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Open Data Gov Jam (In-Person)

Mar 9 at 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Join to experiment with new, innovative approaches to governance of digital public goods, and we can discover ways to learn, build, and evolve together. Let’s explore ideas for NYC Open Data DAOs!

Guiding Research → “Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) as Data Trusts: A general-purpose data governance framework for decentralised data ownership, storage, and utilisation” – Kelsie Nabben

NEAR York City DAO invites you to experiment with DAOs!

This event aims to create opportunities for better governance of citizen-generated public data. We are tackling questions about the role of blockchain technology applications in open data projects by empowering communities to connect and collaborate using experimental structures and processes.


We hope you will join us 3-5pm on Zoom or at the Blockchain Center (2307 Broadway) from 5-9 pm.

3-5pm | Online Workshops via Zoom

First, Renzo D’Andrea of the Governauts research initiative will record an online workshop introducing a template / canvas for Data DAOs. Then, Robin Lehman of DataUnion + Richard Blythman of Algovera will share from experience in the Ocean Protocol ecosystem.

3-4pm | Governauts Research DAO
4-5pm |DataUnion and Algovera

5-7pm | IRL Workshops @ Blockchain Center

After happy hour, there will be an IRL demo and presentation about Astro DAOs by James Waugh of NEAR Foundation, plus a lively info session to begin our hackathon-style competition: The Open Data Governance Challenge!

5-6pm | Happy Hour ~ Open Discussion re: Blockchains
6-6:30pm | Astro DAO Presentation + Demo
6:30-7pm | Explore Use Cases: NYC Open Data

7pm | Dinner Provided 🍕

7-9pm | Open Data Gov Challenge @ Blockchain Center

Teams of individuals will develop and pitch ideas for improving open data governance with blockchain-powered tools and resources.

7-7:30pm | Discuss the Coordination Problems
7:30-8pm | Challenge Attendees to Design Solutions
8-8:30pm | Propose Data DAOs and Gather Questions
8:30-9pm+ | Connect and Further Collaborate!

Question / Prompt ~ For the thousands of projects in the NYC Open Data Portal or the Civic Tech Field Guide, where is the data stored and utilized? How might we improve open data governance with DAOs?

Rewards will be distributed via this Data DAO on Astro.

Here are some datasets related to governance in the context of NYC Open Data:


  1. improve government
  2. empower citizens
  3. create opportunities
  4. solve public problems

“Explore additional programs and processes to surface needs, questions and demands from New Yorkers, to then influence future data releases… A formalized pathway for hosting non-governmental datasets is part of the 10 year strategic plan for NYC Open Data.”

– Stefaan Verhulst

Overall, the purpose is to increase understanding of how NYC might use blockchain / DAOs for advancing open data.

Everyone is welcome to participate!

Venue: Blockchain Center

2307 Broadway (UWS)
Manhattan, NY



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Mar 9
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Blockchain Center
2307 Broadway
Manhattan, NY, NY 10024 United States
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