Tim Pritlove, founder of the Blinkenlights Project, long term Chaos Computer Club member and Chaos Communication Congress organizer, stopped by Toronto for a visit this week. He gave a presentation at Hacklab Toronto about the Liquid Feedback Project, which is a software package and philosophy being used by the Pirate Party in Germany to facilitate decision making.
Tim presented to a full house of interested Hacklabbers, fielded lots of questions, and sparked some interesting discussion on the nature of democracy. Thanks, Tim!
Tim’s Liquid Feedback Slides.
Every Tuesday, from around 6pm until late, the lab opens up our front door to members of the public. We’re specifically excited about folks who want to show off projects they have made or are working on, want to ask for help with making something awesome, or want to help out on other folks’ projects. Bringing a laptop along to just chill out with other geeks is also welcome.
There’s no minimal skill level required to participate, and we do our best to be a respectful, friendly environment for everyone. Regretfully we are not wheelchair accessible – there are 17 steps leading up to the lab, and 2 steps up to the bathroom. As a heads-up to folks with sensory processing issues, the Tuesdays can get quite busy and noisy. 7 to 8 pm tends to be the busiest time.
Members of the media are also welcome, but in the interest of member privacy we have cute little press passes hanging by the door, and require that permission be sought before taking photos with people in them.
Hello, everyone from Torontoist!
Are you curious about the space and want to come check it out, but fear that you won’t know anyone or have anything to do? Are you afraid of showing up in Kensington and knocking on the door only to find it locked?
Fear not! Unpatched Tuesdays are just the thing for you.
Every Tuesday from 6(ish) to late in the evening we have an “open lab” night. It has varied between a mostly social event and a productive work party depending on what people are up to, but the key thing about it is that the door is open to all comers. Show up with a Linux or BSD question, an interesting piece of hardware, a technical problem, or your new widget that you want to show off. The Tuesday night crowd is a resourceful and friendly bunch, and it’s always great to see some new faces.
You’re also welcome to show up empty-handed, but we might put you to work! There are a bunch of ongoing hardware and infrastructure projects at the lab, so expect to be assigned a bug on our bugtracker :)
The other important thing to note is that you don’t need to be a 5up3r 31337 hax0r to come out on Tuesdays. Just be friendly and interested and you’re totally welcome. There’s no minimum height, age, or skill level required to participate.
There are also other events going on at the lab. Go Night on Mondays, and irregularly scheduled classes which all get posted on the calendar and announced on our pretty low-traffic mailing list. We usually post about them on the blag too, so subscribe to any of those to keep up to date.