OpenEd Treasure Box Prompt 1

by cogdog on October 11, 2012

Prompt 1: Share a photo, ambient audio, or video that captures the essence of the space you do your best work in.

This could be your office, local coffee shop. den, living room, back yard, canoe… Get the idea? We are trying to get a sense of where people are coming from.

As a lead up to the launch of the 2012 Open Education Conference, we are opening the first of daily prompts for attendees to share media representing their Open Education 2012 experience. This will be available on a special little device we call the OpenEd Treasure Box – a local sharing environment that will be on premises next week in Vancouver.

The things you ask to share- any file you can upload from your computer- are the stuff that you do NOT put out into public social media. Why? because this is an experiment in local shared media that will have no context, yet is unique, like from a time capsule. The only place you will be able to see the content is at the conference in Vancouver (well we are about being open, so after the conference it shall be released and hopefully, remixed…)

The goal is to explore a new way of capturing the conference experience in media.

Each day’s prompt includes a creative challenge for you to capture in photo, graphic. video, audio form, heck even text is ok. How you interpret it is wide open. And as we compile the challenges you can choose any of the ones that have gone by.

How to Share:

At the conference you will be able to upload directly to the Treasure Box through its local wireless network. We’ll provide those instructions starting Tuesday. But for now, we have set up a way for you to send media to our dropbox. The key thing is to give your files a descriptive (or mysterious) name before you upload them- that is the only information you can share about the contents.

Upload as many things as you like to – use the password storybox. Or you can email attachments to the dropbox via

 storybox (UNDERSCORE) tu8r (AT) sendtodropbox DOT com

Learn more about this PirateBox technology (open source) or plan to visit the Unconference sessions in C215 on Tuesday at  11-11:45am or Thursday at 1:30-2:15pm Or track down Alan Levine (@cogdog) at the conference.

Not So Small Print

Because of the nature of this anonymous technology, there is no way to provide credit for media shared, we are asking for the most free of licenses- that you release media into the public domain under CC0


To the extent possible under law, Open Education 2012 Conference has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to Open Education 2012 Treasure Box. This work is published from: Canada.

If you don’t like these ridiculous conditions, then please disconnect and have a nice day. We admit by asking you to share in anonymity, we won’t be able to give you credit… but how more open can you get?


Susan Morosoli October 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Not at conference but would love to learn more!

cogdog October 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm

You can still participate even if not here. More info at or just do a google search on “PirateBox”

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