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OKFestival 2012 | Helsinki Finland

  1. This is the story of the world's first open knowledge festival, an international team and experimental new ideas.
  2. Our names are Kat, Juha, Petri, Massimo, Jussi and Antti. Together, we are the Core Organising Team.
  3. We live and work around the world, from the Open Knowledge Foundation in London to the Aalto Media Factory in Helsinki to the Finnish Institute in London to Forum Virium, EIT ICT Labs and Otavan Opisto in Helsinki.
  4. And with a diverse global team we are planning the world's first-ever Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki this Sept.
  5. To define openness, We use the Open Definition: “A piece of content or data is 'open' if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it without legal or technological restrictions.” Source:
  6. The Open Knowledge Foundation is a network that fosters tools, projects and communities that promote this kind of collaborative openness. Source:
  7. And every year, the Open Knowledge Foundation has held 2 annual events: Open Knowledge Conference & Open Government Data Camp. Source: and
  8. #OKFest 2012 will combine these events for a week-long celebration in Helsinki. Source:
  9. For this festival, the first of its kind, we decided to explore experimental new methods. Source:
  10. With a focus on open knowledge in action, we offered festival-goers themselves the chance to plan over 2/3 of the week together as Guest Programme Planners... Source:
  11. The first submission round allowed us to determine the festival's 13 key Topic Streams, from open democracy to development to sustainability software. Source:
  12. But we still want more. More submissions from local communities around the globe. Leadership on emergent topics. Source:
  13. Most of all, we want to see your passions come to life! We encourage strange and crazy ideas for innovation... join us! Source:
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