Propose a Project
Projects can be as small and transient as a single gathering near a tree, or span multiple hours throughout the retreat to explore a theme together from many angles. If you have an idea you're already working on, organizing a Project may be a good way to engage diverse participants and test your assumptions.
Complex problems require interdisciplinary collaboration to solve. Can we invite projects that weave many skillsets, experiences and perspectives together?
We encourage you to connect with each other by browsing proposals or posting your ideas here in GitHub to brainstorm your Project with people from different disciplines. DWeb Camp is a chance to enlist artists, communicators, designers, educators, funders, infrastructure engineers, lawyers, network operators, organizers, software coders... into a team to explore a use case, share knowledge and build trust for our collaborative decentralized futures.
Projects can span multiple spaces across different time slots. We ask you to think about how long you want to offer your project. Is it a one-time demo or workshop? A multi-day exploration? A physical exhibit you want to showcase for the entire event?
The other key consideration is space. Check out the various spaces DWeb Camp has to offer. You can request an indoor space with table and chairs; an outdoor space in The Forum; a spot in the Meadow, an hour in the 44-foot Healing Dome or a place to erect your own big tent to invite people in. Our Project Coordinators will help you find the best spot in a huge and varied landscape.
Deadline is Monday, June 17
Propose a Lightning Talk
Lightning Talks are 5-minute sessions held in the Board Room, which has a screen and projector. They can be pre-arranged or day-of sign ups. You are welcome to talk about a variety of topics, such as a project you are involved in, a personal interest, an insight you've had at the Camp, or sharing the output of your DWeb Camp Project. We encourage you to share knowledge and ideas, not pitch products!
A large screen is available in the indoor space and the talks will be recorded and possibly live streamed. If you'd like to claim a 5-minute session and be listed on the Lightning Talks page, please fill in the following form. (Note: day-of sign ups cannot be guaranteed a space with a projector/screen.)
What Happens Next?
After submitting the form, an organizer will contact you to make sure we can accommodate your space and logistical requirements, and that it is compatible with our Code of Conduct. After your Project or Lightning Talk is confirmed, it will be listed on our website. While there is no deadline for submission, we ask Projects with specific space and logistical requirements to submit before June 17 so we have enough time to make arrangements.
Open Dialogue Calls
You can also join one of our Open Dialogue Calls. Our Open Dialogue calls are a space for you to ask us logistical questions, bounce your project ideas off of us (and each other!), and maybe even find other collaborators to work on a project.
NEXT CALL: Wednesday May 15 at 6:00 PM PT / 9:00 PM ET
WHERE: Our Jitsi meeting room: https://meet.jit.si/dwebcamp
If you can’t make this one don't worry, we scheduled all our calls leading up to the event in July:
We have a version of the IA server that runs on devices as small as Raspberry Pi's. Its intended for use in places where the internet is absent or poor - expensive, slow or censored. It can serve content from local storage; crawl content to that storage; and act as a proxy. We'd love to get some help cleaning off some of the rough edges to make it usable by our target users - people setting up really remote networks.
Hopes & dreams
That community networks in remote places will start using this alongside other tools for Wikipedia, Khan Academy; Kolibri; Open Street Maps etc to provide a full range of content
Help people outside our bubble of great internet access the rich content that allows them to break the cycle of poverty.
No idea yet - probably at least one session for community network people; one on setting up RPIs as mesh nodes; and some hacking sessions if people are interested.
mitra [at] mitra.biz
PLAN is a Community Operating System that allows people with few resources to conduct real-time logistical planning, and coordinate with high reliability, persistence, and privacy. Our project goals are for PLAN to incorporate the following design characteristics: total data-ownership, end-to-end encrypted, “offline-first” operation, spatial and immersive, hardware agnostic, plugin architecture with open protocols by design, relationship focused, and free & open-source.
Hopes & dreams
Beyond DWeb, we want PLAN to be the world's first truly open, architecturally distributed, and spatially immersive operating system. At PLAN Systems, we believe people profoundly benefit from having the tools to connect with each other, manage common resources, and to engage in meaningful projects. PLAN is a spatial collaboration and communication tool for teams, groups, and organizations, with a highly adaptable interface -- we dream of a future where integrated productivity tools allow communities to organize, visualize their environment, and be digitally self-reliant.
Anyone can participate. Demo exhibit preparation is required. We will be setting up a computer hooked up to a touch screen monitor. We’ll bring portable units for others to play with and use, or people can install PLAN on their own machine so that they can be “invited” into the community map. Any information that event coordinators would like to share about the different projects attending, or the details about the specific area could be pre-populated, and refined on site.
We envision participants using our spatial map to orient themselves to the camp area, be able to discover information about other participant projects, and conduct realtime communications on site. Interactivity envisioned: fly around the event space in 3D, discover information about the space and participants, pin a note to a community message board, add yourself to a contacts map.
PLAN Systems is excited to demo an interactive, geospatial map of the event space, with areas of interest annotated and ad-hoc comments and feeds available to interact with during the event. Participants can visually explore and interact with the event space through a 3D digital map, displayed via a touchscreen monitor as well as other connected machines (as available). The experience will be powered by PLAN, our open-source software platform being developed for communities and organizations to securely collaborate and become digitally self-reliant.
GitHub (technical): https://github.com/plan-systems/design-docs
PLAN Textbook (charter, 501(c)(3) pending): https://plan-systems.org/docs/plan-textbook.pdf
Brandon D. Wallace, Drew O'Meara
info [at] plan-systems.org
Powerpoint Karaoke is an improvisational and art event where audience members give a presentation using a set of Powerpoint slides that they’ve never seen before. There are three rules:
1. The presenter cannot see the slides before presenting
2. The presenter delivers each slide in succession without skipping slides or going back
3. The presentation ends when all slides are presented, or after 5 minutes (whichever comes first)
The source material will be the Military Industrial Powerpoint Complex slides curated for a previous instance of this event. They will be served from the local Internet Archive server.
Hopes & dreams
Have lots of fun and realize the value of archiving obscure content on the interwebz!
Anyone! Especially people who'd like to practice presenting slides to an audience in a casual environment!
Laugh and have lots of fun
Need projector at Board Room for an hour or so. 5-min sessions.
Slide material: https://archive.org/details/MilitaryIndustrialPowerpointComplex
ben.hy.lau [at] gmail.com
Research Library Services, a DWeb Camp project led by Brian Newbold of the Internet Archive’s Fatcat (https://fatcat.wiki) project, will provide a convenient content set / corpus for people experimenting with distributed storage and communication systems on-site.
Research Library Services proposes:
- A catalog of about 100 million papers, with fulltext copies for 10-20 million of those
- a small wired front-end server (4 cores, 16+ GB RAM, 2TB+ SSD) to provide HTTP access to the catalog, with metadata (but not fulltext) search
- A fileserver with about 50 TByte of disk storage laser printer with consumables to print about 200x 5 pages hard copies
- single-seat workstation (raspberry pi and a monitor) attached to printer
- available over wired ethernet, bridging to whatever mesh/wireless or dweb tunneling folks are interested in
- A booth will offer designated service hours to help folks look things up and discuss distributed libraries.
The Amber Initiative, a multi-disciplinary community working towards an inclusive digital economy, plans to host perspective shifting Fireside Chats under The Fire Pyramid at DWeb Camp. Their vision: to align those who want to leverage the power of technology to solve real world challenges around freedom, education and sustainability.