Open Development Camp 2014: open, just, right?

In just 25 years, the internet and the world wide web have drastically changed the way we connect and organise. Groups and communities with access to the technology become more open and creative in finding new solutions to their problems.

They become less dependent on big institutions and are more capable of organising themselves. We see a rise of open organisations; a globally expanding mesh of networked community initiatives. Their common ideology is to share: knowledge, information, tools, and data.

At the same time, we see new threats to empowerment and sharing, new means of surveillance, oppression and violence. We therefore have a growing need for national and international policies and legislation to safeguard access, openness and sharing for the benefit of all, including those not (or not yet) connected.

Join us at Open Development Camp 2014 to explore:

  • how (and even if) open works to empower local communities;
  • how to overcome challenges and stay away from the dark sides of open;
  • how open should be anchored in rights, rules and responsibilities;
  • how we shape open technology, and how open technology shapes us;

We'll work with local projects around the world to further shape the open development movement: How do we use open data, implement open policies, organise and collaborate in new ways, and form new business models? And how do we establish rights and rules around privacy and security, and information and communication. How to develop a safe, inclusive and equitable environment?

This 4th edition of Open Development Camp is organised by Open for Change, the network for Open Development, and DE CONNECTORS, a crossmedia agency connecting organisations with new generations.

Building on the success of the Open Data for Development Camps in 2011 (Amsterdam) and 2012 (Nairobi & Amsterdam), and Open Development Camp 2013 (Amsterdam), we will again bring together a broader movement around open, justice, and digital rights, for a reality check on Open Development!

What can you expect?

ODC14 will again be an active, participatory event. Two days packed with:

  • Interaction: hands-on workshops, discussions, hacks, brainstorms, demos and presentations. And plenty of time and space to get to know each other.
  • People from all 'walks of life': NGOs, activists, developers, designers, researchers, social entrepreneurs, businesses, policy makers.
  • Debates and deliberation on “open development” as a political paradigm that will occasionally push you out of your comfort zone.

Listen to international keynote speakers who inspire and challenge your existing ideas. 

Explore the cultural changes that (have) come with these new tools and new ways of working.

Get your hands on real data, tools and hardware. Learn to tinker, tweak, and design.

Explore "the dark side", and what empowerment and suppression means in different digital contexts.

You can shape the ODC14 programme
See what we did in 2013
Have a look at photos of ODC13 event (and before) on Flickr. Or check videos of the main stage in 2013 on Vimeo.
Partner with us for 2014
Want to highlight your work or a particular angle? Offer a hands-on workshop? Support people come to our event? Connect us to people and organisations? Provide financial or in-kind support to make it happen? Do contact us!
A few of the speakers and organisations in 2013
Chat Garcia Ramilo – APC (Association for Progressive Communication) Felipe Estefan – Open Government Practice, World Bank Institute Arjan El Fassed – director Open State Foundation Thomas Melin – UN-Habitat Theo van de Sande – Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mark Vernooij – THNK, The Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership Linda Vermaat – Professional Rebel Zara Rahman & Katelyn Rogers - OKFN School of Data Merel van der Woude - Butterfly Works Rina Tsubaki – European Journalism Centre Ellen de Lange – Marianne Gybels – Emma Prest & Gillo Cutrupi - Tactical Technology Collective Mark Brough - Publish What You Fund Marlieke Kieboom - Kennisland 31Volts Christophe Guéret, Victor de Boer – VU University Amsterdam Arnaud Morin -, Orange France
Get your ticket now

Tickets are 80 euro for the full two-day event. Early birds pay just 60 euro. Lunch and drinks will be provided on both days.



This year's Open Development Camp will take place in De Balie in Amsterdam. De Balie is a podium for free speech, contemporary art, debate and culture in the heart of Amsterdam.

Get in touch
If you have any questions about the Open Development Camp, contact us at   Or find us on twitter @open_for_change or #odc14