To all our conference speakers, attendees, and supporters… THANK YOU! You came from near and far and made our first conference a HUGE success. We were so energized by your enthusiasm, experience, and insights.

For those of you who missed the conference, or want to re-watch it, we are in the process of posting an archive of talk videos and speaker slides. We’ll continue adding to the archive as we receive more slides and process more of the video. Thanks for your patience! In addition, please feel free to view the Open edX Conference Livestream archive. The livestream only captured events in the main room (the Radcliffe Gym).

A Conference Focused on Technology + Teaching

This November 18th – 19th in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Open edX community will host a conference focused on the development and use of the edX open source platform. This conference is for developers, system administrators, education specialists, and anyone who works with or wants to learn more about the Open edX platform.

About edX & Open edX

EdX is dedicated to educating people all over the world, online and on campus. Through cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogy, and rigorous courses, we offer anyone an opportunity to learn, thrive and grow. The Open edX open source platform powers edX and numerous other teaching and learning experiences around the globe.


Learn more about Open edX

Learn more about edX and its mission


Educators, developers, and participants of diverse backgrounds will come together to learn from each other and ultimately advance education in variety of topics and formats.

All events will take place in the Radcliffe Gym unless otherwise specified. Maps to the breakout rooms (Sheerr and Byerly) will be provided at the event; they are a short, 1 minute walk from the main gym.

Tuesday, November 18

12 PM – 1 PM

Lunch and Opening Remarks:
Peter Bol, Harvard

Lunch Provided

1 PM – 1:45 PM

State of Open edX, Open edX Team

Overview of where edX is now, and a preview of new, upcoming efforts!
Beth Porter and Ned Batchelder

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Keynote: Deepak Phatak, Swayam

Dr. Phatak will speak about Swayam, built atop Open edX.

2:30 PM – 4:20 PM

Breakout Sessions

Speakers will present in the stated order given for each track, at the following times: 2:30-3:00; 3:10-3:40; 3:50-4:20.

Track 1: Hosting and Adopting
Room: Byerly

Track 2: APIs and Integrations
Room: Radcliffe Gym

Track 3: Research and Pedagogy
Room: Sheerr

Track 4: Open Discussion

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

5 PM – 6 PM

Cocktail Reception
Demo Tables

Be sure to visit demo tables, located around the upstairs track of the gymnasium!

Wednesday, November 19

8 AM – 9 AM

Breakfast and Welcoming Remarks

9 AM – 9:45 AM

Lightning Talks

Various speakers presenting for 5-10 minutes each

10 AM – 11 AM

Keynote Speaker: Gerald Sussman

MIT Professor, Free Software Foundation board member, and a leading advocate for education and open source initiatives

11 AM – 12 PM

Lightning Talks

Various speakers presenting for 5-10 minutes each

12 PM – 1 PM


Lunch Provided

1 PM – 2:50 PM

Breakout Sessions

Speakers will present in the stated order given for each track, at the following times: 1:00-1:30; 1:40-2:10; 2:20-2:50.

Track 1: Hosting and Adopting
Room: Byerly

Track 2: Developing and Innovation
Room: Sheerr

Track 3: Architecture
Room: Radcliffe Gym

Track 4: Open Discussion

3 PM – 3:30 PM

Closing Remarks

3:30 PM – 5 PM

Unconference Time

Informal discussion and continuation of topics

Keynote Speeches

Industry leaders and Open edX leadership will speak on the future and promise of the Open edX platform.


Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will focus on a particular topic or challenge in online education, open source software, or related areas of interest.


Social Events

Get to know your fellow attendees. Compare notes, talk shop, and make friends in the educational technology realm.



Join us Thursday & Friday, November 20–21 at the edX offices in Cambridge for a hackathon. Work together and with edX engineers on quick-turnaround projects. Space is limited, unfortunately, but we’d love to have you there!


Couldn’t make the conference?
The conference talks were recorded and livestreamed, and we in the process of posting an archive of videos and slides. We’ll update that page as we get more content from our presenters and video team. For now, you can view the archive of the livestreamed video.


The conference will be held within various buildings flanking the Radcliffe Yard on Harvard University’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Radcliffe Gym (Knafel Center)
18 Mason St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Hotel Accommodations

We encourage attendees to stay at the Sheraton Commander hotel, less than a block away from the Harvard Yard, or the beautiful Charles Hotel, just slightly further afield.

Venue Accessibility

The venue and conference staff may be able to provide support for attendees with specific needs. Please contact us with questions.

Subway Access

Harvard University’s main campus is on the MBTA’s Red Line stop, Harvard Square.

Internet Access

Free Wi-Fi internet access will be provided to all attendees.

Common Conference Questions

Do I need to bring special equipment to the conference?

We encourage conference attendees to bring laptops with them. Free Wi-Fi will be available at the conference site. Speakers: please bring a laptop capable of hooking up to a projector if you have presentation materials you wish to show.

For users attending the hackathon, please come prepared with a laptop running the Open edX Devstack development environment. If you need help, please get in touch with other users via the edx-code mailing list or the #edx-code IRC channel on Freenode.

I have a question about event logistics (parking, dress code, etc)…

Parking: Regrettably, we are unable to provide parking at the event. Harvard Square is notoriously cramped for space and often gridlocked by traffic. We encourage attendees to use public transit options: Harvard is located on the Red Line as well as numerous bus lines. If you must drive, we encourage you to find a public garage or hotel that has parking space. Be warned this may cost upwards of $30/day.

Dress Code: The event has no dress code. Wear what you would normally wear to a similar tech conference (eg Pycon, Rubyconf, etc).

What are my options for participating in the conference if I can’t attend in person?

Click Here to view the Open edX Conference Livestream archive!

Portions of the event will be archived and posted after the conference ends for future viewing. Archive information will be posted to this conference website, the edx-code mailing list, and the #edx-code IRC channel on Freenode.


I have a dietary restriction. What can I expect?

The registration form provides a space for you to describe any dietary or other restrictions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to provide whatever details may be relevant, and we will contact you if we have questions.

I want a refund. How do I get one?

Refund requests will only be accepted through Monday, November 17th, 2014. To request a refund, please send us an email with the full name and email address of the registration (from the Eventbrite registration form) for which you would like to request a refund, as well as an explanation of why a refund is required.

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