Open Belgium Conference 2020

Open Belgium Conference 2020
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Fri 6 March 2020
Friday 6 March 2020
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Let's make Belgian knowledge open, usable, useful and used!

Open Belgium is an annual Open Knowledge and Open Data conference gathering industry, research, government and citizen stakeholders. In other words, anyone who is interested in Open Knowledge and Open Data is more than welcome! 

We aim to bring you up to speed with the latest trends, innovations and best practices by sharing experiences among this wide range of participants. Get inspired by high-level keynote speakers, engaging panel discussions, hands-on and minds-on workshops as well as the interactive exhibition space where a multitude of partners present innovative products, services and research. 

Since the event is community-driven, you can influence the conference program. How? By responding to the open call for proposals, which is published on our website until January 3. A selection committee will then decide on the remaining tracks and lineup.

Your proposal didn't get selected? No worries, we will provide an open space for lightening talks to give everyone the chance to share their ideas.

If this sparked your interest, join us on March 6 in Hasselt and join the open community! Check out our website for more information and feel free to join the Twitter conversation via openbelgium20. Your voice matters!


What does the ticket price include?

We’ve worked hard to keep the price of the tickets as low as possible for you. The price includes admission to the conference, free coffee, food and beverages during the breaks, a walk-in lunch at noon and an open bar during the networking event. There's free WiFi throughout the conference venue. 

When is the conference taking place? 

On the 6  March 2020. We open our doors for attendees at 08:30, the conference starts at 09:00. We have a 30 minute break in the morning and afternoon and a one-hour lunch break in between. The final session ends at 17:00 and afterwards we will have an open network drink. 

Where is the conference taking place?

This year's edition will take place at the Old Prison, Campus Hasselt in Hasselt.
Adress: Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

It's easy to get there by bicycle, public transport and car. We encourage the use of alternative means of transport.

-By bike: there is a public parking for bicycles in the Koekerellenpad (path between the Old Prison and the Rectorate.

-By train: There are direct hourly connections from Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, Leuven and Liège. From the train station you can either walk 1.3 km or take a bus (see below) .

-By bus: Every 5 minutes a "boulevard shuttle" stops at the station and brings you close to the venue for the conference. Get off at the "Kolonel Dusartplein" stop after approximately 8 minutes. At the Kolonel Dusartplein you can follow the signs to the Faculty of Law - Hasselt University.

-By car: paid parking can be found in the vicinity of the Old Prison: Parking Kolonel Dusartplein (800 parking spots, closest to the conference), Molenpoort (420), TT-wijk (520) and Luikersteenweg (250).

Do I need to bring something to the event?

While we do not have any requirements for equipment, we recommend you to bring some digital device if you're interested in participating in practical workshops. We will provide a charging station for those with smartphones, tablets and laptops.  

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Your ticket is tranferrable but do let us know when you are giving the ticket to someone else (by emailing Otherwise, we have no way to confirm this person is registered to the event.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes you can, if you have an Eventbrite account. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You can bring a printed ticket or digital ticket on your smartphone. If you forget to bring your ticket, we will have a printed guestlist at the entrance to make sure you have registered properly. 

What is the refund policy?

Attendees can receive refunds up to 30 days before the event. 

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact the organiser directly via email:

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