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Oxford Internet Institute, Thursday May 14, 2015 17:00 to 18:00 – Open to all OII students and staff.

Code isn’t the only thing worth hacking. Our information technologies also depend on the philosophical and ethical architectures that shape their design, deployment, and analysis. What if we could ‘hack’ these conceptual layers in a similar way? What would it look like to innovate them quickly, collaboratively, and even semi-chaotically? What new ways of thinking about familiar issues might emerge?

We’d like to find out — and we’d like you to join us. The first ‘conceptual hackathon’ (hosted by the newly formed Ethics and Philosophy of Information Cluster) will take place on May 14th at 5:00 pm in the first floor meeting room at 1 St Giles. Broadly, we envision these ‘hackathons’ as places where you can informally surface your hunches, inklings, half-formed thoughts, mental blocks, etc. to likeminded peers for creative conversation that can help you move your research forward. If all goes well, we plan to make it a regular occurrence (2-3 per term).

Hackathons are places where you can informally surface your hunches, inklings, half-formed thoughts, mental blocks, etc. to likeminded peers for creative conversation that can help you move your research forward.

For the first hackathon, the theme will be ‘Tech-tonic Plates’ — i.e. those influences that have most fundamentally and profoundly shaped the way you view technology. If you’d like to come, please bring (or just be prepared to talk about) a cultural artefact that represents one of your own ‘tech-tonic plates.’ (This could be anything — a book, article, painting, movie, album, personal anecdote etc. — as long as your perspective on technology wouldn’t be nearly the same without it.) The event is open to all staff and students of the Oxford Internet Institute (although spaces will be limited). We’re aiming for a very interactive session, so please come prepared to talk!