Agile Open 2005
1st Internatonal Open Space Conference on Agile Software Development
29 and 30 April 2005, Mechelen (Belgium)

Movements really rise or fall on the strength of on-going social occasions - XP user group meetings, XP Days, Agile Seminars, XP and Agile conferences, and the Agile Open Conference are the epicenters of the agile movement.

The Agile Open conference is an international OpenSpace conference intended for software development and business people from all walks of life, taking place on 29 and 30 April 2005, in Mechelen, Belgium ... we invite you to an amazingly open, warm and lively community space where people spark new insights in and relationships for collaborative (software) development and doing business together.

Agile Open is for participants, by participants: we determine the actual program together at the start of the conference. We do not expect people to invent all the sessions on the spot, so we encourage you to put ideas for sessions on the conference wiki. Any ideas for sessions you would like to experience, or hear and see happen, as well as ideas for sessions you would like to organize and facilitate are welcome. Equally, this page gives an impression of the variety of sessions you can expect at the conference:


The conference will take place at Elewijt Center, in Mechelen (Belgium): The center is near an international airport and train station (Brussels). The Elewijt offers a limited number of rooms. We offer our help in making reservations and encourage hotel room sharing.

Fees and Registration

We have limited the number of participants to 60, on a first paid, first served basis. Until April 8th, the conference fee is 180 (exclusive of 21% VAT); from April 9th, the fee is 230 (excl. VAT). The fee includes conference access, lunches, drinks, one dinner, and closing reception.

Registration is possible through . On-site registration is not possible.


Agile Open is organized on a non-profit basis by Agile Systems vzw (, a non-profit organisation with the purpose of collecting and disseminating knowledge and experience about agile software development and systems thinking.

The conference organizers are:

  • Marc Evers (NIWI-KNAW)
  • Willem van den Ende (Living Software)
  • Nynke Fokma (Moebius)
  • Pascal Van Cauwenberghe (Nayima)
  • Vera Peeters (Tryx)
  • Marko van der Puil (Brains4All)
We can be contacted at AOinfo