Keynote Speakers

Beatriz Busaniche

Foto: Gustavo Bosco, Copyright Beatriz Busaniche is a member of the Fundacion Via Libre ( She is also a founding member of Wikimedia Argentina and a Public Leader for Creative Commons Argentina. She has a Mass Communication Degree from the National University of Rosario, and is currently a part time professor with the Social Sciences Faculty at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She's preparing her Masters Degree on Intellectual Property at FLACSO Argentina. She maintains a personal blog at and a collective blog on free culture at

Josef Prusa

foto: HN - Michaela Hasíková, Copyright Since 2009, Josef has been developing one of the most popular Open Source 3D printers - the Prusa Mendel. All his work is done for the RepRap project - which focuses on printers that self-replicate. Namely, these printers can print parts for themselves or completely new printers. This substantive endeavor has been made possible through an engaged Open Hardware community, wherein all members share knowledge freely.

Walter Bender

Foto: Ruben Rodriguez, CC-by-sa Walter Bender is the founder of Sugar Labs, a non-profit foundation that serves as a support base for the community of educators and software developers who are extending the Sugar user interface. Sugar is designed to enhance the primary educational experience by emphasizing collaboration and expression. Prior to that, Bender was president for software and content of the One Laptop per Child association, where he developed and deployed technologies that are revolutionizing how the world's children engage in learning. Before taking a leave of absence from MIT, Bender was executive director of the MIT Media Laboratory. He was also holder of the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Chair.





Maker Party with Mozilla to Build Teaching Kits

From July 15th to September 15th, 2014 Mozilla is holding and supporting Maker Parties around the world for communities to get invovled in creating the open web. There are a gazillion open educational resources, and educators are natural remixers, natural hackers and find the value in play and exploration. In this interactive workshop, geared towards the software track at OpenEdJam, we are throwing a Maker Party to provide the opportunity for conference attendees to explore Mozilla's Webmaker site and to use it to create free and open teaching kits. Webmaker is a Mozilla site and community for teaching the web, where open educational resources (OERs) can be created, shared and remixed.

Speaker: Karen Smith

Karen completed her PhD in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto in 2013. Karen is completing a Mitacs Elevate Post-doctoral research fellowship at Mozilla in Toronto. Karen works with Hive Toronto and the Webmaker team to explore community and user experience issues across Mozilla.

Towards an open assessment ecosystem: getting to the vision

Especially in the face of standards such as Common Core and widespread recognition of the power of mastery-based learning, use of assessments on a frequent, micro and iterative level with K-12 students is critical. This is only realistic if teachers don't have to create all these tests and questions themselves but can get them either free or cheaply from subject matter experts in the education community.

Speaker: Adam Blum

CEO of OpenEd, the most open K-12 educational resource catalog. Cofounder/CEO/VP of Enginering of several successful startups: Rhomobie, Good Technology, Commerce One. He is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the author of several books on various computer science topics

Reciprocal mentoring, taking open collaboration beyond the classroom

In this session Crunchybits will present about reciprocal mentoring. The idea that the mentor has as much to learn from the men-tee as the men-tee has to learn from the mentor. Examples will be shown and contextualized through engaging videos, photos and personal testimony. There will be a Q&A and an informal curriculum will be covered.

The idea of this session is to empower the audience and help them see their own agency within their communities.

Speaker: Joey Lopez

Make Stuff, Take Risks, Be Awesome

Editing, Creating, and Sharing Educational Resources Through CK12

How to Edit, Update, Personalize and Distribute Your Online Text-Book
Included Curriculum by Subject


I. When you leave this session you will have created, edited, and personalized a unit lesson.
II. The document will be interactive including pictures and videos
III. You will be able to attach a word document to your lesson for additional practice or extra notes that you have written.
IV. You will be able to post the link to this book to your website.

Speaker: Renee Scott

Math Educator, life long learner & Technology Enthusiast!

Good practices for (open) ICT for Education in developing nations

Integrating information and communication technologies in education (ICT4E) is hard at the best of times. It's even harder when this is being done in developing nations. Yet a lot of the most innovative, largest, and forward-thinking initiatives in the ICT4E space are driven by small NGOs, governments or other organizations in developing nations.

This talk will discuss some of the core challenges these efforts face in providing a modern (and hopefully open!) education ecosystems and good practices that have been developed to overcome them. It is intended to be a step towards avoiding what Alan Kay once called "re-inventing the flat tire".

Speaker: Chistopher Derndorfer

Computer science student, former OLPC News editor, OLPC (Austria) volunteer, TechnikBasteln co-founder, general OLPC, Sugar, and ICT4E aficionado

 Using Kano on the Raspberry Pi to teach intro to Linux and Python

Using the free and open beta release of the Kano OS for Raspberry Pi. We will discuss using the Raspberry Pi in education for teaching introductory computer skills. The curriculum that we are showcasing for this session is also free and openly licensed and was developed in collaboration with Rackspace Linux trainers. Participants will be using Raspberry Pi computers with the Kano OS during this session.

Speaker: Mark Barnett

Mark Barnett is the Director of STEM programs at SASTEMIC and Captain of the SASTEMIC mobile makerspace called the Geekbus. Mark is also a STEM curriculum expert and provides services to STEM academies across the state of Texas. He has presented at numerous education conferences such as: The FabLearn Conference at Stanford University, National Science Teachers Association Conference, SXSWedu, Texas Computer Education Association Conference, Texas Science Teachers Conference and others.

Using the Design Thinking Process with Scratch and MaKey Makey

Using the Stanford University Design Thinking Process, participants will participate in an Empathy experiment and learn how to incorporate Design Thinking into projects and lessons. Participants will also experience a complete Design session to engineer a game controller for handicap students using a Makey Makey circuit board. - See more at:

Speaker: Mark Barnett

Maker Bakers: Making Your Own Educational Cookbook

Chefs are natural innovators: they taste test new recipes, feel for quality ingredients, learn to fail, iterate, and most important of all, share their creations. Now, chefs may not always share their secrets, but for those that do they do to inspire future chefs to mimic or even improve on their creation.

At OpenEd Jam, I would like to share stories of my experience during Maker Corps, what I learned, and what I plan to do with my learnings post Maker Corps, which is the Cookbook Project. The workshop will be a session led by myself as a collaborative effort with the audience to build a series of stories together and create visual media (drawings, photographs) to go with it.

Speaker: Lindsay Balfour

The Open Music History Project

This session is a discussion of lessons learned and strategy sharing regarding the process of starting an open education project, drawn from my experience starting the The Open Music History Project.

When it comes to open education projects, the initial “starting process” can be fraught with challenges, questions, trial and error, and can involve a large learning curve. About two or three years ago, I began researching and examining the state of open access scholarship, pedagogy, and resources in my field of study - music history.

Speaker: Naomi Barrettara

Currently a doctoral student in Musicology at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York, NY. My primary areas of research are music and copyright law, open culture, and opera history and education in the public sphere. I work as a Program Development Consultant and Lecturer at the Metropolitan Opera Guild, where I develop educational programs for adults and family workshops. I am passionate about music pedagogy in all its forms, with a special interest in online community engagement and digital learning. My interest in music and copyright law is primarily focused on the connection between classical music and the public domain, free culture, and interactive technology and pedagogy. Related to that interest, I recently founded a new Open Education endeavor - The Open Music History Project.

You can [[edit]]! A hands on Wikipedia workshop for women

English Wikipedia is the world's 5th most visited website on any given day. The world's largest encyclopedia is available in over 250 languages and is able to be edited by anyone, as long as they understand how to navigate the site and its policies.

In 2011, it was revealed that Wikipedia's editor based comprised of only 9% to 20% women. The numbers range heavily range due to one's ability to remain anonymous on Wikipedia, with the option of revealing one's gender. The lack of women editors has caused a systemic bias in content: subject matter of common interest to men outnumbers women, leaving articles about women's history, health, politics, and more, lacking in quality or information, or even non-existent.

Speaker: Sarah Stierch

Sarah Stierch is the director of Sarah Stierch Consulting.. For the 2014 Spring semester, Stierch is also serving as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley Center for New Media, as the first Susan B. Miller Fellow. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Fort Ross Conservancy and is on the Advisory Board for the Ada Initiative.

Stierch earned her MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University (‘12) and a BA in Native American Studies from Indiana University (‘09).

Edukata - Designing Learning Activities

Some of the most valuable results of Europe’s largest educational technology project, iTEC (, have been Learning Activities created using Edukata. Edukata is a free and open design process consisting of a set of guiding principles for educators to design learner-centered learning activities.

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to Edukata, practice a design studio and a participatory design workshop. Participants will be provided with a printed Edukata guidebook, and after the workshop, participants can choose to continue working with Edukata with expert support, including selected scenarios, learning activities and access to the Edukata forum.

Speaker: Anna Keune

Graduate Research Assistant at Indiana University, School of Education. More info:

Develop Your First Firefox OS app

Help millions of people to know Firefox OS which is a open source mobile operating system from Mozilla. Using HTML5 and new web standards APIs,developers will be able to create amazing experiences and apps.We want to help the world increase their understanding of the web and Firefox OS which gives you the power to live every moment to its fullest and participate in a better world , includes popular,big name apps, but also local content that means the most to you and your life.

This talk will help the audience to understand, build and make the Firefox OS App.

Speaker: Biraj Karmakar

I am Biraj Karmakar. I have been a Fedora user since 2010 in the FOSS world and gradually I started contributing to the Fedora project as a user. I am graduating in Computer Science and Engineering from Dr. B. C. Roy Engineering College, Durgapur . Now I am mozilla reps from INDIA. Also, I am bn-IN locale leader of various open source project like VLC, Mozilla etc.In my free time I practise meditation or work in graphic designing. I am Firefox OS app developer.

Trisquel 7.0 release, (re)introducing Trisquel EDU

Trisquel GNU/Linux is a fully free operating system focused on providing the best technical tools without sacrificing the user's freedom, privacy, accessibility or usability.

In this talk, the project founder Ruben Rodríguez will explain why the only tools that should be used in a school are those that allow and encourage the students to use, study, improve and share them freely.

As a way to show this idea, we will go through the release of the latest Trisquel version, which revamps the educational goals of the project by bringing back the "EDU" edition - designed for deployment in schools of all sizes - and including a release designed for K12: the Sugar based "Trisquel Toast".

Speaker: Ruben Rodriguez

Founder of the Trisquel GNU/Linux project, Ruben is a computer engineer and free software developer from Spain. He has worked on free software projects for the last twelve years, with a particular focus on educational software.

Hands on with the Sugar learning environment in Trisquel TOAST

TOAST, or "Trisquel On A Sugar Toast", is an edition of the fully free operating system Trisquel GNU/Linux that uses the Sugar educational environment.

Sugar is the user interface developed by SugarLabs for the One Laptop per Child XO laptops and designed on the concepts of interactive learning through exploration. It has been succesfuly deployed in many countries and counts with an extense catalog of educational activities.

In this demo we will get a taste of Toast from both the perspective of the kids and the teachers. Bring a laptop to try it out! (The demo does not require installation and doesn't modify your laptop's drive in any way).

Speaker: Ruben Rodriguez