Founded in 2004 Open Knowledge Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, registered in the UK. They promote open knowledge that can be freely used, reused, and redistributed, no matter who someone is or what they do. They run projects like Open Shakespeare, and develop tools and resources to help people create, find and share open material. In May 2010, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany was announced, it will collaborate with other organisations such as Open Data Network, to further promote open knowledge, increased transparency and open data.
Open Design City (ODC), is more than a workshop, it is a collaboration space in which new relationships and projects will be formed between its citizens. Founded in Berlin in 2010 by Jay Cousins, Chris Doering and Philip Steffan, it is a space that encourages the sharing of tools, knowledge, skills and exploration of Open Design principles, while pursuing the quest for finding new methods of monetisation and reward. The guideline for Open Design City is one word: Share. Share your tools, time ideas and yourself.
Founded in 2009 in Berlin by over 20 representatives of political parties, networks and corporations, the Open Data Network promotes open data, open access and open government aiming to put transparency and participation on the political agenda. Its principles are non-biased, independent, non-commercial and centralised. They created OffeneDaten.de, a 'Yellow Pages' for open data from German politics, administration and science. Current projects include Open Data Hackdays, Apps4Democracy and OpenBerlin.net, a prototype for an open city information system.
Galia Offri is an Israeli artist and illustrator. Offri explores new possibilities for creative subjectivity within the political structures of the art world, the commercial constraints of the illustration world and the collective objectivity ethos of the online world. Her work has been published in the New York Times and Haaretz among other publications, and exhibited in New York, Europe and Israel. Offri is based in New York and Tel Aviv.
Ricardo O’Nascimento is a new media artist, researcher of body-environment-relations and founder of the artistic platform Popkalab in Linz and São Paulo. His projects focus on fashion, design, projection and technology and include interactive video installations, interactive walls, intelligent clothing, game and interface development. He presented his work at several festivals and conferences including the Ars Electronica festival, FILE festival, Social Fabrics, ACE and ARTECH and published broadly.
Marnix de Nijs is a Dutch artist whose work explores the dynamic clash between bodies, machines and other media. Many of his artworks are interactive experience machines that play with the perception of image and sound. Marnix de Nijs worked with Edwin van der Heide, Time’s Up_org, Montevideo, V2_lab, ZKM, TU Darmstadt and, recently, the Tsinghua University.
Julie Morel studied Video in Lyon, Time Based Media in Birmingham and Beaux Arts with C. Boltanski and T. Brown in Paris. This led her to a work with New Media at the 'Arts Décoratifs' in Paris and to a thesis on coding/transcoding/decoding. Her videos and digital works were shown at festivals and galleries worldwide. Her projects question the human involvement and affects in computer and software, mainly through text as an image. Julie Morel currently teaches Beaux Arts in Paris and Multimedia in Lorient.
Henrik Moltke is a digital activist, media professional, advisor and blogger. Since the early days of the free culture movement, he has been working on various accesses to knowledge and copyright-reform projects, such as FREE BEER, Good Copy Bad Copy and Creative Commons.
Metanet Software was founded in 2001 by Raigan Burns and Mare Sheppard. Metanet is a indie game development company devoted to creating fun, innovative, unique games. Their first and award-winning game, N, is available for download for free, and can be played on Mac or PC. Their next game, Robotology, is in development. They've released tutorials, including source code, which cover the collision detection and simulation algorithms used in N.
Vytautas Michelkevičius is an art and media curator and facilitator from Vilnius (LT). He is involved in free knowledge sharing practices: from 2005-2009 he was editor of the media culture magazine www.balsas.cc, since 2005 he is a lecturer at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and a workshop facilitator. He holds a Ph.D in Communication and is Artistic Director of the Nida Art Colony. He is interested in mapping and experimental social practices using free local resources (like picking herbs collectively, setting up a symposium in the forest or sauna).