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  • Willow Bloo 2:18 pm on August 3, 2012 Permalink
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    The Future is Now: Ambient Location and the Future of the Interface 

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    Wouldn’t it be nice if your colleague’s phone could SMS its location to you? If you know position and velocity, you know when they’ll arrive. The result: the interface disappears. No redundant actions or queries. The same software could turn your lights on as you approach the house. Or automatically “check in” to certain locations for you. Or leave a note for yourself the next time you’re at the store.

    In the presentation, Geoloqi founder Amber Case will highlight why developers of apps should look at what users want to do now, as well as what users want to do in the future, why social apps should try to mirror real-world relationships, why sharing should be about who you share with as well as how long you’re sharing, and why developers should think about how to make apps “ambient” and require less user interaction.

    About Amber Case

    Amber Case is a cyborg anthropologist studying the interaction between humans and technology. She is the founder of Geoloqi (geo-low-key), Inc., a company bringing the future of location to the world. She’s spoken at TED and around the world, and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, WIRED and more.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Willow Bloo 2:33 pm on June 7, 2012 Permalink
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    Announcing CyborgCamp Seattle 2012! 

    CyborgCamp Seattle is Back!

    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.

    Where and When?

    Jigsaw Renaissance
    815 Seattle Blvd S.
    Seattle, King, WA 98134 (map)

    September 8th, 2012 from 10:00am to 21:00pm.

    Register Now!

    You can get your tickets while they’re still available at cyborgcampsea12.eventbrite.com/. We hope you’ll join us!

    Want to Speak or Sponsor?

    We’d love to have you as a sponsor or speaker! Simply get in touch with Willow. Want a free ticket? We’re now accepting blog entries on topics related to cyborg culture in exchange for tickets. Want to speak? Send us a speech descriptions to apply as a guaranteed speaker!

     
  • Amber Case 5:29 am on October 4, 2010 Permalink
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    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
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    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.

     
  • Amber Case 3:38 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink
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    Post-CyborgCamp Open Government Hackathon: 8 Hours of Open Source Action on Sunday, Oct. 3rd! 

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    Join us on Sunday for a 8-hour hackathon to see who can build the best open government application in just one day!

    It’s free! You can participate as an individual or a team.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners by the Hackathon Partners. Breakfast, lunch, coffee and beer will be available throughout the day, and there will be high speed Internet access and comfortable couches.

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    REGISTER HERE

    Schedule

    • Breakfast and coffee will be served at 8:30am, followed by Lunch at Noon.
    • Coding will stop at 5:30pm, and teams and individuals will demo their apps.
    • Prizes will be awarded at 6:30Ppm.

    Location

    nedspace-open-government1NedSpace Old Town, 117 NW 5th between Couch and Davis.

    Backspace is right downstairs, Davis Street Tavern is right next door, there’s a parking lot across the street, and it’s right on the MAX line.

    Who Should Attend?

    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.

    Although the sprint takes place On Oct 3rd after CyborgCamp Portland, you don’t have to be attending the conference to join us.

    Participation is free and open to anyone… we just ask that you register in advance so we know how many individuals or teams we need to accommodate.

    What’s Going to Happen?tropo-logo

    There will be organizers onsite to help get things rolling. At 5:30pm, each app will be evaluated by the Hackathon Partners and prizes will be awarded to those teams or individuals that develop the best applications in the 8 hour. Participants need not show up right at 8:30am, but those who do will have the most time to code!

    Hackathon Partners

    Partners are companies and organizations that provide tools or services that can enhance open government apps. They’re also providing the prizes and will be choosing the winners. If your organization has tools or services that you think would be useful to the Hackathon, contact @aaronpk or @caseorganic and we’ll see about adding you to the list:

    • Tropo – Tropo is a powerful yet simple API that adds Voice, SMS, Twitter, and IM support to the programming languages you already know.
    • Geoloqi – A secure, real-time mobile and web platform for location sharing.

    REGISTER HERE

     
  • Amber Case 2:53 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink
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    Anthropologist Sally Applin to speak at CyborgCamp on “Cloaked Cyborgisms” 

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    We are excited to announce that Anthropology Ph.D. student Sally Applin will be visiting from San Francisco to speak at CyborgCamp Portland! Sally is also known as @anthropunk on Twitter, and is heavily involved in the study of open source, mobile and steampunk ideologies. She’s also an early adopter of technology, evidenced by the fact that she owns Sally.com.

    About Sally

    Applin is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC). She holds a Masters degree from the graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) within New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a BA in Conceptual Design from San Francisco State University. Sally has had a 20 year career in the science museum design, computer software, telecommunications, and product design/definition industries working as a Senior UX designer and ethnographic researcher.

    At Kent, Sally is advised by Dr. Michael D. Fischer, Professor of Anthropological Sciences, Director of CSAC, and Director of Enterprise. Dr. Fischer is the founder of Anthropunk, a movement that examines how people promote, manage, resist and endure change; hack their lives (and those of others); and create the context of the individuation of their experiences. Sally is a founding member of Anthropunk and is currently researching the impact of technology on culture, and the consequent inverse: specifically the reifications of Virtual Space in Personal Space.

    Cloaked Cyborgism

    Sally will discuss the notion of the “invisible cyborg.” Cyborg modification that is unseen by others by being cloaked or embedded can create the invisible cyborg in humans. For example, one might have an ankle with a titanium implant in it. That cyborg ankle is there, but unseen to others. Dick Chaney’s heart was cyborg and unseen for a long time. Now it is seen because he has to wear an external device mounted on top of his chest. The notion of “Invisible Cyborg” can be also be created as a goverment policy or plan that subsequently impacts large groups in a seemingly “invisible” way. Slavoj Žižek touches on topics tangential to these concepts. For instance, “trillion-dollar organisms” – patented bugs excreting biofuels, generating clean energy or producing tailor-made food. There are ideas of synthesising new viruses or other pathogens. Extreme genetic engineering may create substantially different organisms: we’ll find ourselves in a terrain full of unknowns. In the west, we have debates about whether we should intervene to prevent disease or use stem cells, while the Chinese just do it on a massive scale.

    Applin’s talk will discuss many more concepts in greater detail, and will invite discussion on what the future might hold for humans, machines, and the things that are in-between.

     
  • Amber Case 6:16 pm on September 3, 2010 Permalink
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    Mathew Lippincott to speak on Mechanical Intestines and Cybernetic Waste Management 

    matthew-lippincott-cyborgcamp-portland-2010-250x300Mathew Lippincott is doing amazing things with balloons, like building ones that can take aerial photos of the Gulf of Mexico. He’s also toxicologist and the one to ask if you’re curious about the plastics in your house or car. One of his strongest areas is in the field of waste management and sewage systems.

    Sewage is something everyone contributes to but never sees. It’s an important part of everyday life, but it is rarely discussed. This is why Matthew Lippincott is going to speak about it. If we’re lucky, he might show a few DIY aeiral photography balloons as well.

    Abstract of Mathew’s talk:

    Your toilet is the human interface for a baroque yet ineffective mechanical system whose outdated and moralizing logic is re-enforced with every flush. This talk will cover the class-based ideologies of hygiene and control that drove installations of municipal sewage in the 19th century, and what “waste” management might look like in a networked world conscious of biology.

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    Who is Mathew Lippincott?

    A designer and artist residing in Portland, Mathew’s work addresses augmentation, autonomy, and aerospace. Recent projects include balloon construction and commodity plastics assessment with Grassroots Mapping and de-digitizing animation processes with Fernando Renes. With partner Molly Danielsson, he is currently launching the Cloacina project, an all-out assault on sewage systems. Mathew and Molly also work with partner organizations PHLUSH and ReCode Oregon. Lippincott’s work has been displayed in Portland, LA, New York, Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid.

    DIY Aerial Photography

    Here’s a video of Lippincott’s super cheap DIY aerial photography balloon project. He sent a bunch of these with Max Ogden to MIT kids who used them to photography the oil spill in the gulf of Mexico.

    Here he inflates a DIY balloon using a hair dryer.

    Read more about it on Mathew’s Blog.

    Grassroots Mapping PDX 6/26/2010: helium flight from mathew lippincott on Vimeo.

     
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