Welcome to HacktionLab
Organising UK-based activist, agitator, alternative and co-operative tech forums, gatherings, discussions and projects since 2008.
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.
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.
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.
HacktionLab latest news
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.
- Our last event was Hacktioncamp 2022, which took place in Todmorden, Yorkshire/Lancashire, England in June 2022.
- Barncamp 2019 was sadly cancelled :-(
- Tech Tactics for Social Change Oxford 2017 at Oxford Hackspace on Sat 21st and Sun 22nd October 2017.
- The gathering before that was BarnCamp 2017 from 7th to 12th June 2017 in the Wye Valley.
- And before that HacktionLab Autumn 2015 in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden which took place on the 5th and 6th of 2015. Go here for more details.
- The 2015 outing of BarnCamp took place in the Wye Valley on the 19th, 20th and 21st June - More information on the BarnCamp 2015 page and at the BarnCamp web site.
- 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).
- Under the guise of Tech Tools for Activism we did a talk in the Rebel Soul tent at Shambala Festival 2013 on the topic of Privacy and the Dark Side of the Net in light of the revalations by Edward Snowden. Materials are available: Click to download a handy crib sheet of useful URLs or Click to download a PDF of the slides from the talk.
- The 7th, 8th & 9th of June 2013 brought us BarnCamp 2013 with a slew of amazing workshop proposals. 2013's event was organised in collaboration with Bristol Wireless and FLOSS Manuals. Check-out the BarnCamp Media Page for details of what happened.
- We ran a one hour talk-cum-workshop session at this year's Bristol Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday 20th April at 1pm in The Room With a View at the Trinity, Bristol. We also took time out on the grass in the Sun to have a planning meeting for this year's BarnCamp.
- 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 ran a stall at Shared Planet 2012, which took place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November at Sheffield Hallam University. Run by People & Planet, Shared Planet is the UK's largest student activist conference. We were there with copies of the new Tech Tools for Activism booklet, as well as lots of other information.
- 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 the summer some hacktionlabbers took part in the Open Source Hardware Camp and the Movement Support Gathering.
- The Spring 2012 HacktionLab took place at the London Action Resource Centre (LARC) over the May Bank Holiday. Go here for more details.
- Some members of HacktionLab launched the new Tech Tools for Activism web site. And a list of new tools for 2012 new tools for 2012
- 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....
- We had stalls at the Rebellious Media Conference (8/9 Oct, London) and also at the London Anarchist Bookfair (22 Oct, London) where we were chatting to people and giving out copies of Tech tools for activists.
- 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.
- Some hacktionlabbers have been involved in launching a new anonymous secure blogging network using a Wordpress network set up.
- We our pleased to have finished the first version of our booklet Tech tools for activists. It is aimed at non-techies, from grass-roots and NGO activists to the ordinary person on the street who is concerned about privacy and the surveillance state. It provides technical help and tips about computer security and publishing your own media, amongst other topics. Find out more about it and where you can get hold of hard copies, or download it.
- 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.
Nearly all proposals, discussions and news takes place on our (old fashioned) Mailing List. This is the best place to get in touch:
- Join the email list. More information at this page
- There is also the (now somewhat defunct) Crabgrass group located at https://we.riseup.net/hacktionlab
- No Borders Mobile tech set up 2007
- Indymedia centre at Climate Camp (Sipson 2007)
- Indymedia at the Camp for Climate Action 2006: Report & Personal View
- Stirling Indymedia - Field IMC at Horizon Ecovillage during G8 protests
- Edinburgh Media Centre Tech during G8 protests
- Indymedia: HOWTO Mount a Media Centre
- Suite of low-cost, low-energy laptops running Linux at a home education festival in 2005 - Bristol Wireless