Open Call for Presentations #OpenBelgium20
Open Belgium is a yearly community-driven conference on Open Knowledge and Open Data in Belgium. We aim to gather all community members, researchers, industry influencers and government officials to discuss a multitude of open efforts in Belgium (and beyond).
We aim to bring you up to speed with the latest trends, innovations and best practices by sharing experiences among this wide range of participants. Get inspired by high-level keynote speakers, engaging panel discussions, hands-on and minds-on workshops as well as the interactive exhibition space where partners present innovative products, services and research.
Since the event is community-driven, you can influence the conference program. How? By responding to the open call for proposals, which is published on our website until January 10. A selection committee will then decide on the tracks and lineup.
Your proposal didn't get selected? No worries, we will provide an open space for lightening talks to give everyone the chance to share their ideas.
Date and Location
Open Belgium 2020 (
) will take place on the 6th of March at the Old Prison, Campus Hasselt in Hasselt.
A sneak peek at the Old Prison
General submission guidelines
- Proposals and presentation must be in English.
- 'Open' should be a key element in your story.
- Sales / Marketing proposals will not be accepted.
- Generally, Open Knowledge Belgium does not pay per diem, honoraria or expenses.
- No fees are required to submit a proposal.
- Speakers will get a free ticket to the conference.
- Proposals will be rejected if all steps of the proposal submission process are not completed.
- Multiple session proposals are possible, you can edit your submission(s) even after submitting, as long as it is within the submission period.
- Session material (presentations, video recordings) are to be made available to the public under an open license after the conference.
We will accept session proposals between the 19th of November 2019 and the 3th of January 2020 at 22:00 (GMT+1, 10:00PM). All submissions will be reviewed in the week of the 6th of January 2020. We will release the list of accepted talks and the program at the end of January 2020.
Alternative submission methods and support
Do you have practical questions about this Open Call for Presentations? Or do you have trouble filling in this form and would you prefer to send this via email? You can contact
at any time for questions and submission related to Open Belgium 2020. However, submissions through email are still subject to the same requirements and deadlines.
Make sure it is an appealing and easy to understand title, not longer than 140 Characters.
Session abstract / introduction text
Provide us with a short and easy to understand introduction of your session of max. 500 characters.
What will the educational level of your session be?
What is the level of difficulty of your session and what target audience do you want to reach?
What format will your suggested session have?
Keynote session (30 min.)
Lightning talk (8 min.)
Panel session (45 min.)
Workshop (90 min.)
Hackathon or hands-on session (90 min.)
What equipment will you need to host your session?
This is about what we need to provide to make your session a success. For example if you will bring your own computer, you should not tick the box that you need an extra computer. Please only tick what you need, we do not want to hire or purchase materials that will not be used. Beamers are provided in all rooms, Audio is available in the plenary auditorium. The whole building is provided with free WiFi.
A flipchart with markers
Post-its and writing material
How many speakers/panelists/mentors will be present during the session?
Keynote sessions are usually performed by one speaker. Panels, break-out sessions and active events can host up to 4 contributors, including the lead organiser. Inviting more members is only available upon request, so that we can ensure that we have enough available speaker tickets. If you want to invite more speakers, please provide an explanation in the 'other' section.
Please provide a speaker profile for each speaker or contributor
For each speaker or mentor you should provide at least a name, a function relevant to the talk, the Social media links to their personal or professional profiles and a short biography. For plenary sessions the biography can go up to 500 characters excl. spaces, for break-out session we limit the bio to 140 characters. Please respects these limits.
Contact data of the lead organiser
Please provide the name, phone number and email address of the lead organiser. This information is only for internal contact purposes. We will not use it in any other way.
Thanks for taking the time to write a proposal for a presentation!
We will get back to you as soon as possible. If you want to change the proposal after submission, please contact
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