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!

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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.
Partner with us for 2014 (or 2015)
We're always looking for partners to make ODC better. Can you support people to come to our event? Connect us to people and organisations? Provide financial or in-kind support to make it happen? Do contact us!
Speakers and Sessions
We're proud of the program that so many people helped put together. Below you find the most up-to-date schedule. We'll be adding descriptions as they come in.
Thursday 9 October
Main Hall Salon Cinema Foyer
10.00 Opening

Oxfam / SEND Ghana

Case presentation: Local impact of data collection and transparency

Papa Makhtar Mbaye - UNESCO

What challenges did UNESCO face Opening their data in IATI?
11.30 Break

Mohammed Al-Maskati - Free Press Unlimited

The Human rights situation in Bahrain and the importance of digital security and tools such as StoryMaker

Hera Hussain - Open Corporates

Workshop: Using open data to map transnational corporations

Internet of Things Amsterdam

Stuff talks - are you listening?

Hivos / The Engine Room

Book Sprint: Data and security toolkit
13.00 Lunch break

Chris Taggart - Open Corporates


Web Foundation - panel session

The Reality of Open Data in Developing Countries

Oxfam / SEND Ghana

Case co-creation session

Free Press Unlimited

StoryMaker Master Class

School of Data

Data expedition: the (hidden) cost of disease for poor countries
15.30 Break

Thomas Bjelkeman-Pettersson - Akvo

Paperless reporting

Tim Davies - Web Foundation

The Capacity Building Game

Tactical Technology Collective

Security Flashmob Training

School of Data

Data expedition: continued

Reinier Battenberg - Mountbatten Uganda

Collecting Base Data in Developing Nations
17.00 Closing Day 1 & drinks

Friday 10 October
Main Hall Salon Cinema Foyer
10.00 Opening

Stef van Grieken -

Engineering for Social Good

Tim Unwin - Royal Holloway University, London

11.30 Break

Kelly Shephard - The Institute for Development Studies - Sussex

Open Knowledge in a multilingual world

Fishbowl session on Internet Security

with TRUE, Open Knowledge, ...

Oxfam / Engine Room / mySociety

Do ICTs have anything to offer social accountability?

Web Foundation

Research Clinic
13.00 Lunch break

Ulrich Mans - Peace Innovation Centre, Leiden University

Monetizing Peace

Richard van Deventer - Shadowview

Using Drones for Humanitarian Aid

Restless Development

The BIG Idea

VU University Amsterdam

Downscale workshop

Butterfly Works

Workshop: Working with Open Source systems

Andrea Crosta - Elephant Action League

Wildleaks, the first secure and anonymous platform for wildlife crime whistleblowers

Free Press Unlimited

StoryMaker results
15.30 Break

Case Oxfam / SEND Ghana

Results & Next steps

Malavika Jayaram

Trends and history in open development: what will be next? (to be confirmed)
17.00 Closing Day 2
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