Call For Proposals

Our call for submissions is open! 

Are you a public interest technologist? A teacher? Data scientist? Artist? Civic hacker? Government employee? Civic aficionado? Open data extraordinaire? Join us as an event organizer at Open Data Week! We’re looking for people like you to share your work, expertise, and enthusiasm for open data in NYC at the 6th annual Open Data Week festival, running from Saturday, March 5 through Sunday, March 13, 2022. The call for submissions is open until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Learn more about what we’re looking for below, then submit your ideas for festival events, conference sessions and community activations. If you have any questions, please contact us at or visit our FAQs

Submission Form:

Deadline: Please submit ASAP. Submissions are now closed.

Who should submit:

All are welcome and encouraged to participate. It doesn‘t matter how you identify or how others perceive you. We welcome you! Please propose one idea per submission. You are more than welcome to submit more than one proposal.

What to submit:

The NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics and BetaNYC invite you to submit an idea for a virtual or in-person event to take place as part of this year’s Open Data Week festival and School of Data conference. We welcome submissions that are anywhere from rough sketches of ideas to fully-fledged event proposals. You will have a chance to finalize your event information once accepted.

In your submission, please be prepared to provide the following key information in addition to other details about your event:

  • An event title, description, and format 
  • A description of your target audience
  • Confirmation that your proposal meets our criteria (see below)
  • Your expectations as an Open Data Week organizer
  • Resources you might need to organize your event, like venue space or virtual event production support. 

We encourage all kinds of events, virtual and in-person. Here are some examples of what we have programmed in the past:

  • Workshops
  • Talks
  • Panel Discussions
  • Demos or Showcases (tools, projects, work)
  • Hackathons or Data Jams
  • Public Trainings
  • Art installations
  • Neighborhood Mapathons
  • Exhibitions
  • Tours
  • Parades
  • Community Activities
  • Networking events

Submission Criteria:

We curate events that directly relate to NYC Open Data and/or other publicly available open data about NYC. Your event should meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • It directly relates to data found on NYC Open Data
  • It relates to other publicly available data about or including NYC
  • It relates to open data conceptually, where NYC is used as the key case or example (ie. laws, policies, best practices, etc.)

Note: We are particularly interested in proposals that are engaging, filled with learning, and help build a strong community of NYC open data.

Examples of events that do not qualify for Open Data Week: 

☒ An NYC government agency showcasing a project where the data is not publicly available

☒ A workshop about how to use data made available by the federal government, where NYC is not used as the prime example

☒ A networking event targeting data professionals in general, without a specific open data or civic tech focus (unless you ask what everyone’s favorite NYC Open Data dataset is).

☒ Individuals scraping private data

Event Organizer Responsibilities

Selected organizers are responsible for the production and attendance at their engagements. The Open Data Week team will support all selected proposals through promotion and by making introductions where appropriate. Please review the following expectations we have for selected organizers:

  1. Be responsive to communications from the Open Data Week Team.
  2. Promote Open Data Week 2022 to your community, networks, and organization using resources provided by the Open Data Week team.
  3. Adhere to all health and safety protocols put in place by NYC and/or NYS governments.
  4. Adhere to all accessibility and inclusivity event management practices to the best of your ability (the Open Data Week team will provide guidance and resources).

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