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".

Session times[edit]

Saturday

  • 9.30 - 11.00 - Sessions
  • 11.00 - 11.30 - Break
  • 12.00 - 13.30 - Sessions
  • 13.30 - 14.30 - Lunch
  • 14.30 - 15.30 - Session
  • 15.30 - 16.00 - Break
  • 16.00 - 17.00 - Sessions


Sunday

  • 10.00 - 11.00 - Sessions
  • 11.00 - 12.00 - Brunch
  • 12.00 - 13.00 - Session
  • 13.00 - 13.30 - Break
  • 13.30 - 14.30 - Sessions


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

Example[edit]

Title of workshop?[edit]

Format
talk / workshop (interactive) / skills share / round table / lighting talk
Proposed by
Your name
Length
30-60 minutes, 5-15 for a lighting talk
Equipment
projector, speakers, paper, pens, posits, chairs, etc
Description
a description of the workshop
Nerd gag
How much technical background will people need to be able to follow the session? 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".


Reflective[edit]

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

Format
talk
Proposed by
Mike
Length
20 minutes
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

Theories of technology[edit]

Format
guided discussion / knowledge share
Proposed by
Brent
Length
1 hour
Equipment
Paper-based artefacts (provided)
Description

Come find out the answers to the age-old questions1:

  • What is the relationship between humans and technology?
  • Are technologies good or bad?
  • Are people or technologies dominant?
  • What is new or the same?
  • Are technologies alive?

To debate these questions with an accessible inclusion of some ideas from theoretical thinking around technology and technologies. This will hope to inform our work with people and technologies.

There'll be a handout for further information.

1 Ultimate answers may not be included, but there will probably be thought-provoking discussion2.

2 No warranty of workshop facilitator’s knowledge, expertise or other suitability.

Nerd gag
breathing room

Emergent Technology[edit]

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

Format
talk/demo
Proposed by
Mike
Length
45 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. Looking a various technologies, including Infrastructure as Code and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and a number of languages, including Python, Go, and Terraform, this talk aims to answer:
  • What is Amazon's offering? What services are there?
  • How does it work?
  • What does a typical serverless application look like, and what the hell is serverless in the first place?
  • Are they a threat? What can we do about it?

During the talk we'll look at some actual code to surface data from the BarnCamp Attendee Management System (BAMS) online through a live Cloud deployment, and its eventual destruction.

Nerd gag
rather loose
Links
https://github.com/mikebharris/BAMS and https://github.com/mikebharris/CLAMS

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.

That Was Sweet: Experiments in Online Utopianism[edit]

NB: Not sure where best to stick this, please rearrange at will!

Format
Talk
Proposed by
Raphael
Length
Half an hour
Equipment
Projector
Description
Leftist prefigurative utopianism: who is it for? Why is it valuable? When doesn't it work? All via a some reflections on Sweet, a tiny, DIY social network that Raph ran for two years.
Nerd gag
on tight

A beginners guide to microcontrollers and sensors[edit]

Format
Interactive talking workshop & follow-on work fitting around other activities
Proposed by
Gareth
Length
30-45 mins
Equipment
projector
Description
I'll set the stage by presenting a microcontroller, some key features and a toolchain we'll use to program it. Then we'll look at a dozen or more sensors and brainstorm small projects that fit your needs; maybe a low humidity notification for your houseplants, an alarm for your bike or a device to close greenhouse windows if its frosty. If you've got a raspberry pi or arduino feel free to bring them and we can find something fun and/or useful to do with them. I have a few sensors and other bits and pieces I'll bring with me and hopefully help a few folks make something over the rest of the weekend. Slides are here: [1]
Nerd gag
Strong technical language from the start together with mild peril.

Karrot: a tool for self-organised community organising[edit]

Format
Workshop
Proposed by
Nick
Length
1 hour?
Equipment
projector, + participants with laptops to try it out...
Description

Karrot (https://karrot.world) is an open source tool for self-organised community groups to co-ordinate themselves.

It's currently used mostly by groups across Europe who save food from being wasted, and together the groups record around 3 tonnes of food saved per day, although it's usable for any type of group.

It's one of the few digital tools that does not impose hierarchical admin roles within the group, instead using a trust network system, and democratic processes.

The workshop will be a hands on exploration of what the tool is and how you might use it within different kinds of groups.

I'm really interested to find groups in the UK that might find it a useful tool to support their real-world activities.

You can play around with karrot, before, during, or after the event over here --> https://karrot.world/#/groupPreview/443

Nerd gag
on tight, my focus is on the communities that might be able to make use of it

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 (Update: I will no longer be doing this as a workshop but I will introduce myself and be generally available for questions and discussions about this topic)
  • 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 -
  • The rise and rise of Breadtube - Ben X
  • LoRa mesh networking. Disaster Radio, Meshtastic, Reticulum - Sam
  • Scuttlebutt, Manyverse - Sam
  • Cloudron, https://coopcloud.tech/ self-hosting made easy?
  • 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