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List of selected proposals, updated programme and Early Bird tickets!

- June 18, 2013 in Call for Proposals, Early Bird, News, Panels, Programme, Speakers, Tickets, Workshops

  _MG_5069 We received more than 300 proposals and selecting the submissions that we could fit in the 2-and-a-half-day schedule was a real challenge. We had to leave out several truly exciting applications and believe us, that wasn’t easy. But today: here we are, ready to announce the list of selected proposals and our freshly updated programme! Please find them in our Call for Proposals and Schedule pages. Workshops, talks, lightning talks, panels, sessions and a selection of fine bars and clubs to bring on the conference discussions and working groups plans after dark. Some highlights? Monday:
  • kick off afternoon with workshops – from Open Data Census to CKAN, a collaboration between The Engine Room and the Information Innovation Lab and a data viz hands-on session by Interactive Things
  • Law Mining Hackathon, first day (the hackathon will end on Thursday, 19th September), run by Christian Laux and Jean-Henry Morin
  • a selection of high-level Swiss speakers presenting the state of the art of open data in Switzerland
  • a session of talks from our global community focussing on open government with projects and presentations from Nepal, US, North Africa, Asia, Europe & more
  • launch of the Swiss Open Data Portal, a milestone for openness in Switzerland, and celebratory drinks
Tuesday:
  • keynote lectures by Ellen Miller (Sunlight Foundation) and John Ellis (CERN)
  • Open Data, Government and Governance session: with Kimberly Roberson (UNHCR), Chris Taggart (OpenCorporates), Amparo Ballivian (World Bank) among the others
  • Technology, Tools and Business talks and panel: with speakers such as Francis Irving (ScraperWiki), Thomas Gauthier (Geneva School of Management/ Biometis), Khristine R. Custodio (GEF/UNEP/SEASTART IW:LEARN)
  • Open Science and Research session: with Victoria Stodden (Columbia University), Ernst Hafen (ETH Zurich), Kaitlin Thaney (Mozilla Science Lab), Puneet Kishor (Creative Commons)
  • LinkedUp Award Ceremony
  • Urban Data Challenge exhibition and vernissage
Wednesday:
  • Open Development and Sustainability talks and panel: with Chris Vein (World Bank), Jack Townsend (University of Southampton), Florian Bauer (REEEP), Anahi Ayala Iacucci (Internews) and many more
  • Evidence and Stories: with Justin Arenstein, Federico Ramírez Corona (Fundar), Eva Vozarova (Fair-Play Alliance), Julia Keserű (Sunlight Foundation) and further speakers to be announced
  • Open Culture: with Anna Gold (Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University), Merete Sanderhoff (Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen), Building the Digital Commons Workshop team and the Open Humanities Award ceremony
  • a booming closing party, of course!
Thursday, day dedicated to satellite events around town, like:
  • Scholarly International Infrastructure Technical Summit
  • KNOWeSCAPE workshop, by Christophe Gueret
  • Is Open Source Drug Discovery Practical? Workshop run by Matthew Todd
  • Build a Better Transparency Technology Project: Lessons from the TAI mentors: panel with Sarah Schacht, Lucy Chambers (Open Knowledge Foundation), Gabriela Lula and Miriam McCarthy (Transparency and Accountability Initiative)
  • Law Mining Hackathon, final day and demos
Further details will come in the next few days and weeks, keep your eyes peeled! Have you got your tickets yet? Now’s the time to buy, the Early Bird tickets are only on sale until 23rd June and after then the prices will rise. We can’t wait to meet you all in Geneva, it’s going to be amazing!

Over 250 proposals received! Thank you!

- May 31, 2013 in blog, Call for Proposals, Geneva, News, OKCon, OKCon 2013

IMG_0884 The Call for Proposals will end in a few hours and since we’re too curious we’re already having a look at the submissions we have received. They are over 250! And of really high level, indeed. You’re fantastic, they’re a pleasure to read. Old friends, new faces, groundbreaking projects, illustrious organizations from the World Bank to Wikimedia, Sunlight Foundation, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the closest to our heart, our Open Knowledge Foundation community – all willing to join us and contribute to set the agenda of open knowledge. We’re deeply honoured. Next week will be hectic: our team of Programme Advisors and collaborators will be discussing into the wee hours to select the proposals that will fit the event the most and finally contacting the first selected ones. We will keep you posted as we hear the results. Who are our Programme Advisors? Watch this space and you’ll know more about them soon.