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Mile High Data Day


As part of its commitment to pioneering a data-driven culture in Colorado’s social sector, Shift convenes metro Denver’s data community annually for Mile High Data Day. The third edition will be September 20, 2018, sponsored by The Colorado Trust and The Piton Foundation.

Learn more about what to expect with the agenda below, and then check out detailed information on the keynote and breakout sessions.

RSVP to attend Mile High Data Day here. The cost to attend this event is $30 and the registration deadline is Friday, September 14.


8:00 - 9:00  |  Registration & Light Breakfast

9:00 - 9:30  |  Welcome & Overview of the Day 

9:30 - 10:30  |  Breakout Sessions

  • Building an Open Source Geospatial Enterprise with Out-of-the-Box Tools
    Matthew Baker, Senior GIS Manager, Denver Public Schools
  • Data Transparency at the State Level: The Goals & Challenges of Colorado’s Data Strategy
    Jon Gottsegen, Chief Data Officer, State of Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology
  • Using Data to Understand Colorado’s Housing Needs: Cautions, Traps & Implications
    Jennie Rodgers, Vice President - Denver Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners 

10:30 - 11:00  |  Networking

11:00 - Noon  |  Breakout Sessions

  • Activating the Data for Change Network: Help Us Move from Vision to Action
    Matt Barry, Principal of Engagement, Shift Research Lab 
    Courtney Steele, Digital Products and Partnership Manager, Shift Research Lab
  • Case Study: Designing Better Products & Programs with Data
    Heather Fleming, Co-Founder and Principal, Catapult Design
    Evan Thomas, Director, Mortenson Center in Engineering
  • Data Engagement with Decision Makers
    Andrew Cole, Program Manager, Business Intelligence Center
    Brian Lewandowski, Associate Director, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder

Noon - 1:30  |  Lunch & Keynote with Sarah Treuhaft, Managing Director, Policy Link

1:45 - 2:45  |  Breakout Sessions

  • Case Study: The Politics of Data
    Lisa Berdie, Policy Director, A+ Colorado
  • DIY Data Ecosystem: Analytic Infrastructure in the Cloud for Nonprofits & Small Teams
    Matt Krusemark, Founder, KSpatial
    Paul Collier, Founder, Paul Collier Consulting
  • Advancing Health Equity Through Data & Collaboration
    Namrita S. Singh, Social Epidemiologist, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
    Danielle Varda, CEO, Visible Network Labs
    Rose Hardy, PhD Candidate, Colorado School of Public Health

3:00 - 3:45  |  Closing Session with Courtney Steele, Digital Products and Partnership Manager, Shift Research Lab 

3:45 - 5:00  |  Network-Building Happy Hour

Driving Social Change

Mile High Data Day creates a stronger network of nonprofits, government agencies and academics that is focused on using open data to make more informed decisions, support community change initiatives, and, ultimately improve our communities.

Key Findings


of 2016 Mile High Data Day attendees reported a lack of technical skills being the biggest challenge to using data 

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