May 24, 2017

Announcing ORION’s annual 2017 THINK Conference, THINK: Open!


Information is the new currency. And it’s essential to accelerating innovation.

Within innovation ecosystems, mash-ups of scientists, students, educators, clinicians, entrepreneurs, politicians, citizens, and more, collaborate in unpredictable ways. Communities around the world are embracing the strength of multidisciplinary teams to fuel solutions to intractable problems.

In this inclusive environment, connections to each other and to information are imperative to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. So much data and expertise exist outside of our traditional institutions of innovation that siloed repositories cannot support the advancement they were meant to serve.

What would happen if data, ideas, and content were freely available to everyone to use and contribute to as they wish, without restrictions? What kinds of new knowledge would we generate? What kinds of efficiencies would we find? As public institutions endeavour to provide greater access to data, society grapples with how to leverage it. Find out what kind of infrastructure is needed to support this inclusive community with their diverse ideas. Get insight into the best practices already being harnessed across the globe and from experts right here in our own backyard. Discover how you can enable greater transparency, participation, and improved decisions through “open”.

Join us at THINK: Open on May 24, 2017, as we bring together leaders of our public institutions, subject matter experts, and practitioners to understand how the commons will impact our research, education and innovation sectors.

We’ll consider the technology, policies and relationships that enable access, modification, and sharing of the ideas, data and content required to accelerate innovation.

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Chestnut Conference Centre, Toronto