Join us for the first Digital Naturalism Conference! You will get to live with a diverse group of professionals from around the world and explore natural environments and topics such as art, technology, field biology, and design. You can come anytime you are available between May 26 – July 8, 2018. It’s also free! Your registration and housing is covered by us! Just apply now!
This event is quite different from traditional conferences! In the way that we have explored digital design for naturalist field expeditions with our Hiking Hacks, this conference investigates interactive tool-making in the setting of our own DIY biological field station.
You decide when you want to come! We made the conference last for two months to try to reach as many people as we could. Even if you have other events to go to, you can plan your stay here around that!
Land and Sea
We chose our location so that you can do both terrestrial and marine exploration! We will have access to nearby water bodies and inland forests to explore. Plus there are many groups nearby through which we might charter ships to explore deeper in the ocean.
There are several node leaders who will run workshops on general topics throughout the conference, but the real schedule is up to you. Unlike many other conferences, there is no set tracks or presentation order. Chill out and groove on your own projects, jump into activities with others, propose a presentation, share a skill- whatever you want.
We target the intersection of interactive design and field biology, but you can be whatever you want! Whether you are a dancer, a chemist, a forager, or you just like nature and want to live and make stuff with cool people, the conference is for you!
Local and International
The key goal of the conference is to share knowledge, so we are looking for a healthy mix of connecting local, asian, and international groups who want to spread their knowledge about hacking and nature.
We are working to try to share this opportunity with not just the privileged folks of the world (hence the reason it’s free). We are target a healthy mix of people from different genders, cultures, and background.
1) Make Something
You must complete something. Figure out something you want to accomplish while you are here. It can be any format you want: sculpture, a biological experiment, a movie, a poem, a fingerpainting, a journal article – you just have to finish it!
2) Document It
You need to document the thing you made, and share it with us and the world! (Everything made here will be open-sourced and available to the public!)
3) Give Feedback
You need to provide feedback for two other people’s projects.
These basic rules ensure that everyone who comes will walk away from the conference with a new, peer-reviewed artifact they can share further out into the world!
by Elizabeth Bigger, Luis Fraguada, and Agosto Thanks to Dani, Mark, and Umeed for help with documentation We considered a new communication method for our tribe while adventuring within the island. We desired the ability to communicate in more tonal short messages like birds and other animals. This is part of our theory to try …
by Agosto Agosto, arguable the most youthful member of the Dinacon crew, began his adventures on the island by drawing in the sand. The island sand was much softer than the man made beach sand of his homeland, and he pondered these differences. He mused, what was home? He began to consider these questions while …
by Elizabeth Bigger An unplanned and rapid experiment resulted from an evening of swimming with the Dinacon group in the bio-luminescent waters. Wondering if it was possible to bring the glow of the dinoflagellates into a textile, I mocked up a sample using fiber optic threads and natural wool roving. Using .25 mm fiber optic …