Because we don’t like just talking but also doing, we’ve decided to set up an exciting warm-up for our upcoming WoT2011 workshop. I named: a hackathon on social device that will take place on the 11 June 2011 somewhere in San Francisco. In 3 words (okay more than 3):
We propose to create, play, hack, build real “stuff”. Social devices. We will start with a bunch of embedded devices and other electronic things (sensors, robots, urban screens, toasters, etc.) provided by our partners and we’ll ask participants to put them on social networks, to explore how to share them, make them talk to each other, secure them, and see what happens and what can be done. We intend to put in the same room developers/coders, hardware hackers, and interactive designers that will brainstorm on simple projects that can be done in 1 day (and night…) that combine programmable electronics, Web APIs, and social networks along with funny technologies and standards (activity streams, HTML5, OAuth, Facebook connect) and we’ll explore what it means to “publicize objects”. The actual topics that each project will emphasize (from “how to share devices with friends”, to how to “secure access to private electronic appliances”, to “social networks for objects”, how “to fast prototype social networks on mobile phones” etc.) is of course free for each team to decide.
SOOO, we are also looking for partners that would like to: bring some hackable devices, pizza and beers, give us access to some nice APIs or experimental sexy tech we *have* to try (Mark Zuckerberg, wanna come with some source code?) or platforms, or simply bring some tech expertise. Interested in bringing something to the table (or literally a table… as we don’t know where it’s gonna take place yet, so if you have some big office space with wifi to host a bunch of nerds)? Mail us!!