Worldwide Aaron Swartz Memorial Hackathons

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In memory of hacktivist Aaron Swartz, there will be a series of hackathons around the world in Jan.-Feb., 2013 dedicated to understanding Aaron's work and keeping his projects alive. This page is intended as a record of what was done at each of these hackathons. If you'd like to suggest project ideas or help organize stuff, see the coordination spreadsheet. You can contact the main coordinator for the worldwide effort via email.

In order to provide some online continuity between events please feel free to use the #aaronsw IRC channel, and the #aaronsw tag.


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Beirut

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We, at Lamba Labs, are joining the global hackerspace community with a memorial hack-a-thon and build night, in memory of Aaron Swartz. In order to answer Swartz's call for social change, we're humbly hosting a build night focused on projects that are geared towards social change in Lebanon, such as: creating a website for the country's Anti-Racism project, visualizing election data to prevent corruption, creating a low-power device for emergency broadcasting of location, creating artwork for public street installations to nurture public awareness…

Everyone's welcome to join and collaborate on existing projects or work on their own projects.

Bangalore

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Report

Here is a link to the playlist containing three videos from the Aaron Swartz Memorial Hacknight: http://hasgeek.tv/hasgeek/aaronsw-hacknight.

According to Kiran:

A more detailed report is in the works and will be added soon!

Tokyo

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  • Dates:
  • Location:
  • Organizers: @jonwaller
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Skopje / Zagreb / Belgrade / Ljubljana / Bratislava

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Vienna

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  • Dates:
  • Location: Metalab, Vienna, Austria
  • Organizers: michael@emhofer.net
  • Website:

Paris

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A full gathering of hackers and data liberationists stayed through the night at Fabelier coding and organizing. Much energy coalesced around a controversial agreement between the national library and private corporations concerning book scanning, where the companies gain limited exclusive rights to the content scanned.

A Google Doc was used to organize thoughts and research: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LZ9PuJ-FeSBgrRWyTB3MXVjbVYQn4ztyLj1-GazKhBc/edit#heading=h.jvd48x78h9qc

Some photos from the night of the 26th: http://numm.org/~rmo/asw-paris/


St. Erme

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  • Dates: sometime in Jan 17 - 27
  • Location: PAF, St. Erme, France
  • Organizers: joshuah@mit.edu, njoliat@mit.edu
  • Website:

Amsterdam

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  • Dates:
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  • Organizers: contact@techinc.nl
  • Website:

Rio de Janeiro

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San Francisco

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Boston

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New York

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Washington DC

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Chicago (Braintree)

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  • Dates: Feb 14 17:00
  • Location: Braintree 111 North Canal Street #455, Chicago, IL 60606
  • Organizers: chicago@python.org, brianhray@gmail.com
  • Website: http://chipy.org

Chicago (Pumping Station: One)

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Vancouver

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Presenters at Vancouver Hack Space get laser-cut tokens, which this time also had a portrait of AaronSw embossed onto them.

Super Happy Hacker House is a regular hack/socializing/lightning talks event at Vancouver Hack Space. We renamed it Super Sad Hacker House for this evening. There was a large portrait of Aaron added to the space for the day. I (Neil K) opened the lightning talks with a brief presentation on AaronSw and we had a moment of silence. I don't know of any hacking project that anyone's working on in Aaron's memory specifically.

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