What does it mean to be open today?

Cryptocurrencies, 3D printed goods, digital sharing – just some of the disruptive online practices and technologies that are transforming and reshaping our economy. These innovative technologies have impacted the market, enabling new business models, evolving market conditions and transforming economic and social landscapes. However, the commodification and commercial adoption of these disruptive technologies has also raised concerns and questions in terms of access, control and sustainability. How can we develop these practices to not only support a digital commons, but also to support more equitable and sustainable worlds?


Openhere is a 3-day international festival and conference where online practices such as sharing, peer-production and open source meet real world material economies. The program brings together researchers, artists, engineers and activists to critically engage alternative economic models and digital currencies, open source hardware and ecology, and new forms of peer production and sharing happening at the intersection of digital and real world spaces. Sessions include talks, panel discussions, workshops and screenings.


The festival runs over three days. While there is cross over between themes, the first day of the festival, Friday, is largely focused on alternative currencies and forms of exchange. The second day, Saturday, focuses on open hardware and open source ecology. The third day, Sunday, draws these concepts together with a focus on share economies, where open source and material economies collide. A 4-day Residency with the Robin Hood Asset Management Cooperative follows this from Monday 17th – Thursday 20th of November.

See the full programme here.


Topics include:

Alternative Currencies| Open Sourcing Finance | Open Hardware| Distributed Manufacturing | Open Source Ecology | Peer Production | Sharing Economies


Participants include:

Benjamin Tincq, Brett Scott, Cathal Garvey, Chelsea Rustrum, Denisa Kera, Duncan McCann, Eli Gothill, Gawin Dapper, Geraldine Juárez, Graham Barnes Kevin Flanagan, Lana Swartz, Linda Doyle, Lúí Smyth, Nigel Dodd, Nora O’ Murchú, Peter Hanappe, Rachel O’Dwyer, The Robin Hood Cooperative, Sean Cubitt, Vasilis Kostakis and more.


Openhere is curated by Rachel O’Dwyer, Linda Doyle and Nora O’ Murchú.

Openhere is a joint initiative of (CTVR) The Telecommunications Research Centre in collaboration with the Dublin Art and Technology Association (D.A.T.A) and is supported by the Science Gallery Dublin, Trinity College Dublin.