The 6th International Open Data Conference (IODC) in 2020 will be held in Kenya, making it the first IODC in Africa. The announcement was made at the closing ceremony of the 5th IODC 2018 held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from September 27 - 28, 2018 under the theme "The Future is Open." This year's IODC was organized by the Government of Argentina, the World Bank, IDRC and OD4D among others. The International Open Data Conference (IODC) is a bi-annual gathering of Open Data experts from government, civil society and academia to share, learn and collaborate on policies, technologies, tactics, tools and platforms for making data more open, accessible, available and interoperable in support of development priorities.
The Government of Kenya won the bid based on consistency and high-level leadership: "The president and I are committed to the creation of an inclusive data ecosystem involving the government, the private sector, academia, civil society, local communities, and development partners that tackles the information aspects of development decision-making. We recognise that if Kenya is to move ahead, we must deliberately pursue collaboration between the government, academia, and entrepreneurs. It is no longer an issue of political will, but a matter of rational economic and political choice.", said the deputy president of Kenya.