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CyborgCamp MIT Wrapup
Thanks to everyone for attending CyborgCamp at MIT Media Lab! We had a full room of people and a lot of great sessions. From Networked Mortality to hacking gender, quantified life to time collapse, there were plenty of interesting discussions for everyone.
3rd Floor Atrium of the MIT Media Lab was a great venue for the event.
Session on Networked Mortality Data and Death. Where does our data go when we die? Photo by Ben Werd.
CyborgCamp attendees take a break to build new architecture out of Legos in the Media Lab atrium.
Attendees add to and check out the unconference grid at CyborgCamp.
One of the Unconference sessions at CyborgCamp.
Deb Chachra gives an engaging and informative talk on Grinding and Citizen Science as part of the CyborgCamp morning session.
Another unconference session at CyborgCamp.
Chris Dancy gives a keynote on quantified life.
CyborgCamp participant Tantek Çelik computes through cyborg glasses while listening to an unconference session.
CyborgCamp organizers Willow Brugh and Amber Case close the conference.
CyborgCamp at MIT Media Lab is tomorrow morning!
CyborgCamp is a hybrid conference/unconference taking place from 09:00 to 18:00 on October 10th, 2014. The majority of the conference will be created and scheduled by you!
Pre-Event Thursday Night Social
Meet other CyborgCamp attendees at Mead Hall in Kendall Square! We’ll have a cash bar and lots of interesting people to talk to. Make sure to RSVP for the event!
Date: Thursday, Oct 9, 2014, 8-11p.
Address: Mead Hall 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
Directions to the Venue
MIT Media Lab is located at 75 Amherst St., (corner of Ames and Amherst). Google Maps and Eventbrite seem to think it’s elsewhere. Don’t listen to the robot if it tells you to go elsewhere – it’s testing you for the robot uprising. ￼
Via the T
Disembark at the Kendall MIT stop on the Red Line. If your pre-Kendall stop is Central, be on the last train car, go up the stairs, to the tee in the road, look right. That big shiny aluminum and glass building is the Media Lab. If your pre-Kendall stop is Charles MGH, be at the front of the train, cross the street (you should have the MIT bookstore on your left), go to the end of that road, and look right.
Bike Racks are prolific. You’ll be fine.
Parking is sparse. It’s best to park at a distant T stop and take transit in, but if you need to drive, there are pay-to-park lots super close to the Media Lab.
CyborgCamp will be held in the 3rd floor atrium.
Come up two flights of stairs, or use the elevator.
Main Event Schedule
09:00 Doors and registration.
Coffee and breakfast from Clover (light vegetarian fare)
09:45 Conference begins.
Conference introduction and three featured talks. You can take a look at the scheduled speakers here http://cyborgcamp.com/schedule-2014
Invite your friends to join in on the livestream starting at 9am EST Oct 10, 2014 at http://cyborgcamp.com/livestream/. Note that only sessions in the main hall will automatically be streamed.
11:40 Unconference session planning
The rest of the conference is in the hands of you, the attendees! We’ll go over the idea of an unconference and allow plenty of time for unconference schedulding. Please come with an idea of what you’d like discussed, either to lead or contribute. You’ll be able to write down your session idea and put it on the board.
13:00 Unconference sessions begin
Screens and whiteboards will be available in each breakout session in rooms 493, 393 and 370. It’s encouraged that people in the breakout groups create a video stream for remote participants, and link to it on the relevant session page.
17:20 Conference closing and wrap-up.
18:00 Conference ends!
Discuss across sessions and with remote participants via the CyborgCamp livestream page or at #cyborgcamp on irc.freenode.net!
We’ll have etherpads ready for attendees to take notes on. You’ll be able to get to one for each session from the CyborgCamp schedule page on the day of the event.
MIT Guest is an open, speedy network. No hoops here.
CyborgCamp presentations and unconference sessions in the main atrium will be livestreamed, and many images will be taken of the event. If you prefer to not be photographed, please reach out to the organizers to make arrangements (which can be done anonymously).
Reach out to either @willowbl00 or @caseorganic on Twitter. Livestream questions? Contact @aaronpk.
Speaker Announcement: Deb Chachra!
Exciting news! Deb Chachra will be speaking at CyborgCamp MIT!
Grinding as Citizen Science
In this talk, Chachra will talk about some of the commonalities and differences between implanting and testing medical implants for commercial use and for individual use. She’ll cover some of the basics of biomedical materials, and some principles that grinders could use in planning and describing their experiences in order to help build a shared body of knowledge in the community.
About Deb Chachra
Debbie Chachra is an Associate Professor of Materials Science at Olin College of Engineering, outside Boston. Her research and teaching interests include biological materials, materials for implants, and design. Her favourite molecule is collagen. You can follow her on Twitter @debcha!
Speaker Announcement: Chris Dancy!
I’m proud to announce that Chris Dancy, CyborgCamp 2012 emeritus, will be presenting at CyborgCamp MIT! Dancy came out of his “data closet” in Portland by showing a small unconference audience what he was doing with his own data. Wired writer Klintron Finley was in the room, and the rest is history.
Chris utilizes 300-700 sensors, devices, applications, and services to track, analyze, and optimize as many areas of his existence as he can think of. This quantification enables him to see the connections of otherwise invisible data, resulting in dramatic upgrades to his health, productivity, and quality of life.
Chris’s name and avatar are synonymous with the future of work, edutainment, technically-enabled external evolution, and his quantified life (existence). He travels extensively and speaks on these topics and more, and has been featured in Fox News, NPR, BBC, TechCrunch, Businessweek, Wired, Bloomberg TV, and The Guardian as the “Most connected human on Earth.”
You can follow Chris Dancy on Twitter @servicesphere.
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Announcing the CyborgCamp Pre-party on Friday, Oct 9th, 2014!
Mark your calendars! The official CyborgCamp Pre-Party will be on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Mead Hall at Kendall Square/MIT.
Want to meet fellow CyborgCamp attendees before the unconference on Friday? Come down to Mead Hall and enjoy friendly libations in a warm atmosphere with other interesting humans.
Mead Hall Kendall Square
4 Cambridge Ctr
Cambridge, MA 02142
RSVP on EventBrite to Attend:
Sponsor Announcement: The Mindful Cyborgs Podcast!
We’re proud to announce Mindful Cyborgs Podcast as our first sponsor for CyborgCamp 2014 at MIT!
What is Mindful Cyborgs? Mindful Cyborgs is an audio podcast featuring topics such as mindfulness, cyborgs, contemplative computing, bio/lifehacking and unhacking, frictionless existence, quantified self netocracy, robotics and digital duality.
Mindful Cyborgs started because of a CyborgCamp event! Klint Finley, TechCrunch and Wired writer, and Chris Dancy, known as the “world’s most connected human” met at CyborgCamp Portland 2012 and got along so well that they decided to start this very interesting podcast! We’re excited to have them on board in support of this event!
Interested in listening to Mindful Cyborgs? Check out some recent episodes here!
CyborgCamp hits MIT Media Lab on Oct 10, 2014!
At long last, we’ll be hosting CyborgCamp at MIT Media Lab all day on Oct 10, 2014! Join us for a full day’s discussion on the future of humans and technology!
What is CyborgCamp?
CyborgCamp is an unconference about the future of the relationship between humans and technology. We will discuss topics such as futures of identity, privacy, surveillance, hardware to wetware, drones, 3D printing, cyberpunk, human augmentation, constructed reality, the second self, ethics, robot rights, sexuality, urban design, and anthropology.
Join us October 10 from 09:00 to 18:00 (6p) on the 3rd floor of the MIT Media Lab for a one-day unconference on the future of humanity and technology! This is the very first CyborgCamp at MIT Media Lab and one of many CyborgCamp events.
RSVP on Facebook
Scholarship Tickets for Students
CyborgCamp aims to be an affordable unconference, but we also aim to provide a number of scholarship tickets to current students. To apply for free conference admission, please fill out the form here: CyborgCamp MIT 2014 Scholarship Application Form.
Join us on Sunday, Nov 4th at 10am at Geoloqi HQ for an all-day Crisis Commons and wearable computing hackathon! This two track hackathon has something for everyone, and we’re excited to host it at Geoloqi HQ!
It’s free! You can participate as an individual or a team. Breakfast and coffee will be available in the morning, and we’ll head to the food carts for lunch.
About the Wearable Computing Hackathon
The wearable computing hackathon is for those comfortable with soldering and working with electronics.
Bring your own equipment
Though we’ll have a Makey Makey, Lilypad Arduino, some soldering irons and other equipment, this hackathon theme is for those more familiar with electronics that have some of their own equipment. We recommend bringing a soldering iron and some kind of kit or electronic components and breadboards at the very least.
Don’t have your own electronic equipment? Join the Crisis Commons Hackathon! (See details below).
About the Crisis Commons Hackathon
Do you want to help with Sandy response? Come design, code, and learn with other people this weekend at CrisisCamp! CrisisCamps are hosted in a barcamp style where great minds come together to share their knowledge and expertise for social good.
If you’re a developer, make sure your programs are up to date. Learn how github works. Learn about potential projects at http://www.hurricanehackers.com/projects. There will also be talks by local Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on how technology can be used (and not) in this situations. If you’re a designer or otherwise, come prepared with ideas and help create usable interfaces!
This event is free and open to the public. You don’t have to be technical to volunteer time. Also, you may show up at anytime during the day for as long as you wish – although obviously we will get the most done with the most people there.
CrisisCamps this weekend
Portland, OR, in conjunction with CyborgCamp : http://portland.cyborgcamp.com/
Seattle, WA : http://sandycrisiscampsea.eventbrite.com
Don’t see your city listed? If you have a venue lined up, ping firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you set up. Once venues are live, we’ll add them to this list.
CrisisCamp brings together domain experts, developers, and first responders around improving technology and practice for humanitarian crisis management and disaster relief. Each and every day, people across the world can find themselves in crisis. Whether it be for a day, a month or an area of social distress, we all have a common need to connect with loved ones, access information and offer assistance to others.
Update: due to demand we opened an additional 20 slots!
- Doors open at 10:00am with breakfast and coffee.
- Coding will stop at 5:30pm, and teams and individuals will demo their apps.
- Cleanup and after-events. Likely at the Lotus.
920 SW 3rd Ave #400
Portland, OR 97204
Who Should Attend?
Hardware hackers, Ruby, Python, PHP, web developers, coders, interaction designers, graphic designers and anyone who has a passion to code, hack or conceptualize applications that will free (or otherwise enhance) the accessibility and usefulness of government-shared data or wearable technology.
Although the sprint takes place on Nov 4th after CyborgCamp Portland, you don’t have to be attending the conference to join us.
Participation is free and open to anyone with an interest in design or coding… we just ask that you register in advance so we know how many we need to accommodate.