isenberg School of Management.