Hackers Congress Paralelní Polis 2023

The Future of Our Communities
09-29, 17:00–17:45 (Europe/Prague), Studio 1

Is there a future for hackerspaces? Is there a future for humanity? If so, the keys lay with community. We need community. Community is hard work. We humans are not necessarily good at it. Mix in the rise of authoritarianism, manipulation through "social" media, bad actors, trolling, the skyrocketing cost of real estate, the ability for lefty-identified people to be mean to each other -- and the result is a serious threat to the future of our communities. Yet, our future depends on our ability to continue. What can we do? What do we want to do?

Mitch Altman is an international hacker, inventor, entrepreneur, author, mentor, best known for starting Noisebridge hackerspace and inventing TV-B-Gone, which turns off TVs in public places. He did pioneering work in virtual reality in the mid 1980s and was co-founder of 3ware, a successful Silicon Valley startup in the 1990s. He mentors, teaches soldering, and promotes open hardware and community wherever he goes.

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