Open calls / Recommended events
This year’s Open Government Data Camp and Open Knowledge Conference are joining to form a week-long celebration: the Open Knowledge Festival. This pioneering event will include an action-packed week of lectures, seminars, workshops, hackathons, coding jams, and interactive sessions that will bring together individuals and organizations from a wide variety of backgrounds to exchange ideas, make things and meet new people. OKFest will also highlight the diversity of Finland’s open knowledge communities to a new international audience, with a specific effort to encourage the participation of representatives from Nordic nations.

Join the event in Helsinki, Finland on 17-22 of September 2012 for a week of open knowledge and global inspiration.


The 2012 theme of OKFestival is Open Knowledge in Action. Festival will focus on the /value/that can be generated by opening up knowledge, the ecosystems of organisations that benefit from and participate in sharing, and the impact that open knowledge can have in our societies. What kinds of new professions, ideas and community initiatives can emerge within our governments, markets, networks and neighbourhoods as a result of these engagements?

The exploration of this theme will not only be visible in the festival’s content, but also in its implementation as the first global event of its kind. OKFestival experiments with new forms of collaboration, new workshop formats and new forms of participation. Event will bring together civil society representatives, programmers, data wranglers, designers, students, members of government and local communities for a week of building new things and sharing great ideas.


Festival has two submission deadlines this spring based on their venue capacity at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki. They suggest applying as soon as possible in order to ensure adequate venue space, support and funding for your proposals.

First Round Deadline: April 20th 2012
Second Round Deadline: June 1st 2012

Festival is looking for proposals related to specific open knowledge and open data topics, but also new viewpoints and cross-cutting issues which may help us to understand how open knowledge is working in our society. Examples of such topics are the well-being of communities, civil society and citizen empowerment, democracy, entrepreneurship, smart cities, sustainability etc.

More information at