Upstate Data Summit

The Upstate Data Summit will bring together municipal government officials from across Upstate New York to showcase innovative uses of data and technology. It will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn more about how Upstate governments are using data, and how governments new to open data and data-driven decision making can get started with data programs of their own.

Upstate Data Summit

This event will feature speakers from Upstate governments that have adopted policies and practices around the use of data, and will highlight lessons learned from these leaders and tips on getting started.

The event will be held on June 6th in Syracuse, NY on the campus of Syracuse University.

Register for the Upstate Data Summit


  • 09:00 AM – Registration and Breakfast (light breakfast and coffee will be provided)
  • 09:30 AM: Welcome and intro to event
    • Elizabeth Liddy: Dean, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
    • Mark Headd: Upstate Data Project
  • 09:45 AM – Kate May: Chief Performance Officer, City of Rochester
  • 10:15 AM – Kirk McLean: Director, Open Data Buffalo, City of Buffalo
  • 10:45 AM – Break
  • 11:00 AM:
    • John Coluccio: Signal Superintendent, City of Schenectady
    • Megan Sutherland, Senior Program Associate, Center for Technology in Government – University at Albany/SUNY
  • 11:30 AM – Sam Edelstein: Chief Data Officer City of Syracuse
  • 12:00 PM – Lunch: attendees can obtain lunch on their own at a University-area restaurant or shop
  • 01:30 PM – Keynote Address: Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh
  • 02:00 PM – Panel Discussion:
    • Kate May – City of Rochester
    • Kirk McLean – City of Buffalo
    • John Coluccio – City of Schenectady
    • Sam Edelstein – City of Syracuse
    • Jared Kraham – Deputy Mayor, City of Binghamton
    • Moderator: Meghan Cook – Program Director, Center for Technology in Government – University at Albany/SUNY
  • 03:00 PM – Exit

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