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.

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

Track 2: APIs and Integrations

Track 3: Research and Pedagogy

Track 4: Open Discussion

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

5 PM – 6 PM

Cocktail Reception

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

Track 2: Developing and Innovation

Track 3: Architecture

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!


Can’t make the conference?
Portions of the conference will be live-streamed, and recordings will be made available once the conference has concluded.


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.

Register Today!

Individual Conference Pass: $350.00

Your conference pass covers access to all official conference events, including lunch both days, refreshments at Tuesday’s social hour, and breakfast on Wednesday. Lodging and transportation are not included.


If you have questions about registering and attending the Open edX Conference, please contact our community managers at oscm@edx.org, or use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Register Today & Attend Registration and payment for this event are securely managed by Eventbrite

Please note: Portions of this event will be recorded, broadcast live, and archived.

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’d like to speak or help out with the conference formally. How can I do that?

If you are interested in speaking at the conference or nominating someone else to do so, please fill out the speaker form. We aim to provide variety and depth in our program. So, please sign up!

This is a conference for our community, and as such we welcome community involvement in its execution. While some of the logistics of the conference are still being ironed out, we ask that you simply send us an email, and we will work with you to find a way to get you involved.

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

The event will be livestreamed, so anyone can listen in to conference proceedings. Sessions will be archived and posted after the conference ends for future viewing. Livestream and 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.

Have other questions?
Email us at oscm@edx.org