TEDxDelftSalon: Innovating university life through Open Data

Welcome to the TEDxDelftSalon: small, monthly events that will take place in the Orange Room at TU Delft Library. One TED talk, one live speaker and a discussion afterwards.

TEDxDelftSalon will take place during lunchtime (sandwiches will be provided) from 12.30 until 13.30. All talks will be in English and registration is mandatory.

Innovating university life through Open Data

Open Data has become an important trend on the web during recent years.
More and more people start believing that data should be available for use free of restrictions. Initiatives like Data.gov and ?Hack de Overheid? pressure government institutions to release data that was paid for by taxpayer-money.

At the same time business on the web is changing. Companies like eBay, Twitter and Facebook realized a website alone limits their reach. They increased their own business potential by opening up through open APIs (Application Programming interface). Not only did this bring a huge growth to their business, it created an ecosystem of companies that built their own businesses on top of these open APIs.

Tom Verhoeff is a computer science student turned entrepreneur. In 2010 he, together with 2 fellow students, was responsible for the development of the MyTimetable interface which since then was turned into a successful company called Eveoh. Eveoh supports further development of MyTimetable under an open-source license and has expanded the software to universities across the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK.

Opening up data through open APIs is a huge opportunity to both inspire innovation and improve your own service offering at the same time. Why should a university invest in opening up its data? And what kind of data and applications should it be focused on? In his talk Tom will discuss how answers to these questions will make life at the university better for everyone.”

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