International Open Data Day 2016: PublicBodies Datathon

Nikesh Balami

Nikesh Balami


Fri Feb 26 2016


Event Details:

Date: 5th March 2016, Saturday

Venue: Nepal Engineers’ Association, Pulchowk, Lalitpur

For Registration, please fill Google form and we will notify you with more details in 3rd March 2016, Thursday.  Please contact Mr. Roshan Gautam ( and Mr. Shubham Ghimire ( for more information.

What is Open Data Day?

Open Data Day is a global celebration of openness. It helps us to raise awareness about openness of data in different fields across the world and It unites us once a year as a community. “Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.”

The goal to mark this event is team building among open communities and beginning a series of collaborative events for enhancing knowledge and awareness about the Free and open source software, open data, open content, and various open knowledge technologies.

Who are the organizer of Open Data Day 2016 in Nepal and what gonna happen?

After organizing Open Data Day 2013, 2014 and 2015 with an huge enthusiasm, once again on the occasion of fourth annual International Open Data Day 2016, volunteers of Open Knowledge Nepal in collaboration with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community and CSIT Association of Nepal will be running “Publicbodies Datathon”.

This year participant will work on the focused topic “PublicBodies”, where they need to hack and collect the data of different public bodies of Nepal Government and can create any things meaningful by using it. At the end of the day, we plan to combine all the works of participants and possibly will be lunching a new project / products by using those hacks and everything will be done under the open domain.

When it is going to happen?

This year International Open Data Day 2016 is going to be held on 5th March, Saturday. In Nepal we will be also celebrating it without any date changed.

What you can Expect from an Event

Come with an expectation of learning a lots of things about open data, the way of using open data for the products and missions. Event is a place where you can meet new peoples with new ideas for collaboration and can create your own network.

Key Activities of a Day

  • Presentation / Orientation
  • Idea Discussion and Brainstorming
  • Datathon

# Presentation / Orientation

Open Data Experts, Representative of Government and the people of different open data startups will be presenting and sharing their ideas and experiences with the participant on this session.

# Idea Discussion and Brainstorming

Participant will be working and brainstorming their hackathon ideas on this session and the CSO representative and experts will be mentoring and suggesting them.

# Datathon

Participant will work on their brainstormed ideas and will try to create some useful project from it, they will be working to bring sense from the data. At the end of the day participant and organizer, everyone will work to collect the data of PublicBodies in Nepal.

Why PublicBodies Datathon?

Slowly but steadily people nowadays had started to understand the value of Open Data and now they want their government to be more transparent and accountable with them. But in comparison with a work of an CSO and by looking at the running open data momentums, government works are far behind the game. People struggle to find data and information they needs, to say it more clearly most of the normal citizens had never understood the network of the government and it looks like now many of them are interested to know more about it. We aim to bring the information of this diverse public bodies of Nepal government at same portal / domain named “PublicBodies Nepal”

Participants of this year Open Data Day 2016 will help us to do all the basic and technical works through their hacks and data collection activities.

What is PublicBodies Nepal?

PublicBodies Nepal is an open directory, which will bring together all the contact information and documents relating to public bodies and will provide a URL for every parts of governments. Which will help both government and citizens to cut out duplication of activities and to discontinue activities which are no longer needed, this will significantly reform to increase transparency and accountability. Tracking this information and documents of an diverse public bodies will help us to create an accountable environment. The directory will help normal citizens to understand the government working hierarchy and can find everything at one place. Common citizens, donor agencies, international organization and government also wants the departments and the public bodies they sponsor to be open and accountable in all that they so, as part of a wider role in serving the public, their customers.

Event Schedule

Time Key Activities
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM Registration and Networking
10:20 AM – 11:40 AM Presentation Session
Presentation Topic




NGO’s in Nepal


Mr. Shubham Ghimire

Volunteer | OKN

Intro of db2map


Mr. Navin Khadka

Project Coordinator | db2map

Intro of Open Transits Nepal


Mr. Saroj Dhakal

Consultant | Google

Intro of NepGov Portal Mr.  Chandan Goopta

Co-Founder | The Opnio

11:40 AM – 12:00 PM




Mr. Nikesh Balami

Gov Data Lead | OKN

12:00 PM – 02:00 PM Datathon
02:00 PM – 02:30 PM Break / Refreshment
02:30 PM – 05:00 PM Datathon
05:00 PM Onwards Output Discussion and Goodbye session