Invite Only London Conference-Open Up & Making Voices Count (DFID & Omidyar Network)

As many of you know, there has been increasing interest at DFID in supporting interventions which utilise technology to improve governance, increase transparency and accountability and increase civil participation.

To this end, DFID, Omidyar Network and Wired magazine have partnered to host an exciting high-level event called Open Up in London on 13th November 2012.  This event is strictly invite only so unfortunately our followers will be unable to attend.  However, the team have expressed an interest in encouraging our community to follow the event online where it will be streamed live and to Tweet and promote the event online.    

Topics to be explored include improving service delivery, open economies, increasing civil participation and vision for the future of this space.  This article by Stephen King outlines the focus of the day, whilst the agenda can be found here.  You can also follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #OpenUp12.

Speakers include social activists from around the world who are using technology to stimulate social change, including representatives from organisations which have been awarded grants by Indigo such as Bosun Tijani of Co-Creation Hub, Tom Steinberg of mySociety and Kepha Nqito from Map Kibera.  Academics like Ethan Zuckerman of M.I.T and funders such as Stephen King from Omidyar and Secretary of State for DFID, Rt. Hon. Justine Greening, MP will also be presenting.

Following on from this event, DFID, Omidyar Network and USAID will be launching Making All Voices Count: A Grant Challenge for Development (MAVC), a Fund in the region of US$30-35 million which will support innovation, research and scaling-up in the use of technology to support citizen engagement and open government.  Further details on this programme can be found here.

Expressions of interest on behalf of consortia wishing to bid for the position of fund manager of MAVC are welcome. All documentation related to this tender is available through the DFID suppliers portal. The deadline for expressions of interest (Pre-Qualification Questionnaires) is 05 November 2012 at 2pm, only via the DFID portal.

We look forward to following this work closely and hope that our inspiring grantees can tap into some of the funds and opportunities available.