Welcome to HacktionLab

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Organising UK-based activist, agitator, alternative and co-operative tech forums, gatherings, discussions and projects since 2008.

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The last HacktionLab event took place in 2023 at Abbeyfield Park, Pitsmoor, Sheffield from 16th to 18th June.
The cost of the event was £20 for two days of talks, workshops and plenty of chances to meet people and swap ideas.

Live stream of the Community Room at HacktionLab (could be a bit on and off, but do persevere)

Anyone who wanted like to give a talk or lead a workshop or discussion about tech, or any aspect of politics or philosophy that is related to tech, was welcome to do so! If they had an idea for a talk or workshop, they could | join our mailing list and make a suggestion! The mailing list is where all the pre-event discussion happened. Alternatively they could also send suggestions to sheffield2023 at hacktionlab.org.

Here's the list of talks and workshops.

Visit this page for more information.

HacktionLab: Another Technology is Possible...

HacktionLab is UK tech-activist run project that aims to create regular convergence spaces where activists interested and/or working in the areas of alternative media, renewable energy, on-line video distribution, free software or any other form of activism that utilises technology can get together and plan how to better harness the technology (or not) to support grass roots social movements.

Since 2008, we've held the successful BarnCamp rural skills-sharing gathering, the HacktionCamp 2022 hybrid rural-urban get together, and the HacktionLab and Tech Tactics for Social Change urban gatherings. We have also helped to nurture and launch several projects supporting activists and social change mavens, such as Network 23.


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HacktionLab latest news

Hacktioncamp 2022


Hacktionlab was back with a new event in 2022! Hacktioncamp 2022 took place in Todmorden, UK on the 10th, 11th and 12th of June 2022 (camping from the Thursday night)! Soon to be announced is an urban gathering in mid-June 2023. Watch this space!!

It was a HacktionLab / BarnCamp Reunion - featuring discussions on alt-media, radical tech collectives, right-to-repair, free and open source software, the maker mentality, and the old hacker ethic.

There were talks and workshops at Todmorden Makery, plus time to hang out and socialise. See the HacktionCamp 2022 page (work in progress) for workshop ideas, logistics etc.

Older news

Visit this page for more details of and links to all our previous events and collaborations.

  • Our last event was Hacktioncamp 2022, which took place in Todmorden, Yorkshire/Lancashire, England in June 2022.
  • The gathering before that was BarnCamp 2017 from 7th to 12th June 2017 in the Wye Valley.
  • 1in12 Club Bradford HacktionLab gathering. 15-16 November 2014. More info.
  • We returned to the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday 26th April at 1pm to give an abridged and updated version of our talk on in Privacy and the Dark Side of the Net to a packed room of people (the room was pretty small and there were quite a lot of people).
  • We're pleased to have squeezed the second edition of our booklet, Tech Tools for Activism our of the printer's door. Some pre-release copies were distributed at the Movement Support Gathering in Birmingham and the final version were on sale at the London Anarchist Bookfair, and at Shared Planet. If you'd like some copies to distribute or for your locality, please email us at techtoolsbook _at_ hacktionlab _dot_ org.
  • We had a stall at the London Anarchist Bookfair which took place at Queen Mary’s, University of London on Saturday 27th October. It was a lot of fun to meet everyone, faces old and new, and we had a great day.
  • In January 2012 we returned to the brilliant 1-in-12 Club (Bradford) for the third time and the tenth HacktionLab, a gathering of people from various projects that featured a Drupal clinic, and launched Tech Tools for Activism, a new project to provide a co-ordinated gateway into resources for activists in the UK. More on this very soon....
  • There was a gathering of projects involved with HacktionLab in Manchester on the 17th and 18th of September 2011: our ninth gathering at Hacktionlab Manchester 2011.
  • Finally various local HacktionLab collectives are the throes of organising workshop events in their local areas. Get on the list and get in touch if you're interested in organising, giving or attending a workshop.

Contact Details

Nearly all proposals, discussions and news takes place on our (old fashioned) Mailing List. This is the best place to get in touch:

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