Open Belgium Conference 2017

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Open Belgium Conference 2017

By Open Knowledge Belgium

When and where

Date and time

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 08:30 - 18:30 CET


BEL Brussels Tour & Taxis Havenlaan 86C 1000 Brussel Belgium

Refund Policy

Contact the organiser to request a refund.


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Let's make Belgian knowledge open, usable, used and useful

Open Belgium is an annual conference gathering industry, research, government and citizen stakeholders concerning Open Knowledge. Experience this one-day community-driven conference with talks, discussions, panels, workshops and become part of the open community.

This year, we're turning things around: Open Cities, Smart Data

This year's theme is: "Open Cities, Smart Data", marking the different ways open knowledge and open data can contribute to smart urban development, the rise of smart applications and the shift from the raising quantity of data to the raising quality of data.

In the first years of promoting Open Data, the priority is to release data early and see what happens. There was a great rise in quantity of open data and today we want to ask the question: But how are we doing quality-wise? How much of the data and gathered knowledge is being used in useful and insightful applications? Is the current open data, the data we want to have?


What does the ticket price include?

We’ve worked hard to keep the price of the tickets as low as possible for you. The price includes admission to the conference, free tea, food and beverages during the breaks, a walk-in lunch at noon and an open bar during the networking event. There's free WiFi throughout the conference venue.

When is the conference taking place?

On the 6th of March 2017. We open our doors for attendees at 08:30, the conference starts at 09:00. We have a 30 minute break in the morning and afternoon and a one-hour lunch break in between. The final session ends at 17:30 and afterwards we will have an open network drink.

Where is the conference taking place?

This year's edition will take place at BEL Brussels, one of Europe's largest passive buildings.

BEL Brussels is on the Tour & Taxis site:
Avenue du Port 86c/3002
1000 Brussels

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

It's easy to get there by bicycle, public transport and car. We encourage the use of alternative means of transport.

By bike: Bicycle parking available on the Tour & Taxis site right in front of the BEL entrance.
"Villo" station (shared bikes) in Rue Picard, 3.

By train: from Brussels North, you can reach the BEL by walking 15 minutes, cycling 5 minutes or by using bus n°14/15/57 (Bus stop : Armateurs/Steamers).

By car: there is a parking space on the Tour & Taxis site which costs €10/day. Parking ticket can be bought together with your conference ticket.

Do I need to bring something to the event?

You can bring everything you need to take notes or participate, but we do not have requirements on what you need to bring. For people with smartphones, tablets and laptops we will have a charging station available in the atrium.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Your ticket is tranferrable but do let us know when you are giving the ticket to someone else. Otherwise, we have no way to confirm this person is registered to the event.

Can I update my registration information?

You can if you have a Eventbrite account.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You can bring a printed ticket or digital ticket on your smartphone. If you forget to bring your ticket, there will be printed guestlist to make sure if you have registered properly.

What is the refund policy?

No, unfortunately, we're unable to offer refunds.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact the organiser directly through:

Mobile: 0032 474 26 56 18

Why are you providing a full-price ticket that is more expensive than a community ticket?

Open Belgium is a community event which aims to bring together anyone interested in the open movement.

To allow as many people as possible to attend, we’ve kept ticket prices low what means that the conference is on a tight budget. If you are a community member who is paying for this conference personally, you can buy the community ticket. However if you want reimburse this cost within an organisation or are coming as part of an organisation, we refer you to the full price ticket.

About the organiser

Open Knowledge Belgium is an umbrella organisation (npo/vzw/asbl) for Open Knowledge initiatives in Belgium. We’re a grassroots organisation that consists of people, mainly volunteers, passionate about openness, using advocacy, research, technology and projects to unlock information, enabling people to use and share knowledge.

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