Here's your formal invitation to a cool and transformative event happening in Toronto in March
This is fun: I'm helping organize a “SciBarCamp” with a diverse group of local people including entrepreneurs, students, artists, and scientists. The event will take place at Hart House at the University of Toronto on the weekend of March 15-16, with an opening reception on the evening of March 14.
SciBarCamp is a gathering of scientists, artists, and forward-thinking members of the public for a weekend of talks and discussions. The goal is to create connections between science, entrepreneurs and local businesses, and arts and culture. The themes are:
- The edge of science (eg, synthetic biology, quantum gravity, cognitive science)
- The edge of technology (eg, mobile web, ambient computing, nanotechnology, web 2.0)
- Science 2.0 (open access, changing models of publication and collaboration)
- Scientific literacy and public engagement (eg, one laptop per child project, policy and science, technology as legislation, science as culture, enfranchising the poor, the young, the old)
the tradition of BarCamps, otherwise known as "unconferences", (see BarCamp.org
for more information), the program is decided by the participants at the
beginning of the meeting, in the opening reception. Presentations and
discussion topics can be proposed at the SciBarCamp
website or on the opening night.
The talks will be informal and interactive; to encourage this, speakers who wish to give PowerPoint presentations will have ten minutes to present, while those without will have twenty minutes. Around half of the time will be dedicated to small group discussions on topics suggested by the participants. The social events and meals will make it easy to meet people from different fields and industries. Our venue, Hart House, is a congenial space with plenty of informal areas to work or talk. There will be free wireless access throughout.
Our goals are:
- Igniting new projects, collaborations, business opportunities, and further events.
- Intellectual stimulation and good conversation.
- Integrating science into Toronto's cultural, entrepreneurial, and intellectual activites.
- Protoyping a model that can be easily duplicated elsewhere.
Attendance is free, but there is only space for around 100 people, so please register soon by sending an email to Jen Dodd (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name and contact details.. Include a link to your blog or your organization's webpage that we can display with your name on the participants list at www.SciBarCamp.org.
More information can be found at www.SciBarCamp.org.