Sarantaporo conference: building the community in Community Networks

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 9:00am to Monday, July 9, 2018 - 10:00pm

On July 7-9th researchers, practitioners, and key actors in the development of Community Networks around the world will visit one of the success stories of this movement in Greece, the Community Network. The event includes a 2-day guided visit in the Sarantaporo area and a public event in Athens, with local stakeholders, organized by the netCommons project and the Non-Profit Organization. 

Organizing gatherings and workshops where the real action takes place is important for both parties involved. The local community feels recognition and empowerment, and realizes the importance of their endeavor at a global scale. 

The people working on the global technical, social, economic, and political challenges that these networks face get the opportunity to progress their agenda in an environment that is full of information on how things work on the ground, but also full of inspiration and motivation being in contact with the people's particular stories related to their CN. 

The CN being located close to the highest and most popular greek mountain, the mount Olympos, offers also a great opportunity for informal discussions and socialization in nature, a collaboration experience that can prove much more productive  than airconditioned rooms andpowerpoint presentations, both in the short and in the long term. 


Saturday, July 7

11:00-13:00 Guided tour in various villages that are part of the CN

13:00-16:00 Lunch and discussion with locals at Kokkinopilos village

17:00-22:00 Public event at the cultural center of the Sarantaporo village, including live streaming with NYCMesh

Sunday, July 8

11:00-13:00 Informal workshop between conference participants on impressions and future steps

13:00-15:00 Lunch and discussion with locals at Pythio village

15:00-18:00 Cultural tour (visit of ancient site, light hike on mount Olympos)

19:00 Dinner (place TBD) and discussion for our presence at Monday's public event at ImpactHub


Please express your willingness to participate by sending an e-mail to (maximum number of participants is 30).

The registration fee for the conference is 280EUR, including transport, accommodation, and food.

More details for the organization of the event are made available here (and will be updated soon): 


A recent blog entry by Vassilis Chrysos on the progress of the CN:

Participant List

1. George Klissiaris,

2. Achileas Vaitsis,

3. Vassilis Chrysos,

4. Panayotis Antoniadis, NetHood

5. Alexandros Papageorgiou, NetHood

6. Ileana Apostol, NetHood

7. Merkouris Karaliopoulos, University of Economic and Business

8. Aris Pilihos, Athens University of Economics and Business

9. Leonardo Maccari, University of Trento

10. Renato Lo Cigno, University of Trento

11. Virginie Aubree, University of Trento

12. Felix Treguer, CNRS

13. Leandro Navarro, UPC

14. Steve Song, Village Telco

15. Adam Burns, Free2Air

16. Evelyn Bodenmeier,, Berlin

17. Jane Coffin, ISOC

18. Ramon Roca,

Photos from the event

Welcoming the special guests of the Sarantaporo conference at Kokkinopilos village

During the public event at Sarantaporo village we establish the "CN Encounter #1" between and NYCMesh members, Joly MacFie and Brian Hall

The local community sharing their experiences from participating in the development of the CN