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Friday 05/03/13 6PM-7PM


233 Mott Street
New York, NY 10012 Directions

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Hack City

Our habitats, whether individual units, buildings or neighborhoods, are some of the most demanding apparatuses for supporting all forms of life in all environments, yet they still typically employ archaic technologies. Despite the recent wave of digital disruption and innovation that has swept over communication and identification technologies, the funding and exchange of goods, the design and manufacturing of objects and desires in urban life, digital technologies have yet to similarly transform much of the structural conditions and character of the spaces we inhabit every day. This hackathon invites technologists to upend architecture, to bring the spaces we inhabit and how we inhabit them into the 21st century.

From atmospheres of sound, light and air, to property ownership, discovery and sharing, to design processes, procurement and compensation, to development investment, execution and marketing, to neighborhood planning, organization and communal living, the habitat presents a broad spectrum of variables for hacking away at, into and through the lived environment. As part of the Ideas City festival, rather than hacking the API of a nascent digital platform, framework, library or product, we will provide physical space, a habitat to be hacked.

For the Hackathon, Creative Technologists will be given the actual designs for a building in New York City, and the opportunity to work with a small team of architects and engineers, to think through and prototype means of using new design methodologies and technologies to re-invent domestic habitats. We invite hackers of hardware and software to design and develop new elements to plug in to, augment, support and disrupt the technological apparatus of a house, ranging from physical space to communication, exchange, sharing and any other element of domestic living, whether physical or virtual.

All parties interested in contributing to the new habitat are welcome to join us for a two-day hackathon on April 27-28 at the New Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. Teams will present their ideas for disrupting habitats to a jury of technologists, visionaries, architects, decision makers at the end of the second day to receive feedback on their ideas and presentations. They will then have a public stage to present during the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival on Friday, May 3.

Hack City will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. in room 2.2 of the Old School.

Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in, which will be through the red doors at 233 Mott Street. Pre-registered participants who are more than 5 minutes late will lose their seat to walk-up participants. Although unlikely, Workshop times and classrooms are subject to change.

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Categories: Talk, Workshop
Participating Organizations: New Habitat

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