All evening Keynote lectures are open to the general public. Keynote Lectures start at 17:30 at Colégio dos Jesuítas. No pre- registration is required. 

For full program details see below, which include details of workshops that are closed for registered participants only.


Friday 15 December

17:30 –19:30     Welcome and Keynote A: Open Data and the Law     

Location: Colégio dos Jesuítas           

Keynote speaker: Marcell Mars

Marcell is one of the founders of Multimedia Institute-mi2 (1999) and club mama in Zagreb (2000). He initiated GNU GPL publishing label EGOBOO.bits (2000), started Skill sharing (2004) informal meetings of technical enthusiasts in mama + regional hacker gatherings `Nothing will happen´(2007).

Mars started his research “Ruling Class Studies” at Jan van Eyck (2011-12), continued at Akademie Schloss Solitude (2013) and since spring 2015, he is a PhD student at Leuphana University in DCRL (Digital Cultures Research Lab). “Ruling Class Studies” is a research of corporate state-of-the-art digital innovation, adaption, and intelligence. It looks closely at the Google, Amazon, Facebook and eBay.

20:00               Welcome Dinner at The Vine                                     

Location: Rua das Aranhas, No. 27-A, Funchal, 9000-044



Saturday 16 December

10:00 – 15:00    Workshop A: Build a book scanner with Marcel Mars

Location: M-ITI                                   

17:30 – 19:30    Keynote B: Open Technology and Science  

Location: Colégio dos Jesuítas                         

Keynote speaker: Jeff Warren

 The creator of and co-founder and Research Director for Public Lab, Jeffrey Warren designs mapping and civic science tools and professionally flies balloons and kites. Notable software he has created include the vector-mapping framework Cartagen and orthorectification tool MapKnitter, as well as open spectral database and toolkit Spectral Workbench.

Warren is Vice President of the board of the Open Source Hardware Association, on the board of alternative education program Parts and Crafts in Somerville MA, on the advisory board of Personal Democracy Media’s WeGov and an advocate of open source software, hardware, and data. He co-founded Vestal Design, a graphic/interaction design firm in 2004, and directed the Cut&Paste Labs project, a year-long series of workshops on open source tools and web design in 2006-7 with Peruvian designer Diego Rotated. Jeff holds an MS from MIT and a BA in Architecture from Yale University, and spent much of that time working with artist/technologist Natalie Jeremijenko, building robotic dogs and stuff. To find out more, visit


Sunday 17 December

08:30 – 15:00  Workshop B: Open Technology and Science with Jeff Warren          

Location: Funchal marina               

Public Lab kit hack session, Balloon Mapping the Madeira coastline

17:30 – 19:30  Keynote C: Open/Closed      

 Location: Colégio dos Jesuítas

Keynote speaker: Gabriella Coleman

Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as an anthropologist, her scholarship explores the intersection of the cultures of hacking and politics, with a focus on the sociopolitical implications of the free software movement and the digital protest ensemble Anonymous.

Coleman has authored two books, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking (Princeton University Press, 2012) and Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous (Verso, 2014), which was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014 and was awarded the Diana Forsythe Prize by the American Anthropological Association. Her work has been featured in numerous scholarly journals and edited volumes. Committed to public ethnography, she routinely presents her work to diverse audiences, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, and has written for popular media outlets, including the New York Times, Slate, Wired, MIT Technology Review, Huffington Post, and the Atlantic. She sits on the board of Equalitie, The Tor Project, the Advisory Board of Data and Society, and the Social Science Advisory Board of the National Center for Women and Information Technology.


Monday 18 December

10:00 – 15:00    Workshop C: Open / Closed              

Location: Colégio dos Jesuítas

Main Workshop: Hacking for Agonistic Openness with Micha Anderson

Parallel afternoon workshop: Methods for Digital Ethnography

Micah Anderson is the co-founder of RiseUp Networks and has been a Unix system administrator for more than a decade. Micah is also a tech activist working on free software, media activism and corralling servers to create grassroots democratic technology alternatives. For the non-profit Riseup Networks he has architected extensive technical infrastructure providing colocation, secure email, websites and mailing lists to over half a million activists worldwide.  Additionally, he has worked to build popular communications capacity in media centers and social movements in South America, shared free software skills and strategies with civil society tech workers in Africa and Central/Eastern Europe, and is a Debian Developer working on customized Debian distributions geared towards non-profits.


17:30 – 19:30    Keynote D: The Bounds of Open          

Location: Colégio dos Jesuítas

Digital Inclusion & Open Technology

Joe Straubhaar & Friends (discussion panel)

Joseph D. Straubhaar is the Amon G. Carter Centennial Professor of Communications in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the director of the Moody College of Communications’ Latino and Latin American Studies Program. Straubhaar’s research interests include global media, digital media and the digital divide in the U. S. and other countries; and on Brazilian and Latin American television, media and migration. Straubhaar is co-editor of the “Handbook of Research on Comparative Approaches to the Digital Age Revolution in Europe and the Americas” (Information Science Reference, 2015). His work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals (e.g. New Media & Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media), edited books, and elsewhere.

20:30               Dinner at Armazem do Sal                            

Location: Rua da Alfândega, No. 135, Funchal, 9000 – 059


Tuesday 19 December

10:00 – 15:00    Workshop D: Participant Workshops                        

 Location: M-ITI                                                                                        

17:30 – 19:30    Keynote E: Work and Self Determination                              

Location: Colégio dos Jesuítas

Keynote speaker: Brett Caraway

 Brett Caraway obtained his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin before coming to the University of Toronto in 2012. He is an assistant professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga and holds a graduate appointment in the Faculty of Information. Prof. Caraway’s research lies at the intersections of economics, Marxian theory, social movements, media studies, and intellectual property law. His research has been published in prominent academic journals like Communication Theory, Information, Communication & Society, Media, Culture & Society, and the International Journal of Communication. He teaches courses in economics, intellectual property, Internet law, Marxian theory, media studies, history of communication technologies, and media production.


Wednesday 20 December

10:00 – 15:00     Workshop E: Closing Seminar, Next Steps  

Location: M-ITI