ODI Leeds – Innovating with data to make a difference

  • 2 May 2019.
    Northernlands Data and Tech Summit at ODI, Leeds.

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ODILeeds is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which works with sponsors, companies, organisations, governments and individuals to use open data to innovate and make a difference to everyone by helping people make better decisions. Its mission is to work on issues that can make a difference, such as the economy, health and wellbeing, education, transportation and mobility, housing, diversity and the climate emergency. 

At a glance…

  • In six years, ODILeeds has convened over 17,000 individuals in its purpose-designed collaborative workspace in central Leeds at more than 1,000 events, resulting in 74 projects designed to build and create solutions to problems that affect us all. 
  • In this short time ODILeeds has become a vital part of the Data Ecosystem in the North of England and the UK.

Support from the Mohn Westlake Foundation will go towards helping ODILeeds transition its events and community workspace into a new coronavirus-proof, future of events space. We all need to keep talking, sharing and thinking, and ODILeeds will use the funding to build and invest in bespoke web platforms and the technical kit and expertise to continue with its success of being open to everyone.

They have already started to use the funding to build a bespoke broadcast web solution. Our support will ensure that they can now broadcast events virtually using their own software platform complete with auditoriums, a chat room, virtual whitewalls, captioning and more to not only replicate in person events online, but to build them better.


“We can’t wait to be able to make a change with the work we are doing as a direct result of the funding – thank you.” ODI Leeds

Additionally our grant will fund ODILeeds’ data science and analytics mission-led experimental projects in the fields of health with Open Data Saves Lives; the climate with Planet Data; and the economy with its visualisation libraries and tools, for example national hexmaps.


For more information about ODI Leeds and their projects please visit their website: odileeds.org

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