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OKFestival 2014: we made it! A write-up & Thank You note

Beatrice Martini - September 5, 2014 in Community, Events, Featured, OKFest, OKFestival

Open Knowledge Festival 2014! We built it, made it and ran it – it was a blast, thank you!

  • 1056 participants from 60 countries
  • 215 facilitators and moderators
  • 17 Programme Team members
  • 70 volunteers

made it all happen. Who says that numbers are dry? Just by writing them down, our hearts are melting.

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Group work! – Pic by Gregor Fischer

Six weeks have passed since the end of OKFestival 2014, many of you participated in our feedback survey, we all caught up with the lack of sleep and are now hard at work with the public post-event report which will be shared on the festival website in the next few weeks (keep your eyes peeled!).

At the festival, we tried a lot of experiments, and experimenting is both risky and thrilling – and you were up for the challenge! So we thought it was time to take a moment to have a look at what we built together and celebrate the challenges we bravely took on and the outcomes that came out of them (and, yes, there are also learnings from things which could have gone better – is there any event with bullet-proof WiFi? can a country not known to be tropical and not used to air conditioning experience a heat wave on the 2 days out of 365 when you’ll run an event?)

2 Rocking selfies! – Pic by Burt Lum

Summing it up:

  • an event for the whole open movement: we were keen to be the convenor of a global gathering, welcoming participants from all around the world and a multitude of folks from open communities, organisations, small and big NGOs, governments, grassroots initiatives as well as people new to the topic and willing to dive in. We wanted to create an environment connecting diverse audiences, thus enabling a diverse groups of thinkers, makers and activists to come together and collaborate to effect change.

3 Ory Okolloh & Rufus Pollock fireside chat – Pic by Gregor Fischer

  • hands-on and outcome-driven approach: we wanted the event to be an opportunity to get together, make, share and learn with – and from – each other and get ready to make plans for what comes next. We didn’t want the event to be simply wonderful, we also wanted it to be useful – for you, your work and the future of the open movement. We’ve just started sharing a selection of your stories on our blog and more is yet to come this month, with the launch of our public post-OKFestival report, filled out with outcome stories you told us in the weeks after the event – who you met, what did you start to plan, what’s the new project coming out of the festival you’re already working on as we speak!

4 Meeting, talking, connecting! – Pic by Gregor Fischer

  • narrative streams: We made a bold choice – no streams-by-topic, but streams following a narrative. The event was fuelled by the theory that change happens when you bring together knowledge – which informs change – tools – which enable change – and society – which effects change. The Knowledge, Tools and Society streams aimed to explore the work we do and want to develop further beyond the usual silos which streams-by-topic could have created. Open hardware and open science, open government and open sustainability, open culture and open source, arts and privacy and surveillance.

5 Your vote, your voice! – Pic by Gregor Fischer

  • crowd sourced programme and participatory formats and tools (and powerpoints discouraged): We encouraged you to leave the comfort zone with no written presentations to read in sync with slides, but instead to create action-packed sessions in which all participants were contributing with their knowledge to work to be done together. We shared tips and tricks about creation and facilitation of such formats and hosted hangouts to help you propose your ideas for our open call – and hundreds of community members sent their proposals! Also, in the most participatory of the spirits, OKFestival also had its own unconference, the unFestival run by the great DATA Uruguay Team, who complemented our busy core programme with a great space where anyone could pitch and run her/his own emerging session on the spot, to give room and time to great new born ideas and plans. And a shout out also goes to a couple of special tools: our etherpads – according to the OKFestival Pad of Pads 85 pads have been co-written and worked with – and our first code of collaboration which we hope will accompany us also in future ventures!

6 Green volunteering power – always on! – Pic by Gregor Fischer

  • diversity of backgrounds, experiences, cultures, domains: months before we started producing the festival, we started to get in touch with people from all around the world who were running projects we admired, and with whom we’d never worked together before. This guided us in building a diverse Programme Team first, and receiving proposals and financial aid applications from many new folks and countries later on. This surely contributed to the most exciting outcome of all – having a really international crowd of the event, people from 60 countries, speaking dozens of different languages. Different backgrounds enriched everybody’s learning and networking and nurtured new collaborations and relationships.

Wow, that was a journey. And it’s just the beginning! As we said, OKFestival aimed to be the fuel, the kick-off, the inspiration for terrific actions and initiatives to come and now it’s time to hear some of most promising stories and project started there!

You can start having taste following the ever-growing OKFestival Stories article series on our blog and be ready for more, when in the next weeks we’ll publish more outcomes, interviews, quotes and reports from you, the protagonists of it all.

Thank you again, and see you very soon!

Your OKFestival Team

Thank you for joining us at Open Knowledge Festival 2014!

Beatrice Martini - July 28, 2014 in Events, Featured, Join us, News, OKFest, OKFestival

Thank you for joining us in Berlin and helping to shape OKFestival and the future of the open knowledge movement!

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We hope that the event provided you with the opportunity to learn, to share and to connect with open knowledge advocates from around the world. While we were excited and inspired by the collaborations and activities we saw springing up over the course of the week, we know that we can always do better and we want to hear from you about what we did well and what you would change. Furthermore, we’d like to encourage all the festival participants to keep sharing – ideas, blogposts, photos, videos, anything which can make the work done last week together resonate with everyone who was there but also everyone who couldn’t join us in person but can still fuel the upcoming projects online!

So, in the spirit of Open Minds to Open Action – let’s call for action!

i) Tell us how it was for you! Firstly, we’d like to ask for your feedback about the event to help us with planning for the future. We’d really appreciate your answers to this survey, which shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete: okfestival.org/feedback

ii) Content from the festival Next, we’d like to remind you of all the great content created at – and around – the Festival, and to encourage you to check it out and contribute to it.

  • Etherpads Every session had an etherpad, which is an online tool for note-taking. You can find them listed on the Sched page for the corresponding session or you may want to browse the “pad of pads” where they’re all listed.
  • Photos We saw lots of great photos being tweeted from the event and would love to collect as many as possible in the festival Flickr pool so that everyone can find them. So whether you snapped people enjoying ice cream or artists creating graffiti, please do add your images to the group here.
  • Articles & blog posts Again, we’ve seen lots of tweets sharing blog posts about the festival – if you’ve written one or seen one you liked, please add it to this document so we can gather them all in one place and put the links up as a record on the festival website.

Finally, if you’d like to relive some of the festival, you might want to check out our short video celebrating the event. Enjoy!

Thanks once again for your energy, contributions and enthusiasm in making Open Knowledge Festival 2014 our best event yet.

With love, Your OKFestival Team

OKFestival: Day Two Highlights & Wrap Up

Katelyn Rogers - July 25, 2014 in Events, Featured, OKFest, OKFestival

What a Week!

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Between five incredible keynotes, 70+ participatory sessions, an unFestival and countless fringe events, not to mention informal strategizing in the courtyards of the Kulturbrauerei, I am sure that we are all still taking some time to process all the information. Last week, our incredible volunteers put together a Day 1 roundup, highlighting all the exciting conversations that were taking place! Here is just a taste of what happened on Day 2!

We kicked off Day Two with a keynote from Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner responsible for the digital rights agenda, who called on the open movement to put the pressure on national governments to open up data in order to help create jobs and stimulate growth. She highlighted the need to change the mindset of public administrations, to show them that there is a better way, an open way. After a standing ovation from the audience, Eric Hysen had a tough act to follow and was up for the challenge!  He joined us on the OKFestival stage to highlight that open data is not enough and if we truly want to create more innovative societies, we *have* to build the necessary infrastructure. If you missed it, you can read it here.

If you missed the Thursday morning keynotes, you can watch them here:

Following the keynotes, OKFestival participants spread throughout the Kulturbrauerei to share, learn and innovate together in 30 different interactive sessions and at the unFestival. All thirty sessions and the unFestival would be difficult to recap in a single blog post but you can check out the etherpads for all the the sessions here or our Storify of day two!

Here are a few photos of the day:

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Finally, because we were, after all, at a Festival, we ended with a live performance from Juliani, Valsero and The Swag. Thank you Artists Without a Cause!

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Stay tuned, OKFestival official photos and videos are coming soon! In the mean time, if you want to help us tell the OKFestival story, please add your blogs to our list & your photos to our flickr pool.  Thanks for joining us in Berlin last week, it wouldn’t have been the same without each and everyone of you! 

Image Credit: Arte Pilpilean EgonOpenCorporates GalleryBurt Lum, Open Data Research Network , Mark Braggins

#OKStory

Heather Leson - July 9, 2014 in Events, Ideas and musings, Interviews, Network, OKFest, OKFestival, Open Knowledge Foundation

Everyone is a storyteller! Just one week away from the big Open Brain Party of OKFestival. We need all the storytelling help you can muster. Trust us, from photos to videos to art to blogs to tweets – share away.

The Storytelling team is a community-driven project. We will work with all participants to decide which tasks are possible and which stories they want to cover. We remix together.

We’ve written up this summary of how to Storytell, some story ideas and suggested formats.

There are a few ways to join:

  • AT the Event: We will host an in person meetup on Tuesday, July 15th to plan at the Science Fair. Watch #okstory for details. Look for the folks with blue ribbons.
  • Digital Participants: Join in and add all your content with the #okfest14 @heatherleson #OKStory tags.
  • Share: Use the #okstory hashtag. Drop a line to heather.leson AT okfn dot org to get connected.

We highlighted some ways to storytell in this brief 20 minute chat:

Capture your events

Heather Leson - June 24, 2014 in Community Stories, Events, Featured, OKFest, OKFestival

We’re on a skillshare craze leading up to OKFestival. A few weeks ago we hosted a session all about how to create great videos with our guest Sam Muirhead. This week we are inviting you to join a Photography Skillshare. Events is one of the top ways that you are involved in Open Knowledge. So, while we might be focused on OKFest, the skills transcend storytelling any event.

Photography Skillshare

Join us on Thursday, June 26, 2014 for a Photography Skillshare. The team and community will share best practices in photos as well as

  • Times: Thursday, June 26, 2014 @ 9:30 EDT/ 13:30 UTC/ 14:30 BST/15:30 CEST
  • To join

We will record it to share back in case your timezone or work schedule is different.

Video Skillshare

Does your video or photos look like this? While it is super artistic, it might not show your story in the best context. While the camera for this session was not playing nice, the content is full of all kinds of tips and resources to make your video shine. Thanks to Sam Muirhead of Camera Libre for donating his time. See the G+ hangout notes for a stack of resources to help your video learning.

Note: Community Sessions are taking a break for the summer. Stay tuned for more sessions in the future.

Newsflash! OKFestival Programme Launches

Beatrice Martini - June 4, 2014 in Events, Free Culture, Join us, Network, News, OKFest, OKFestival, Open Access, Open Data, Open Development, Open Economics, Open Education, Open GLAM, Open Government Data, Open Humanities, Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Knowledge Foundation Local Groups, Open Research, Open Science, Open Spending, Open Standards, Panton Fellows, Privacy, Public Domain, Training, Transparency, Working Groups

At last, it’s here!

Check out the details of the OKFestival 2014 programme – including session descriptions, times and facilitator bios here!

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We’re using a tool called Sched to display the programme this year and it has several great features. Firstly, it gives individual session organisers the ability to update the details on the session they’re organising; this includes the option to add slides or other useful material. If you’re one of the facilitators we’ll be emailing you to give you access this week.

Sched also enables every user to create their own personalised programme to include the sessions they’re planning to attend. We’ve also colour-coded the programme to help you when choosing which conversations you want to follow: the Knowledge stream is blue, the Tools stream is red and the Society stream is green. You’ll also notice that there are a bunch of sessions in purple which correspond to the opening evening of the festival when we’re hosting an Open Knowledge Fair. We’ll be providing more details on what to expect from that shortly!

Another way to search the programme is by the subject of the session – find these listed on the right hand side of the main schedule – just click on any of them to see a list of sessions relevant to that subject.

As you check out the individual session pages, you’ll see that we’ve created etherpads for each session where notes can be taken and shared, so don’t forget to keep an eye on those too. And finally; to make the conversations even easier to follow from afar using social media, we’re encouraging session organisers to create individual hashtags for their sessions. You’ll find these listed on each session page.

We received over 300 session suggestions this year – the most yet for any event we’ve organised – and we’ve done our best to fit in as many as we can. There are 66 sessions packed into 2.5 days, plus 4 keynotes and 2 fireside chats. We’ve also made space for an unconference over the 2 core days of the festival, so if you missed out on submitting a proposal, there’s still a chance to present your ideas at the event: come ready to pitch! Finally, the Open Knowledge Fair has added a further 20 demos – and counting – to the lineup and is a great opportunity to hear about more projects. The Programme is full to bursting, and while some time slots may still change a little, we hope you’ll dive right in and start getting excited about July!

We think you’ll agree that Open Knowledge Festival 2014 is shaping up to be an action-packed few days – so if you’ve not bought your ticket yet, do so now! Come join us for what will be a memorable 2014 Festival!

See you in Berlin! Your OKFestival 2014 Team

OKFestival 2014 Provisional Programme is now live!

Beatrice Martini - May 20, 2014 in Events, Join us, News, OKFest, OKFestival

Over the last few months we have received hundreds of terrific proposals for this year’s Open Knowledge Festival programme. Thank you for your ideas and your input!

There have been more sessions proposed than we could possibly accommodate and as a result, we’ve had the incredibly difficult task of whittling down all of those great ideas into a 3-day festival. It wasn’t easy, and it’s with regret that we can’t include every one of your great proposals in the final programme.

However, after this tough task of creating our final programme, we’re happy to be able to give you the first glimpse of the Open Knowledge Festival 2014 programme. Read on to find out more about what translating “Open Minds to Open Action” is going to look like!

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Festival Schedule & Preliminary Programme

Please note that information about sessions is still a work in progress. A full list of sessions and facilitators will be finalised and updated in due course.

July 15 – The Open Knowledge Fair

OKFestival 2014 will kick off at 18:00 on Tuesday 15th July with the Open Knowledge Fair; an opening extravaganza to set the scene for the following two days. This dynamic start to the 3 days of the festival will be comprised of demo stands, performances, interactive hands-on things to do and make, and the opportunity to enjoy music and drinks.

Here’s a taste of what will make it an unforgettable night:

  • GIF animation jam session (Kati Hyyppä, Sanna Marttila, Adam Green)
  • Politaoke – the non-partisan political karaoke (Diana Arce)
  • Let’s make music and food from data! (csv soundsystem)
  • Security in a Box & Digital Security Help Desk (Tactical Technology Collective)
  • Tracka: Crowdsourcing Service Delivery – Oluseun Onigbinde (BudgIT)
  • Opening Closistan – Tarek Amr, Ahmad Gharbeia
  • Public Lab – Shannon Dosemagen
  • Sensor Journalism – Lily Bui (SciStarter)
  • Open Bank Project
  • Open Steps – a journey around the world discovering and showcasing open knowledge projects
  • Open Access Button
  • and many more!

July 16 and 17 – The Core Festival Days

Each day will kick off with two inspiring, engaging plenary sessions to fuel the activities for the day ahead. We have some truly incredible keynote speakers joining us – stay tuned to discover more about them soon. After the plenaries, there will be community-led sessions from 11:00 to 18:30 each day. There will also be breakout spaces available throughout the entire festival and another space where you’ll be able to pitch and run emerging sessions on the fly.

Here’s a taster of some of the sessions that have been confirmed – more updates soon!

Knowledge Stream (in alphabetical order by session title)

  • An Exploration of Global Social and Economic Policy Data: Tools to Improve Well-being and Equity – Amy Raub, Nicolas deGuzman, Isabel Latz (WORLD Policy Analysis Center)

  • Can Open Data Go Wrong? – Tin Geber, Alix Dunn (The Engine Room), Lindsay Beck (NDITech)

  • Citizen Report Knowledge Sharing – Mariana Mas (DATA), mySociety, Ushahidi

  • Defining and Designing Successful Data Journalism Initiatives in Developing Countries – Eva Constantaras (Internews)

  • Enabling Reliable Narrators: Opening up Openness beyond the Usual Suspects – Penny Andrews

  • Exploding Open Science! Awareness, training, funding, training – Alexandre Hannud Abdo
  • How to Teach Open Data – Milena Marin (Open Knowledge School of Data) & more

  • Lobby Regulation and Transparency: standards and campaign plans – Victoria Anderica (Access Info Europe), Julia Keseru (Sunlight Foundation)

  • Low-Tech Data: Story-Finding and Storytelling – Rahul Bhargava (MIT Center for Civic Media), Gabi Sobliye (Tactical Technology Collective)

  • Maintaining a healthy and thriving Public Domain – exploring the notion of originality and copyright when digitising analogue works – Joris Pekel (Europeana), Paul Keller (Kennisland), Lieke Ploeger (Open Knowledge Foundation), Thomas Margoni (University of Amsterdam) & OpenGLAM Open Knowledge Working Group

  • Mapping the Corporate Web: an Open Data Approach – Johnny West (OpenOil)

  • Open Access Review – Michelle Brook (Open Knowledge) & more

  • Open Educational Resources and Policy: Overview and Connections to Others

  • Open Education Smörgåsbord – Marieke Guy (Open Knowledge), Alek Tarkowski, Tom Salmon, Kristina Anderson, Miska Knapek, Darya Tarasowa

  • OpenGLAM Benchmark Survey Workshop – Beat Estermann (Bern University of Applied Sciences), Lieke Ploeger (Open Knowledge)

  • Open licenses for a free press – Hauke Gierow (Reporter ohne Grenzen)

  • Open Movements – Alek Tarkowski (Centrum Cyfrowe), Nicole Allen (SPARC), Delia Browne (P2PU), Melissa Hagemann (OSF)

  • Openness Divide? — How Openness Can Help the Unfinished Arab Spring – Salwa AbdelTawab (Al-Jazeera), Bilal Randeree, Rawan Damen

  • Panton Principles for the Humanities. Do we need one and what would it look like? – Iain Emsley

  • Reimagining scholarly communication – Stuart Lawson (Wikimania)

  • Storytelling for Social Change – Javie Ssozi (Rural Farming 4 Devt & Speak Out Uganda!)
  • Testing the efficiency of open versus traditional science – Daniel Mietchen, Jenny Molloy, Alexandre Hannud Abdo (Open Science Open Knowledge Working Group)

  • Transportation data: traffic and transit – different path, same result? – Peter Hicks & Open Transport Open Knowledge Working Group

Society Stream (in alphabetical order by session title)

  • A crowd sourced manifesto: what is the open data ‘social contract’ between governments and citizens – Kitty von Bertele, Antonio Acuña (Cabinet Office UK)

  • Budget Data Package: toward an open standard for budget and spending data – Samidh Chakrabarti (Google), Open Knowledge

  • Building the open coalition – developing a wider community of open – Stevie Benton (Wikimedia UK), Bekka Kahn (P2PU)

  • Business Revenue Models for Open Data or Getting Rich with Open Data

  • DIY Making for Social and Environmental Justice – Shannon Dosemagen (Public Lab)
  • Global Elections Toolbox – DATA Uruguay & more

  • Ground-up open data intermediaries – Who? Where? How? – Tim Davies (Web Foundation), Michael Canares (STEP Up Consulting), Satyarupa Shekhar (Transparent Chennai), Gisele S. Craveiro (University of Sao Paulo & Open Knowledge Brazil), Zachariah Chilliswa (Jesuit Hakimani Center, Kenya), Omenogo Mejabi (University of Ilorin)

  • How Do You Win Fiscal Transparency Campaigns? – Follow The Money network

  • Land rights data: quality control, challenges and new strategies

  • Money, Politics and Transparency – Julia Keseru, Lisa Rosenberg (Sunlight Foundation), Alan Hudson (Global Integrity)

  • Open Contracting Data Standard – The First Cut – Michael Rogers, Tim Davies (Web Foundation), Sam Lee, Marcela Rozo (The World Bank), Sarah Bird

  • Open Contracting: Towards a new global norm – Marcela Rozo, Felipe Estefan (The World Bank)

  • Open Data Charter and the G20

  • Open Government Data updates from around the world – Daniel Dietrich & more

  • “Opening” Society in Challenging Contexts – Ethan Wilkes, Panthea Lee, Adam Talsma (Reboot)

  • Opening up ‘open’: how do we strengthen the base of people who care about open? – Elliott Bledsoe

  • Open Surveillance? – Fabrizio Scrollini (DATA), Renata Avila (Web Foundation), Javier Ruiz (Open Rights Group)

  • Power, politics, inclusion and voice – Duncan Edwards (Institute of Development Studies), Ben Taylor (Twaweza), Kersti Wissenbach (Open4Change), Rebecca Latourell (AidData)

  • Taking privacy considerations forward- the role of the data publisher – Javier Ruiz (Open Rights Group), Sally Deffor (Open Knowledge)

  • The Problem with Participation – Nancy Schwartzman (Circle of 6 / Tech 4 Good), Lina Srivastava, Linda Raftree

  • Tracking development in the open – Mark Brough, Shreya Basu (Publish What You Fund)

Tools Stream (in alphabetical order by session title)

  • An E-waste Hackathon: hacking/fixing our gadgets and learning what happens when they die – Janet Gunter, Ugo Vallauri (The Restart Project)

  • Bring the Public Domain Calculators Worldwide! – Pierre Chrzanowski (Open Knowledge France), Samuel Goëta, Primavera de Filippi (Open Knowledge France, Public Domain Working Group), Marco Montanari (Open Knowledge Italy)

  • CrisisNET: An Interactive Introduction – Jonathon Morgan (Ushahidi)

  • Detecting Climate Change in Open Weather Data – Brian Abelson (Enigma)Transparent Cities – creating a shared framework for city governments to use data and technology to be more open, transparent and participatory – Satyarupa Shekhar (Transparent Chennai), Instituto Polis, GPoPAI/Colab and Indonesia Lab, Web Foundation & more

  • Giving credit where credit is due – Jonas Öberg, Leena Simon (Commons Machinery)

  • Open Decisions API’s – Global Standardization – Markus Petteri Laine (Open Knowledge Finland)
  • Hands-on anonymisation and risk control of publishing open data – Ulrich Atz, Kathryn Corrick (Open Data Institute)

  • Humanitarian OpenStreetMap mapping workshop – Katie Filbert, Shoaib Burq, Christian Lenz (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team)

  • Introduction to Text and Data Mining (TDM): Technical and Legal Considerations – Puneet Kishor (Creative Commons), Peter Murray-Rust (University of Cambridge), Ross Mounce (University of Bath)

  • Open Design Definition workshop – Sanna Marttila, Peter Troxler, Christian Villum (Open Hardware and Design Working Group)

  • Opening Politics: Collecting and Organizing Political Data – Scott Hubli (National Democratic Institute), John Wonderlich (Sunlight Foundation), Jakub Gornicki (ePanstwo)

  • Open Product Datification – Thomas McNally & Open Product Data Open Knowledge Working Group

  • SciStarter on Sensor Journalism – Lily Bui (SciStarter)
  • Skills and tools for web native open science – Kaitlin Thaney (Mozilla Science Lab), Karthik Ram (rOpenSci)

  • Understanding the civic space – Stef van Grieken (Google), Knight Foundation, MIT Media Lab

  • Usability testing workshop – Claus Höfele, Lydia Dreyer

 Fringe Events

We encourage people to plan and run fringe events which will complement the Festival, both before and after the official programming. If you are organising a Fringe Event, please let us know so we can help publicise it for you. If you want to know more about Fringe Events already in the pipeline, check out this page.

We hope you’re as excited as we are by this provisional Programme line-up, and that you’ll agree that this year’s Festival is going to be an amazing place full of possibility, learning and action!

If you’ve not already bought your ticket, make sure you don’t miss out – we’re looking forward to seeing you in Berlin!

With excitement,

The OKFestival Team

 

OKFestival financial aid announcement delayed

Beatrice Martini - May 10, 2014 in Events, News, OKFest, OKFestival

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Our Financial Aid applications closed on May 4th and we’ve been working hard to review all the applications and get word out to you as soon as possible if you’re one of those selected.

However, we’ve had many more applications than expected and while we’re thrilled so many of you want to come, it does take our small team longer to review hundreds of applications than it would dozens! We’re also looking into other ways that we might be able to provide support for all the great potential attendees so we don’t want to make any final decisions until we’ve had time time to consider these additional options.

For this reason, we’ve had to extend the timeline on when we’ll be informing you about whether you’ll receive financial aid from us.

We know delays are frustrating, but we’re working as hard as possible to ensure that our Financial Aid applications are thoroughly reviewed and fairly distributed. We’ll be in touch as soon as is possible if you have been selected for financial aid.

In the meantime, hang tight and keep checking the website – our preliminary programme is launching very soon…

 

Only 4 days left to apply for OKFestival Financial Aid!

Beatrice Martini - April 30, 2014 in Events, OKFest, OKFestival

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The deadline to apply for OKFestival Financial Aid is this Sunday 4th May: hurry!

Diversity and inclusivity are a huge part of our festival ethos and we are committed to ensuring a broad variety of participation from all corners of the world; creating a forum for all ideas and all people. To achieve this, we’ll aim to ensure the attendance of those whose distance from Berlin or financial situation make it difficult for them to get to this year’s festival but who have great ideas and are actively involved in the open movement.

  • If you submitted a session proposal and know that if selected, you have no other financial support to attend and won’t be able to come unless you receive financial aid from us, then please make sure you’ve applied for our Financial Aid programme before the end of Sunday 4th May.
  • If you’re just completely excited by the idea of OKFestival and working in the open field or aiming to get into the open field, or you’re a student who wants to explore the possibilities of the open world, apply for Financial Aid and we hope to be able to bring you along!

The deadline is Sunday 4th May so please don’t forget to apply!

See you in Berlin!

 

Open Knowledge Festival Call for Volunteers Opens Today!

Beatrice Martini - April 22, 2014 in Events, Featured, Join us, OKFest, OKFestival

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  • What: Join the Volunteers Team at OKFestival 2014!
  • When: July 15-17th, Berlin, Germany
  • Why? Lots of reasons! Find them here!

The OKFestival team is launching our call for volunteers today, and we are excited to bring on board amazing members of our community who will help us to make this festival the huge success we are anticipating. Apply now!

Volunteers are integral to our ability to run OKFestival – without you, we wouldn’t have enough hands to get everything done over the days of the festival!

Join Us!

If you want to come to Berlin this July 15th-17th and help us to create the best Open festival there has ever been, please apply today at the link above, and then spread the word to ensure others know about the festival too!

There is no hard deadline on applying, but the sooner you apply the better your chance of being selected to come and make Open history with us at this year’s OKFestival. We can’t wait to see you there!

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