Join us for two days of speakers, panels and workshops designed to introduce the community to DIY networking. Learn how to create your own offline networks, portable web servers, mesh networks or internet gateways in hands on workshops. Attend panels where you can discuss your visions for how a localized network could support your school, your community, or your cause. Listen to speakers talk about the future of computer networks and why it’s important to understand how networks work in this age of hyper-connectivity.
The conference will be organized around the following questions and themes:
- What would you do with your own network?
- Why does it matter to understand how networks work?
- Why do community networks matter?
- How could free, open local networks benefit people?
- What can networks be used for other than social networking and commerical use?
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
We are seeking speakers, panel proposals, demos, and workshop leaders who would like to teach or present their ideas on computer networks. Some possible topics include:
- offline networks
- mesh networks
- local networks for community
- experimental application of computer networks
- networks for political activism
- network security for ordinary citizens
- artistic use of computer networks
- personal networks
- bringing connectivity to rural areas
- experimental social networks
- control and ownership of networks
- ethical hacking
- ... and anything else that takes a fresh or critical look at how networks are used!
Submissions are due by August 15, 2015 at 11:59p, in whatever timezone you're in. To submit your talk, panel, demo, or workshop, follow the instructions below for adding your proposal to our github repository. Accepted proposals will be notified by August 20th, 2015.
The call for participation is open to all! We encourage women, people of color, LGBTQIA, and differently-abled folks to apply!
HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL
If you would rather not publically post your proposal, you can email us directly. Use the template format below and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Create a free GitHub account if you don't have one already.
- Copy the template from below. All fields are required.
- Then go HERE
- Paste the template and modify at will.
- Submit your proposal! (You are free to edit your proposal if you forgot something up until the deadline on 8/10/15)
Copy this template: All fields are required for both Github and email submissions.
## Title of Talk / Panel / Workshop / Demo
- Name : Jane Doe
- Location : Brooklyn, NY
- Email : email@example.com
- Twitter : [@janedoe](url to twitter account)
- GitHub : [janedoe](url to GitHub account)
- Url(s) : [jane.doe.com](url to relevant sites)
## Type of proposal
[Type goes here. Is it a talk, panel, workshop, or demo?]
## Description of your talk / panel / workshop / demo
[Description goes here. Try to keep it under 300 words, but more than 140 characters. Note that panels should follow a moderator / discussion format, with possible participation from the audience.]
## Length of talk / panel / workshop
[How much time do you need to present your talk or workshop? Guidelines are as follows: Talks: 15 - 45 minutes with 15 minutes for questions. Panels: 45 minutes with 15 minutes for questions. Workshops: 1h - 6hrs.]
## Workshop technical requirements and materials list
[For workshops, include technical requirements, the maximum number of attendees and a full list of materials needed for attendees.]
## Demo installation requirements
[For demos, include installation requirements. Please note that most we can provide is table space, power, and network connectivity. Pieces cannot be mounted on walls or ceiling. Demos must be installed both days 10/24 and 10/25 and be attended to. We are not responsible for damages done to your work! (Although we will take every precaution we can to safely handle your work.)]
## Speaker Bio
[URL to bio picture goes here. Format for bio picture should be PNG/JPG/GIF, 256x256.]
[Bio goes here. I'm an example bio. My background includes this and that. I've also contributed to these projects. These are some of my interests.]
Template ends before this line All fields are required!
- When you're ready, submit! Don't worry, you can go back and edit it if you need to.
- Wait for us to get back to you, which we will do by August 20, 2015. We will respond to everyone who submits a proposal.
WHAT SHOULD BE IN THE PROPOSAL?
Every proposal should have the following information:
- Your name
- Your location
- Your contact info
- Type of proposal: Talk / Panel / Workshop / Demo
- Talk / Panel / Workshop / Demo title
- Talk / Panel / Workshop / Demo description
- Duration of talk / panel / workshop (not needed for demos)
- For workshops, max number of attendees and a list of materials required
- For demos, include installation requirements. Please note that pieces cannot be mounted directly onto the ceilings or walls.
- Your preferred image for the website (256x256)
If you cannot provide info for a given required field, please indicate so using 'N/A' to acknowledge.
If would be great if you could add in a short personal bio (50 words or less) and other details like links to your blog, twitter account, open source projects, company, etc.
If you would like to include anything else relevant to your work, like slide decks, code samples, videos, etc, feel free to link us to them!
WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS
We will pay participants a stipend for their time and provide food, drinks and entry to the conference. For workshop leaders, we will additionally cover cost of materials needed for everyone in your workshop, unless you plan on selling kits yourself to your attendees.