I had an email from fellow Bristol Wireless volunteer Mike last night asking if I could fiddle with the order of posts on the site to bring the last post on Hacktionlab (news passim) to the top of the BW news page. After some thought, I decided to write this post instead.
For those who haven’t heard, this year’s rural Hacktionlab starts tomorrow 11th June and runs until Sunday 14th and takes place at Highbury Farm in the Wye Valley just inside Gloucestershire.
Hacktionlab is aimed at people interested and/or working in the areas of alternative media, renewable energy, on-line video distribution, free software and any other form of activism that uses technology.
The idea for the gathering has come from many years of experience gained by activists working for organisations such as Indymedia, as well as specific experience from involvement in the Horizone Eco-Village in Stirling (2005), the Camps for Climate Action in Drax (2006), Heathrow (2007) and Kingsnorth (2008), plus the No Borders camp at Gatwick (2007). There have had 2 successful gatherings so far – a rural meeting in the Wye Valley in June 2008 and an urban one in Leeds in October 2008.
This evening sees the forward crew of Bristol Wireless volunteers going to site to set up the infrastructure ready for when people start arriving tomorrow. There’s a fair bit of work to be done, such as setting up a reception tent and other infrastructure (LTSP suite, network, kitchen, compost loo, etc.).
The Hacktionlab site has full details of the programme.