Open Video Forum Outcomes & Follow-Up

Open Video Forum / Course Sprint have ended, a first version of the course (course sprint facilitated by Mick Fuzz) is online at P2P University and was part of the launch of the School of Open. A very special thanks for contributions to the course goes to Kester Edwards, Mick Fuzz, Jan Gerber, Henrike Grohs, Vincent Lagoyete, Emeka Okoye, Quirin Pils, RMO, Jan Tretschok, Fua Tse.


Live Streaming: archive coming soon here.


TweetReach: 520,888 accounts and 839,342 impressions with #ovforum as of 12/16/12.


What's next:

Open Video Sudan 10 - 18/03/2012

Open Video London 18 - 20/04/2013

Open Video Curriculum Mini-Sprint

15-16 / 12 / 2012

Supermarkt Berlin


The Open Video Forum will be followed Dec 15-16, 2012 by a mini-sprint for an Open Video Handbook, organized in cooperation with FLOSS Manuals and facilitated by Mick Fuzz. The Handbook will be available as an open educational resource (OER) and address the needs of African IT developers interested in the future of online video.


These handbooks will be designed to serve as eReaders for a p2p open video curriculum. Complementing these handbooks with video interviews, we hope to contribute to efforts such as the p2p School of Open.

Open Video Forum

Open Video Developer Exchange

December 13-14, 2012

Supermarkt Berlin


The Open Video Forum - a joint effort of xm:lab, Mokolo.Labs and various international partners - brings European and African developers active / interested in the Mokolo project, a pan-African initiative driven by a vision of supporting the online distribution of African film / visual media, together with open video developers. The event is organized as an unconference, loosely structured along a series of participant-led workshops that explore various registers of open video software development. Slots for remote participation allow space for external actors to present, offer software / platform walk-throughs, or simply chime in. Live-streaming of all sessions is provided by Streampark.

Workshop Schedule

Thursday 13/12/12


10:00 - 11:00

The Open Video Agenda / Mokolo Vision


Henrike Grohs (Goethe Institute South Africa), Vincent Lagoyete (villaACT), Emeka Okoye (Vikantti Software, Next2Us), Quirin Pils (Pixelchiefs), Jan Tretschok (xm:lab, mokolo.labs), Fua Tse (activspaces), Soenke Zehle

11:00 - 12:00

The Hub Experience


Vincent Lagoyete (villaACT), Emeka Okoye (Vikantti Software, Next2Us), Fua Tse (activspaces)


14:00 - 15:00

Open Media Archives


Jan Gerber (Pad.Ma)


15:00 - 16:00

Remote Participation


Vincent Lagoyete (villaACT)

Contributions from Mamadou Diagne (DakarLUG), Jean-Patrick Ehouman (Akendewa), Michael Oluwagbemi (Wennovation Hub)


Friday 14/12/12


10:00 - 11:00

Context-Aware Image Processing


Patrick Ndjiki-Nya (Image Processing Department, Fraunhofer HHI)


11:00 - 11:30

Unified Streaming


Dirk Griffioen (Codeshop, Unified Streaming)


11:30 - 12:30

Adventures in Open Video


Kester Edwards, Mick Fuzz (


12:30 - 13:00

Semantic Futures


Patrick Ndjiki-Nya, Emeka Okoye


14:00 - 15:00

Subtitling / Translation


Seelan Palay (EngageMedia)


15:00 - 16:00

Open Educational Resources


Simon Worthington (Metamute, Hybrid Publishing Lab), Soenke Zehle (xm:lab)


16:30 - 17:00

Live Streaming


Zsolt Thomas Szentirmai (streampark)

Commons Lounge

Thursday 13/12/12

21:00 - 24:00


Along with other alternative licensing schemes, CC has facilitated the creation of a global art, design, and knowledge commons. CC is now celebrating its tenth birthday - congratulations.


Music & Video Projections: Felix Christmann, Maik Helfrich, Fabian Mansmann


Michelle O'Brien (Supermarkt), Kwame Dako, Mamadou Diagne (DakarLUG), Sean Dockray (The Public School), Kester Edwards (, Jean-Patrick Ehouman (Akendewa), Mick Fuzz (FLOSSmanuals, V4C), Jan Gerber (Pad.Ma), Gueye Gorgui (villaACT), Volker Grassmuck (Leuphana Center for Digital Culture), Dirk Griffioen (Codeshop, Unified Streaming), Henrike Grohs (Goethe Institut Johannesburg), Markus Huber (transmediale), Konrad Maruszewski (TU Berlin), Patrick Ndjiki-Nya (Image Processing Department, Fraunhofer HHI), Patrick Nsukami (villaACT), Emeka Okoye (Vikantti Software, Next2Us), Michael Oluwagbemi (Wennovation Hub), RMO, Seelan Palay (EngageMedia), James Stevens (SPC), Vincent Lagoeyte (villaACT), Quirin Pils (Pixelchiefs, mokolo.labs), Nii Okai Quaye (mFriday), Lynn Sellanga (Nailab), Adam Thomas (Sourcefabric), Jan Tretschok (xm:lab, mokolo.labs), Fua Tse (activspaces, mokolo.labs), Simon Worthington (Metamute), Soenke Zehle (xm:lab, mokolo.labs)

Background / Hintergrund

(en) For Mokolo.Labs, the development challenge for innovative video distribution is not low-bandwith, but bandwidth diversity and resource efficiency. A generalized user experience can only be achieved when reliable bandwidth data is available to developers. Often network carriers market their connection plans with “max bandwidth xyz”. We aim to assist developers through the creation of an African Video Bandwidth Observatory and invite partnerships with the MolokoLabs project in this effort.


Areas of interest: social viewing experience; crowd-sourced metadata & content curation; progressive download & adaptive bitrate streaming; test frameworks & user feedback strategies; accessible open source solutions for African video producers; low-cost server side solutions for video distribution; semantic search based on increased availability of metadata; connection of audiovisual work with cultural metadata.


(de) Ende 2012 organiseren die Mokolo.Labs zusammen mit den Goethe-Instituten Lagos und Johannesburg sowie dem Experimental Media Lab ein mehrtägiges euro-afrikanisches IT-Entwicklertreffen zum Thema Open Video Codecs.


Afrikanische IT-Entwickler müssen für ein äusserst heterogenes technologisches Umfeld entwickeln; statt einheitlicher Netzwerkstärken muss zB von einer enormen Bandbreitenvielfalt ausgegangen werden, Kompressions- und Übertragungsstandards für audiovisuelle Inhalte sind für eine solche Vielfalt (und damit viele afrikanische Wirklichkeiten) jedoch gar nicht ausgelegt; adaptive (sich anpassende) Formate sind erst in der Entwicklung.


Ziel des Treffens ist neben der Förderung des euro-afrikanischens Austauschs im diesem Bereich die Erstellung frei zugänglicher Lehr-Lern-Materialien (sogenannter Open Educational Resources, die mit offenen Lizenzen analog zu denen Freier Software versehen sind), um interessierte IT-Entwickler an afrikanischen und europäischenTechnologiezentren (‘Hubs’) bei der Programmierung der Mokolo-Plattformen zu unterstützen.