Open Data Day event was held in Tamale, Ghana on 10th March 2023, with the theme “Open Data Revolution, Fueling the Future of AI” organised by Dagbani Wikimedians Usergroup. The event featured three speakers who shared their insights on open data initiatives, AI-powered solutions for various industries, and exploring AI for daily problems. It was attended by an audience from diverse backgrounds, including students, researchers, industry professionals, and open knowledge enthusiasts.

The first speaker, Dr. Arnold Mashud, who is a senior lecturer at the Tamale Technical University, discussed the challenges and opportunities in the field of open data and AI. He also talked about the contributions of open data initiatives, data standards, tools, and platforms. The second speaker, Dr. Inusah Fuseini, a lecturer at the University for Development Studies, shared his knowledge of AI-powered solutions for transforming industries such as healthcare, finance, transportation, and logistics. Lastly, Fuseini Mohammed Kamaldeen, a co-lead with the Dagbani Wikimedians Usergroup, spoke on exploring AI for our daily problems and took participants through current AI tools and platforms that are changing and making life easier.

The event was followed by a Q&A session where the attendees could ask the speakers their queries. The speakers’ presentations were highly informative and interactive, which engaged the audience and allowed them to learn more about the topics discussed. Additionally, the attendees were provided with networking opportunities, which helped them connect with other like-minded individuals and explore potential collaborations.

The overall feedback from the audience was highly positive. The attendees appreciated the organisers for putting together such a well-curated event that brought together experts from different backgrounds.

The key takeaways from the event were:

  • Open data initiatives have contributed significantly to open data standards, tools, and platforms, leading to advancements in the field of AI.
  • AI-powered solutions have the potential to transform various industries, including healthcare, finance, transportation, and logistics, among others.
  • Exploring already deployed AI for daily problems can lead to innovative and creative solutions that can make our lives easier and more efficient.
  • Networking opportunities provide a platform for like-minded individuals to connect and explore potential collaborations, leading to the growth and development of the field.

In conclusion, the event was highly successful that provided valuable insights into the field of open data and AI. The event’s speakers shared their experiences and knowledge, which engaged the audience and allowed them to learn. The event was highly appreciated by the attendees, and the key takeaways from the event will undoubtedly help them in their future endeavors.

Dagbani Wikimedians Usergroup received a small grant to host Open Data Day(s) (ODD) events and activities.