If anyone wants to hack on top of an existing free software platform designed to support social justice, take a look at CiviCRM (www.civicrm.org). It's gotten used for email applications, collecting data and communicating with people, personalization and more.
so who's coming tonight? i am. anyone have presentation ideas or questions they want answered?
here's yet another cool open hack event happening around the world. who knew there were so many?!
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dorkbot-socal is a monthly meeting of artists (sound/image/movement/whatever), designers, engineers, students and other interested parties from the southern california / los angeles area who are involved in the creation of electronic art (in the broadest sense of the term.)
the purpose of dorkbot-socal is to:
* give artists/programmers/engineers an opportunity for informal peer review
* establish a forum for the presentation of new art works/technology/software/hardware
* help establish relationships and foster collaboration between people with various backgrounds and interests
* give us all a chance to see the cool things that our neighbors are working on
imaginary presentation topics:
* a demo of the new motion tracking software you're writing
* playing a video you made
* an explanation of how you hacked your game boy to get it to make cool bleeping noises
* trouble shooting/brainstorming your remote-controlled sandwich making robot
* bringing in some dancers you're working with and having them demonstrate the interface used in your new mind-control ballet
* discussing your approach to electronic sculpture
demos of commercial software are not appropriate, unless you wrote the software or you are making it do something particularly novel or interesting. on the other hand, presenting a piece that was created using commercial software is fine.
for being there on irc, how about joining the channel