Koh Lon, Thailand
May 26- July 8, 2018 – Free!

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!

Deadline to apply: January 30, 2018

We found some nice forest filled with interesting critters for upcoming cool project! #dn #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Alternative Conference

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.

Fluid Timeframe

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.

Emergent Schedule

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.

Learn more about the conference’s emergent structure, and other conferences whose ideas it builds off, like pif.camp!

Who Should Come?

All Disciplines

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.

Diverse Backgrounds

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.

The Rules

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!

***For the full rules, read more at the FAQ.


DIY Marine Microbes – Kitty Quitmeyer

One of our conference node leaders , Kitty Quitmeyer (wellreadpanda.com), worked on creating DIY knitted and crocheted ocean microbes to raise awareness of the fun invisible creatures filling the seas with life! Full documentation of all her Yancrafted microbes is on her website and in these instructables: https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Cute-Little-Ocean-Bacterium/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Ephyra/   https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Radiolarian/   Research reported in …

Glowing Dinaflagellate – Kitty Quitmeyer

Inspired by the microscopic creatures making the seas around her glow, Kitty Quitmeyer, created a yarn model. Just like the real creatures that bioluminesce when shaken, this yarn critter has a tiny Arduino and sensor inside that let it light up when perturbed. Full documentation for how to make your own is available here! https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Bioluminescent-Dinoflagellate/ …