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Interdisciplinary events


(Events organized or co-organized by NetHood - see also selected talks)

PARticipatory LAb, kick-off event
Roundtable, NeNa1 July gathering, EXIL theatre, Zurich, July 7, 2017

PARLA workshop

Through this roundtable organized by NetHood in the context of the regular NeNa1 monthly gatherings, the PARLA (PARticipatory LAb) project was initiated. PARLA proposes to stimulate a locality-related participatory process, by organizing events in neighborhood places to bring in touch people in the proximity, and to network neighborhood residents, places, initiatives, and practices. Ileana Apostol moderated the roundtable “From Polyphony to Harmony” at EXIL, a local music club in Zurich's Kreis 5 that was introduced to the audience by our host. During the conversations, the experience of our host Nik Baertsch, a jazz musician and composer was joined by that of Andreas Wirz, an architect and project manager of large cooperative projects, together with the accounts on self-harmony and dialogue of Gerda Tobler, an interactive visual artist, of a linguistics researcher, Robert Schikowski, of a writer Sabina Altermatt, and of that of Fred Frohofer, a journalist and moderator of deliberations.

Participatory Design, beyond the local
Interdisciplinary workshop, C&T conference, Troyes, France, June 27, 2017

CAPS workshop

Four EU Horizon2020 CAPS projects, commonfare, empatia, MAZI, and netCommons, collaborate in the organization of a workshop titled "Participation Design, beyond the local", hosted at the 8th conference on Community & Technologies, Troyes, France. The workshop aims at stimulating and opening a debate around the capacity of Participatory Design (PD) and other co-design approaches to deliver outcomes and methodologies that can have an impact and value for reuse well beyond the local context in which they were originally developed.

Digital infrastructure as commons panel and libremesh workshop
Workshop series, Athens, June 11-15, 2017

Libremesh event at Nosotros

In the period of one week NetHood organized a series of workshops around the concept of network infrastructure as commons. More specifically, a panel at the Universse festival with keynote speaker Juergen Neumann, co-founder of Freifunk.net, a public event on Exarcheia Net with the libremesh team at Nosotros cultural center, and a technical workshop on libremesh at hackerspace.gr.

Agricultural Sector, ICT Innovations and the Commons - Towards Building Synergies
Participatory design workshop, Milea village (Sarantaporo area), November 26-27, 2016

sarantaporo workshop

This participatory design workshop was organized in the context of the netCommons project and brought together researchers, entrepreuners, local authorities, farmers, and professionals to explore possible uses of the Sarantaporo.gr Community Network, beyond affordable Internet access. Detailed description of the interactions that took place during the workshop and the overall research approach is available here (Chapter 6).

Flexonomix District Currency Game
Game workshop, MoneyLab 3 conference, Amsterdam December 1-2, 2016

Flexonomix workshop

An experimental workshop, a simulation aimed at testing the relations between micro-scale democracy and alternative currencies in the context of cooperative housing. Presented at the MoneyLab 3 conference, December 1-2, 2016, in Amsterdam, organized by the Institute of Network Cultures. See here a short summary and review by the organizers.

Co-housing practices: inventing prototypes for Athens
Workshop, Venice Architecture Biennale, October 26-30, 2016

CAPS workshop

A workshop on co-operative housing, co-organized by the MAZI project and the Co-Hab Athens team, in the context of the #ThisIsACo-op project at Greek pavillion, Venice Architecture Biennale, October 26-30, 2016. See the short description and schedule.

MAZI workshop: tools for urban activism
A workshop organized by the MAZI project at the Bucharest INURA conference 2016, on September 2, 2016.
Detailed description of this event is included in the Annex of this MAZI report.

Sharing ideas for sharing space
A nomadic workshop to bootstrap a knowledge transfer project on cooperative housing. Zurich, July 25-27, 2016. See a short description and schedule.

Off-the-cloud zone
Full-day workshop and discussions at Transmediale festival, Berlin, February 6th, 2016. See also: Necessary Conversations Off-the-Cloud by Marc Garrett

MAZI in Sarantaporo
Symposium, Sarantaporo area, January 15-17th, 2016. See also: Two days at the other side of Mount Olympos (day 1) by Panayotis Antoniadis

CONTACT: Facilitating information sharing between strangers with DIY networking
Workshop at Hybrid City Conference, Athens, September 15-16th 2015.
Organization: Ileana Apostol & Panayotis Antoniadis (NetHood), Katalin Hausel (unMonastery). Special guests: Andreas Unteidig, James Stevens, Mathias Jud & Christophe Wachter, Michael Smyth, Minuette Le

unSmarting the city: generating location-based collective awareness with DIY networking
Workshop, CAPS Conference, Brussels, July 7-8th 2015.

A walking workshop to explore citizen engament in the smart city, shifting our approach from sensors to senses, from Internet-based locative media to offline DIY networks, from algorithmic matching to genuine serendipity, from powerful mediators to local actors.

'unSmarting the City' is a workshop developed through a recent collaboration between NetHood (Panayotis Antoniadis, Ileana Apostol) and UnMonastery (Katalin Hausel, Jeff Andreoni) in order to explore the advantages of offline networks and smart city concepts for designing technology to serve face-to-face meetings and local communities. After an introduction to demonstrate the importance of the local and face-to-face for urban development, we guide the workshop participants through a collaborative process of hybrid space design: we go out to the streets to explore the surroundings of the conference's venue to analyze the spatial and social aspects of different places, and to identify locations that are candidates for hybrid urban interventions. We will talk about how to take advantage of the special characteristics of DIY networking ---ownership, de facto physical proximity, anonymity, and inclusive access--- and facilitate contact between strangers in the city. After our collective walk, we will gather at a public space to think together about possible applications and possible processes to design them, including software, hardware, surrounding artifacts and performance. Finally, building on the number and competencies of the participants, and the availability of time we develop a few prototypes of selected applications and organize an urban intervention in the corresponding locations.

Check also the interview by Panayotis Antoniadis

Engaging citizens in the smart city project through DIY networking
Roundtable, International Conference on Internet Science, Brussels, May 27th 2015.
http://internetscienceconference.eu (and the roundtables)

nethood-unmonastery workshop

The workshop was organized and executed in collaboration between NetHood (Panayotis Antoniadis and Ileana Apostol) and UnMonastery (Katalin Hausel). The overall goal was to engage people from different disciplines in a collaborative process of speculative hybrid space design using DIY networking as a "boundary object". Unlike previous versions of this workshop, we decided to develop a more sensorial approach and invited participants to walk with us and explore the surrounding area of the conference's venue, Place Flagey searching for suitable locations and possible situations: candidates for hybrid urban/artistic interventions that can facilitate contact between strangers in public spaces [see also the slides of the introductory presentation]

We gathered at the centre of the main square at Flagey. While Ileana and Katalin were giving hints on how to analyse the city's built environment and observe people, we were lucky to witness a "pop-up" installation by Pepsi (as depicted in the Figure above). Then, after a moment of bewilderment, the "key" was provided by a participant who volunteered to bring us to a very nice monastery close-by. The path was longer than expected but very rewarding, since the contrast between the huge Flagey square and the beautiful open garden of the monastery provided the setting for interesting discussions, which were concluded at an improvised wrap-up session at the cafe of the square. It was very nice to listen to the participants impressions and ideas for possible interventions (like a pop-up "let me show you my favorite place" stand encouraging local people to guide interested passers-by to a close-by place of personal significance), and at the same observe more relaxed the use of this interesting public space. After the end of the conference, in the evening, one participant noticed that the use of the space had changed, since many young people were sitting now on the pavement drinking beer and discussing, creating a more convivial atmosphere than the one we witnessed earlier in the day.

In short, we were very satisfied with this experimental format, and we are very happy to have already two more opportunities to try different variations in different settings. More specifically, you can find the NetHood-Unmonastery team at the CAPS conference 2015, July 7-8th, Brussels, the Hybrid City Conference III, September 17-19th, Athens, and hopefully more venues in the future. Stay tuned :-)

Digital networks of proximity
Florence, May 20th, 2015.

le murate workshop

In the light of the 1st Interdisciplinary Workshop on DIY Networking, NetHood played the role of a mediator between two very interesting initiatives in the city of Florence: 1) the local online community for the Le Murate neighbourhood being developed on the platform provided by the EU project MyNeighbourhood and 2) the community wireless network Ninux Firenze. In a very interesting event organized by Anna Lisa Pecoriello, researchers, activists, stakeholders and citizens listened to the motivation and current status of these two different projects and discussed the possibility of having a local online community, as the one supported by the MyNeighbourhood platform, running on top of a local community wireless network, as the one being developed and maintained by the Ninux Firenze community.

First Interdisciplinary Workshop on DIY networking
Florence, May 18th, 2015.

DIY networking workshop

This was the first of a series of interdisciplinary workshops on Do-It-Yourself networking, co-located this year with ACM Mobisys 2015. The final programme is available here: http://diynetworking.net/program.php and more details about the outcome and future versions of the workshop will be available soon.

Final COMPARE Symposium on self-organization
Zurich, April 27-29th, 2015.

compare symposium in zurich - guided visit at Kalkbreite cooperative

The first draft of the summary report of the COMPARE symposium is available here. More soon :-)

Workshop - Empowering citizens to shape their hybrid space
Community Now? symposium, Berlin, February 19-21st, 2015.
http://www.community-now.org/ [program]

The goal of this workshop was to explore a variety of methods for empowering citizens to build understandings of the fast evolving hybrid space of their cities, in order to participate more actively in city formation, and to use it for (self-)representation and engagement in local interactions. This process will increase the possibilities for claiming our right to the (hybrid) city from profit-driven development and tech corporations. In this context, the concept of diversity plays a key role. First, the design process needs to integrate elements from urban studies, anthropology, urban interaction design, and computer science, among others, which means that people with very different backgrounds and perspective need to work together. Second, in practice, the developed ICTs that aim to facilitate hybrid interactions, like thosed based on DIY networking, have to address the diversity of people that happen to be in physical proximity for small or long time durations. So, after a short introduction, Ileana Apostol and Panayotis Antoniadis invited the participants to introduce themselves through a personal story on experiencing diversity. As it turned out, this round of personal experiences became the main activity of the workshop. Every story brought a new element for understanding better the concept of diversity and its role in facilitating contact between strangers in the city and conviviality.

Offline networks public discussion
Transmediale Festival, Berlin, January 31st, 2015.

offline networks @transmediale

Offline networks assembly
313C Conference, Hamburg, December 27-30th, 2014.

COMPARE Symposium - Sharing experiences of self-organization
Thessaloniki, October 8-12th, 2014.

The first draft of the summary report of the COMPARE symposium in Thessaloniki is available here. More soon :-)

LSE workshop - Alternative Internet(s)
London, September 15-16th, 2014

Building on history and the current state-of-the-art, we organized an open discussion between practitioners and scholars of various disciplines in order to assess the techno-legal feasibility of alternative Internets, understand their design requirements and social implications, and suggest possible ways for an improved network governance, that would enable a wide diversity of options in order to avoid the concentration of power and single points of failure. The workshop explored the techno-politics, architecture frameworks, governance and socio-cultural implications of alternative internet projects. Participants were asked for short position papers (1-3 pages), which have formed the basis for a curated blog series at the LSE Media Policy blog, a call for papers at the Journal of Peer Production, and more is coming!

3rd EINS summer school - From smart cities to engaged citizens
Volos, Greece, July 13-20th 2014

volos summer school - urbanixd team

We chose to investigate an interdisciplinary approach on the design of ICT tools and urban interventions that can support a range of local citizen initiatives in contemporary cities including the following:

  • Smart cities applications, crowd sourcing, citizen science
  • Participatory urban interaction design
  • Local hybrid communities over user-owned wireless networks (DIY networking)
  • Complementary currencies and local economies

The summer school attracted 39 participants from around the world (both inside and outside EINS network) coming from various different disciplines (computer science, networking, urban planning, civil engineering, environmental engineering, economics, law, sociology, business and management, media and interface design, etc), that cooperated in order to propose smart applications for the city of Volos, under the guidance of experienced researchers and businesspeople.

Each day was divided in a plenary morning session where lecturers presented key concepts and ideas for each design space and an afternoon session where the different groups gathered to work on their selected application/assignment, supervised by both lecturers and tutors with hands-on experience on the topic. 5 basic groups have been formed working on projects related to the improvement of Volos economy through the use of complementary currencies, provision of cultural information for tourists using augmented reality and web application tools, building of a real-time map of the social heartbeat of Volos with the use of crowdsourcing tools, motivation of citizens to interact and get involved in the city's matters through urban interventions and local wireless networks, etc. The group projects have been presented the last day of the summer school at a panel including representatives from the city's local authorities.

volos summer school - DIY networking team

The presentations and the progress of the groups in such a short duration (3 days) impressed the audience and received very interesting feedback by the local authories. Draft documents on the output of the summer are available here: http://www.internet-science.eu/summer-school-2014/materials (see also the videos of the lectures and final public presentation of the participants' proposals for the city of Volos). An e-book is currently being edited...

Dagstuhl seminar - DIY networking: an interdisciplinary approach
Dagstuhl Schloss, Germany, January 19-22th, 2014

dagstuhl seminar participants

The key objective of the seminar was to bring together a diverse group of researchers and practitioners to reflect on technological and social issues related to the use of local wireless networks that operate outside the public Internet. We managed to bring together a quite balanced group of 32 people with expertise in the design and implementation of wireless ad hoc networks of various types, human-computer interaction, community informatics, urban interaction design, ethnography, media studies, arts and design. Interdisciplinary interactions took place successfully around specific application areas for which the use of do-it-yourself networks is meaningful. More specifically, we explored the use of such networks for supporting the creation of transient communities of different size and duration, political activism, and similarity matching. In addition, an in depth exploration of the concept of failure provided a useful framework for addressing various challenges in bridging the gap between theory and practice, scientific and social objectives.

Read more about the process and the outcome in our detailed report.