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Hacking Hacking and Making in the Himalayas




  • 30th August, Bangalore, “lightning talks + party”, Indiranagar, hasgeek-office
  • 31st August, Bangalore, “Participate!”, Domulur, CIS-office
  • 1st September, Bangalore, “Encrypt!”, Tibetan University
  • 4th September, Chennai, on hacker- and makerspaces
  • 5th September, Kolkata
  • 6th September: Ahmedabad
  • 6th or 7th September, Kathmandu/Nepal at karkhana
    • maybe a second event on 8th or 9th September
  • 13th September, Delhi, at
  • End September: Kangra

hillhacks is...

… a two week long event in Dharamsala, India with participants from all around India and all around the world. It's organized by CCC and freaklabs as well as participants from MIT Media Lab, Tibetan Children's Village, Dharamsala International Film Festival, Ghoomakad hackerspace, and many more. Dharamsala is located in the foothills of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh and is also the center of the Tibetan community in exile. Immediately following hillhacks will be the Dharamsala International Film Festival so participants can relax and enjoy the creative works of filmmakers from around the globe.

Imagine A Place
…Where you talk about technology and people around you understand.
…Where you see people working on projects they do for their heart and mind, or just for fun.
…Where people think on different levels and in different dimensions.
…Where ideas will take shape and ends up in something good.
…Where people are excellent to each other.
…Where you can connect names to faces.

Our goal is to create an annual event providing a space and place for temporary hackerspaces with workshops and talks focusing on three main topics: technology and art, technology and ethics, and network security. All three topics are very relevant to the location and will be occurring within the stunning backdrop of the lower Himalayas.

The current plan is to have three central themes to the event: Art, Ethics and Security.

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technology & art

… workshops will be taught for both children and adults and the primary goal is to introduce technology to children and adults in a more human and understandable way. Rather than learning technology as a bland, formal tool for business, we'd like to introduce them to technology as a tool that can be used for creative endeavors or personal expression. The technology/art workshops will be taught at multiple locations around Dharamsala including Tibetan Childrens' Village.

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technology & ethics

.. will be a series of talks, panels, and workshops dealing with the extremely relevant issues that we're running into today. As the world seemingly erupts into new violent conflicts every week, technology is playing a growing role in both enabling violence and providing relief. From privacy rights, whistleblowing, hacking militarization, and non-military open source licenses, various speakers will be discussing ethical and humanitarian issues that we are either dealing with now or will be dealing with in the future.

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security & protection

… will be taught as both hands on workshops and a series of talks on computer and network security. Dharamsala is known as the most hacked place on earth due to its significance as a political target and high density of NGOs and activists. This provides an excellent context in which to discuss and teach security issues. We'll also be discussing how to maintain anonymity and privacy.

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Call for Participation and Papers

(Direct link to the submission form)

This is an invitation to something new: People interested and working on/in/about technology in its widest sense get together within the stunning backdrop of the lower Himalayas. Very much inspired from the CCC/C3-events we want to have a fruitful exchange on a list of topics that is endless. This invitation comes from a dynamic group of volunteers, and you can be part of them!

We invite you to come up here to the hills for a non-commercial community-run event, and we invite you propose sessions on various topics: Not only focused on the geeky technology interest, but on the greater exchange of knowledge, sharing ideas to contribute to an open and free society and world to live in.

"It is probably true quite generally that in the history of human thinking 
the most fruitful developments frequently take place at those points where 
two different lines of thought meet. These lines may have their roots in quite 
different parts of human culture, in different times or different cultural 
environments or different religious traditions: hence if they actually meet, 
that is, if they are at least so much related to each other that a real 
interaction can take place, then one may hope that new and interesting 
developments may follow."

quote from Werner Heisenberg - Fruitful Developments Where Thought Meet

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