Welcome to ePIC 2016

Call for Contributions

"Learners and citizens as leaders of educational and social innovation"

This is the goal of the 14th edition of the ePIC conference.

We want to open up technology and put it at the service of educational and social innovation.

We want to think deeply about technology - not just its surface and trends but its newest ideas and applications - and technology to be the key to open up educational and social innovation: open it up to new viewpoints and new paths. 

ePIC is a community of innovators, and here is everything we are asking you to help out with, and everyone we feel would be a great asset for this #openEpic community:

Latest News

#OpenEpic Twitter chat with Dr Bernard Bull - Monday July 11th 9am PT (6pm CET)

Every two weeks on  ​Monday  9am Pacific Time  (6pm CET) ePIC 2016 organises a 30 minutes Twitter chat to with experts to discuss questions that will be explored during the conference. This Monday, we have the pleasure to welcome Bernard Bull (@bdean1000)  an educational leader and prolific author—c.f. http://etale.org/main/​.

#OpenEpic Twitter chat Monday June 13th at 8am PT (5pm CET)

Every two weeks, starting  ​Monday 13 June 8am Pacific Time  (5pm CET) ePIC 2016 organises a 30 minutes Twitter chat to with experts to discuss questions that will be explored during the conference.

ePIC Newsflash April 2016

ePIC 2016 Newsflash - April 2016

The Advent of the Personal Ledger — ePortfolios and Open Badges Unite!

ePIC 2016 Update

Learners and citizens as leaders of educational and social innovation
A great panel of international speakers
Bologna and Palazzo Gnudi

Open Badge Passport News

BadgeChain: exploring the future of Open Badges

A great panel of International Speakers



ePIC 2016

​ePIC 2016 is going to be #openEpic! Now more than ever we are focusing on opening up technology and put it at the service of social innovation. We want to explore how ePortfolios, Open Badges, Personal Ledgers, Identities, Trust and Blockchains can open up education, lifelong learning, employment, culture, healthcare... find more by reading about all ePIC 2016 Themes, and maybe submit a contribution.

The conference will take place on 26-28th October in Bologna (Italy), thanks to our italian co-organizer Cineca with its project for the recognition of Lifelong & Lifewide learning through Open Badges: Bestr. Our host will be the beautiful Palazzo Gnudi, a splendid venue located in the heart of the historical city.

You can follow our updates on the new web address openepic.eu and on Twitter @openEpic; please share thoughts, ideas and conversations on the conference topics through #openEpic.

NEWS RELEASE – Humanitarian Learning & Development at ePIC 2015

April 24, 2015

The ePortfolio and Identity Conference (ePIC - www.epforum.eu) is pleased to announce a Humanitarian Learning and Development theme for the conference in Barcelona, June 8-10, 2015. This theme is being presented in partnership with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) and DisasterReady.org.


The humanitarian workforce numbers over a quarter of a million people from all over the world working in a wide variety of occupations.

In recent years, there has been a growing move toward professionalisation of the sector for improved quality of outcomes. Along with the identified need for improved system quality is the growing realisation that better methods must be found to develop, recognize and share the professional skills of a highly mobile humanitarian workforce.

These professional skills are often developed outside the classroom, while the people acquiring them are solving complex problems and saving lives. Yet there is a lack of effective methods to assess and recognize these skills for the purposes of professional learning, navigating career pathways, workforce planning and knowledge management.

Humanitarian Learning and Development at ePIC 2015

At ePIC 2015, MSF and DisasterReady.org will encourage humanitarian organizations to consider the pivotal role that educational technologies can play in human capital development for the sector. These technologies include Personal Learning Environments, ePortfolios and competency credentials using Open Badges.

Conference programming for this theme will include a keynote session, detailed presentations and a breakout workshop on Day 3 with the goal of creating a Special Interest Group for Humanitarian Learning and Development, with a focus on Personal Learning Environments, ePortfolios and Open Badges.

Participant Information

  • When? Conference dates are 26-27-28 October 2016.
  • Where? The conference takes place in Bologna (Italy) in the beautiful venue of Palazzo Gnudi.
  • Programme? A complete version of the programme will be available by the end of June 2016, after the review of submissions.
  • How to participate? You can register to the conference as a delegate or presenter. Presenters have to submit a contribution.
  • How to submit a contribution? Details of the call for contributions are available here.
  • Costs? Presenters pay a reduced registration fee and there is an early bird discount when registering before 1 September 2016.
  • Where to stay? Delegates and speakers have to take care of their own accommodation.
  • Access? Bologna is easy to reach by plane, train or car. The conference venue is only 4km away from the airport.
  • Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities: for exhibition and sponsorship please contact esther.linley@iosf.org.