And finally the day arrived. Yesterday took place the Aporta Meeting 2017, the event held by the Ministry of Industry and Digital Agenda in collaboration with the public entity Red.es
The conference room was packed. The level of the participants was not equally distributed though. I especially enjoyed the intervention of Juan Murillo Arias (BBVA Data & Analytics) as part of the panel discussion dedicated to ‘New Technologies & Open Data’. The slides used during his presentation were accurate and engaging. The downside was fundamentally that, in contrast, some participants were confined to literally read their presentations.
Antonio Guzmán, Head of Innovation & Discovery at Telefonica left me yearning for more information given that he did not deepen into the Telefonica’s most promising Project, AURA.
As for the first panel discussion related to the value of data, Wendy Carrara, Principal Leader of the European Data Portal, was simply brilliant. Among the burocrats, the best intervention belonged to Szymon Lewandoski, Policy Officer at the European Commission, who enlightened us with his speech about the breakthroughs in the field of data at an international level.
Both the journalists Ana Isabel Cordobés and Adolfo Antón Bravo vigorously stressed the challenges faced by the data journalism nowadays and put on the table some sad circumstances such as the closure of several data laboratories as well as the hindrances when accessing public information, notwithstanding the already passed Transparency Act of the Public Administrations.
The responsible of the event’s closing session was Domingo Molina, Secretary of State of the Digital Administration, who issued the Aporta Awards, recognizing the best data reuse initiatives and, ultimately, the Desafio Aporta Award, dedicated to the best apps and services based on open data solutions, which, on top of that, are able to improve the Public Administrations’ efficiency.
The winner of the Aporta Award was Manuel Noya from Linknovate, who developed an interesting tool which allows to track great amounts of scientific research allocated on the Internet as well as to interact with the key actors of the scientific landscape. The second prize went to the Virtual Library ‘Miguel de Cervantes’, involved in a project with the aim at reusing and exchanging data, as well as disseminating best practices in the field.
The prize Desafios Aporta went to a young man called Alfonso Sanchez García and his application that promotes sustainability thanks to the implementation of a virtual coin as a reward. The second prize was given to Santiago Rodriguez Cortés and his team thanks to the ‘Plan Platform’, which gives value to data in the field of the public procurement and, finally, Mariano Rico was granted with the third prize as a consequence of his initiative ‘What’s in it for me?’, a guide that allows consultation of the National Open Data Catalogue, which is also applied to any data catalogue.