September 18, 2014

Media Release



The New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network Announces Open Government Event

September 15, 2014 - Fredericton (N.B.) The New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network (NBSPRN) is hosting the first annual GovMaker Conference at the Fredericton Crowne Plaza on November 24th and 25th.  The two day conference on open data and open government will feature keynotes from Beth Noveck, the former White House deputy chief technology officer, Michael Geist, Internet and Privacy Expert, and Paul Macmillan, author of The Solution Revolution.

NBSPRN’s Executive Director Nick Scott hopes this conference, organised in partnership with the Government of New Brunswick and Toronto-based MaRS Solutions Lab,  will connect innovators from government with open government champions.  “What we’re trying to do is target innovators within government to attend this event and connect them with creatives, hackers, academics and open government champions outside of government”.

The conference has its eye on shaping the future of governance in New Brunswick. “With a thriving tech sector and startup scene, an engaged community and forward-thinking academic institutions, the province is poised to be a leader, and do things differently,” Scott said.

Day one of the conference will showcase Atlantic research using data academically, within the market or by citizens.  Day two will be action-oriented, where participants will apply the methods of open government to some of the province’s current challenges.

“We really hope to build on the momentum in the province and encourage those who participate to be GovMakers and to shape the government for the future for New Brunswick.”

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Media Contact:
Nick Scott
Executive Director, New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network