The open ceremony of the Festival aims to highlight our current standing in terms of advancements and data collection. It recognizes the urgent need for rapid innovations in technology and efficient data collection, access, and utilization to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, it also acknowledges the inherent challenges and tensions surrounding power dynamics, privacy concerns, and inclusive participation in the data revolution.

The Festival seeks to empower data communities and enhance our collective capacity to harness the potential value of data for all individuals and societies. By fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing, it aims to facilitate the achievement of Agenda 2030, a global action plan for sustainable development.

Through this gathering, we aim to gather insights, discuss best practices, and explore potential solutions to overcome the obstacles in our quest to leverage data effectively. By addressing the disparities in power, safeguarding privacy rights, and ensuring inclusive participation, we can navigate the complexities of the data revolution and propel ourselves towards the successful realization of the SDGs.