Daten öffentlich, frei verfügbar und nutzbar zu machen für mehr Transparenz, Mitwirkung und Innovation — das ist Open Data. ist die Schweizer Sektion der Open Knowledge Foundation. Forum Call for Sessions

| 2. Aug 2021 | in Bern, Daten, Forum | Keine Kommentare Forum is all about openness – and we love living our mission! For this year’s forum (which is happening IRL) we’re inviting our ecosystem to host a session during the day. This can be a short workshop, a discussion round, a fireside chat, a think-lab session, or a presentation – the format is up to you

While this year’s topic is “Shedding Light on the Invisible (Data)” – it’s not a necessary requirement that your session fits the topic. As long as your session covers data as the main topic you’re good to go! 

Do you want to share your insights and skills or fuel an interesting discussion? Sign up for a slot during the Forum by writing to: and sharing the following information (deadline is September 5th): 

  • Your name, email address, and institution/company
  • Title of the session
  • A short description of the session you would like to host
  • Material you need 
  • Min/max participants 
  • Language of your session (English or German)

Sessions will be 30-60 minutes. If you have other time requirements, please let us know. If you would like to give a presentation, please allow for a couple of minutes at the end of your presentation for questions. Forum details: 

  • 12th October 2021
  • Language English / German 
  • Location: Generationenhaus Bern 

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions. 

We’re looking forward to hearing from you! 

Register to the Energy Data Hackdays!

We are happy to announce the fourth edition of Energy Data Hackdays! The Hackdays will take place on the 24th & 25th of September 2021 in Brugg, Switzerland.
Energy companies, public administrations and other organisations related to the energy industry will make data available for the development of creative ideas and initial prototypes. The focus will be on industry relevant topics like, among other, the energy grid as an interface to the smart communities, the role of the transmission grid in the decentralisation of the production sector, security of supply with a decentralised production, how to ensure data security or how to link network planning and urban development.
The hackdays are as usual free and open to any person interested in helping to shape the future of energy!
Looking forward to meeting you there!

(keep an eye open, more info will follow soon on the Energy Data Hackdays website)

The Prototype Fund fosters inclusion, transparency and democratic control

| 5. Jul 2021 | in Bildung, Daten | Keine Kommentare

We are excited to announce the six projects selected by the Prototype Fund jury. We are looking forward to supporting them to strengthen political participation in Swiss democracy!

  • With baloti, people without voting rights can learn and experience Swiss direct democracy through mockup referendum votes in ten languages.
  • strengthens transparency and democratic control over the human rights performance of Swiss companies, based on the new non-financial reporting obligation.
  • Forum for Inclusion makes people without voting rights more visible in Swiss democracy by providing them with a platform to voice their opinions on popular votes.
  • ImpACT collects and links open data on Swiss democracy with the interests of citizens and shows them how they can effectively participate in it.
  • With VelObserver, residents can rate bicycle infrastructure and continuously check its planned expansion.
  • With VoteLog, civil society organizations can assess the voting behavior of parliamentarians. The ratings are visualized and help to form public opinion.

At the same time, we are sad that we cannot support the other inspiring ideas submitted to the Prototype Fund. The jurors took the difficult decision after a critical, engaged and long discussion and we thank them for their time and continued efforts. We also thank the other applicants for giving the jury such an impressive range of projects to choose from and wish them the best of luck in developing their projects.

During the prototyping phase, we will try our best to create valuable opportunities to network and exchange ideas for example at the Demo Day, taking place on 24 February 2022 in Bern. There, the six projects will present their prototypes and share their experience.

Energy & Climate Hack

There’s no need to emphasize the need for action and innovation against climate change.
Transport, production, from habitat to consumption… around 70 % of global CO2 emissions are linked to the activities in cities. 

The Energy & Climate Hack will take place in the city of Berne on August 31st and September 1st 2021, as a parallel event to the Decarbonizing Cities Conference. This hackathon throws a bridge between common issues and needs across borders and will bring together students from the United Kingdom and Switzerland as well as experts,hackers and people aspiring to make a difference. The multidisciplinary teams will look at smarter urban living through the lenses of energy efficiency and research for better decision making.

The beauty of this event is not only that it will allow us to explore new solutions, but also that it exemplifies how bottom-up locally embedded initiatives tackle global issues and how these proposals, tested at a local scale, can help our society beyond their original purpose.

This event is organised in collaboration with Swisspower and the British Embassy in Berne. It is open and free of charge, like all our other hackdays.
Please register until the August 17th 2021 and take part: you too can help shape the cities of the future!Find out more on

Annual Report 2020

| 3. Mai 2021 | in Allgemein | Keine Kommentare

In this annual report, we present the impact strategy and recent activities of This document serves our members and community as an overview of our goals and operations and helps to track our impact during the year 2020.

For the first time, our annual report is structured in accordance with the Social Reporting Standard (SRS 2014). With this new format, we aim to reflect, structure and report on our work in a transparent manner.

We’re more than happy to hear your feedback and learn how we might improve the structure next year.

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