We’re excited to announce that CyborgCamp Portland will be held on November 3rd at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Keynotes and unconference sessions to be announced soon!
Please mark your calendars for the opening party on Friday, November 2nd, and for the Cyborg zine-writing workshop on Sunday, November 4th!
What’s a CyborgCamp?
CyborgCamps are small, in-depth unconferences about the future of the relationship between humans and technology. Attendees discuss a variety of topics such as the 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. Topics are discussed the morning of the conference and scheduled into the conference grid by attendees themselves, making it a DIY conference experience.
In addition to the above topics, the following has been discussed at CyborgCamps around the world: cyborgs, wearables, prosthetics, sensors, control systems, assistive tech, transcendence, transhumanism, technological singularity, artificial intelligence, intelligence amplification, utopia / dystopia / weird topia, identity, quantified self, exocortex, ubicomp, robots, sensory augmentation, steampunk, philosophy, ethics, intelligence, the borg, hackerspaces, telepresence, science fiction, DIY, cryonics, cybernetics, open source, nanotech, augmented reality, brain-computer interface, artificial life, functional electrical stimulation, and neural science. Each CyborgCamp has its own mix of topics created by what the attendees want to discuss. All CyborgCamps follow a Code of Conduct.
CyborgCamps are Small
CyborgCamps generally have less than 100 attendees, making it easier to have more in-depth discussions with people across different fields. The small format increases the chances of getting to really know your fellow attendees.
CyborgCamps are Diverse
Every CyborgCamp welcome people from different backgrounds, including social, business, academic and trade-related. Just as cyborg studies sit at the crossroads of multiple academic disciplines, we like to invite people at the crossroads of different disciplines and boundaries as well.
CyborgCamps are Designed by Attendees
At CyborgCamp, attendees make the conference. Some attendees come prepared with ideas of what they want to talk about, and others come to listen and learn. Some attendees have relevant experience and prepared talks, and others just have a woolly idea needing discussion. At the start of the conference, attendees write their ideas up on a board and the conference begins!
Friday, November 2nd, 2018
6pm - 12am - CyborgCamp Preparty and art show at an undisclosed location. Will include sonic arts, live music, interactive installations, and VR. Address provided after RSVP.
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
9:00am - 9:45am - Doors open. Registration, Coffee, Breakfast, Networking, and Setup
9:45am - 10:15am - Conference Begins – Morning Introductions, Speakers, Sponsors, Unconference Overview. Livestream accessible to remote attendees.
10:20am - 10:40am - Opening Speaker: Amber Case: Cyborgs and Calm Technology
10:45am - 11:00am - Stephanie Mendoza – Mixed Reality
11:05am - 11:20am - Anselm Hook – Civics and Augmented Reality
11:20am -11:40am - Unconference Introduction
11:40am - 12:15pm - Unconference Planning
12:15pm - 1:00pm - Lunch Break
1:00pm 3:15pm - Unconference sessions
3:15pm - 3:30pm - Afternoon Break
3:30pm - 5:15pm - Unconference sessions
5:20pm - 6:00pm - Conference wrap up, sponsor thanks, and cleanup
6:00pm - Conference Over!
Sunday, November 4th, 2018
Collaborate on a Cyborg zine with other conference attendees to produce and publish an archive of the conference in a single day! Details forthcoming.