[open-development] OpenDev Proposals for OKFestival 2014

Sarah.Louise.johns sarah.louise.johns at gmail.com
Wed Feb 26 16:52:43 UTC 2014

Great initiative Pernilla, thanks for kickstarting us! If we're looking at privacy,  might be worth hooking up with the folk over at the responsible data forum who are getting a conversation going around opendev data. Typing this on a crap phone so can't link to them but google it! Think Christopher is on this list too.

Cheers, Sarah

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From: Pernilla Näsfors <pernillan at gmail.com> 
Date:26/02/2014  3:58 PM  (GMT+00:00) 
To: Open Development OKFN working group <open-development at lists.okfn.org> 
Subject: [open-development] OpenDev Proposals for OKFestival 2014 

Dear OpenDev friends, 

Nice to meet many of you recently in Montreal for OD4DC and IATI TAG! It's time to continue planning for next time to meet - at OKFestival in Berlin this summer! See the Call for proposals below if you haven't seen it already. 

I think we should schedule a Skype call where we can discuss ideas. I have set up a Doodle with suggestions next week and the week after. I hopefully picked a time that is not too bad for any time zone… Here it is: http://doodle.com/hazac6w2wkmrtd9i. Answer before 15 GMT on Friday so that we can decide what time we choose and send out an invite. 

Do you think we should have a separate email list or group for planning for OKFest or would people be OK with using this list for that purpose..? 

Rolf sent out this link before to an etherpad with notes from our meeting about OKFest in Montreal (http://okfnpad.org/p/okfest2014-opendev) and suggested to have that as a workspace. Open source ether pads are of course nice, but I became quite fond of Hackpad in Montreal since it is a bit more user friendly and easier to create a wiki-like structure… I therefore took the liberty to set one up where we can start collecting ideas and proposals for sessions: 
There you can also add you're names to the People section if you're interested to participate in the planning process. I also created a Session Proposal Template that you can copy and use when writing proposals: https://hackpad.com/OKFest-Session-Proposal-Template-pJI8M4ZvTNp

I saw that it seems like we have some OpenDev allies in the Programme team, e.g. Anahi and Duncan. Perhaps you have some insight in what other sessions and workshops are in the making that we could perhaps tap in to, to spread our "development message" to a wider audience..? 

This year, there are three bigger streams: Knowledge, Tools and Society, so instead of planning for a whole OpenDev stream like we did for Helsinki 2012 I am thinking we can take the opportunity to collaborate more with others from other OKFN working groups (http://okfn.org/wg/), e.g. Open Government, Open Spending, or why not Open Hardware in a development context - such as the Global Village Construction Set (http://opensourceecology.org/wiki)? 

Personally, I'd also like to see a continuation on the theme about Ethics and Risks that you apparently had at OKCon that I unfortunately missed… (http://blog.okfn.org/2013/11/05/ethics-and-risk-in-open-development/) Perhaps focus on Privacy now that it is such a big topic overall in this NSA monitored world… We could collaborate with the Personal Data and Privacy group: http://personal-data.okfn.org/  

That's all my thoughts for now. :) 

Best wishes, 

Pernilla Näsfors, World Bank / Open Aid Partnership

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Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Subject: Call for Proposals for OKFestival 2014
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Announcing the Call for Proposals for OKFestival

Now that the OKFestival website is live and tickets are on sale, we can share more details about the narrative streams that will run through the event. We’re also pleased to open the call for session proposals at this time.

 A Theory of Change

The programme for the 2014 edition of the festival is fuelled by a theory of change. Using this theory as our outline, the event provides an ideal opportunity for the open movement to come together to co-create the roadmap that will guide its next steps.

Our Theory: we believe that Knowledge, Tools and Society are the levers of Change. As such, Knowledge, Tools and Society will be the three streams that form the architecture of the programme.

Knowledge: Knowledge informs change. At OKFestival we're keen to discuss ways of unlocking, expanding and sharing knowledge through open access, open research data, open educational resources, open science, data journalism and campaigning, data visualisation and literacy.

Tools: Tools enable change. We'll be discussing facilitating the flow of knowledge through non profit technology, open source software, open hardware, design, architecture and urban planning.

Society: The group(s) who effect change. Topics may include designing institutions, building communities and protecting environments. Additionally, powering economies through open government, transparency, open tech businesses, open development, open education, open culture, open sustainability and open economy will feature on the programme. Security and privacy-related topics also fit into this stream.

The festival will weave together these three streams of open knowledge innovation and impact. Each session will go deep within its realm as well as identifying interdisciplinary features that span different domains or discipline.

Submit your proposal 

Never facilitated a session at an event before? Don't let that stop you! We encourage proposals from folks who don't often attend events and we're ready to support you to run an awesome session. All you need to do is complete the form here by March 16, 2014, 23:59 CET.

We will be hosting two information hangouts on Proposing OKFestival Sessions in March. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or wait for more updates via these newsletters to learn more about them.

Please share this call far and wide!

The selection process 

Once the deadline for proposals has passed, all submissions will be reviewed by the Programme Team. The proposals that we’ll select will consider:

Does the proposal advance the overall goal of the event and agenda (see the festival’s theory of change)?
Does the proposal give concrete value to participants via its proposed outcome?
Does the proposal offer unique benefit to the agenda?
Is the proposal interactive? Hint: slides and lectures strongly discouraged
Does the proposal value and build on OKFestival’s principles of inclusivity and diversity?
If you’d like some more guidance, check out our Programme FAQs. You can also find out more about the Programme team under the Programme tab on the website.

Looking forward to hearing your ideas about how to shape the programme at this year’s festival!

The OKFestival Team

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