Alternative Design Capital and Open Knowledge Finland gathering 28th Jan

Welcome to the first Alternative Design Capital Gathering and the third Open Knowledge Finland Meetup!

On January 28th, the Aalto Media Factory will host a very special day about Open Knowledge, Open Design and the Alternative Design Capital projects.

The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2004 which is dedicated to promoting open knowledge in all its forms. The OKFN builds tools, projects and communities with a network of international leaders in this field. It’s activities are organized around individual working groups, regional communities and projects, each focused on a different aspect of open knowledge. OK Finland ( is the latest regional community that brings together individuals and organizations from across the open knowledge spectrum in Finland. Our first meetup was in 30 November 2011 in Helsinki and the second on 16 January 2012 in Tampere.

This meetup will focus on one emerging field of the Open Knowledge movement, Open Design: we will start discussing how openness and sharing of knowledge can have an impact in the world of Design. We will discuss
the current status of Open Design and propose projects to be developed during the year in Helsinki in order to grow the Open Design community in Helsinki and Finland. Furthermore, we will start a collaborative and
open process of defining Open Design.

The Alternative Design Capital (ADC) ( is a celebration of design and urban culture during year 2012 and a platform for design projects which are realised during year 2012 in Helsinki or elsewhere in Finland. ADC is an open and evolving process, where anyone can register a project to the online forum.

ADC Gatherings are forums where ADC projects and events are presented by their initiators. They are opportunities for networking and having discussions related to ADC themes. The Gatherings are open for everyone! The plan is to organise four Gatherings during year 2012 in 3 month intervals.

The language used in both events in English. Please help us in organizing the event by registering to it here:

If you have any questions, please send an email to mediafactory (at) or info (at)


OK Finland Open Design meetup (10:00 – 14:00)

10:00 – 10:30 Welcome to the Aalto FabLab
10:30 – 11:00 Open Design and its status
11:00 – 12:00 Open Design: let´s develop a definition
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch and talk about ideas for projects to be developed during 2012
13:00 – 13:30 Project presentation and wrap-up
13:30 – 14:00 Let´s start discussing the next meet-up

ADC Gathering #1 (14:00 – 18:00)

14:00 – 14:30 Introduction + ‘speed-dating’
14:30 – 16:00 ADC project/event presentations
16:00 – 16:30 Break
16:30 – 18:00 Further discussions about ADC projects/events in smaller groups (we split to 3-4 groups)


Instructions for finding Aalto Media Factory (address Hämeentie 135 A) are here: More information about the Aalto Arabia Campus and how to reach it by public transport

The event is also on Facebook here:

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