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How Does Change Happen?

- July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

The following is a guest post by Chris Underwood, and originally appeared on makingallvoicescount.org “In Dar, the lights went on for me about what this programme was actually all about, and it was really exciting”!  So said Chantal Matthew of the Centre for Municipal Research & Advice, an experienced local government hand seeking to make change by […]

The OKFestival keynote excitement begins!

- June 16, 2014 in Events, Featured, OKFestival

This is a cross-post from the OKFestival blog, see the original here

The time is now. The time is today!

If you haven’t already, it’s time to buy your tickets because today, we announce the names of our four amazing keynote speakers!

This year, we have the pleasure of welcoming this stellar line-up of activists, experts, founders, leaders and visionaries who have each impacted the world as we know it in significant ways; pushing forward reform, demanding accountability, increasing transparency and creating new points of contact between governments and their people – to name but a few of their achievements!

We’re delighted to be able to confirm that these incredible speakers will be opening both full days of the festival and we hope that their ideas and stories will inspire you to think harder, make better and connect more during the discussions and activities which will follow later each day.

We’ll be letting you know more about each of our Keynote’s talks throughout this week, with a daily drop including their bios, their keynote details and some stellar prep material you can watch to get you excited about how incredible it will be to see this lot live!

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, later this week we’ll let you in on an extra special addition to this line-up, so stay tuned to Twitter for hints on who it might be and tuned to our site for in-the-moment updates! Don’t miss out, OKFestival is the best place to be Open this summer!

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Neelie Kroes Vice President & EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda, European Commission Neelie Kroes is currently Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe. Since 2004, she has worked as one of the 27 European Commissioners aiming to maintain a peaceful and prosperous Europe. From 2004 to 2009, she was Competition Commissioner, responsible for ensuring a level playing field for business in Europe. In 2010, she became Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe. This portfolio includes ensuring trust and security for the Internet and new technologies; building world-class European research and innovation in this sector; and above all getting every European Digital, with access to fast broadband, so Europe can make the most out of the Internet to support a strong economy and society.

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Patrick Alley Founder of Global Witness and a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council for Conflict prevention. Patrick Alley is a director of Global Witness and co-founded the organisation in 1993. He took part in Global Witness’ first investigations into the Thai-Khmer Rouge timber trade in 1995, and since then has taken part in over fifty field investigations in South East Asia, Africa and Europe, and in subsequent advocacy activities. Patrick has focused on natural resource governance issues in resource-rich countries, including post-conflict, including Cambodia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Zimbabwe, and focuses on the thematic issue of Conflict Resources, and on forest and land issues, especially challenging industrial scale logging and land grabbing in the tropics. Patrick is involved in the strategic leadership of Global Witness, and is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council for Conflict prevention.

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Eric Hysen Director of Google’s elections and civic engagement products and programs, creator of tools for Harvard Institute of Politics designed to drive youth voter turnout through social media. Eric manages Google’s elections and civic engagement products and programs. His team has launched tools that have helped hundreds of millions of people vote and engage in the political process in over 25 countries, including India, Kenya, Germany, Australia, the US, Mexico, and Egypt. Eric’s team recently launched the Google Civic Information API to make it easier for developers to build useful new civic apps. Prior to joining Google in 2009, Eric built tools to drive youth voter turnout through social media at the Harvard Institute of Politics. Eric holds a BA with honors in Computer Science from Harvard College, and has published research on using advanced crowdsourcing techniques to solve complex problems.

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Beatriz Busaniche Founder of Wikimedia Argentina and key member of Argentina’s Fundacion Via Libre Beatriz Busaniche is a member of the Fundacion Via Libre and is also a founding member of Wikimedia Argentina, local chapter of Wikimedia Foundation. She has a Mass Communication Degree from National University of Rosario, and is currently a part time professor at Social Sciences Faculty, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She’s preparing her Master Degree on Intellectual Property at FLACSO Argentina.

Join us!

The Open Knowledge Festival 2014 invites you to come and learn from these experts; to hear their thoughts, share their ideas and discuss the progress that we can make towards a more Open world when we work together. Come and join the conversation at OKFestival 2014, knowing that when you leave, it will be with more inspiration, more connections and more conviction than you might have imagined possible.

See you next month!

Financial aid allocation completed for OKFestival 2014

- June 16, 2014 in Events, OKFestival

This is a cross-post from the OKFestival blog, see the original here OKFestival collaboration Thank you to everyone who applied for Financial Aid this year – we so appreciate your patience while we’ve worked hard with various partners and sponsors to allocate funding. Over the past few weeks we’ve been reaching out to successful applicants so while we’re incredible excited to welcome those who were successful to OKFestival, we are also very sad to have to confirm that if you haven’t heard from us at this point, you’ll need to look elsewhere for funding. We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown by all those who applied for help to attend this year’s OKFestival – over 400 people requested support – and it’s taken quite some time to work through all of these applications and to calculate travel and accommodation funds. If you’re unsuccessful this time around, we’d like to encourage you to, at the very least, take part from afar; we do try to make the festival as inclusive as possible and we will be livestreaming the keynote talks and interviews, and radio broadcasting much more amazing material – keep your eyes open for more information soon on that! There is also an etherpad for every session, so follow along and find the ways you can get involved with individual sessions and workshops. You can check out the individual session pages for details of the session facilitators and email them or contribute questions to their etherpads! Allocation of financial aid was determined by a balance of factors, not least the generous donations made by our sponsors. So please join us in thanking Google, Omidyar, Make All Voices Count and Partnership for Open Data for their vital contributions to this year’s event.

The Keynote Excitement Begins!

- June 16, 2014 in keynote speakers, News and Info, Programme

The time is now. The time is today!

If you haven’t already, it’s time to buy your tickets because today, we announce the names of our four amazing keynote speakers!

This year, we have the pleasure of welcoming this stellar line-up of activists, experts, founders, leaders and visionaries who have each impacted the world as we know it in significant ways; pushing forward reform, demanding accountability, increasing transparency and creating new points of contact between governments and their people - to name but a few of their achievements!

Update! Financial aid allocation completed for OKFestival 2014

- June 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Thank you to everyone who applied for Financial Aid this year – we so appreciate your patience while we’ve worked hard with various partners and sponsors to allocate funding. Over the past few weeks we’ve been reaching out to successful applicants so while we’re incredible excited to welcome those who were successful to OKFestival, we […]

Financial Aid Announcement Delayed

- May 9, 2014 in community, Financial Aid, News and Info

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 […]

Only 4 days left to apply for OKFestival Financial Aid!

- April 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

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!

 

Call for Volunteers Opens Today!

- April 22, 2014 in #get involved, News and Info

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!

What: Volunteers @ OKFestival
When: July 15-17th, Berlin
Why? Lots of reasons! Find them here!

Join Us!

If you want to come to Berlin this July 15th-17th and help us to create the best Open festival yet, please apply today via the red button above, and then spread the word to ensure others know about the festival too! If you need financial aid in order to be able to volunteer, please be sure to apply for financial aid as soon as possible and state in your application that you have applied to volunteer at the festival. The deadline for financial aid applications is Sunday 4th May, and if you’re selected for financial aid you’ll find out shortly after that. 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!

OKFestival 2014 Financial Aid Programme Launches Today!

- April 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

The OKFestival 2014 Team is happy to announce that we are launching our Financial Aid Programme today. We’re delighted to support and ensure the attendance of those with great ideas who are actively involved in the open movement, but whose distance or finances make it difficult for them to get to this year’s festival in Berlin. Diversity and inclusivity are a huge part of our festival ethos and we are committed to ensuring broad participation from all corners of the world. We’re striving to create a forum for all ideas and all people and our Financial Aid Programme will help us to do just that.

What: OKFestival, 15-17th July 2014, Berlin

How to Apply: Check out our Financial Aid webpage

Deadline: Sunday 4th May

Our Travel Grants cover travel and accommodation costs, and our aim is to get you to Berlin if you can’t quite make it there yourself. For more information on what we’ll cover – and what we won’t – how to apply, and what to expect if you do, have a look at our Financial Aid page.

 
Image credit: Flickr user Andrew Nash

Tips & Tricks – Second Helpout Online Now

- March 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Watch this second video for more OKFestival Tips & Tricks.