Aaron Swartz Memorial Hackathon
Aaron was a hacktivist and friend of many in our community. He helped create RSS 1.0; contributed to Creative Commons; was an early builder of Reddit, where he's often acknowledged as a co-founder; created the web.py framework; and more recently, became a data liberator, first with PACER and then with scholarly articles from JSTOR, both of which got him into trouble with the law.
Aaron's Demand Progress project helped stop SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act in the US, which threatened to have far reaching unintended consequences.
Aaron Swartz committed suicide on Jan. 11, 2013, but his work on making the world a better place should not die with him. Join us for two days of understanding his work and contributing to keep his memory and projects alive.
(This section adapted with permission from the Bangalore hackathon.)
When: Roughly Jan. 25-27, exact times TBD
What: Come learn new skills and work together on projects that Aaron would have liked. Themes include open information access, sharing and preserving human knowledge, hacking for social/political justice, and techno-activism.
Contact: Yan (yan [at] mit.edu), Shannon (shannon [at] scatter.com)
Remote collab: mailing list
The event is free, but we'll have donation boxes for purchasing food and project supplies. BYO-snacks-and-energy-drinks.
There are a bunch of project ideas here. Most of them need someone to volunteer to be the point of contact.
TBD. If you want to give a talk or a workshop, add your info to the workshop/talks list.