Submit a contribution to ePIC 2017

The organisers of ePIC 2017 are inviting authors and practitioners to submit contributions to the 15th conference on  ePortfolios, Open Badges, Identities, Trust and Blockchains... 

Submissions can include research papers, case studies, work in progress, position papers, workshops, presentations and posters.

Participant Information

  • When? Conference dates are 25-26-27 October 2017.
  • 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 2017, 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 2017.
  • 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


"Alternative Credentials - Credentialing Alternatives​"

One year after publishing the Bologna Open Recognition Declaration ( we want to explore how to open up credentials, exploring alternative credentials and alternative to credentials.

We want to think deeply about the contribution of technology to credentialing systems - not just its surface and trends but its newest ideas and applications.

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:

Important 2017 dates


September 15 2017   Deadline for submission of abstracts
September 25, 2017   Deadline for authors registration*
October 25-26-27 2017   Conference
December 15 2017   Deadline for submission of papers, Start of review process

* Once the abstracts are accepted, authors need to register as a presenter in order to be included in the conference programme.

Submission & Review

You are invited to submit abstracts for research papers, workshops, case studies, work in progress, hands-on activities, position papers, presentations and posters on one or more of the conference's themes in relation to ePortfolios, Open Badges, Identities, Trust and Blockchains.

Submissions that do not make clear references to one of the themes AND either ePortfolios, Open Badges, Personal Ledgers, Identities, Trust or Blockchains will not be considered for review.

ePIC 2016 Advisory Committee

  • Carla Casilli, USA
  • Dan Hickey, Indiana University, USA
  • Diane Lenne,WE ARE THE PROJECTS, France
  • Eric Rousselle (OBF/OBP), Finland
  • Fiona Harvey, University of Southampton, ALT Chair, UK
  • Igor Balaban, Zagreb University, Croatia
  • Jonathan Finkelstein Credly, USA
  • Kate Coleman, AAEEBL, Australia
  • Kerri Lemoie,, USA
  • Laimonas Ragauskas, Badgecraft, Lithuania
  • Mairi-Anne MacDonald, Scottish Social Services Council, UK
  • Franco Amicucci -, Italy
  • Nate Otto, Badge Alliance, USA
  • Nicolas Loubet, Cellabz, France
  • Nicoletta Di Blas, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Pier Giuseppe Rossi - University of Macerata, Italy
  • Richard Speight, Unison Cymru Wales, UK
  • Rob Arntsen, MKM, UK
  • Sheryl Grant, HASTAC, USA
  • Vincent Van Malderen, Selor, Belgium
  • Vladan Devedzic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Yves Punie, IPTS, Spain


What are the conditions for educational and social innovation to take place? Is one possible without the other? What is the actual contribution of technological innovations, in particular digital technologies?  Under what conditions do they confront or comfort the status quo? Do we have evidence that technological innovations have (dis)empowered learners and citizens? Under what conditions could learners and citizens lead educational and social innovation?