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  • Amber Case 12:18 am on September 10, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: adron hall, code, cyborg clouds, platforms, ,   

    Adron Hall to speak on Coding Cyborg Clouds at CyborgCamp Portland 2012! 

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    New Speaker!

    We’re excited to announce that Adron Hall will be talking about Coding Cyborg Clouds at CyborgCamp Portland 2012!

    What’s a Cyborg Cloud? You’ll simply have to attend and see!

    Adron is also sponsoring CyborgCamp through his blog, Composite Code.

    About Adron Hall

    Adron is a jovial, TDD, BDD, get things done well, software architect, engineer, code monkey, coder, cloud advocate, distributed systems junkie. Adron’s brain runs the gamut of dev stacks from Ruby on Rails, Node.js and .NET. I’ll admit a favorite is JavaScript with a dose of Node.js these days. He’s passionate about devops and especially PaaS (Platform as a Service) Technologies. Adron loves to get involved in hackathons, user groups, and other tech community events.

    You can follow Adron at @adron on Twitter.

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  • Amber Case 10:45 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: cybernetics, management, mike merrill, , , publicly traded person, ,   

    Community through Capitalism, a Personal Take on Cybernetic Management 

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    New Speaker Announcement!

    Portland Oregon’s Mike Merrill is a unique individual. He is the world’s only publicly traded person. What does this mean? It means that Mr. Merrill’s life is directed by his shareholders, and you can buy stock in him and vote on his future at http://kmikeym.com/. This means that his life and his life story is entangled in a cybernetic control loop of sorts. Because of this, Mr. Merrill will be giving a talk on Community through Capitalism, a Personal Take on Cybernetic Management.

    Speech Overview

    Norbert Wiener defined cybernetics as the study of regulation, control and communications in life forms and the machine. In a business context, such an approach helps managers understand and deal with complex situations. Mike Merrill argues that what works for business also works for the individual. He is a publicly-traded person that allows his shareholders to guide him through the complex situations in his own life. Complex personal decisions about things like procreation, professional affiliations, volunteer work, politics, and even his dating life are controlled by people who purchased a stake in his future.

    About Mr. Merrill

    Just as a person might say their parents want the best for them and are invested in their future, Mike Merrill’s parents are literally invested. As are co-workers, ex-girlfriends, and his community of friends and collaborators. And a handful of strangers. Mike Merrill has been a publicy-traded person since 2008 and a fan of applying the principles of business to his personal life since long before that. He is struggling to read Stafford Beer’s Cybernetics and Management writing up a Relationship Contract with the girl he is seeing.

    Invest in Mr. Merrill!

    You can invest in Mr. Merrill at http://kmikeym.com/ or follow him on Twitter at @kmikeym.

     
  • Amber Case 10:39 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: bitcoin, cryptocurrency, cyberpunk, decentralized, , history, kyle drake, money, , , ,   

    Kyle Drake – Bitcoin, the Cyberpunk Cryptocurrency Unconference Session 

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    New Speaker Announcement!

    We’re excited to have Geoloqi platform engineer Kyle Drake give a deep dive into Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, and the past and future of money.

    Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

    Bitcoin is touted for its many improvements to traditional currency. It is easy to transfer, requires no central authority to administer, works across political boundaries, and is easy to use.

    But beyond the practical niceties and technical implementation details is the true intention of its pseudonymous inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto, who has now vanished and is unwilling to tell his story. Bitcoin is trying to solve a much larger problem: the flaws of present-day centralized currencies that lead to economic instability.

    The Future of Cryptocurrencies and Money

    But will it work? In this talk, Drake will demystify currency and delve into the fundamentals of economic exchange. I will discuss how currencies work, what gives them their value, some of their flaws, and how these flaws manifest themselves in our world. Drake will discuss how decentralized cryptocurrencies propose to solve these problems, the rearchitecture of our economic lives that would happen if we used them for everything, and their potential flaws.

    About Kyle Drake

    Kyle Drake is a platform engineer at Geoloqi, Inc. He’s into Startups, Software Engineering, Economics, Bitcoin, GIS, and Low Power Radio. Want to ask Kyle any questions before his talk? Follow him at @kyledrake or visit his website at http://kyledrake.net/.

     
  • Amber Case 10:14 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: app, dann stayskal, hud, jill burrows, , , superpowers, Synaesthesia   

    Dann Stayskal and Jill Burrows to talk on Computer-Aided Synaesthesia 

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    What’s it like to be Synaesthetic?

    Dann Stayskal is polymodally synaesthetic. He sees sound and hears light (among other crossed modalities). Superpowers is an app he’s been kicking around for a few years: an app simulates for other people what it’s like to have this form of synaesthesia that unifies hearing and vision.

    Programmed Synaesthesia

    Using a camera and a microphone, Superpowers pulls in a/v data, cross-modulates it (thankfully Dann’s form of synaesthesia is fairly mathematically straightforward to model), then outputs it through a display and some speakers.

    The purpose of this short 20 minute lightning talk will be to demonstrate how cyborg tech can bridge people’s sensory experience cross-modally.

    Try it Out!

    Superhuman will be demoed CyborgCamp on an Android device (or failing that, Dann’s laptop) paired with a head-mounted display. Come check it out! Until then, you can follow @danndalf and @jburrows.

     
  • Amber Case 8:59 pm on August 8, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: Bret Burnhoft, conference, podcast, , , recording   

    Bret Burnhoft to Podcast CyborgCamp Portland 2012 

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    We’re happy to announce that Bret Bernhoft will be podcasting CyborgCamp Portland 2012! If you’d like to do a quick recording with him, simply catch his attention at the conference! He’ll be putting all of the materials up on a special CyborgCamp media site after the conference is over.

    About Bret

    Bret Bernhoft is a podcaster living in Portland Oregon. He started tinkering with media in 2007 as a hobby, but today it is a professional commitment. He is currently working on The Portland Media Documentary which tells the story of the changes in Portland Media between 2009 and 2011. For more information visit http://www.bretevan.com/.

     
  • Amber Case 2:48 am on July 29, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , electronics, , humanity, location, , , tech, unconference   

    Get ready for CyborgCamp Portland 2012! Nov 3rd from 9:30Am-6Pm 

    CyborgCamp is Back!

    Our last event in 2010 was a big hit, and it’s time to do it again! This year’s CyborgCamp will be a full day of conference and unconference sessions, fun, food and great people together to talk about the future of humans and technology. Three scheduled speakers will give talks on biomedical engineering, cybernetic control systems and the stock market, and quantified self. The rest of the day will be unconference sessions. Full details will be announced soon!

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    What is CyborgCamp?

    CyborgCamp is an unconference about the future of the relationship between humans and technology. We’ll discuss topics such as social media, design, code, inventions, web 2.0, twitter, the future of communication, cyborg technology, anthropology, psychology, and philosophy.

    When?

    CyborgCamp Portland 2012 will be from Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 9:30am–6pm (calagator link).

    Location

    Geoloqi HQ
    920 SW 3rd Ave #400
    Portland, Oregon 97204, US (map)

    Tickets Available Now!

    http://cyborgcamp2012.eventbrite.com. Capacity is 60 at Geoloqi HQ.

    Ticket Price

    Event is $12 to cover breakfast and lunch. Scholarship tickets are available upon request.

    Want to Speak, Volunteer or Sponsor?

    Contact @caseorganic for more details and to volunteer, speak or sponsor.

     
  • Amber Case 5:29 am on October 4, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , , thank you, wrap up   

    CyborgCamp 2010 is Over! 

    Thanks so much to everyone who came to CyborgCamp! The tickets completely sold out and the conference was packed with amazing people. Thanks especially to Doc Normal and his crew for an epic livestream of the entire event. They are now working on video files of all of the conference sessions in the main room.

    Thank you.

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    Be sure to check out podcaster Bret Bernhoft’s Official CyborgCamp Media Mini Series. It has short podcasts with most of the CyborgCamp speakers, some audience members, and photos and videos too.  Thanks to Bret for his hard work and fast turnaround!

    CyborgCamp could not have happened without you. Whether you attended, volunteered, sponsored or spoke, you made the event great for everyone else. Thank you so much for your time, for attending, and for adding your brain to the event.

    I’d like to thank the core team as individually as possible:

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    Volunteers

    Perry Wagle
    Becky Washington
    Nate Angell
    Julie Baumler
    Reid Beels
    Dan Gartman
    Mark Dilley
    Don Park
    Audrey Watters
    Tyler Gillies
    Nathan DiNiro
    Zach Moser
    Micky Matthews
    Whitney Walker

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    Speakers

    Marshall Kirkpatrick
    Tyler Sticka
    Mathew Lippincott
    Sally Applin
    Max Ogden
    David Molnar
    Willow Brugh
    P. Mark Anderson

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    Sponsors

    Palm
    Tropo
    Webtrends
    3DAR
    ADi
    nozzlmedia
    geoloqi
    artwells.com
    AboutUs
    Fashionbuddha
    Vertigo
    Robot Geek
    Longbottom Coffee and Tea, Inc.
    Spring Creek Coffee House
    Nedspace

    Media

    Livestreaming – Doc Normal and Team
    Podcasting and Video – Brett Bernhoft
    Abraham Hyatt – ReadWriteWeb
    Rick Turoczy – Silicon Florist
    Ron Knox – Willamette Week

    Photographers

    Mark Colman
    Daniel Root

    Phone Giveaway

    Josh Marinacci, Palm

    Medonis Engineering

    Maxwell the Robot

    Tropo Open Gov Hackathon Team

    Jason Goecke
    Chris Matthieu

    City of Portland

    Rick Nixon
    Skip Newberry

    In conclusion

    I forgot a lot of things, and I’d like to know how to make this conference better in the future. What did you like? What did you miss? Is there anything you’d like to see in the future? Let us know. We’ll try to incorporate it into the conference in the future!

    Image credit: Mark Colman Photo

     
    • Bret Bernhoft 6:48 am on October 4, 2010 Permalink

      It was a blast being at the conference and I hope to be at next years.

  • Amber Case 5:04 pm on October 2, 2010 Permalink
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    CyborgCamp is Live 

     
  • Amber Case 6:08 am on October 1, 2010 Permalink
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    CyborgCamp Events for Friday, Saturday and Sunday 

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    Fri, Oct 1, 6:00-9:00pm

    CyborgCamp Pre-party/GPS Art Show

    Grassy Knoll Gallery 123 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, Oregon

    Join us for free food, drink, dj and interactive art in celebration and anticipation of CyborgCamp Portland 2010.

    Free – no need to register or attend CyborgCamp to attend.

    Gallery website: http://grassyknollgallery.com


    cyborgcamp-portland-2010_001-300x91Sat, Oct 2, 9:00am – 6:00pm

    CyborgCamp Portland 2010

    Webtrends
    851 SW Sixth Avenue
    Portland, Oregon 97204

    The main conference. Food! Drink! Speakers and topics, people and things! Lots of schwag, a balcony that overlooks downtown Portland, and a unique and curious experience. There will be a drawing for prizes at the end of the day as well.

    Schedule: http://portland.cyborgcamp.com/schedule/


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    Sun, Oct 3, 8:30am – 6:30pm

    Open Government Hackathon Competition

    NedSpace Old Town, 117 NW 5th between Couch and Davis

    Free – no need to register or attend CyborgCamp to participate.

    • You can participate as a team or as an individual.
    • Best app to use Geoloqi and Tropo wins. $1,000 in prizes.
    • Free food, drink all day.

    Register: http://loqi.me/hk2010

     
  • Amber Case 11:37 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: mark colman, photography, ,   

    Meet Mark Colman – CyborgCamp Portland’s Official Photographer 

    mark-colman-cyborgcampThe idea of photography itself is very cybernetic. Cameras help humans to extract moments and memories from one point in time and access them at another. This makes photographs veritable time machines, and photographers relative time stewards.

    A good photographer chooses settings, lighting and moments to capture, and a good camera has certain characteristics and capabilities that allow a photographer to be a better time steward. Beauty results when photographers, setting and camera operate in symbiotic harmony.

    We’re excited to announce that local photographer Mark Colman will be CyborgCamp’s official photographer! Mark is excited to help capture CyborgCamp on film, so that our memories of it will be highlighted by his own flavor of cyborg history. Mark was CyborgCamp’s official photographer in 2008 and took a bunch of really excellent pictures.

    About Mark

    Mark Colman is a professional photographer with over twenty years of experience, working in numerous major markets including Milan, Italy; Madrid, Spain; San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest. Mark works with many top models, and recording artists including The Red Hot Chili Peppers. His dynamic and uniquely creative images have been exhibited worldwide. Mark is available for portraits, advertising and editorial work locally in Portland.

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    Mark Colman is one of the friendliest people you’ll meet. Feel free to say hello to him and nerd out with him about cameras and lenses. He loves that kind of thing. He also has quite the collection of analog cameras. If you’re into photography at all, you’ll love Mark.

    With that said, we’re really excited to have him at CyborgCamp, and hope you all are too! Thanks Mark!

    Contact Mark

    You can find Mark Coleman on Twitter @kram, and more of his professional work at MarkColmanPhoto.com.

     
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