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An afternoon of Show & Tell: Storytelling for a Web Made World

Museum of Vancouver and Open Source Week Vancouver

Friday, May 6, 2011 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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Join the Museum of Vancouver and local innovators in a special Open Source Week event geared toward a mixed crowd of passionately interdisciplinary and visionary citizens, technologists, cultural strategists and social change agents. Discover how using new forms of web-based and mobile tools - from open data, urban mobile maps, to narrative interfaces - can help you maximize reach and deepen connections with your communities.


Storytelling and civic conversations in a Web Made World is a complex challenge that faces government, arts and culture organizations, and technologists alike. We no longer meet our neighbours in the town square, and with the exploding diversity of the city and the pace of technological change, there are fewer and fewer places to come face-to- face with fellow citizens. Finding new tools and modes of engaged sharing has therefore become a central challenge -- especially developing the connections, knowledge, and resources to find the best fit and form.


Presenters from  Museum of Vancouver, Microsoft Canada, Aaron McGowan, Knowledge is Power, Foodtree, Nitobi, and the Royal BC Museum will share their projects and experiences, with an open discussion and Q+A to follow.  Each presentation will be roughly 10 minutes. Along with great and lively presentations each attendee will receive complimentary admission to the Bhangra.me, an interactive exhibit that chronicles Bhangra music, dance and politics in Vancouver.


Lunch will be catered and complimentary refreshments served. What better way to spend your Friday afternoon!


1:30-2:00: Registration& Lunch

2:00-3:30  Presentations & Discussion

3:30-5:00  Mingling, drinks and Bhangra.me exhibition


  • Hanna Cho is Curator of Engagement & Dialogue at the Museum of Vancouver, and will talk about the MOV's increasing use of online platforms through their creation of interactive storymaps for special exhibitions, in particular as it connects to the current Bhangra.me exhibition. Hanna is a social researcher and practitioner whose interests centre around new media, network culture, policymaking, and community dialogue, and holds an M.A. from the Joint Programme in Communication & Culture at York University.

  • Sarah Schacht is Executive Director of Knowledge As Power, a 501c3 non-profit based in Seattle, Washington. KAP is developing a unique, scaleable service for citizens to track legislative information on any topic, and communicate with their legislators. She is founder of Open Gov West, a successful series of open gov conferences and events. Schacht has advised governments on engaging constituents while modernizing government technology, on projects ranging from BC's Water Act revision, to 10 Downing Street, to the City of Seattle. She's a published author in O'Reilly Publishing's 2010 book, Open Government.

  • Foodtree makes tools for food geeks (and the organizations they love) to communicate, share and map food information. CEO Anthony Nicalo will share how Foodtree's platform is designed to enable and empower a living, crowd-sourced food database by gathering information from Foodtree community contributors, aggregating food data around the web, sourcing information directly from businesses, working with non-profits and municipalities. In particular, Anthony will talk about Foodtree's recent collaboration with Code for America in creating a municipal mobile app.
  • Nitobi is a Vancouver-based software firm and creator of PhoneGap, an open source development tool for building fast, easy, cross-platform mobile apps with HTML and JavaScript that take advantage of core features in the iPhone, Google Android, Palm, Symbian and BlackBerry SDKs. They'll be talking about their experience working with Vancouver Aquarium in 2009, in creating the interactive exhibit, "Canada's Arctic... In the Grip of Change". Nitobi designed and built the exhibit touch screen comment application, as well as an accompanying website and by connecting the touch screen to the Web, created something representative of the next generation in kiosk design and visitor engagement by enabling people to spread and share information in real time at the Aquarium and with others interacting via the website or their mobile devices.
  • Microsoft's Omar Rashid: As Director for Municipal Government & Public Safety, Omar is responsible for leading Microsoft’s engagement with local and regional governments across Canada. He speaks regularly in-country and abroad on the intersection of technology, politics and public policy, social media use in government and how Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) can be used to drive public engagement, participation and increase cultural awareness and citizen service.

  • David Alexander is the Communications Manager for the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC. He will be talking about the museums new virtual exhibition and iPhone application Aliens Among Us on alien species in BC, both of which will launch in May, 2011. David has 13 years of experience working with museums and galleries across Canada both as a communication and technology consultant, and as former CEO of Zero One Design, a company specializing in web and software development for clients in the cultural sector. David has a Masters degree in Applied Communication from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Major in Pacific and Asian Studies and Economics from the University of Victoria.

  • Aaron McGowan is open government advocate and an information technology consultant currently residing in London, Ontario. For the past seven years, Aaron has been developing software for the web and other platforms, with the intention of leveraging technology to create a better world. Through the adoption of movements that include Open Government, Open Data, Open Source and Open Course Ware, Aaron believes that these are stepping stones to building a better community and world. This can be achieved through distinctive applications such as NextStop – London Transit Guide which are developed and supported. 
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Friday, May 6, 2011 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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