The OKCon Call for Proposals ended on 31st May, 2013.
Thank you for submitting talks, workshops and satellite events proposals for OKCon 2013. We received more than 300 applications – that’s brilliant!

Please find here the list of the selected proposals.


  • Marc Joffe (Public Sector Credit Solutions) – Collecting and Analyzing Local Government Financial Disclosures

  • Waltraut Ritter (Knowledge Dialogues) – Opening data – just a little bit: Hong Kong and Singapore

  • Sam Lee, Felipe Estefan (World Bank) – Exploring the Demand of Open Financial Data

  • Ton Zijlstra (The Green Land) – Serious Issues need Serious Data: Build the triangle!

  • Samih Abid, Inès Hammami (OpenGovTn) – Open Data in North Africa: Realities and Perspectives
  • Andra Bucur (Soros Foundation Romania) – Advocacy tools for an Open Romania

  • Bibhusan Bista (YoungInnovations/ aidInfo) – Building a button-up Open Data ecosystem in developing countries – A case study from Nepal

  • Irina Bolychevsky (Open Knowledge Foundation) – Yes CKAN! The next generation of open data management

  • Mark Brough (Publish What You Fund) – Aid Transparency tracker

  • Matthias Brüllmann (Swiss Federal Chancellery) – Access to Government Data

  • Michael Grüebler (Statistik Stadt Zürich) – OGD for the city of Zurich

  • Christian Häberli (MeteoSwiss) – Open Meteorological Data

  • David Oesch (Swisstopo) – Usage & users of the open access to geodata in Switzerland
  • Alain Nadeau (Federal Office of Statistics) – A pilot RDF Datastore by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office FSO – Integration of Open Linked Data in FSO production and dissemination processe

  • THE WIRE – Beyond open data

  • Alexandra Stark (Swiss School of Journalism) – Getting journalists ready for the data challenge

  • Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich) – Economy 2.0: Towards A Self-Regulating, Open, Participatory Market Society

  • The Engine Room & iilab Information Innovation Lab – Interoperability Standards for Public Good Data

  • Peter Troxler (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences), Dannie Jost (World Trade Institute), Javier Serrano (CERN) – Frictions. Collaborative creation of knowledge vs. practices in trade and commerce. The example of Open Hardware.

  • Christian Laux, Jean-Henry Morin – Law Mining Hackathon

  • Kimberly Roberson (UNHCR) – Data: Opened for Action

  • Amparo Ballivian (World Bank) – Open Data Readiness Assessments: Methodology and case studies

  • Andreas Kellerhals (Swiss Federal Archives) – Big, Small, Smart – what data does an enlightened society need?

  • Sarah Schacht – What if open data isn’t opening government? Participation and open data. Or why do we only get the boring stuff

  • Michael Lenczner (Ajah) – Beyond sustainable – a SaaS for the non-profit sector based on open data” – Thomas Gauthier (Geneva School of Management/Biometis) – Open Data-based market access strategy – insights from the healthcare industry

  • Khristine R. Custodio (GEF/UNEP/SEASTART IW:LEARN) – Cost-Effectively Facilitating Knowledge Management, Networking and Communities of Practice with Open Source

  • Thomas Gauthier, Nicolas Colson (Geneva School of Management/Biometis) – Open Data-based market access strategy – insights from the healthcare industry

  • Oluseun Onigbinde (BudgIT) – Open Data: Amplifying the Voices
  • Ernst Hafen (ETH Zurich) – Open Health – The Citizen’s Revolution

  • Kaitlin Thaney (Mozilla Science Lab) – Upping our digital literacy

  • Puneet Kishor (Creative Commons) – Introducing CC Science Affiliates Network

  • Kamila Markram (Frontiers) – Open Data

  • Nicole Beale – Small museum collections and open data

  • Anna Gold – Open Culture at the Heart of the University:  Libraries as Cultural Commons and Cafe
  • Kat Borlongan (Five By Five) – Towards a post-hackathon era of open data reuse

  • Federico Ramírez Corona (Fundar) – Farm subsidies data in Mexico

  • Adriano Belisário Feitosa da Costa (Instituto Mais Democracia) – Open Data & Financial Market

  • Matthew Smith – Understanding open processes (Dev)

  • Jack Townsend (University of Southampton) – Open Sustainability: saving the Natural Commons with the Creative Commons

  • Stephen Kovats (r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation) – #OSSOL: Open Systems Solutions for Peace and Sustainability (dev)

  • Florian Bauer (REEEP- The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) – How Linked Open Data (LOD) supports Sustainable Development & Climate Change Development

  • Duncan Edwards (Institute of Development Studies) – The role of Open Knowledge and Data in supporting evidence based decision making in International Development

  • Anahi Ayala Iacucci (Internews) – Humanitarian emergencies: searching for Open data

  • Laura Meggiolaro (International Land Coalition) – The Dynamic Land Portal:Harnessing social media technologies for improved transparency, access to open data, and exchange on land governance

  • Francesca De Chiara, Maurizio Napolitano, Alfonso Crisci, Valentina Grasso, Alessandro Matese – GTS: Geothings&Tweet&Street, Arduino-based Project. Human-readable data flows to improve urban life.

  • Tomoaki Watanabe (GLOCOM/ OKF Japan/ CCJP) – Open Data Licensing – challenges and strategies

  • Andrew Stott – Towards Standard Open Licences in the EU

  • Timothy Vollmer (Creative Commons)– CC 4.0: An open license for the next decade

  • Christophe Guéret (Dutch data archiving institute) – Become a data explorer!

  • Jean-Henry Morin, Christian Laux, Oleg Lavrovsky and others – From Code to Sense: Bringing the Law to the Public

  • Matthew Todd (University of Sydney) – Is Open Source Drug Discovery Practical?

  • Transparency and Accountability Initiative Mentorships – Build a Better Transparency Technology Project: Lessons from the TAI mentors


OKCon 2013 will focus on six main topics:

  • Open Data, Government and Governance
  • Open Development and Sustainability
  • Open Science and Research
  • Open Culture
  • Technology, Tools and Business
  • Evidence and Stories


The formats we are interested in are:

  • talk (10-20 minutes)
  • lightning talk (5 minutes)
  • workshop (3 hours maximum)
  • satellite event


When will I be notified if I’ve been selected?

Successful applicants will be notified of their status in writing via e-mail no later than 12th June, 2013. Applicants selected to participate will have two business days to reply by e-mail to the offer before the offer may be made to other qualified applicants.

How can I give my proposal a good chance of being selected?

To get a feel of the proposals we selected in the past, here are the programmes of our previous events in 2012 and 2011. We favour original content. If you want to discuss a topic that you have talked about elsewhere, try to add a twist, or new research, or development, something unique.

Is there a preferred language which should be used in proposals for OKCon 2013?

Proposals must be submitted in English. All events at OKCon will be in English.

Will you record and publish the talks?

We are planning to record all talks and publish them on the internet for free, along with a recording of the slide deck, live-demo or other on-presenter-screen activity. We do this for the benefit of the larger open knowledge and open data community and those who can’t make it to the conference. We hope you want to help out, but if you are in any way uncomfortable in any way, let us know and we will work things out.

How will licensing work?

Since you retain full ownership of your slides and recording, we’d like to ask you to make your materials and recording available under a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA or CC-BY license, to make the content open (as per

Will selected speakers and workshop organisers receive a free ticket?

We will provide a free ticket to all selected participants who will give a talk, speak in a panel or coordinate a workshop. We will not be able to offer free tickets to participants giving a lightning talk. The Early Bird ticket sale will end on 23rd June, and we’ll announce the selected proposals by 17th June, so you’ll still have time to purchase an Early Bird ticket if your proposal will not be selected.

I still have a question: who can I get in contact with?

You are welcome to email us at [email protected] if you need any help with your submissions or clarification on any part of this process.


  • What: find all the information about topics and required formats in this page.
  • When: The deadline was 31st May, 23:59:59 GMT. Results will be published by 17th June, 23:59:59 GMT.
  • Questions? Have a look at the Call for Proposals FAQs.