About Benjamin Algreen Adler

Benjamin Adler Algreen is an innovative thinker with an analytical mindset, self-taught programmer in multiple languages, and an MSc. in International Business and Politics. At Ruta N, he lead the open data strategy for the Mayor’s office and Metropolitan Area, generating the city’s first sources of open data through high-impact public-private partnerships and citizen engagement.

How to Design a Successful Open Data Program

Medellín is special in that established local companies, NGOs, startups, students, and private citizens are all extremely dedicated to making their city a better place. It is part of the reason the city has been able to make so much social progress in such a short period of time. Thus, the Consejo de Datos Medellín (The Data Council Medellín) was born. Made up of representatives from the public sector, the city’s largest companies like Bancolombia and Sura, universities like UPB and EAFIT, startups, civic tech groups, and engaged citizens, the Consejo is a forum for open dialog about the city’s challenges, as well as a launching pad for data-driven projects that wouldn’t be possible without collaboration and input from all its members. 

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