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MEDIA DINAcon, 11 June 2020

DINAcon the fourth. Open Source Forever.

DINAcon, the conference for digital sustainability, is entering its fourth round in an eventful year. On Friday, 23 October 2020, forward-looking projects and approaches from the open source and open data communities, from the public administration and the economy will be presented, discussed and awarded. A highlight is the keynote speech by Bianca Hoersch, Chief Digital Officer of the European Space Agency. Design the DINAcon with us!

Innovations are particularly in demand in times of crisis. Under state, private or civil society leadership, new initiatives and digital approaches are emerging to master coexistence and work despite limitations. With open source and open data, society is also moving forward in crisis mode. Experts and opinion leaders from politics, business, the public sector, NPOs and open source communities are invited to present their digitally sustainable innovations to the public on Friday, 23 October 2020.

The conference consists of programme items in plenary, such as the keynotes and the DINAcon Awards, as well as one-hour sessions to provide in-depth insights and discussions in smaller groups.

  • Under the title "Digital Sustainability for Rocket Science", keynote speaker Bianca Hoersch, Chier Digital Officer of the European Space Agency, shows how digitalization and free software in space are contributing to excellence.
  • The deadline for sessions is June 30, 2020, read more about possible topics and get inspired by previous sessions on www.dinacon.ch/cfs.
  • After that, the DINAcon Awards will be presented for the fourth time. Nominate your own or a foreign project on www.awards.dinacon.ch by July 31.
  • Decision-makers have an advantage: Early Bird tickets can be purchased until August 1, 2020. You save a lot: 40.- instead of 80.- for community members and students, 80.- instead of 120.- for private individuals and 240.- 340.- CHF for companies and administration. Here you can benefit: www.dinacon.ch/tickets.

The conference will be held by the Digital Sustainability Research Centre of the University of Bern, the Parliamentary Group On Digital Sustainability, several associations (Opendata.ch, CH Open, Digital Impact Network and many more) and volunteers at the Welle7 Workspace in Bern. Contacts for sponsorship are very welcome.

We look forward to seeing you!

Greetings from the DINAcon team:
Jannis, Maria, Torben, Laura, Matthias, Francesca, Philippe, Maurice, Christian, Oleg

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More pictures of DINAcon 2019 can be found on Flickr as a public domain:

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MEDIA COMMUNICATION DINAcon, 12 August 2019

The DINAcon 2019 programme is complete

DINAcon, the slightly different tech conference, offers four prominent keynotes, 14 specialist sessions, the Knowledge Graph Forum and much more a gripping program on October 19 thin lysate at The Welle7 Workspace in Bern.

The programme of the third conference for digital sustainability is complete. The Knowledge Graph Forum is dedicated to data links in the style of an unconference. Keynote speaker Katariina Kari shows how she uses linked data and semantics for Zalando to promote the most popular online fashion house. Bart van Leeuwen is a firefighter and software architect – he uses data to give firefighters a head start in the fight against fires.

In the afternoon, keynote speaker Julia Kloiber, founder of Superrr Lab, Code for Germany and the Prototype Fund, talks about the role of openness, trust and communities in the field of digital social innovation. And Peter Ganten, president of the Open Source Business Alliance, highlights the importance of digital sovereignty for the future of the economy and the state.

The following specialist sessions are available:

 

  • Teacher education in the digital age
  • Electronic Identities - Current Status and a Democratic Vision
  • Successful Single Sign On Integration in the Swiss Alpine Club SAC
  • Nextcloud as an on-premise solution for highly secure data exchange
  • Open source (software) in insurance (-world)
  • Participation and Open Data in the Smart City Zurich: A Workshop Report
  • Electronic building applications, open source and innovation in Swiss cantons
  • Making knowledge easily accessible thanks to eLearning
  • Better Communication to Bridge the Tech/Business Gap
  • Coding with Kids
  • Beyond the Hype - Basics and Limitations of Artificial Intelligence
  • Application Delivery with Cloud Foundry
  • Digitization at Radio Bern RaBe - An experience report from club practice
  • OpenStreetMap including Wikipedia and Wikidata (Howto/AskUsAnything)

The awarding of the DINAcon Awards is the crowning achievement. The 40 entries can be viewed here. You can still participate in the Lightning Talks, the application deadline for the runs until October 1st. In addition, the FabLab shows the possibilities of digital fabrication. Finally, you can continue the Hacknight into the night.

The conference is organised by the Digital Sustainability Research Centre of the University of Bern, the Parliamentary Group on Digital Sustainability, the associations Opendata.ch,CH Open, Digital Impact Network and the companies imito, Adfinis SyGroup and Zazuko. DINAcon is supported by the Welle7 Workspace, the BEKB Fund, the Federal Archives and the sponsors Puzzle ICT, SUSE, 4teamwork, Avintis, Univention, Gonicus, APP, seantis, SBB and iqual. Tickets for are available here.

For media enquiries: Francesca Giardina, info@dinacon.ch

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MEDIA COMMUNICATION DINACON

Bern, 09. Mail 2019

DINAcon Call for Sessions is running!

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MEDIA COMMUNICATION DINACON

Bern, 19 October 2018

DINAcon inspires 200 participants and the award winners 2018

More than 200 participants listened to the keynotes of Simon Phipps, President of the Open Source Initiative, and Katherine Maher, CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation, at DINAcon today. As a highlight, this year's DINAcon Awards were presented to five outstanding projects and individuals. The winners of the DINAcon Awards 2018 are Collabora, the Public Domain Project, Openki, Home Assistant and the Opendata.ch founder André Golliez.

At today's DINAcon, the most diverse facets of digital sustainability became visible. Open source pioneer Simon Phipps humorously explained the history of open source software and recorded the future based on current developments. In the afternoon Katherine Maher fascinated the audience with exciting stories from the world of Wikipedia, Wikidata and the various other platforms of the Wikimedia Foundation. In addition to open source and open content, the 18 sessions also deepened other tech topics such as blockchain, Internet of Things and Linked Open Data.

The highlight of the day was the DINAcon Awards 2018 in the afternoon. Of the 16 nominated projects, five outstanding entries were selected by the expert jury. The winner of the Open Source Classic Award is the LibreOffice-based Office solution Collabora Office. Collabora Office is thus also nominated for the Digital Economy Award from swissICT, which will be presented on 21 November 2018 at the Zurich Hall Station. The Open Data/Open Knowlege Award was awarded to the Public Domain Project, which digitizes old music and film culture assets and makes them accessible to the public domain. The Open Education Award was presented to the Platform for Open Education Openki, which enables self-organized peer-to-peer learning. The Open Internet Award goes to the home automation solution Home Assistant, which enables IoT devices to operate without proprietary cloud services. André Golliezreceived the Special Award as co-founder of Opendata.ch he brought the Open Data movement to Switzerland.

DINAcon is not over yet. Now the Swiss community is celebrating the anniversary of the Open Source Initiative at the 20th Anniversary Celebration Party and after that it continues until midnight to program the latest features and fix bugs on Hacknight for open source projects.

DINAcon is organised by the Digital Sustainability Research Centre of the University of Bern in cooperation with CH Open, Opendata.ch, TCBE.ch and the Parliamentary Group On Digital Sustainability. It is made possible by the sponsors: Welle7 Workspace, BEKB, Haslerstiftung, Google, Onebus, Puzzle ICT, Red Hat, SUSE, Bernmobil, Iqual, App Management Consulting, SBB, Seantis and 4teamwork.

MEDIA COMMUNICATION DINACON

Bern, 8 June 2018

Pioneers of digital sustainability at DINAcon 2018

The second conference on digital sustainability will focus on digital pioneers: Katherine Maher, CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation, and Simon Phipps, President of the Open Source Initiative, report on the beginnings of Wikipedia and open source software and dare to look to the future. More than 15 sessions, a Hacknight and the DINAcon Awards offer a wide range of insights into the world of digital sustainability. The programme and registration for the conference on 19 October 2018 in Welle7 in Bern are now online. The application deadline for the DINAcon Awards is 15 July 2018.

Keynote speaker Katherine Maher is executive director of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation and reports on the future of free knowledge on the Internet. The spearhead is the well-known online encyclopedia Wikipedia. The Foundation continues to promote the sustainable use of public knowledge with Wiki Commons, Wikidata and other platforms. Our second speaker celebrates the round birthday of the open source community: Activist Simon Phipps is fighting for open source code and fair licenses as president of the Open Source Initiative. He talks about the 20th anniversary of the open source movement as well as its current opportunities and challenges.

In addition to the keynote speeches in the plenary session, more than 15 sessions offer an in-depth insight into sustainable technologies and the digitally sustainable society. For example, several speakers show how blockchain can be used to promote sustainable projects. The detailed programme can be viewed on www.dinacon.ch/programm.

The DINAcon Awards will be presented at the end of the conference. The awards are awarded by the jury of experts to digitally sustainable projects and organisations and distinguish the courage and innovative power of companies, authorities, communities and individuals. Applications will be accepted at www.dinacon.ch/awards until 15 July 2018.

If you still don't have enough after the Apéro Riche, you can program important open source projects and innovative open data apps on Hacknight until midnight.

The conference is organised by the Digital Sustainability Research Centre of the University of Bern and the CH Open Association. The main sponsor is the Welle7 Workspace. Other organizations and companies that would like to support DINAcon 2018 as a sponsor will find all information on www.dinacon.ch/sponsoring.

MEDIA COMMUNICATION DINACON

Bern, 6 April 2018

DINAcon with Call for Sessions at the start!

We are ready for the second DINAcon and you can be there! This year's edition of the Digital Sustainability Conference will take place on October 19, 2018 - again with prominent speakers, many exciting sessions, Lightning Talks and the DINAcon Awards for outstanding projects and communities. The Call for Sessions runs from now until April 29.

How can we ensure that advancing digitalisation generates sustainable benefits for our society? This is the second question at DINAcon, which will take place on Friday, 19 October 2018. It is carried out by the Research Centre Digital Sustainability of the University of Bern in cooperation with the Parliamentary Group On Digital Sustainability and several associations (Opendata.ch, CH Open, tcbe.ch and many more) in the Welle7 Workspace at Bern station. More than 250 decision-makers and opinion leaders from politics, business, the public sector and the digitalisation scene are expected.

A total of around 20 parallel session slots are available, each one hour in the morning and in the afternoon. The rooms can accommodate 15 to 50 people. We invite communities, associations, companies, civil society groups and non-profit organisations to submit session proposals online on specific topics relating to digital sustainability by 29 April 2018. Sessions can be submitted for example on the following topics (further suggestions possible):

  • Cryptocurrency/Blockchain: developments, application examples, etc.
  • Online Commons: Open content platforms, licensing issues, etc.
  • Legal: Copyright, Data Protection Act, Intelligence Act, etc.
  • Linked Data: DBpedia, Wikidata, LINDAS, Linked Open Data etc.
  • Open Data: Open Government, Transportation, Budget, Food, Aid etc.
  • Open Internet: net neutrality, network blocking, censorship, Internet governance, etc.
  • Open Hardware: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Libreboot, OpenPower, etc.
  • Open Education: free learning content, programming with kids, learning stick, etc.
  • Open Source Software: Open source projects and communities etc.
  • Security: encryption technologies, data protection, mass surveillance, etc.
  • Open Network Infrastructure: open IoT platform, application examples, etc.
  • Community Content: Free content, community building, creation, etc.

In the afternoon, the Lightning Talks Challenge will also take place in plenary. In the style of an elevator pitch, the project, the community or the idea should be made palatable to the audience in four minutes. The talk can be accompanied with slides. Applications (incl. name, short description and link, if available) please send an email to lightningtalks@dinacon.ch.
In the coming weeks, the information on the candidacy for the DINAcon Awards will follow.

We look forward to your session suggestions!

MEDIA COMMUNICATION DINACON

Bern, 20 October 2017

With Icons and Awards, the first DINAcon celebrates digital sustainability

Today, the first DINAcon with more than 250 participants successfully took place in Bern. DINAcon celebrated two premieres with the launch of 17 icons on digital sustainability and the first DINAcon Awards. The winners of the DINAcon Awards are the video conferencing solution Jitsi Meet, the open source medical practice solution Elexis, the Swiss OpenStreetMap Community, the Open Network Infrastructure Association and the Linux distribution SUSE.

With more than 250 participants, the DINAcon took place today for the first time in the Welle7 in Bern. This new conference on digital sustainability exuded what embodies the idea of digital sustainability: diversity, openness, creativity, benefits for civil society. The audience was welcomed by the Bernese mayor and Parldigi co-founder Alec von Graffenried. Afterwards, Fairphone co-founder Bibi Bleekemolen pointed out in her keynote speech the devastating conditions in the production and disposal of smartphones and showed how a modular, largely fair-based open source based smartphone exists with the Fairphone 2.

Subsequently, National Councillor and Parldigi core team member Balthasar Glättli criticized the new "platform capitalism" of the IT companies and pointed out the danger of privatizing knowledge. A paradigm shift towards digital sustainability is important. To this end, he presented the new icons that visualize the concept of digital sustainability and the key themes of Parldigi. The 17 icons are now released under the Creative Commons Zero CC0 license.

In the following round of talks, in addition to Glättli, the National Councillor and Parldigi co-president Franz Grüter, Clara Vuillemin from the online magazine "Republik", the German network activist Katharina Nocun and entrepreneur Sylvie Reinhard discussed the future of digitalization.

The 20 sessions were actively discussed on the latest open source technologies, blockchain applications, Internet of Things infrastructures, Wikipedia editing as well as new legislation such as the BÜPF, NDP and the URG.

As the highlight of the day, the DINAcon Awards were presented for the first time today. Of the 26 nominated projects, five outstanding entries were selected by the expert jury. The winner of the Open Source Classic Award is the video conferencing solution Jitsi Meet. The Business Award was won by the open source medical practice solution Elexis. The award for particularly committed communities was awarded as an Open Source Hero Award to the Swiss OpenStreetMap Longterm Contributors. The commitment to a free Internet of Things infrastructure went to the Open Network Infrastructure Associationas an Open Internet Award. And the Special Award went to SUSE, a renowned Linux distribution.

The first DINAcon is not over yet. Starting at 6 p.m., around 50 people will be hacking open source and open data projects at HACKnight all night long – digital sustainability in practice, so to speak.

MEDIA COMMUNICATION DINACON

Bern, 9 October 2017

The example of Fairphone: this is how digital sustainability works!

Whether as an opinion-maker, provider, decision-maker, tinkerer, hacker, citizen or user: The digital transformation affects all areas of life, is unstoppable and delivers radically new challenges. DINAcon, the first conference on digital sustainability, shows how this change can be sustainable, open and fair. Among other things, Bibi Bleekemolen from Amsterdam presents the revolutionary Fairphone, its modular technology and the brand new camera.

On Friday, 20 October 2017, DINAcon's versatile programme at Welle7 in Bern offers several proofs that digital can go hand in hand with sustainability. Celebrity keynote speakers show how this apparent contrast is innovative to bridge:

Bibi Bleekemolen, co-founder of the Dutch smartphone brand, will present the new camera module for the Fairphone exclusively in the plenary session of DINAcon in Switzerland. Without any prior technical knowledge, Fairphone owners can easily replace the old mobile phone camera themselves. With this modularity of the device, Fairphone counteracts the throwaway culture. Bleekemolen explains:

"Our goal is to extend the life of electronics by giving customers back self-determination and autonomy via the smartphone. Fairphone's design and user experience provides a unique view of the product: manufacturing, materials, and repair and update capabilities. In this way, we inspire customers to control the life cycle of the phone itself from a technical and psychological point of view."

From National Councillor Balthasar Glättli, the audience will then hear further remarks from a political perspective:

"Digital transformation is a fast-paced and profound process to which politicians respond in part with hasty enthusiasm or concern. Against this background, the concept of digital sustainability is becoming more and more relevant. It provides a framework for action and approaches to meet the technical and societal challenges in a long-term and open way."

Glättli discusses future visions with Clara Vuillemin, Head of IT Republic, National Councillor Franz Grüter and National Councillor Kathy Riklin. Current areas of application will be the focus of more than 20 sessions and the DINAcon Awards. The award of one of the 26 nominated projects and persons concludes the conference with a pioneering spirit. And if you want to put your hand on your own, you can hit the keys on the following hack night.

MEDIA COMMUNICATION DINACON

Bern, 20 September 2017

DINAcon Awards 2017: The nominees are known

The DINAcon Awards will be presented to digitally sustainable projects and organisations in one month's time today as part of the first DINAcon on 20 October 2017. They distinguish the courage and innovative power of companies, authorities, communities, developers and individuals. Now the 26 nominees are known.

The project entries represent the entire spectrum of digital sustainability: from classic open source software projects such as the free and decentralized Dropbox Alternative Nextcloud, open data applications such as the offline medical database for developing countries Wikimed, open source applications in the business environment such as the Swiss container platform APPUiO to the open IoT platform of the Open Network Infrastructure Association. The full list of 26 nominated projects and organisations can be found here: https://dinacon.ch/nominationen/

New name takes into account developments in open data

So far, the award ceremony has been held under the name CH Open Source Awards. With the new name DINAcon Awards, the organizer wants to take into account the development in the field of open data and digital sustainability and expand the spectrum of the award ceremony. A jury of renowned experts and entrepreneurs accepted the nomination and selection of the winners of the DINAcon Awards 2017. The award ceremony will take place today in one month on Friday, October 20, 2017 as part of DINAcon 2017: https://dinacon.ch/programm/

Last year's six CH Open Source Awards were awarded to the open source CRM solution SuiteCRM, Post CH AG for its MariaDB migration, Florian Bruhin with qutebrowser, René Moser with Ansible CloudStack, open data portals opendata.swiss and data.sbb.ch.

First conference for digital sustainability

DINAcon is organised by the Digital Sustainability Research Centre of the University of Bern in cooperation with the Parliamentary Group On Digital Sustainability (Parldigi) and several associations (Opendata.ch, CH Open, tcbe.ch etc.) in the Welle7 Workspace at Bern station. More than 200 decision-makers and opinion leaders from politics, business, the public sector and the digitalisation scene are expected. Bibi Bleekemolen, co-founder of Fairphone, as well as the National Councillors Balthasar Glättli, Franz Grüter and Kathy Riklin will speak in the plenary.

In the more than 20 sessions on open source, open data, blockchain and many other areas, experts will offer in-depth insights into current topics of digital sustainability. The conference is supported by the Welle7 Workspace as Location Sponsor, the Hasler Foundation as well as the company sponsors Snowflake, Puzzle, ewb, APP, Avintis, seantis, ICG , Liip and why! open computing. The current programme can be found at: https://dinacon.ch/programm/

MEDIA COMMUNICATION DINACON

Bern, 8 August 2017

Digital transformation yes, but please sustainable!

Digital transformation is ubiquitous – but how can we ensure that it also generates sustainable benefits for our society? The conference on digital sustainability DINAcon, which will take place for the first time on Friday, 20 October 2017 at the Welle7 Workspace in Bern, will address these and other questions.

DINAcon is expected to feature more than 200 decision-makers and opinion leaders from politics, business, the public sector and the digitalisation scene. Bibi Bleekemolen, co-founder of Fairphone, as well as the National Councillors Balthasar Glättli, Franz Grüter and Kathy Riklin will speak in the plenary. In the more than 20 sessions, experts will provide in-depth insights into current topics of digital sustainability.

For example, Toni Caradonna and Prof. Dr. Mirjam Eggen will talk about blockchain application examples or Kurt Meister from Fablab Bern will offer an introduction to 3D printing. The latest security and data protection technologies will also be presented live and ways to increase digital autonomy will be presented. Representatives of Wikimedia Switzerland give insight into the mechanisms of Wikipedia and explain how to edit articles correctly. And the OpenStreetMap professionals Michael Spreng from the Swiss OpenStreetMap Association and Prof. Stefan Keller from the University of Technology Rapperswil present the free map project and demonstrate how to use it practically.

The current programme can be found at: https://dinacon.ch/programm/

The DINAcon Awards will also be presented at the end of the conference. The awards are awarded to digitally sustainable projects and organizations and are intended to honour the courage and innovative power of companies, authorities, communities, developers and individuals. If you still don't have enough after that, you can continue programming on important open source projects and innovative open data apps until midnight on Hack Night.

The event is organised by the Research Centre Digital Sustainability of the University of Bern in cooperation with the Parliamentary Group Digital Sustainability (Parldigi) and several associations (Opendata.ch, CH Open, tcbe.ch etc.) in the Welle7 Workspace at Bern station. The conference is supported by the Welle7 Workspace as location as well as the company sponsors Snowflake, Puzzle, ewb, APP and why! open computing.