EPIC Conference

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The ePIC conference focuses on Open Education and Open Recognition Technologies and Practices. It has been providing international thought leadership in the recognition space since 2003, evolving from its initial focus on ePortfolio, into Open Badges and more open recognition practices.


See Conferences for an overview of all events.

Past ePIC conferences

See the Proceedings page on the ePIC website for a detailed view. Highlights below.

2022: Open Badges: From Recognition to Empowerment

October 19-21, Lille France.

Keynote speakers:

  • Denise Stanley: "Alternative Higher Education: Validating Work-Based Learning"
  • Cory Doctorow: "Chokepoint Capitalism and Open Recognition"
  • Nate Otto: "The future of Open Badges"
  • Nan Travers: "Road testing the Incremental Credentialing Framework and Model"

Other featured sessions:

  • Open Badges vs Microcredentials: a debate/trial over the 3 days of the conference:
    • Day 1: Jury selection
    • Day 2: Accusation and defense
    • Day 3: Jury deliberation and judgement
2017: Alternative Credentials - Credentialing Alternatives


The 2017 edition of the ePIC conference ran for three days in Bologna, Italy 25-27 October. Attendees focused on ten Open Badges Challenges, with Open Recognition Networks" emerging as the overall organizing challenge that connected many of the other ones. Participants demonstrated their projects and perspectives, often connecting back to this.

The 2017 Conference was also the first in a series of international days of open recognition on 25 October, where attendees prototyped tools and practices for implementing open recognition in our daily lives, professional and personal. A hackathon team "Team Domino" facilitated by Bert Jehoul presented a prototype developed at #oSoc17, the Open Summer of Code 2017. This prototype http://escobadges.eu/ (Open Source on GitHub: EscoBadges forked from Skillid)