[okfn-za] OpenCon 2016 - announcement
megan at siyavula.com
Thu Apr 28 06:58:16 UTC 2016
Whether you're involved in open data, open access, or open education, this
is a really exciting event and community to get involved in, if you aren't
See the announcement for the conference below, aimed at early career
professionals, researchers and students. Last year we had some great people
from South Africa, and I hope we will have more this year!
SPARC and the Right to Research Coalition are excited to announce OpenCon
2016 will be returning to Washington, DC on November 12-14, 2016, where it
will be hosted at the American University Washington College of Law. View
the full announcement on the OpenCon website.
Now in its third year, OpenCon brings together students and early career
academic professionals from across the world to catalyze action toward a
more open system of research and education. OpenCon 2016 builds on the
success of the first two OpenCon conferences held in Washington, DC and
Brussels, which collectively convened approximately 300 participants from
more than 40 countries. OpenCon’s 41 satellite events have reached
approximately 2,000 attendees across 25 countries.
Applications to attend OpenCon 2016 in Washington, DC will open on June
6th. For more information about the conference and to sign up for updates,
OpenCon seeks to bring together energetic, engaged students and early
career academic professionals—regardless of their ability to cover travel
costs. Because of this, attendance at OpenCon is by application only, and
the majority of past participants have received travel scholarships.
Speakers at the first two OpenCon conferences have included Jimmy Wales
(Co-founder of Wikipedia) <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jff4Xo1fwIA>,
Amy Rosenbaum (Director of Legislative Affairs to the President of the
United States), Mike Eisen <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHYc9Z12j7M>
and Pat Brown <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7CMMdQgbew> (Co-founders of
PLOS), Julia Reda (Member of the European Parliament)
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EeWrUDGnYE>, and Phil Bourne (Associate
Director for Data Science of the U.S. National Institutes of Health)
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO91mTEDgjQ>, and more than 15 students
and early career academic professionals leading successful initiatives.
The OpenCon conference and community are only possible with the support of
leading organizations with a strong commitment to support student and early
career academic professional involvement across Open Access, Open
Education, and Open Data. We deeply appreciate the support of our past
sponsors, including the Max Planck Society, PLOS, eLife, BioMed Central,
SpringerOpen, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Overleaf, Microsoft
Research, Figshare, Creative Commons USA, and the more than 30 universities
and organizations that have sponsored individual scholarships. If your
organization is interested in supporting OpenCon, you can find more
information and a variety of sponsorship opportunities at
Applications to attend OpenCon 2016 open June 6th. For more information
about the conference and to sign up for updates, visit
www.opencon2016.org/updates. You can follow OpenCon on Twitter at @Open_Con
<https://twitter.com/open_con> or #opencon
*Education Technologist: Research and Analytics*
Siyavula Education (Pty) Ltd.
Twitter: MeganBeckett2 <https://twitter.com/MeganBeckett2>
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