Open knowledge - from open data, to open educational resources, to open software - can play a powerful role in supporting sustainable global development. The Open Development stream is about exploring how the OKFest community can engage with key development challenges, from addressing chronic poverty, to providing access to education and healthcare and addressing climate change and natural resource management. It is also about bringing voices from development actors into the heart of the Open Knowledge debate, supporting two-way learning about making open data and open knowledge work for development. We’ll be mixing up presentations from the cutting edge of open development, with critical conversations to develop shared visions of open development, and practical workshops and hack sessions to put ideas of open development into practice.
Supporting everyone to participate: We know that events like OKFest can be pretty overwhelming the first time you encounter them (we certainly found it so the first time we took part!), but we are passionate about making sure everyone can join the discussions, contribute to, and learn from, the wealth of keynotes, sessions and workshops - so the Open Development Guest Programme Planners will also be on hand to support participants working in development and new to the Open Knowledge World to navigate the conference, with daily birds-of-a-feather gatherings and catch-up sessions.
For more detailed info on each session, please click on the titles.
Special guests will invite the audience to debate how ‘openness’ enhances traditional development approaches. Invited contributors include: Tariq Khokar, World Bank (USA); Phillip Thigo, Social Development Network (Kenya), Linda Raftree, Plan International USA and more. Get involved! What does open development mean to you? Send us an email with your answer to opendevelopment [at] okfestival [dot] org. *Quotation kindly supplied by Ineke Buskens, GRACE Project.
“The idea of ‘open development’ is gaining ground in the International Development field - from a series of open data and open access policies at the World Bank, to the growth of open aid data, and grassroots projects to use open data to inform poverty reduction. OKFest gives us a great opportunity to bring together those interested in what ‘open’ has to offer to development, and to develop shared understanding and shared plans for action.” Tim Davies, AidInfo, UK
Guest Programme Planners
Un-coordinator: Sarah Johns
Guest Programme Planners:
Mika Välitalo: ICT4D Program Manager, Plan Finland
Pernilla Näsfors: Transparency and Social Media Manager, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Duncan Edwards: ICT Innovations Manager, Knowledge Services, Institute of Development Studies, UK
Linda Raftree: Senior Advisor ICT4D, Plan USA
Tim Davies: co-Director of Practical Participation, Consultant on the AidInfo programme