This years OKCon was my first, and thanks to all of you it was most awesome. I don’t know where to start: all the amazing, friendly people, all the great projects and talks (though I have to watch most of them now on video) and this incredible dense community feeling.
It was really inspiring to hear about crazy, funny and important projects. Showing what can be done with data, how to change the world using technology, one step at a time. Move to a universal internet archive (yes, we know how big the internet is right now) or how P2P can work among people, companies and governments to create a brighter future.
Sophisticated ways to deal with information and to think about the change it can affect. And to make all this accessible for everyone. That’s what we will work on in the future to create an open world. If you want to join us, you are more than welcome. At next years OKCon, for sure. Or come visit us in Cambridge, in Berlin, right here on the internet or in all the other cities we will be in shortly, thanks to you!
**The following post is from Hauke Johannes Gierow who is on the [OKCon 2011] organising team, and is a Community Coordinator at [OKF Deutschland].**
At the Open Knowledge Foundation we work towards an open society with open content, open data, and free/open source software all over the world. We work with developers, designers, civil servants, lawyers, scholars, students, activists, and everybody who shares our dream. The annual Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) is the place where it all comes together, where lots of great people meet up to discuss the future of open knowledge.
This year we put together a great schedule with many knowledgeable speakers: Richard Stallman will talk about the relationship between free and open software and open public data. Michel Bauwens will speak on the interactiveness between an open society and open knowledge. We will host a great panel on open hardware and open standards, as well as one about the future of data driven journalism.
Find out more about our amazing Speakers here.
The conference will give you the opportunity to be an active part of the process. You can share your ideas at the 3 min. Lightning talks which are scheduled on both days. Or you participate in one of our many workshops.
We are thrilled about the fantastic line up in the programme
Pre OKCon Workshops 27th-29th June
Even before the conference starts, you can take part in our Pre OKCon-Workshops. Registration is free, but you can choose to support us if you buy a Supporter Ticket.
On June 27th to 28 you can team up with Friedrich Lindenberg to hack the UK’s federal budget as part of the OpenSpending hackweek. Please email friedrich.lindenberg [at] okfn.org if you would like to participate.
On 28th June there is the opportunity to learn about the future development of CKAN. Register now!
On 29th June the Open Spending Project invites you to for an in-depth exploration into features of OpenSpending. Register now!
Also on 29th there will be a workshop on Open Data and Privacy chaired by Jan Schallaböck, Javier Ruiz and Daniel Dietrich. Register here!
June 27th and 28th will see our Scraper Wiki workshop, chaired by the amazing Julian Todd. Find your Ticket here.
The conference will be hosted in Berlin this year. You can find many coworking-spaces, small art and hacking projects and everything else you can expect from a capital. Our conference will be just in the center, so there will also be opportunities to go sightseeing.
As we are very excited about our programme (FIND IT HERE) we have a special offer for you. The first 50 people who register, can take advantage of this 5 € Voucher Code (Just enter the code OKBERLIN when registering here).