Open Data and Hacktivism

Rapid digitalization, open data initiative, and open innovation open up new kinds of opportunities.  New forms of approaches, such as civic hacking, are emerging as a potential way of leveraging these new trends. This workshop combines three international approaches towards the issue. Dr. Yoo will describe the basic design philosophy behind the program Urban Apps & Maps Studio (Temple University, Philadelphia) in order to catalyze the civic innovation opportunities within Philadelphia region that builds a scalable model of urban civic innovation using digital technology. Dr. Kuk examines what makes a design artefact perpetually open in the Thingiverse online community where hobbyists in 3D printing share design schematics and knowledge. Dr. Lindman reviews earlier literature to interpret open data as a phenomenon from the perspective of the information systems field. Based on a classification of research challenges, he then proposes a research agenda, and outlines a set of research questions.


Wednesday 19th of September, 2012, Aalto University School of Business Main Building, room A-407 (Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki)


Professor Youngjin Yoo, Fox School of Business, Temple University, Philadelphia, Director, Urban Apps & Maps Studios (USA) - See more An Agenda for Engaged Scholarship for Open Philadelphia

Associate Professor George Kuk
, Nottingham University Business School (UK) - See more The social life of open design.

Assistant Professor Juho Lindman, Hanken School of Economics, Finland - See more Open data Research Agenda.


Organizers: Professor Virpi Tuunainen and Professor Matti Rossi, Aalto University School of Business


09:30 Opening Matti Rossi & Virpi Tuunainen

10:00 Session 1: Juho Lindman: Setting the Open data Agenda

11:30 Lunch break*

12:30 Session 2: George Kuk: The social life of open design

14:00 Coffee break

14:30 Session 3: Youngjin Yoo: An Agenda for Engaged Scholarship for Open Philadelphia

16:00 Wrap-up and closing

*) Lunch can be bought at own expense from Restaurant Rafla


This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD-students. For others the participation fee is 700 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.


Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain one (1) credit points. This requires participating and completing the assignments given at the seminar.