Companionship. Intimacy. Sexuality.Goldsmiths, University of London. 17 - 18 December 2016.
This hackathon is being run in the two days prior to The Second International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots - and will unite developers, designers, psychologists and more in building prototype hardware, interfaces and apps.
The aim of the 24 hour hackathon is to explore and innovate in the area of sex tech, working on the themes of intimacy, companionship and sexuality, as well as the challenges of hardware, interfaces and apps.
The hackathon is deliberately cross-disciplinary and will be attended by a wide range of experts and enthusiasts: developers (hardware and software), psychologists, designers, philosophers, artists, sex writers, nanomaterial scientists, and musicians.
We want to combine the amazing range of skills and knowledge to improve interaction, push boundaries and revolutionise design.
The hackathon will be fuelled by sex-positive, non-objectifying messaging which is accessible for those of all genders and sexualities. While tickets will be allocated by an application process, it will be completely free to attend. The Hacksmiths team have extensive experience of running highly-successful large-scale hackathons.
By being part of this event in any way, shape or form, you are agreeing to abide by ourCode of conduct
Sex Tech Hack is a two-day invention marathon for developers, designers, psychologists, researchers and more. During the event, participants will build projects that answer our challenges to further innovation in the field.
Our aim is to build projects which answer our challenges of building innovative hardware, interfaces and apps. We want everyone attending to learn loads, build awesome projects, and have fun.
Anything goes! We're really interested to see what awesome things you can build, especially how you can incorporate intuitive interaction through machine intelligence (AI and machine learning).
We want to make this event accessible for everyone, so there is no charge to enter. To make this possible, we need sponsorship. If you are interested in supporting, please get in touch.
No. You do not need to be a student to attend this event. We will work to ensure that there is a diverse range of people, and this includes academic status.
In this context, hacking means building apps, websites and services really quickly to prove the value in an idea. Nothing malicious, nothing illegal.
You don’t need a team to take part; it’s perfectly acceptable to create a solo project. However, during the event itself, there will be opportunities to share ideas and connect with your fellow hackers to form a team. As organisers, we’ll do our best to encourage and facilitate teamwork across the weekend.
Unfortunately not. While we understand there are many talented and driven induviduals under the age of 18, we will not be considering their applications due to the subject nature of this event.
No, it is not a requisite to stay over. If you would like to stay though, we'll have a small number of airbeds available. We recommend you bring sleeping bags, pillows, and a change of clothes.
All food across the weekend will be provided. That is: lunch and dinner on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday. All dietary requirements will be considered and catered for - please make sure you provide this information upon registering.
All IP generated at Sex Tech Hack belongs to the teams. However, to generate the widest benefit from this event, we encourage attendees to provide Open Source licenses for the results of their creativity.
While you can explore ideas before the Sex Tech Hack weekend and produce designs, you cannot write a line of code for your project before the event itself and still enter the challenges. If you want to bring an existing project to the table, we encourage full disclosure and honesty.
All participants will need to bring their laptop, charger(s) and any other devices they wish to work on. If you are staying overnight, you will also need to bring a sleeping bag.
We will not be providing travel reimbursements to attendees of this event.
The event will be held in the beautiful St James Hatcham. It's a 5 minute walk from New Cross Gate station, and a 10 minute walk from New Cross.
Please get in touch with Kevin Lewis at [email protected].
Within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction, the past few years have witnessed a strong upsurge of interest in the more personal aspects of human relationships with these artificial partners. This upsurge has not only been apparent amongst the general public, as evidenced by an increase in coverage in the print media, TV documentaries and feature films, but also within the academic community.
The International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots provides an excellent opportunity for academics and industry professionals to present and discuss their innovative work and ideas in an academic symposium. The second international congress is inviting the submission of full papers and short papers to its symposium to be held in the city of London.
Hacksmiths is a student-run society at Goldsmiths, University of London focussing on making tech accessible for all. They run many events every year, including workshops, hackathons, meetups and talk series.