Closed: Project Manager for MyData Europe 2020 conference

Changing the world is a tough, but fun job. That’s why we need more people like you on our team!

Employer: MyData Global ry, an international nonprofit based in Helsinki, Finland
Type: Full-time position
Start: Preferably February 2020
End: October 2020, option to continue in the organisation, contingent on funding.
Location: Berlin, Germany (other locations negotiable)

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What’s this MyData 2020 Europe conference?

MyData events are not the end-goals themselves, they are tools for change. The thought leadership and community around human-centric personal data has been developing through the four international conferences (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) held in Helsinki, Finland. In 2020, we’re going truly global, with four regional events in different corners of the world – Berlin, Nairobi, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.

MyData Europe 2020 is Europe’s leading conference for and by personal data experts. It is created by the global MyData community, whose goal is to create a fair digital society for all. Held at Alte Muenze in the heart of Berlin, the conference spans three days with a programme curated by international experts and features dozens of sessions and over 100 presenters for an audience of 800+ data professionals from over 30 countries. The conference is co-organised by MyData Global and its Germany Hub.

Right, what about MyData Global then?

MyData Global is an award-winning international nonprofit with its headquarters in Finland. The purpose of MyData Global is to empower individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data. Our domain is a unique combination of business, innovations and human rights in the digital world. At the moment, we’re a team of six, based in Finland and Estonia and our 600 members come from nearly 40 countries on six continents. As of December 2019, we have 24 hubs around the globe, one of them in Germany.

Are we a perfect match?

First and foremost, we’re looking for someone who shares the values we work for and which guide our work. We believe that a small group of thoughtful and dedicated people can change the world – because it’s the only thing that ever has. We work toward a fair and trust-based society and we cultivate those values in our work. You can read more about our guiding principles here:

What do you do as the project manager for MyData Europe 2020 conference?

You’ll create the best MyData conference to date! You are needed to bring in great fresh ideas for creating a modern, attractive event that exceeds the expectations of all stakeholders. To support you in this not insignificant task, you’ll have the support of a dedicated team, who have years’ experience of running the conferences. Your job will include coordinating the efforts of this team as well as making strategic decisions about hiring assistance and/or outsourcing parts of the project. In addition to paid staff, you will collaborate with an international community of hundreds of personal data experts and enthusiasts who volunteer each year for the conference. You manage the overall budget and finances of the project (totalling roughly 450k EUR) and report to MyData Global’s general manager on a regular basis. You’ll need professional proficiency in English, as it’s our language of operations, in addition to proficiency in German.

As the event is a meeting place for great minds and doers, who are all working towards a fair, sustainable, and prosperous digital society, your job will be also very much about building bridges between these people and organisations active in Germany (and beyond). Our desired outcome would be a strong community of diverse stakeholders in Germany, who will continue to support each other’s efforts also beyond the Europe 2020 conference. We hope you share the same goal!

We want you not only to succeed but also to flourish in this position and that’s why we want you to be equipped with a passion for making the world a better place and creating memorable event experiences. We want you to have excellent people skills and leadership qualities that are aligned with our culture of co-creation and collaboration. You’ll also definitely need a solid handle on managing your time and priorities as well as experience with budgeting, project management in general, and event projects in particular.

In addition to the above, which are critical, you can bring to the table some of the following great assets: knowledge of MyData thinking and the personal data domain, connections to businesses, public sector, nonprofits and academia, and negotiation skills, a vision for marketing and communications for a project like this; and presentation skills. We also welcome experience with modern leadership and teamwork methodologies, Wordpress websites, and graphic design software.

What will we give you, in addition to a meaningful way to spend your days, and a salary?

We are (obviously) the best team ever to work with, and we promise you’ll have fun with us alongside dreaming big and getting sh*t done. You’ll receive a full and comprehensive onboarding by the 2019 conference project manager, who will be a part of your team to support where needed along the way. You’ll also be supported by the international community that’s grown around MyData and possess an incredible depth of experience and knowledge. We trust you to arrange your hours as you see fit and, while we offer you a work desk, we won’t mind one bit if you prefer to work from home, cafe or wherever. And of course, the most important thing: you get to make a difference in the world and help shape the future of the internet and society. And that’s pretty cool.

How to apply?

To apply for this position, please send your CV and motivation letter in ENGLISH, indicating the salary expectation and your availability to so the team has the chance to review it. Note that we will review the submissions continuously and contact the shortlisted candidates ASAP.

The interviews will take place between 7 and 15 January online.

The appointed project manager should be able to join the MyData Europe 2020 workshop on 22 January held in Berlin.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely, the Team:

  • Teemu, General Manager
  • Karo, Events Lead
  • Sille, Community Lead
  • Viivi, Deputy General Manager
  • Ansku, Communications Lead
  • Asia, Outreach Specialists

And on behalf of the MyData Germany Hub

  • Beatrix, coordinator MyData Hub Germany

PS. If you want to chat about anything in the above description before sending in your application, please reach out to Teemu or Karo who are happy to answer any questions!

Karolina Mackiewicz, MyData Global Events Lead and MyData 2019 conference Project Manager
MyData Global Slack: @KarolinaMackiewicz

Teemu Ropponen, MyData Global General Manager // +358 40 525 5135