[spectre] Open Knowledge Festival - Call for Proposals

Juha Huuskonen juhuu at juhuu.nu
Wed Apr 4 17:30:28 CEST 2012


First Round Deadline: April 20th 2012
Second Round Deadline: June 1st 2012


We are delighted to announce that this year’s Open Government Data Camp 
and Open Knowledge Conference are joining to form a week-long 
celebration: the *Open Knowledge Festival*!

This pioneering event will include an action-packed week of lectures, 
seminars, workshops, hackathons, coding jams, and interactive sessions 
that will bring together individuals and organizations from a wide 
variety of backgrounds to exchange ideas, make things and meet new 
people. OKFest will also highlight the diversity of Finland’s open 
knowledge communities to a new international audience, with a specific 
effort to encourage the participation of representatives from Nordic 

Join us in Helsinki, Finland on 17-22 of September 2012 for a week of 
open knowledge and global inspiration.


The 2012 theme of OKFestival is *Open Knowledge in Action*. We will 
focus on the /value/that can be generated by opening up knowledge, the 
ecosystems of organisations that benefit from and participate in 
sharing, and the impact that open knowledge can have in our societies. 
What kinds of new professions, ideas and community initiatives can 
emerge within our governments, markets, networks and neighbourhoods as a 
result of these engagements?

The exploration of this theme will not only be visible in the festival’s 
content, but also in its implementation as the first global event of its 
kind. At OKFestival, we will experiment with new forms of collaboration, 
new workshop formats and new forms of participation. We’ll bring 
together civil society representatives, programmers, data wranglers, 
designers, students, members of government and local communities for a 
week of building new things and sharing great ideas.


We have *two submission deadlines*this Spring based on our venue 
capacity at the *Aalto University School of Arts, Design and 
Architecture*in Helsinki. We suggest applying as soon as possible in 
order to ensure adequate venue space, support and funding for your 

First Round Deadline: April 20th 2012
Second Round Deadline: June 1st 2012

We are looking for proposals related to specific open knowledge and open 
data topics, but also new viewpoints and cross-cutting issues which may 
help us to understand how open knowledge is working in our society. 
Examples of such topics are the well-being of communities, civil society 
and citizen empowerment, democracy, entrepreneurship, smart cities, 
sustainability etc.

More information at http://www.okfestival.org

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