Winner of the Bloomberg Open Technology Award 2015
12 November 2015
Amanda Smith, Community Engagement Manager, The Open Data Institute
Since joining the ODI, Amanda has developed the Open Data Monitor and DaPaaS open-source research projects, which create platforms, tools, services and develop best practice to support those working in linked and open data. She manages 60 technical project partners across Europe, and is the UK’s leading expert for the SharePSI network, which develops guidance on practical uses of data across Europe. She established meet-up groups in London, Oslo and Sofia to educate communities about open technology.
Amanda did not come into technology through the traditional route. Before joining the ODI, she applied her enthusiasm to open up information and data to the field of policing, developing the national crime map, police.uk and data.police.uk. She wants to show other women and girls you don’t have to be STEM educated to work with technology: “Amanda would show that anyone is capable of working with open technology – all you need is drive, passion and great ideas,” Anna Scott, writer, Open Data Institute
The judges commented: This passionate and energised winner proves that you don’t have to be from an IT background to understand code. She is a true champion for open source and open data, promoting involvement and engagement concepts across Europe.