The call for session proposals has closed. The Programme team has been hard at work. Your 2014 provisional programme is now here!

We’ve been reviewing and discussing all submitted proposals, working hard to put together the community-sourced, immersive, action-oriented programme for 2014’s event. The programme for the 2014 edition of the festival is built around sessions submitted by the open community which both enable and create the change from Open Minds to Open Action. Our festival will provide the ideal opportunity for the open movement to come together to co-create the roadmap that will guide its next steps, and will offer multiple opportunities for festival-goers to engage in the discussion and with each other.


This year, we have removed the traditional focus on narrow topic streams in an attempt to erase knowledge silos and facilitate the cross-exchange of ideas. OKFestival will aim to create learning and collaboration opportunities because we know that change is challenging, but we also believe that the open movement will be stronger if we work together better – and all the topics streams are still included of course, as you'll see below.

We believe that KnowledgeTools and Society act as the levers of change. OKFestival 2014 will be based around these three narrative streams; each encompasses a broad range of open topics that the community is passionate about, and by building a programme around three main streams, instead of by topic, OKFestival allows for greater collaboration between attendees and shared progress across the entire open movement.

We fully encourage you to collaborate across streams to find new ways of working, to forge new partnerships and to generate new impact, and have set up a specific mailing list where you can find collaborators and do just that.

Knowledge informs change.

At OKFestival we'll discuss ways of unlocking, expanding and sharing knowledge. How can we do this more effectively? How can these groups interact?

Topics such as open access, open research data, open educational resources, open science, data journalism and campaigning, data visualisation and literacy may be at home here.

Tools enable change. 

We'll be discussing facilitating the flow of knowledge through tools, as well as building them at the festival. How does open tech work? Where’s it headed? How can we work together to improve tools?

Topics such as non profit technology, open source software, open hardware, design, architecture and urban planning may be at home here.

Society effects change.

How can openness have an impact on our society? How can citizens challenge inequality and hold governments and companies to account? How can societal institutions use open in more constructive, efficient ways?

Topics such as designing institutions, building communities, protecting environments, powering economies through open government, transparency, security, privacy, open tech businesses, open development, open education, open culture, open sustainability and open economy may be at home here.