September 10-12

New York Law School

185 W Broadway, New York NY 10013

The Open Video Conference (OVC) is a multi-day summit of thought leaders in business, academia, art, and activism to shape the future of online video. The first two Open Video Conferences were collectively host to over 1,800 guests, including 300 workshop leaders, panelists and speakers. Over 8,000 viewers tuned in from home to watch the live broadcast. The events earned coverage in WIRED, NewTeeVee, BBC News, Filmmaker Magazine, and The New Yorker.

OVC is a forum for technical and creative innovation in online video. But the Open Video Conference transcends technical details and grapples with some larger questions:

  • With so much free stuff out there, how will creators get paid?
  • Do we need to change the rules of copyright?
  • Who decides what you watch?
  • Who knows what you watch?
  • Is online video a force for good? Or is there just too much weird stuff out there?

What is Open Video?

As internet video matures, we face a crossroads: will technology and public policy support a more participatory culture—one that encourages and enables free expression and broader cultural engagement? Will video be woven into the fabric of the open web? Or will online video become a glorified TV-on-demand service? Open Video is a movement to promote free expression and innovation in online video through open standards, open source, and sharing.

A New Format for 2011

Over 1200 people registered for last year’s Open Video Conference. With so much going on, it’s hard to keep it under one roof. For OVC 2011, we’re huddling with the OVC community. This year’s event will be about a third as big as years past. We’re putting a bigger emphasis on working groups and concrete action. By getting the most brilliant people from creative, tech, and legal together, we will advance the open video movement in measurable ways.