Open Apereo Historical Information

The Apereo Foundation gathered in person for many years at our annual conference, Open Apereo. After the COVID-19 pandemic, we moved Open Apereo to an online-only format. Once the return to in-person events occurred, we began to combine Open Apereo with other open source conferences to broaden the Apereo community's ability to collaborate and co-create while advocating for the use of open source in education.

Below is a historical list of Open Apereo conferences, keynote speakers and videos of sessions where availible.

Open Apereo 2022


Video playlist of sessions at Open Apereo 2022

Keynote and leadership speakers: 
Stephen Jacobs, Director, Open @RIT, Professor, School of Interactive Games and Media, Rochester Institute of Technology
The Values IN Open Source and Open Work in Academia

Danese Cooper, Chair of the
The Value of Open Source as it Relates to Open Source Program Offices (OSPO's)

James Stewart is CTO & Partner at Public Digital
The Value of Open Source for Digital Transformation of and the Creation of the UK's Digital Services


Open Apereo 2021


Video playlist of sessions at Open Apereo 2021

Keynote speaker: 

Dr. Melissa Highton, Assistant Principal and Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Open Education on a Post-Pandemic Planet


Open Apereo 2020 Online


Video playlist of sessions at Open Apereo 2020

Keynote speaker: 

Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English, Michigan State University
Collaborative Software Communities: Sustainability, Solidarity, and the Common Good


Open Apereo 2019


Video playlist of sessions at Open Apereo 2019

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Tannis Morgan, Director for the Centre for Teaching, Learning & Innovation at the Justice Institute of British Columbia
The Future of Ed Tech in Higher Education When Open Source is a Radical Solution


Open Apereo 2018 Montreal, Quebec


Keynote speakers:

Laurent Charlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Decision Sciences, HEC Montréal
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning

Deborah Bryant, Senior Director Open Source and Standards, Red Hat
Women in Open Source: A Decade of Change


Open Apereo 2017 Philadelphia PA

Video playlist of sessions at Open Apereo 2017

Keynote speaker:

Malcolm Brown, Director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
The Next-Generation Digital Learning Environment: A Keystone for Student Success


Open Apereo 2016 NYU

Open Summit  - supported by the Apereo Foundation, Open Source Initiative, and Red Hat, took place at NYU on May 23rd, 2016. It was designed as a place where open initiatives in higher education could come together to share best practice, exchange experiences, and establish dialog.


Keynote speaker:

Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat and author of the popular management book from Harvard Business Review Press, The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance.


Open Apereo 2015 Baltimore


Video playlist of sessions at Open Apereo 2015:

Keynote speaker:

David Wiley Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer, Lumen Learning
The Open Education Infrastructure


Open Apereo 2014


Video playlist of General Sessions from Open Apereo 2014


Keynote speakers:

Laura Czerniewicz, University of Cape Town
Open to All: Technology serving the academic mission
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Above: Open Source and Geographic Imbalance is a summary of Laura Czerniewicz's keynote from Open Apereo 2014.


George Siemens, PhD, Society for Learning Analytics Research
Sensemaking with Learning Analytics: The need for openness
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