[Nlnog] Fwd: Hacking at Random

Marco Hogewoning marcoh at marcoh.net
Tue Nov 18 16:05:11 UTC 2008

Voor wie hem nog niet gezien had, tijd om het tentje van zolder te  

> Hacking at Random
>   International technology & security conference. Four days of
>   technology, ideological debates and hands-on tinkering.
>   On August 13-16, 2009 the 20th anniversary event edition of the
>   four-yearly Dutch outdoor technology-conference will take place near
>   Vierhouten, NL.
> What is HAR?
>   Since 1989 the international community that builds the internet has
>   been getting together on a series of conferences to discuss the  
> state
>   of contemporary technology, the future of it and the sociological  
> and
>   political consequences of their work. The participants vary from
>   students and people with personal interests to researchers,  
> scientists
>   and entrepreneurs who are widely recognized as the best in their  
> field.
>   The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, the average level of  
> knowledge
>   is high and outside of the official lectures the site is buzzing  
> with
>   energy, ideas and projects. The New York Times likened the 1997  
> edition
>   to a "Woodstock for Hackers". We do our best to keep that  
> atmosphere.
>   When these conferences first happened twenty years ago, the internet
>   was like the Wild West, a new frontier to explore. That has changed,
>   virtually every household in the Western world has access to the
>   internet and, just as happened in the Wild West, new questions have
>   risen. Questions of governance, sustainability, integration with
>   existing power structures, shortage of IP space and energy,  
> censorship,
>   security, etc. The notion of hacking, to use a system in a  
> creative way
>   that was not thought of when it was invented, has also shown to be
>   applicable to fields outside of ICT technology.
> Where is HAR?
>   The location (+52 19' 50.02", +5 49' 27.98") is near Vierhouten, a
>   small settlement in the beautiful Veluwe area renowned for its  
> culinary
>   industry. The former socialist youth-camp [1]de Paasheuvel provides
>   some good old-fashioned Dutch [2]gezelligheid. A variety of camping
>   areas will cater to our broad range of camping and non-camping
>   audience: varying from secluded spots in the foliage to larger  
> fields
>   for those of you who want to cluster together to form a village.
>   There is a train-station nearby, in Nunspeet. From there it is a
>   10-minute drive to the festival terrain. Some form of transport from
>   the station to the terrain will be arranged, but the truly  
> adventurous
>   among you may choose to take a hike: it is definetely within walking
>   distance and the surroundings will not disappoint.
> Who is HAR?
>   You, me and some hundreds (if not thousands) of other like-minded
>   folks. In true spirit, there will be no visitors but only  
> volunteers.
>   In order to keep costs low, expect to lend a hand here and there.  
> You
>   might be operating the A/V-equipment in one of the lecture tents,  
> sweep
>   the floor in the bar tent, check in visitors at the entrance or pour
>   drinks at the bar. A great way to discover new talents, or develop
>   those hidden ones you never suspected you had!
>   Of course, there is a somewhat smaller group of madmen and women  
> that
>   will lay (and have been laying) the groundwork for another great
>   edition in the year leading up to the event. This event could  
> easily be
>   dubbed "the next generation". Because, yes, the original crew that  
> has
>   been working hard on these conferences have earned a relaxing  
> holiday
>   by organising the four preceeding events. A new generation is  
> eager to
>   take over, and continue their legacy. Not to say that the old  
> farts are
>   not interested, au contraire my friends. There is a healthy mix of  
> new
>   blood and experienced hands currently working on the necesarry
>   preparations.
>   In fact, this is reflected nicely in the foundation that was set  
> up to
>   handle all the paperwork and other legal requirements: [3]the Hxx
>   foundation. Its board is a 50/50 mix of old and new: Aldert  
> Hazenberg
>   and Mischa Peters have been involved to a great extent in all past
>   events, Koen Martens made his organising debut 3 years ago on WTH  
> and
>   Mathijs Schmittmann is our new kid on the block.
>   In case you are wondering "but where is Rop Gonggrijp", no fears:  
> he is
>   right around the corner and [4]believes we "pesky new-generation
>   event-hackers" are going to do just fine. He will help out where
>   possible, but more on that below.
>   Of course, HAR will not be happen without huge sums of money. We  
> have
>   tried to keep ticket prices low, even in these times of financial
>   crisis, so we are attracting a number of sponsors and donors. But  
> don't
>   worry, HAR will not be called "Yoyodyne Inc. HAR2009" even if  
> Yoyodyne
>   coughs up millions of euro's.
> And more..
>   As this is being written, the last work is undertaken on the
>   ticket-webshop, which we hope to have online early december. At the
>   same time, the program committee, led by the more than qualified Rop
>   Gonggrijp, is preparing the call for papers and otherwise  
> developing a
>   solid lecture program that'll make your mouth water (even if you  
> have
>   visited every single conference between WTH and now and seen em  
> all).
>   Of course, planning has started on an in-promptu power  
> infrastructure
>   and intranet, with uplink to the interwebs. And naturally, there  
> will
>   be various foods and beverages.
> Subscribe
>   If you want to receive the latest news on HAR2009 as it happens, be
>   sure to subscribe to the relatively low-volume announcement list.  
> Send
>   an email to [5]announce-subscribe at har2009.org or visit
>   [6]www.har2009.org and enter your email in the subscribe form.
>   Perhaps you're thinking "hey, I want to help!". If you have some  
> time
>   in the next months and are prepared to make a commitment, send an  
> email
>   to [7]help at har2009.org.
>   The wiki is available at [8]http://wiki.har2009.org/.
>   Potential sponsors can mail directly to [9]sponsoring at har2009.org.
>   Press inquiries can be sent to [10]press at har2009.org.
> References
>  1. http://www.paasheuvel.nl/
>  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gezelligheid#Similar_words_in_other_languages
>  3. http://www.stichtinghxx.nl/
>  4. http://staging.har2009.org/index.php?p=73
>  5. mailto:announce-subscribe at har2009.org
>  6. http://www.har2009.org/
>  7. mailto:help at har2009.org
>  8. http://wiki.har2009.org/
>  9. mailto:sponsoring at har2009.org
>  10. mailto:press at har2009.org
> Aldert.
> -- 

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