okcon_00On September 16th to 18th, Geneva will host OKCon 2013, the biggest annual Open Knowledge Conference, bringing together representatives from a wide range of UN agencies and public administrations with technology activists, civic entrepreneurs and data-driven designers.

The line-up of speakers this year includes Ellen Miller (Sunlight Foundation), John Ellis (CERN and Kings College, London), Chris Vein (World Bank) and Victoria Stodden (Columbia University). Beside the sessions of talks and panels, the participants can attend hands-on workshops  on topics like data interoperability, open hardware, or open transportation data. We ourselves will host a workshop together with Alice Kohli, data-driven journalist from NZZ Data. The topic is how to collaboratively tell stories with data. Based on the successes and failures from our collaboration with the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung, we will work with the participants on different approaches to tell compelling stories as a multi-disciplinary team. It looks like it will be a lot of fun!

If you’re interested in working with data, from which angle doesn’t really matter, I recommend you have a look at the detailed program over at http://okcon.org. We look forward to meeting you in Geneva.

Benjamin Wiederkehr

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