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Open Video Alliance

New York Law School

New York Law School

With support from


Cloud Video Encoding


Yale ISP

Bocoup — The Javascript Company


Pace University Seidenberg School

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What is OVC?

Open Video Conference is a summit to explore the future of video on the web. Though OVC is ultimately about building open source and open standards for online video, we grapple with some larger questions: With so much free stuff out there, how will creators get paid? Who knows what you watch? Where is the medium going? OVC is a non-profit event organized by the Open Video Alliance.


What do you mean by “open video”?

In the narrowest technical sense, open video is the idea that basic video technologies must be available in free and open source flavors. But more than that, open video is a movement for a more participatory media, in which people can use video as effectively as they can use text. Web video must be a dynamic medium that invites clipping, archival, remix, collage, repurposing, and other transformations that are currently inhibited by law or by lack of tools.


How does the conference work?

In the past OVC is been more like festival, complete with talks, screenings and activities. In 2011, we are more focused on working groups, panels and sessions that produce a usable end to further the open video movement.


When is OVC?

OVC is on Saturday September 10th till Monday September 12th.


How much does it cost?

Prices range from $35-200, depending on whether you’re a student or professional. Check out our registration page.


Will there be a webcast?

Yes! There will be a webcast just as we done for previous conferences. Stay tuned for more details.


Do I have to buy my ticket in advance?

For past OVCs we have made the sale of tickets on the day of the conference available at the registration desk. Due to the focused agenda of this year’s conference there will be 350 ticket cap and consequently we will require that tickets be purchased in advance.


Where is OVC?

The Open Video Conference will be held at New York Law School (NYLS) in New York City. NYLS is located on 185 West Broadway, near Worth Street.


What subways are nearby?

NYLS is located in downtown Manhattan, in the area of the financial district. It’s also within walking distance of the A/C/E/W/R/1/2/3/4/5/6 lines. From Grand Central, the trip is a breeze!


How can I get OVC updates?

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Also, sign-up for our mailing list or RSS feed on the main page.


Is there an agenda?



Are there volunteer opportunities?

Yes! We love volunteers. Volunteering gets you free conference registration, an OVC T-shirt, food, and a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Check out our volunteer page for more information.


Are you accepting programming suggestions?

We are no longer accepting proposals for the 2011 conference, but please email us if you have ideas for the future!


Do you have a harassment policy?

Yes, we take harassment seriously. You can view our full harassment policy at


Are press passes available?

Yes! Please see our press page or email to learn more.

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