Catharina Karlsson

 

4th of June until the 10th of June.

Plans: I’ll be working on adding on a low power data relay system to our acoustic monitoring stations (currently we use raspberry pi’s as a base). Currently our main issue is battery life so if we can get a system up and running that can survive on solar panels and that can relay data back to a main station we could figure out what is going on in the nature around us in real time, rather than having to wait several months to collect the data and analyse it.

 

The equipment for this project is funded by Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund. 

Bio: I just finished a PhD in ecology at National University of Singapore. I mainly use amphibians and tropical mountain systems for my research. Currently I work on community and co-occurence data and trying to assess why these change and what is a natural variation and what is not. Mountains present a special challenge, not only do they tend to hold a greater biodiversity and endemism, but they are inherently difficult to survey and collect data from. Tropical areas are also in dire need of extensive basic data collection (such as what species are where) needing to be done over the next few years, necessitating new approaches to be coupled with the old classical survey techniques. I thereby try to utilise technology and more automated techniques for data collection and work on standardisation of some of these techniques or how they compare to our classical methods. As I am currently based in Singapore this is an ideal location to try some of these out before we move testing of things like data relay from monitoring stations into more hard to reach areas. I am interested in why amphibian species are where they are? What other species are present and why and when does the amphibian community shift and is this due to the other species or variation in the environment around them?

 

Rob Faludi

PLANS

Technology separates us from nature, but does it need to? My focus will be using technology to encourage people back into relationships with nature. Three planned week-long explorations include: 1. A clock that determines local time of day from environmental factors (light, sound, movements) to promote a natural sense of timekeeping. 2. A personal weather station that detects and whimsically describes the current weather around your body, to counteract the industrialization of weather. 3. A structured method for taking a random walk in the woods, possibly using an assistive device to promote exploration & discovery. (Wilderness version of my ruleset for random walks in New York: faludi.com/random ) 

By using technology to encourage human relationships with nature, I hope to highlight that machines can encourage us to be *more* human and organic rather than slowly making people irrelevant. As a counterpoint to consuming industrialized time, weather and directions, we’ll obtain time from scratch, declare our own version of the weather and make systems to help us wander rather than simply arrive. I look forward to taking a few weeks far away from distractions and close to the organic inspirations that drive my best work.

BIO

Robert Faludi was the Chief Innovator at Digi International, working to forge strong connections with the maker community, uncover new innovation methodologies, support outstanding new work and create prototypes that spur new product development. Faludi has been a professor in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and in the Interactive Telecommunications graduate program at NYU. He specializes in behavioral interactions through physical computing and networked objects. Rob is the author of Building Wireless Sensor Networks, with ZigBee, XBee, Arduino and Processing published by O’Reilly Media, 2011. He frequently consults on interactive projects including recent work in entertainment, architecture and toys. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Good Morning America, BBC World, the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry and MoMA among others. He is a co-creator of LilyPad XBee wearable radios, and Botanicalls, a system that allows thirsty plants to place phone calls for human help.

Michelle Lai

Dates: 14/6 – 22/6

Project: Foraging onsite, and also a  documentation of species with notes on culinary usage and edibility. Hoping to work with the kitchen – cooks to introduce some fun into the dishes as well 🙂

Bio: Michelle is interested in issues related to the local agricultural and food system. She is also interested in exploring community-driven innovation and community engagement practices. Together with Huiying Ng, she is part of TANAH (Singapore), an interdisciplinary collective that playfully questions urban living via site specific interventions within and around the city.

Ananda Gabo

I am here as part of the documentation team for DiNaCon 2 (2019) to help archive some of the collaborative interpretations of the digital + natural world through the perspectives of creative technologists, scientists, and hackers.

When I’m not at DiNaCon, I am based in Toronto where I run a series of community biology workshops  in the basement of a mall in Chinatown and play in between the realms of food systems, culinary arts, biohacking, and crafting.

My dream is to run an experimental farm built on open source hardware + software that includes a biology lab and a greenhouse for experimental plant breeding.

Salman Khan Promon

 

Dates: June 9-11, 2018

Project: Children of Mother Nature-Natural Finger printing

Bio: Mr. Salman Khan Promon is currently working as a Teaching Assistant and researcher at the department Mathematics and Natural Science, BRAC University, Dhaka. Mr. Promon is also the co-founder of ‘BioBangla’, a nonprofit organization in Bangladesh which is working on making biological research and bio-hacking available for the society. His areas of expertise are molecular biology and microbial genetics. Along with being a scientist and a bio-hacker, he is working as a ‘Biology Instructor’ at The Tech Academy a tech firm that sponsors children’s talents in electronics, software programming, hardware, robotics and bio-hacking. He is the head of content creator at Nerdiz (nerdiz.com) and manager of research & communication at Beyond Innovation and Technologies Ltd. Mr. Promon is very fascinated by research and willing to make his findings public for the benefit of scientific development.

Mónica Rikić

Aug 25-31

Bio: I’m a new media artist and creative coder from Barcelona. I focus my practice in code, electronics and non-digital objects for creating interactive projects often framed as experimental games, which aim to go beyond the game itself. From educational to sociological approaches, my interest lies in the de-hierarchization of traditional art relations. With my works, I have participated in different festivals such Ars Electronica, Japan Media Arts Festival, FILE Festival or Sónar, among others, and I have also done residences in TAG Montreal, an EMARE Residency at QUT (Brisbane) and Platohedro (Medellin).

Project:
At this moment I am working on a long-term research project around robots, artificial intelligence and social relations. The purpose of this research is to create an interactive installation based on a hybrid multi-agent social simulation. The multi-agent system is based in a master environment and a series of intelligent networked robots. The robots have wheels and different sensors that allow them to move, feel and communicate with the environment. They also have AI software that allows them to have their own personality, social status, and to learn and communicate verbally with others. The main objective is to visualize and analyze the power relations within a society in a physical way, through objects that represent the different individuals, their status and behaviour in a procedural simulated world. I’d like to bring some of this devices to the Dinacon and see how they interact with that environment.

http://monicarikic.com/

Project:  http://www.dinacon.org/2018/07/06/island-take-away-sound-glasses/

Biomimeticx2 (Päivi Maunu and Marko Nykänen)

Dates: 27.5.-8.6.
Project: Creating a link between visual art and bioinformation.
Bio: Working group Biomimeticx2, Päivi Maunu MA (environmental art) and Marko Nykänen PhD (cell biology and biotechnology) utilize their expertise in art and science-combining studies and works. The natural cooperation between the environmental artist and the cell biology reveals unexpected connections and solutions. The members of the team work actively and participate in festivals and conferences in their own fields.
..and same in Finnish..
Työryhmä Biomimeticx2, Päivi Maunu TaM (ympäristötaide) ja Marko Nykänen FT (solubiologia) hyödyntävät erityisosaamistaan taidetta ja tiedettä yhdistävissä tutkimuksissa ja teoksissa. Ympäristötaiteilijan ja solubiologin luonteva yhteistyö tuo esiin yllättäviä yhteyksiä ja ratkaisuja. Työryhmän jäsenet toimivat aktiivisesti ja osallistuvat omien alojensa festivaaleihin ja konferensseihin.

Update #6 – Wow! Applications over!

That was amazing! We got applications for over 250 people from every continent except antarctica (snubbed by the penguins!). This is such an amazing group of people with such diverse backgrounds and ideas.
The applications are closed now, and we will be going through them and trying to figure out how to accommodate as many people as possible!
Application Rundown
From a quick peek at the application summary, here’s some fun quick stats about people who applied!
Places
We had people from every continent apply! (well except antarctica!) Most applications came from SE Asia, Europe, and North American.
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Genders
108 female-ish identifying applicants
28 non-binary / other
10 unknown
105 male-ish identifying applicants

Types of things you do
This was one of the coolest parts of this conference. We attracted folks with a crazy wide variety of talents and most people spanned multiple aspects of this conference based at intersections between interaction design, field biology, and art.
Over half the people identified as some sort of artist or designer, at least a third each seemed to relate as biologists or some kind of tech folks, and 13 of you were too amazing to be summed up in any of our boxes except that one box 😉
Timings
now this is the trickiest thing for us people running this thing, how can we get as many awesome excited people as possible to join us. Earlier I had joked that i will have to do some heavy logistics in case 100 people signed up to come for one week. uh oH! Currently each of these weeks can only hold 30 people :/
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Sponsors
Awesome sponsored raised over $2500 USD! adding to our initial budget of just $6800 for renting out the place

 

This money is helping us out do things like
  • Provide a couple travel stipends to some cool participants from far away!
  • pay some documentarians to help us capture the whole event!
  • Add sustainability measures to our conference (like industrial water purifiers instead of using tons of plastic bottles)
  • and lots more!
Expanders!
So our conference is free! we got your housing covered, your food covered, and there’s not even “registration” fees. You just have to get there. At this basic level we have a big house we are renting (that can hold 10 people) and a big yard (that can hold 20). As of right now, these are the logistics we are planning for. There are several other cabins at Baan Mai, however that you can rent for ~45$USD per night. We are trying to see if we can rent some of these cabins, or more camping space at a reduced rate, but they can be slow to make deals with. But if you are an applicant interested in paying for their own room/housing while at the conference, please send me a note! This would potentially free up space for more participants to join us in total.
What happens after Jan 30?
  1. We will look over the applications! My goal is to try to get as many of you here as possible! We had a LOT of folks apply though, so we are rushing to figure out how much we can expand it if possible. Logistics are going to be our big challenge here
  2. Refine dates period- lots of people have asked me about changing dates, we may send out a more refined survey to learn exactly what days everyone is planning on coming
  3. We will send your official acceptances (or waitlistings) in February (will try to make this as soon as possible, but bear with us)
  4. Refine your details period
    1. You will need to fill out a form to make any revisions to your project proposals
    2. You can revise any of your personal details and contact info (we will only use the personal info you give us, so you can make up pseudonyms or whatever you want).
    3. You will also send in a photo you want us to share related to you or your project
    4. you will also send in a SUPER SHORT 3 sentence bio (most node leaders already have this taken care of.
    5. you will select a publication type – see below
  5. Publishing Projects -You will have a choice after you are accepted of how we publish your project on our site (the goal is to connect you all to each other, so we want to get started on that!).
    1. Public-Web / print, Public-Group – This will be the default. We will list your projects and yourselves on our website in a way similar to how we have the node leaders listed at www.dinacon.org/people
    2. Anonymous-Web / print, Public group – If you want, we can leave your personal details or contact information off the website, and still leave up descriptions of your project and the timeframe you are going to be there (so maybe people can coordinate with you). You will still be included internally with our group mailing lists for better coordination.
  6. Waiver-  we will have a basic waiver you need to sign that just says you acknowledge that you are entirely responsible for your own self and safety and such.
  7. Code of Conduct: We will have a code of conduct you need to agree to about how you are required to be nice to your fellow people on the island (or we will literally kick you off the island!)
  8. Deposit – as noted in the FAQ, we want to make sure those people signed up and accepted actually show up to claim the space we reserved for them . http://www.dinacon.org/faq  So we will have you give us a 20$USD deposit that we can give you back on the island (probably in baht).