Why attend Open 2018?

Be part of the conversation about the UK's expanding co-operative ecosystem

Building on the success of last years’ event, OPEN 2018 will again become the focal point for the UK’s Platform Co-op movement.


Bringing together 400 attendees from the private sector, existing and aspiring co-operatives, open source and technology developers as well as researchers, press and academia, OPEN 2018 provides a chance to learn, discuss and develop valuable relationships within the co-operative economy. With practical guidance on starting-up, hands on workshops about developing decentralised organisations and advice on governance and ownership structures to develop more inclusive and participatory organisations OPEN 2018 will provide valuable lessons for projects and organisations of all sizes.

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Who’s coming and what will they be doing?

Platform co-op owners
talking about setting up and scaling
online cooperatives to maximise
successful collaboration.

Co-op development experts
advising on the legal models and structures
available to aspiring cooperatives.

Legal experts
sharing their experiences from setting up
and working within collectively owned and
managed organisations.

Funding advisors
talking about crowdfunding, community
shares and collective investment strategies.

Software developers
presenting their latest open source projects
within the open app ecosystem.

Systems architects
presenting and discussing the latest tools
and technologies to enable effective collaboration
and empower platform cooperatives.

CEOs, NGOs and public bodies
who want to understand the benefits,
and practicalities of using open source
software, tools and more cooperative
membership structures.

who want to learn how open and cooperative
business models change their primary value
propositions, membership models and online

Web developers
who want to learn how to incorporate
elements of the open app ecosystem into
their projects and and win new business.

Open 2017 was attended by representatives from:

Major organisations

Financial Conduct Authority
Dow Jones
BBC Future Media
Triodos Bank
Association of Sustainable Development
Government Digital Service
British Council
JP Morgan
Co-operatives UK
Forum for the Future

Tech Co-ops & Creatives

Co-op Web
Blake House Filmmakers Coop
Enterprise Hub/Collective One
dotCoop Enterprises
Community Sector Coalition
Teal for Startups
Agile Collective
The Minesweeper Co-operative Limited
The Media Fund
Grow Together
Glowbox Design
Wave Design Co-operative
Animorph co-op
Go Free Range Ltd
Hubbub UK
Open Data Services Co-operative
Bath: Hacked
Cleanweb LTD

Co-op, development
and media organisations

Co-op Culture
Oxford Internet Institute
Tower Hamlets Co-operative Development Agency
The Schumacher Institute
Unite Scotland
Cooperative & Community Finance
Co-operative News
Vancity Credit Union
New Citizenship Project
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change
New Internationalist
The Phone Co-op
Coops London


University of Sheffield
University of Westminster
School of Business, University of Leicester
Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies
Birkbeck University of London
University of Edinburgh | Design Informatics Research Center
Nottingham Trent University
King’s College London
London School of Economics
Institute for Security & Resilience Studies, University College London
University of Kent
Hafencity Universität Hamburg
University of Hertfordshire
Univeristy College Cork
Coventry University
University of Tampere
University of Strathclyde Business School
University of Warwick
University of Limerick
University of Nottingham