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TIREE TECH WAVE (Spring 2014)

    A hands-on making and meeting event exploring the edges of technology
on the wild edge of Scotland

    http://tireetechwave.org/

    20-24 March 2014, Tiree, Scotland

    organisers:  Alan Dix and Graham Dean

    T: @tireetechwave
    F: https://www.facebook.com/events/556114347790951/

    registration 130 or Early bird 100 (until 21st Feb)
    http://tireetechwave.org/participate/

Come to Tiree to make, talk and play at the wind-ripping edge of digital
technology.

Every year Tiree hosts the Wave Classic, a key international wind surfing
event.  Those of us at the edge of the digital wave do not risk cold seas
and bodily injury, but there is something of the same thrill as we explore
the limits of code, circuit boards and social computation.

The cutting edge of wind-surfing boards is now high technology, but
typically made by artisan craftsfolk, themselves often surfers.  Similarly
hardware platforms such as Arduino, mobile apps for iPhone and Android, and
web mashups enabled by public APIs and linked data are all enabling a new
maker culture, challenging the hegemony of global corporations.

The Western Celtic fringes were one of the oases of knowledge and learning
during the 'dark ages'.  There is something about the empty horizon that
helped the hermit to focus on God and inspired a flowering of decorative
book-making, even in the face of battering storms of winter and Viking
attacks of summer; a starkness that gave scholars time to think in peace
between danger-fraught travel to other centres of learning across Europe.

Nowadays regular Flybe flights and Calmac ferries reduce the risk of Viking
attacks whilst travelling to the isles, broadband Internet and satellite TV
invade the hermit cell, and double glazing and central heating mollify the
elements.  Yet there is still a rawness that helps focus the mind, a
slightly more tenuous connection to the global infrastructure that fosters
a spirit of self-reliance and independence.

Tiree Tech Wave offers a time to step out, albeit momentarily, from a
target-driven world, to experiment and play with hardware and software, to
discuss the issues of our new digital maker culture, what we know and what
we seek to understand, and above all to make things together.

This is all about technology and people: the physical device that sits in
our hands, the data.gov.uk mashup that tells us about local crime, the new
challenges to personal privacy and society and the nation state.

Bring your soldering iron, and Arduino boards, your laptop and API specs,
your half-written theses and semi-formed ideas, your favourite book or even
well-loved eReader (!).  The format will be informal, with lots of time to
work hands-on together; however, there will be the opportunity for short
talks/demos/how-to-do-it sessions.

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