Open Tech 2009

Event Info

Sat 4 Jul, 2009 from 9:00am - 5:00pm
University of London Union
Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HY, UK (Map)
Cost: £5 on the door


Open Tech 2009 is an informal, low cost, one-day conference on slightly different approaches to technology, democracy and community. This year's theme is "Working on Stuff that Matters" guarantees a day of thoughtful talks and conversations with friends. Totaling 33 talks across 3 sessions covering 7 hours, some space hijacking and plenty of time to talk in the bar after sessions which challenge, inspire or talk about something that makes you want to help how you can. The last two times we have sold out in advance, so you are strongly advised to pre-register.

What's the day going to have?

  • Bill Thompson on Two Cultures
  • Ben Goldacre on Science and Communication
  • Making your ideas actually happen
  • Community and Democracy in (Hijacked) Space
  • Your Electronic Rights
  • Open Data in Theory & Practice
  • Freedom of information Workshop
  • Scraper teach-in
  • "Effective Internet Campaigning"*

Back for 2009, OpenTech promises a day of thoughtful talks and conversations with friends. One of the strands we'd like to see running through the day is "working on stuff that matters", whatever you work on. Find out more.

This event's predecessors, in 2008 and 2005 were low cost, one-day conferences about technologies that anyone can have a go at, from "Open Source"-style ways of working to repurposing everyday electronics hardware. Before that was NotCon 2004, an informal, low-cost, one-day conference on things that technologies were perhaps not intended to do.


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