16 - 22 JUNE 2008

The first Hacker Space Fest (HSF) will be held at the /tmp/lab near Paris, France in June 2008. The goal of this festival is to bring  together people from many cultural and technological backgrounds and  from different Hacker Spaces and Autonomous zones in France and Europe (and from beyond, if they can attend) to share and show what’s 
going on.

The broad term “hacking” is understood in this context as “creative use of technology” and not “illegal computer break in” (we don’t buy the political & media terror-inducing FUD). This festival is autonomous, non-profit and collaborative. We encourage you to contribute in any way to this adventure by joining our team for this event, submitting a conference, proposing a workshop or organizing a live concert, a performance, an art exhibition or a sister event at your home location.

The language for the festival speakers is English or French (depending on submissions, we’ll have either one combined track or one conference track per language). You can reach us for any question on irc://irc.freenode.net/frlab

1/ Submissions

Each submission is arrived in one of the following formats:  conference, workshop/demo, or performance (live/sound/video/…)

1.A/ Conference

Presentation format:
* 45 minute talk + 10 minutes of questions
* Video-projected slides
* Internet connectivity possible

Topics we’re interested in:
* Hacker spaces & hack labs around the world
* Arts & Technology
* Media-related performances
* Cyberpunk counter-culture and underground philosophy
* Sound / Music / Video & technology
* Street art & urban invasions
* Viral artforms
* Cultural mutant activities
* Hackers and innovations
* Education & technology
* Development through technologies & novel social organizations (in developed and developing countries)
* International relationships in covert / underground communities
* Privacy tools
* Mesh WiFi and Mesh-everything
* Reverse Engineering (hardware and software)
* P2P networks & applications
* Freedom-respecting VoIP (confidentiality / covertness)
* Security testing
* Circuit bending
* Making technology easier to modify / understand / mutate / create with
* DIY Alternative energies
* Fun technologies
* Covert / Stealth communications networks & tools
* Current issues and trends in Copyrights, Software patents combats and mass network surveillance
* CCTV and ways to protect your privacy
* Interactive / sensor technologies or cultural practices
* Free/Open hardware
* Autonomous zones
* Rural technology applications
* Lightweight Operating Systems
* Food, nature and health in a modern / contemporary world

1.B/ Workshop/Demonstration

* 30mn to 2 hours workshop/demonstration (demos tend to be shorter)

* All topics specified in the conference submission (see above)
* DIY electronics
* Operating Systems installations & usages (Linux & other FOSS distributions, innovative OSes, …)
* Network discovery tools
* Wifi / Bluetooth / Zigbee / CPL equipments & DIY techniques
* Content management solutions for communities

1.C/ Performance

Performances with Music / Artwork / Sound / Video

* Public-inclusive performance, performative demonstration or exhibition
* Indoors or outdoors
* Any kind of medium
* Musical performances with be held in a “placard” format: music for headphone festival, with 1 hour slots (cf. http://leplacard.org/ )

2/ Evaluation

All the proposals has been evaluated by the Program Committee using the following criteria:

   1. Innovative topic
   2. Open technology
   3. Demonstration / Live oriented
   4. DIY reproducibility
   5. Fun potential

The Program Committee:

* Sebastien Bourdeauducq (/tmp/lab, OpenPattern)
* DecereBrain (2600 Lille)
* Vanessa Brunet (VSS, Le groupe sans nom)
* Xavier Carcelle (OpenPattern, /tmp/lab, OLPC France)
* Ivan Chabanaud (Paradigme.org, selfworld.net, chabalab.fr)
* Florian Fainelli (OpenWRT, OpenPattern, /tmp/lab, OLPC France)
* Emmanuel Ferrand (Institut Mathématique de Jussieu, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Art sonore et post-musique, Labo Technologies Libres, La Générale Nord-Est)
* Emmanuel Gadaix (ZCAV, Telecom Security Task Force)
* Jim Geovedi (Bellua, Electrojunkies)
* The Grugq (Pirates sans pantalon)
* Jaromil (dyne.org)
* Philippe Langlois (/tmp/lab, TSTF, Le groupe sans nom, OLPC France, Bricolabs, PSP)
* Aymeric Mansoux (goto10.org)
* Lyle Mars (/tmp/lab)
* Xavier Martin (IT Crowd)
* Raphael Massi (Interstice)
* Marion MASSON (Grep|grrls)
* Erik Minkkinen (Leplacard.org, Büro)
* Jean-Noël Montagné (Art Sensitif, CRAS Main D’Oeuvres, Bricolabs)
* Vianney Rancurel
* Patrice Riemens
* Nicolas Thill (OpenWRT, OpenPattern, /tmp/lab, OLPC France)
* Ulrike UHLIG (Grep|grrls)
* Hellekin O. Wolf (Cepheide)
* Fyodor Yarochkin (oOo, Guard Info)
* Anthony Zboralski (Bellua)
* Jeremie Zimmermann (April)