SXSW 2018

The Information Revolution You’ve Never Heard Of


Openly licensed resources foster breakthroughs in fields as varied as cancer treatment, reforestation, and education. For example, the non-profit OpenStax saved students $330 mil. on textbooks in 5 years. But the open revolution can accelerate. When policy promotes open materials it spurs a virtuous cycle of innovation that builds community and increases rates of discovery. We’ll discuss how opportunity and equity rise when policy encourages open resources and tech, and what you can do to help.

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  1. What are a few ways that access (or lack of access) to openly-licensed materials currently defines education, innovation, and equity in our community?
  2. How does policy encourage and expedite the cycle of innovation?
  3. What areas of exploration are in need of more openly-licensed resources and what can you do to help?



Daniel Williamson, Managing Dir, OpenStax Rice University

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Social Impact
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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