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OKCon 2013 Invited Speakers: Sarah Schacht

- June 20, 2013 in Conference, Geneva, Invited Speakers, OKCon, OKCon 2013, OKF, Open Data, open-government, Opendata.ch, Sarah Schacht, Switzerland

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Photo: Scott Hadfield Flickr We are proud to introduce Sarah Schacht as one of our invited programme advisors. She was involved in the selection process, helping us work through and evaluate the many excellent Open Government proposals that we received for OKCon 2013. As a political entrepreneur Sarah searches for simple technological solutions to complex social problems. Earlier in her career she worked on the Howard Dean Presidential Campaign (2003), was one of the youngest delegates at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and later interned at Congressman Jay Inslee’s office in 2005. After returning to her native Washington State Sarah founded the non-profit organisation Knowledge As Power, where tools to track legislation online and to communicate directly with legislators are offered to Washington residents. Sarah contributed to the Open Government book published by O’Reilly Books in February of 2010, and she is now in the process of writing her own book on the topic. Video from Ignite Seattle 2009: Overcoming Cacophony: Making Gov 2.0 Work for You – Sarah Schacht At OKCon 2013 Sarah Schacht will be one of our moderators, but also present a talk “What if open data isn’t opening government?” on Tuesday 17th September and host a panel entitled “Transparency and Accountability Initiative Mentorships” for one the satellite events on Thursday 19th. For more details please check our updated schedule, that, and we are sure you agree with us here, is looking more and more brilliant. More than ever, we hope you will join us in Geneva. Please note that the Early Bird Ticket sale has reached its final phase, the reduced price tickets will only be available until this coming Sunday 23rd June. Find more information on Sarah Schacht on her blog and twitter.

OKCon 2013 Invited Speakers: Victoria Stodden

- June 12, 2013 in Conference, Geneva, Invited Speakers, OKCon, OKCon 2013, OKF, Open Data, Open Science, OpendataCH, Switzerland, Victoria Stodden

Victoria Stodden We are proud and excited to introduce you to another one of our invited speakers who will join us at OKCon 2013: Victoria Stodden. Known for her research and policy work on open data and reproducible science she is currently working as an assistant professor of Statistics at Columbia University and with the Columbia University Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. After pursuing degrees in Statistics and Law, her research has focused on the problem of enabling reproducibility in computational science. Victoria has developed the acclaimed “Reproducible Research Standard,” a suite of open licensing recommendations for the dissemination of computational results. Video from Open Science Summit 2011: Victoria Stodden: – Transparency in Scientific Discovery: Innovation and Knowledge Dissemination We are very much looking forward to hear Victoria’s talk at OKCon in September. We are sure it will inspire intense and inspired after-session discussions! And how about you? Will you be there with us? Early Bird tickets are available until 23rd June, 2013.
That’s a little more than ten days from now – time to get yours!
To find out more about Victoria Stodden: official biography, blog, Twitter.

OKCon 2013 Invited Speakers: John Ellis

- June 3, 2013 in 2013, CERN, Geneva, Invited Speakers, John Ellis, LHC, OKCon, OKCon 2013

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[Photo: CERN] We are excited to announce that Professor John Ellis (CERNKing’s College London) will be one of the keynote speakers at OKCon 2013. John Ellis is one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists, and also a great communicator. He has been influential in setting CERN’s strategic direction and contributed to the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson. John Ellis is a strong advocate of involving non-European nations in CERN scientific activities. OKCon 2013 is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, which means the conference will be held only a few kilometers away from CERN and the LHC – Large Hadron Collider. CERN has always been considered a pioneer in the open science movement and a strong supporter of the open access movement: open source software has been developed at CERN for decades; Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web while working for CERN when trying to improve the information management system of the LHC. Video from BOLDtalks 2013: John Ellis, The significance of the Higgs Boson discovery. We are certain that John Ellis’ talk will be a great inspiration to remind everyone why openness in science really matters: because – as CERN has recently proven – it helps reveal the deeper beauty of our universe. We hope you will join us for this and many other exciting presentations at OKCon 2013. Early Bird tickets are now on sale and will be available until June 23rd, 2013. Buy yours now!

Extending The Call For Volunteers Until 2nd June

- May 30, 2013 in 2013, Geneva, OKCon, OKCon 2013, Volunteers

Welcome Reception
  • What. Volunteering at OKCon 2013
  • When & where. 16th-18th September 2013, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • How. Find the call and the submission form here
  • Deadline. The deadline to submit your application is 2nd June, 23:59:59 GMT.
We are very grateful for the huge response to our original Call for Volunteers and for the amazing applications that we received. However, many of the applications came from people offering their editorial skills and we need some more hands-on people, for all the practical tasks, that need to be covered during OKCon 2013. We also hope to receive some more applications from Switzerland and neighbouring countries. This is why we have extended our Call for Volunteers until 2nd June. This is your last chance to join us! If you are interested and available from 16th to 18th September 2013, please apply on the OKCon Call for Volunteers webpage. Deadline for the applications is Sunday, 2nd June at 23:59:59 GMT. We look forward to receiving your application!

OKCon 2013 Invited Speakers: Ellen Miller

- May 21, 2013 in Events, Featured, OKCon

We’re glad to announce that Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, will be one of our keynote speakers at OKCon 2013. As co-founder and executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, Ellen Miller advocates the use of the internet to inspire greater openness and transparency in government. She founded two further organisations, the Center for Responsive Politics and Public Campaign, that focus their activities in the fields of money and politics. Ellen Miller can look back at a career of 35 years advocating non-profit advocacy, grassroots activism and journalism. From a recently published blog post by Mrs Miller, On the Topic of Open Government and Open Data:
Sunlight believes in open data and open government not because these are abstract goods, but because we want to make government more accountable to ordinary people and less subservient to well-connected special interests. We think it’s great that more consumer-facing data will be opened up by the Obama administration (aka “smart disclosure”), and we want the “operating system” of government open and free, along with many others. And to be sure, there are many additional benefits to be had from opening up government data including increasing efficiency, reducing waste, creating new business opportunities and empowering consumers. But we remain insistent that a central if not the core goal of the transparency movement must be to shift power from the few to the many, by making all the information about who is trying to influence the process and what they get out the other end more accessible to all.
From the Gov 2.0 Summit 2010, from her talk Open Government Scorecard: We can’t wait to attend her talk at OKCon in September! And we’ll be happy to have you joining us, too. Early Bird tickets are now on sale and will be available until June 23rd, 2013. Buy yours now!

OKCON 2013 Invited Speakers: Ellen Miller

- May 17, 2013 in 2013, Ellen Miller, Geneva, Invited Speakers, OKCon, OKCon 2013

EllenMiller_Press_sm We’re glad to announce that Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, will be one of our keynote speakers at OKCon 2013.
As co-founder and executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, Ellen Miller advocates the use of the internet to inspire greater openness and transparency in government. She founded two further organisations, the Center for Responsive Politics and Public Campaign, that focus their activities in the fields of money and politics. Ellen Miller can look back at a career of 35 years advocating non-profit advocacy, grassroots activism and journalism. From a recently published blog post by Mrs Miller, On the Topic of Open Government and Open Data:
Sunlight believes in open data and open government not because these are abstract goods, but because we want to make government more accountable to ordinary people and less subservient to well-connected special interests. We think it’s great that more consumer-facing data will be opened up by the Obama administration (aka “smart disclosure”), and we want the “operating system” of government open and free, along with many others. And to be sure, there are many additional benefits to be had from opening up government data including increasing efficiency, reducing waste, creating new business opportunities and empowering consumers. But we remain insistent that a central if not the core goal of the transparency movement must be to shift power from the few to the many, by making all the information about who is trying to influence the process and what they get out the other end more accessible to all.

From the Gov 2.0 Summit 2010, from her talk Open Government Scorecard:
We can’t wait to attend her talk at OKCon in September! And we’ll be happy to have you joining us, too. Early Bird tickets are now on sale and will be available until June 23rd, 2013. Buy yours now!

Welcome to the OKCon 2013 Blog!

- March 23, 2013 in 2013, blog, Geneva, News, OKCon, OKCon 2013, Switzerland, Twitter

OKFest 2012: Press Event Welcome to the OKCon 2013 Blog!
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