HacktionCamp 2022 Workshops

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The following is a list of workshop ideas and suggestions for the forthcoming Hacktioncamp 2022 taking place in June in Todmorden, UK. Nerd gag measures how technical and jargony the session might be, from "on tight" being accessible to all, to "ungagged" being no-holes-barred tech talk. In the middle there's "breathing room" and "rather loose".

Types of Sessions[edit]

  • Talk: 30-60 mins - please say if you need a projector / screen etc
  • Workshops: typically 60 mins - let us know your requirements
  • Skill Share Sessions: typically 60 mins - hands on in collaboration with others around a theme
  • Round Table Discussions: typically 60 mins - around a theme
  • Lightning Talks: typically 5-10 mins - these may be themed together or at random

Reflective[edit]

What is HacktionLab and how did we get here?[edit]

Format
talk
Proposed by
Mike
Length
1 hour, maybe shorter
Equipment
projector, speakers
Description
what is hacktionlab, when did it start, why did it start? a potted history of how we got here.
Nerd gag
on tight

Philosophy[edit]

Objectivism for Lefties[edit]

Format
talk
Proposed by
Mike
Length
30-40 mins plus discussion
Equipment
projector, maybe speakers
Description
The Russian-Amercian author Ayn Rand was a controverversial character in her lifetime and is still today. Not necessarily a natural bed-fellow of the left, this talk looks at who she was, her novels, such as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and tries to compare her philosophy of Objectivism with that of Anarchism, Libertarianism, and Socialism.
Nerd gag
on tight

Emergent Technology[edit]

Distributed serverless solutions in the Cloud (with AWS)[edit]

Format
talk/demo
Proposed by
Mike
Length
40 mins
Equipment
projector, speakers
Description
we may not like them, but they're the biggest hosting company out there, Amazon make more money hosting cloud services than anything else. What is there offering, how does it work, what does a typical serverless application look list, and what the hell is serverless in the first place? Are they a threat? What can we do about it?
Nerd gag
rather loose

Fediverse[edit]

Format
talk/demo
Proposed by
ekes
Length
40 mins
Equipment
projector
Description
Introduction to diversity of platforms, and content shared, on the fediverse (more than Mastodon and microblogging); a technical description of _how_ this works.
Nerd gag
It will use words like JSON and Linked Data and W3C Spec; they will be explained; and how it works should be understandable even if you don't do JSON and HTTP protocols.

That Tech Is Ours![edit]

Fire DIY[edit]

Format
skillshare / demo
Proposed by
Brent
Length
30 mins approx
Location
at the fireplace (tbc)
Equipment
oxygen, fuel, heat
Description
Bring your fire making skills, tools, odes to Prometheus, marshmallows, etc.
Nerd gag
on tight / breathing room

Navigation fun[edit]

Format
skillshare / demo
Proposed by
Brent
Length
1 hour
Location
in the surrounds
Equipment
map and compass (provided), rescue services (tbc)
Description
we can take a short walk to practice basic map reading/orienteering, and other navigation techniques
Nerd gag
on tight / breathing room

radar.squat.net[edit]

Format
skillshare/workshop
Proposed by
ekes & clara
Length
½ hour or as needed
Equiment
own laptops, projector if there are more folk interested
Description
intro to https://radar.squat.net/ Get your group registered, update broken stuff. Talk about plans and ideas for the shiny new version.
Nerd gag
on tight

I'm not my post code[edit]

Format
Round table discussion
Proposed by
clara & ekes
Length
1 hour or shorter - maybe with a more technical followup
Equiment
maybe a big piece of paper
Description
We combine online information with addresses or dots on maps so that people are able to locate them, but in general that information (such as as street name) is then automatically placed in town/cities and countries. These administrative units do not reflect the space as we experience and use them; instead they create hierarchies and separations. But how could we provide a different structure, for example for listing events in a region? A discussion to throw up some ideas - without the need to come up with something that's technically feasible (even though that would be a bonus).
Nerd gag
on tight


Static Websites for Community Projects[edit]

Format
Talk & possible follow-up hands-on workshop
Proposed by
Mick - looking for collaborators
Length
30 mins - follow up 30 mins workshop
Equipment
projector
Description
I used to love teaching people (and learning) how to do website via static html and uploading via ftp. Then along came php driven sites and Wysiwyg (what you see is what you get) editors and that seemed more empowering. But was it in the end? Like many people I've come back to see the value of static websites. But also the value of teaching people how to maintain simple websites with Hugo and Jekyll and using git. Especially if they used to edit html files and upload via ftp. However, I'm only at the start of this journey really. I'd love feedback on my proposed approach.
Nerd gag
some technical elements but explained.



Other Proposed Workshops - more details tbc[edit]

  • "Cash among the chaos" working in a successful-ish software business that is run on anarchist principles. Naomi
  • 'intro to electronics' - Gareth
  • https://karrot.world - - Nick
  • /dev/empathy - exploring the potential of parity checking dialogue (NVC) - Ember
  • Archiving update - (including how we repaired https://schnews.org/ - a twisted love story of two parts) - Mick

Some rough ideas for other workshops -[edit]

  • The Maker Community workshop Space inside Tod College - a history of the project would be great, and the wider history of the building and what's going on in there.
  • State of play of Alt Media and Radical Tech Collectives -
  • Indymedia (optional)- reunion and traditional group therapy session
  • what is the right to repair movement? what's going on right now? where did it come from and what is it's heritage?
  • right to repair - and repair culture
  • green pcs / devices- reuse, low power, ltsp update?,
  • greener web - static sites, servers
  • "sustainbility and technology" - see below
  • Writing / Blogs as self-care and recovery
  • Software sustainablity - https://software.ac.uk/resources/approaches-software-sustainability
  • making and drinking chai
  • Activist film, loosely based round 'Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas' https://lists.aktivix.org/pipermail/hacktionlab/2022-May/003990.html