The world’s first Open Knowledge Festival was held in Helsinki, Finland from September 17-22. The festival was largely planned by six individuals from the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Finnish Institute in London and the Aalto Media Factory, Forum Virium, EIT ICT Labs, and Otavan Opisto in Helsinki. Planned by a diverse global team, the Open Knowledge Festival was intended to combine the Open Knowledge Foundation’s two annual conferences, the Open Knowledge Conference and the Open Government Data Camp in a week-long celebration. Festival-goers planned 2/3 of the program.
As an example of innovative new conference formats and a forum for important issues surrounding open knowledge, I would like to discuss the significance and outcomes of the OK Festival. Thanks to live streams of all the conference sessions and information on the website, we will be able to discuss the conference without having attended the conference.