November 16th and 17th | Adult education centre Wuppertal


From year to year it becomes clearer that the municipalities are the most important authority for the realization of Open Government. Here, citizens can and want to play an active role in shaping their living environment. Here, politics has to cope with concrete problems of daily life and the administration has to translate laws into practical action. And here we also have to develop and implement elementary contributions to climate protection and adaptation.

Many citizens want to help develop their cities and communities into climate-neutral communities. This year, at the 9th edition of the event "Offene Kommunen.NRW", we want to explore how Open Government and Open Data can be used to achieve this goal.

But also other topics such as the cooperation of the municipalities with the state of NRW within the framework of the Open Government Pact, the Open Government pilot projects and digital model projects in the municipalities and districts in NRW, the developments in the municipal Open Data portals, the Civic Tech projects initiated by citizens and much more are on the agenda. Many actors from these processes are involved in Wuppertal. The second day of the event is particularly suitable for deepening selected topics.


Up to 7 parallel offers per session can be organized in different rooms. The individual sessions each last a maximum of 50 minutes. After that there is 10 minutes time for a break and change to the next session. Of course, everyone can also take a break whenever needed.

Saturday - November 16th

Conference in BarCamp format

Lectures, workshops, presentations, discussions, getting to know each other, exchanges, learning, etc.

  • from 09:00 Arrival and registration of participants; breakfast
  • 10:00-11:30 Welcome reception, introduction round, session planning
  • 11:45-12:30 Session 1
  • 12:45-13:30 Session 2
  • 13:30-14:30 Lunch break
  • 14:30-15:20 Session 3
  • 15:30-16:20 Session 4
  • 16:30-17:20 Session 5
  • 17:30 End
  • ab 18:00 Uhr Closing at "Don Camillo & Peppone" (self-payers)

Sunday - November 17th

Practice day

Development or transfer of practical solutions for concrete problems and, if necessary, continuation/addition of the topics of the previous day. 

  • from 09:00 Arrival and registration of participants; breakfast
  • 10:00-11:00 Welcome reception, introduction round, program planning
  • 11:00-11:50 Session 1
  • 12:00-12:50 Session 2
  • 13:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00-14:50 Session 3
  • 15:00-15:50 Session 4
  • 16:00 Closing round
  • approx. 16:30 End

The BarCamp-Format

In Barcamp format, the participants have the opportunity to design the programme themselves. It is created in real time. In the so-called session planning everyone can offer lectures, arrange discussions and bring workshops with them. If the proposal meets with interest, it is put on the agenda. Proposals can be submitted in advance. The result: a multifaceted programme that fully meets the wishes of the participants.

What's a BarCamp? Simply explained! - A short video explaining the format (in German)

Who is the event aimed at?

  • Citizens
  • (Municipal) Politicians
  • Administrative employees
  • Scientists
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Open Knowledge Labs & Digital Volunteering
  • Data Journalists
  • Students, pupils and teachers
  • all with interest in more participation, commitment, cooperation and transparency in municipalities.


    Auer Schulstraße 20, 42103 Wuppertal

    The adult education centres and family education centres of the cities of Solingen and Wuppertal are united in the Bergische VHS. Since 2006, a joint course programme for both cities has been published twice a year. The Bergische VHS is organised as a special purpose association. Its work is based on the values laid down in the Basic Law and the state constitution, as well as on responsible and respectful interaction with one another, regardless of culture, age, gender or status.


    A buffet is available all day for self-service.


    SSID: BergischeVHS_Gaeste
    Password: bvhs2015



    - by train to Wuppertal main station (Elberfeld); from there by foot to VHS or
    - by aerial tramway from Döppersberg station one station direction Vohwinkel to Ohligsmühle stop

    Discounted train tickets

    For the journey by train to the OKNRW-Barcamp, you can book here discounted train tickets .


    Parking is very convenient in the Auer Schulstraße and on two Parking spaces in the Obergrünewalder Straße (next to Burger King and vis-a-vis)
    Fee: 1,- € per hour; max. 5,- € per 24 hours
    -> Information on e-charging stations


    Participation in the event is free of charge - but registration is required.

    One person can only book one ticket at a time. The event is limited due to the space available.
    Registrations will be assigned in the order of their arrival. We recommend early registration.

    Within the scope of the event, photo and video recordings will be made, which will also be networked in the social media.
    Participation also means that the participants agree to appear on these time documents.


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