TL;DR

Submit your proposals in OSEM by 16 April 2017.

Submit a proposal

About hillhacks

hillhacks is a three-part event where super-specialists, novices and everyone in-between who associate themselves with various fields of technology, sciences, humanities, and arts come together to reflect, create, and share.

We are soliciting proposals for talks, workshops, and other sessions for the conference, unconference and school programme.

Submit a proposal for the Main conference Unconference School programme

Main conference

Dates: 18-21 May 2017

The main conference consists of four days of curated talks and workshops.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Data
  • Security
  • Futurism
  • Freedom
  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Ecology
  • Nature

In previous editions of hillhacks and hackbeach (our sister conference in Kerala) we’ve had talks about Net Neutrality1, surveillance2, an introduction to lambda calculus3, 3D printing4, the need for concrete5, and a lot of other interesting sessions. Oh, and we also had a session where one of our friends called us from North Korea6!

If you’re very keen on knowing more you might want to spare some time and check the hillhacks archive at attic.hillhacks.in

Please submit your proposal in OSEM by 16 April 2017.

Submit a proposal

Note that you must be registered before you can submit a proposal.

When submitting a proposal please consider

  1. Session type and length
    • 30 minute talk
    • 60 minute talk
    • 120 minute workshop
    • 120 minute multi-day workshop
  2. Materials required (for workshops)
    • Consumables: wires, wood, nuts and bolts, etc
    • Computers and electronics: laptops, cameras, etc
    • Electricals: sound system, extension cords, projector, etc
    • Tools: hammers, screwdrivers, soldering irons, etc
  3. Availability
    • What dates will you be available at hillhacks?
  4. Difficulty
    • What kind of audience are you looking for?

Selection process

  1. Submit your proposal in OSEM before 16 April 2017
  2. Proposals will be curated by the mail@ team and active participants from previous editions
  3. You will be informed of your proposals’ status no later than XXX

Unconference

Dates: 15-17 & 22-31 May 2017

The unconference, in the days before and after the main conference, is a less structured time where almost anything goes. Bring your idea and materials, and gather a crew on the spot. No proposals are required. Join the hillhacks mailing list and tell everyone about your plan — you may drum up some collaborators or an eager audience.

Join the mailing list

Folks at the unconference usually end up playing a big role in putting the event together and creating the vibe. You could participate in making our space look fabulous by creating an installation with found objects or maybe even building a structure. You might want to make a barbecue or you just want to run the barbecue every day. We love caring for garbage and you could help us in managing the compost pit. At one of of our previous events, we built a telescope together. Other previous unconference highlights have included performances, Rubik’s cubes, cooking classes, film screenings, music jams, barbering, coding games, telescope construction, juggling, unicycling, yoga, philosophy discussions and carpentry.

Whatever your idea may be, just share it enthusiastically and you’re bound to gather a crew, on the mailing list or on the spot. Don’t forget, hillhacks is created by its participants and so please bring along key materials required (if any) for what you intend to lead. If there are some basic infrastructural requirements for what you have in mind, please let us know in advance and we’ll do our best to sort it out.

When emailing the list please mention

  1. Briefly introduce the intended project
  2. Space and time required
  3. Resources required
    • Computers and electronics: laptops, cameras, etc
    • Electricals: sound system, extension cords, projector, etc
    • Tools: hammers, screwdrivers, soldering irons, etc
  4. Availability
    • What dates will you be available at hillhacks?
  5. Tear-down (if it’s an installation)
    • What happens to the installation after the event is over?

Selection process

  1. Email the hillhackers mailing list about your project
  2. mail@ team will determine whether it can fit the project of not based on its time and space requirements
  3. You will be informed of your proposals’ status no later than XXX

School programme

Dates:

15-16 May 2017 (workshop for volunteers)
17-31 May (The school programme)

The hillhacks school programme brings volunteer teachers and presenters to local primary, secondary and tertiary schools for workshops and classes. We offer a range of programs in STEM, arts and beyond.

Our goal is tri-fold:

  1. Give students access to new ideas in an engaging, hands-on, collaborative way
  2. Train our volunteers to be great teachers and presenters for all age levels
  3. Offer local teachers professional development and ideas for their classrooms

Topics

We are looking for sessions in these areas, and are open to your ideas, too!

  1. Collaborative projects in the arts: for example, performing a play; shooting and editing a video; composing new music
  2. Hands-on engineering and making: soldering lanterns; constructing shelters; building circuits
  3. STEM projects and games: chess; practical programming; game development (digital and otherwise)
  4. Practical life skills for young adults: budgeting; nutrition/cooking; interviewing
  5. For teachers: new ways to present material

Submit a proposal

When submitting, please consider

  1. Session type and length
    • Workshop: one 2 hour session
    • Single class: short topic of 45 minutes
    • 3-5 day class series: each 45 minute session builds on the previous ones
  2. Suitable grades/years
    • Preschool (ages 3-5)
    • 1-3 (ages 6-9)
    • 4-6 (ages 9-12)
    • 7-9 (ages 12-15)
    • 10-12 (ages 15-18)
    • and older students
  3. Materials required
    • Consumables: paper, craft and building materials, etc
    • Books, reading matter, instruction manuals
    • Computers and electronics: laptops, cameras, etc
    • Electricals: sound system, extension cords, projector, etc
    • Tools: hammers, screwdrivers, soldering irons, etc
  4. Availability
    • What dates will you be available to teach?
    • Can you attend a workshop on teaching and classroom management (online or in-person) on 15-16 May 2017?

Selection Process

  1. Submit your proposal in OSEM before 30 March 2017
  2. Proposals will be curated by the school programme team; we’ll follow-up for details
  3. You will be informed of your proposals’ status no later than 15 April 2017
  4. Schools are offered a menu of sessions to choose from (15 April 2017 - 1 May 2017-ish)
  5. If yours is selected, you’ll be teaching; if not, come anyway to assist and share with hillhacks generally

Volunteer

All school programme team members, teachers, and presenters offer their services as non-paid volunteers and pay their own way regarding travel and accommodation at hillhacks. We will try to find funds to cover materials, but they may need to come out of pocket of the organiser or the teachers, so be frugal in your proposals.

Contact us

Got questions? Email away!