Open Development Workshop
Technological, organizational and social innovations for development

May 5 (14:30-16:30)
"The potential of Open Development for Canada and abroad"
Albert and Bay Hotel:  Summer, Autumn, Winter Rooms
(How to get from Albert and Bay Hotel to IDRC)

Time Session Title Title & Description
1430 - 1630 "The potential of Open Development for Canada and abroad" Process: Panel discussion hosted by Jesse Brown
Style: Panel
Panelists: Sunil Abraham, Michael Geist, Anita Gurumurthy , Ron Deibert, Yochai Benkler

May 6 (9:00 - 17:30)
"Open Development: better than sliced bread?"
IDRC HQ: 8th floor
  Outcome: Develop a shared general understanding of open development

Time Session Title Title & Description
08:30 - 09:00
Registration + Coffee/Tea

09.00 - 09.30 Welcome and event overview
  • Welcome participants and set the scene (Matthew Smith)
  • A few words from Michael Clarke, Director ICT4D
  • 2-day plan (Matthew Smith)
09.30 - 10.00 Icebreaker Objective: Get to know each other, establish a collaborative environment
Process: First Impressions
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee/Tea Break
10.30 - 12.00 Round 1: Paper presentations Objectives: Share author's contributions, get to know authors, deepen understanding of their interpretation of open development
Process: Seven Minutes of Fame (seven minute plenary presentation any style)
Presentations should highlight:
1. Research question/hypothesis
2. Findings (if applicable)
3. What does the paper tell us about Open development?
4. Conclusion: future potential research questions?
12.00 - 13.00
Lunch (8th floor)
13.00 - 14.30 Round 2: Paper presentations (continued)
Same as above
14.30 - 15.30 Defining Open Development Objective: Develop a shared understanding of Open Development
Process: Small group work: Drawing from presentations, extract out the essential components of Open Development and the contextual components
15.30 - 16.00
Coffee/Tea Break
16.00 - 17.15
Relationship between papers and the concept of Open Development
Objective: Develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between author's  papers and the open development concept. This process will help authors to revise their papers as well as to deepen their understanding of the concept.
Process: PBF(F) (Paper Buddies & Friends (Forever)): work with the authors of another paper on improving your paper and strengthening its link and contribution to our understanding of 'Open Development'" - List of paper buddies.
17.15 - 17.30
Assessment of day
19.00 Dinner: Merlot Restaurant

May 7 (9:00 - 16:30)
"Towards an open development research agenda"
IDRC HQ: 8th floor
  Outcome:  Develop an Open Development research agenda

Time Session Title Title & Description
09.00 - 09.15 Introduction to the day Communicate agenda for the day (Matthew Smith)
09.15 - 10.15 Top 10 Research Questions Objective: Come to a shared agreement on the top 10 areas of Open Development where applied research can make a difference.
Activity: 2-4-8*
10.15 - 10.45 Coffee/Tea Break
10.45 - 12.15 Open Space: Developing research designs Objective: Collaboratively create open development research project designs
Process: Variation of Open Space technology method
12.15 - 13.15
Buffet Lunch - 8th floor (Come when you are ready)
13.00 - 15.30 Open Space (Continued)
(With Coffee/Tea Break at time of your convenience)
15.30 - 17.00
Open Space: Report Back   
17:00 - 17:15
Wrap-up and  evaluation
*2-4-8 is a consensus building exercise in which a common understanding on a particular theme is formed by progressively working together to narrow down the key issues that form the debate/discussion. Work starts individually and then progresses in groups of 2, 4 and finally 8 before presenting in plenary.