CyborgCamp is Back! Join us in Portland, Oregon on November 3rd, 2018!

CyborgCamp is back! Last held at MIT Media Lab in 2014, CyborgCamp is returning to Portland, Oregon this November at the Pacific Northwest College of Art!

We’d like to thank the 12 local speakers and performers helping bring CyborgCamp to life!


1. Stephanie Mendoza, VR art, development and activism (morning speaker)
2. Shashi Jain, 3D printing (morning speaker)
3. Reese Bowes, experimental DJing, sound design, and percussion (pre-party performance)
4. Erin Cooper, experimental music (pre-party performance)
5. Myles de Bastion, deaf musician and interaction designer (morning speaker and performer)
6. Deborah Heath, Anthropology professor, cyborg anthropology midwife, biodynamic food researcher (morning speaker)
7. Dave Moiser, artist 3D scanning (pre-party and CyborgCamp daytime 3D scanning)
8. Jeff Brown, food activist, robotic growing enthusiast, restaurateur, food sponsor (morning speaker)
9. Body Shame, solo experimental music performer (pre-party performer)
10. Amber Case, CyborgCamp founder, cyborg anthropologist and author of Calm Technology (morning speaker)
11. EddyEddyEddy, experimental music duo (pre-party performance)
12. Klint Finley, writer, journalist, and game designer (morning speaker)

On the fence about going? There are still a few tickets left! Can’t go? Consider sponsoring low income attendees by buying a couple of tickets! The cost is only $20, and you’ll be helping someone out!

What’s a CyborgCamp?
CyborgCamps are small, in-depth unconferences about the future of the relationship between humans and technology. Attendees discuss a variety of topics such as the futures of identity, privacy, surveillance, hardware to wetware, drones, 3D printing, cyberpunk, human augmentation, constructed reality, the second self, ethics, robot rights, sexuality, urban design, and anthropology. Topics are discussed the morning of the conference and scheduled into the conference grid by attendees themselves, making it a DIY conference experience.

What’s an Unconference?
An unconference is a conference organized by the attendees on the day of the event. Although CyborgCamp will have some morning speeches to kick off the day’s events, most of the day will be made up by talks and breakout sessions organized by attendees. The unconference model allows one to really determine what they’re interested in learning, instead of being tied to a very stringent conference agenda. Each CyborgCamp has its own mix of topics created by what the attendees want to discuss. All CyborgCamps follow a Code of Conduct.

CyborgCamps are Small
CyborgCamps generally have less than 100 attendees, making it easier to have more in depth discussions with people across different fields. The small format increases the chances getting to really know your fellow attendees.

CyborgCamps are Diverse
Every CyborgCamp welcome people from different backgrounds, including social, business, academic and trade-related. Just as cyborg studies sit at the crossroads of multiple academic disciplines, we like to invite people at the crossroads of different disciplines and boundaries as well.

CyborgCamps are Designed by Attendees
At CyborgCamp, attendees make the conference. Some attendees come prepared with ideas of what they want to talk about, and others come to listen and learn. Some attendees have relevant experience and prepared talks, and others just have a woolly idea needing discussion. At the start of the conference, attendees write their ideas up on a board and the conference begins!

How can I attend?
Clear your calendar for November 3rd, 2018 and register for CyborgCamp here!

The conference will be held at PNCA on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 from 9am-6pm. On November, 2nd, we’ll have a pre-party with live tech performances, 3D scanning and other treats from 7-10pm at a secret, undisclosed location. Anyone interested in making a post-conference zine is welcome to join the CyborgCamp writing party on Sunday, November 4th!

Get your ticket!
CyborgCamp has always been an affordable conference. We use sponsor funds and a low ticket price to provide meals, entertainment and unconference sessions to everyone who attends. Tickets are $20 to encourage people of multiple backgrounds, especially students. If you’d like to help sponsor the conference, simply buy a bundle of tickets, and we’ll use the funds to provide scholarships to those who can’t afford the ticket price.

Feel free to visit CyborgCamp to learn more! We’ll be announcing a full lineup of morning speakers and performances soon. Tickets usually sell out, so get yours asap!

We’re looking for a handful of sponsors to provide sign language, closed captioning, and other accessibility support for the conference. The best thing about sponsoring? It’s tax deductible! Please contact caseorganic at gmail dot com with any inquiries! You’ll get a small sponsor packet and a non-profit donation instructions!


Found this chip at a table at Coupa Cafe

Found this chip at a table at Coupa Cafe, home of an endless number of new technologies. This is an iBeacon that allows you to order from your table. It makes ordering super easy! Except the network access at Coupa is pretty poor. Once you take that into account, all you have to do is connect to the cafe’s wifi, search the App Store for an app called Downtown, download the app, make an account, sign into the account, allow the app to access your location, turn on Bluetooth, and then finally get to a screen that allows you to order. Next, you’ll key in your table number (displayed on the side of the cube) and place your order. You have to input some form of payment, which may involve keying some numbers into the app incorrectly.
I can imagine sitting down and ordering this way on a second visit to the Cafe, but the first time is a little annoying. If it’s busy, though, it sure beats standing in line!
The tech uses Estimote beacons: small wireless sensors that you can attach to any location or object. They broadcast tiny radio signals which your smartphone can receive and interpret, unlocking micro-location and contextual awareness. The Estimote has a Nordic Semiconductor chip nRF51822, a powerful, highly flexible multi-protocol SoC ideally suited for Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth low energy). This chip was built Nov 26, 2015. Okay, I went a little overboard looking everything up.

Meanwhile, Japanese restaurants just have iPads at every table. No big deal to order from them, and no big deal to download an app to your phone. I have a bet with a friend to see how long it will take before this particular tech gets acquired. Tech that makes it into Coupa cafe usually has a pretty good track record.
#ibeacons #bluetooth #restaurant #tech #chip #startup #hardware #location

Startup Happy Hour at Esri R&D Center Portland! January 14, 2015 5:30p-7:30p

Spock Conference Room

We’re having a Happy Hour at Esri R&D Center and we’d love to see you there!

Stop by between 5:30 and 7:30pm to check out what we’re working on, and meet lots of people interested in maps and the future of mapping.

Office Warming at Esri in May 2014

Are you a developer? Pick up a free license to mapping apps, APIs, and SDKs here.

Simply bring your curiosity and we’ll bring the food and drinks. See you there!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM


Esri R&D Center Portland
309 SW 6th Ave., Suite 600, Portland, OR


Startup Happy Hour @ Esri R&D Center

Portland R&D Center Bike Racks

Esri Conference Room

Leaf Chair

Geordi Conference Room

Settler's of Catan Board

Pages 2 & 3 of 20. I put together a big album of all of the tech stickers collected over the course of 4 years because there’s no laptop large enough to hold all of them. The best part is that I have almost every Github Octocat variant! #tech #stickers

Pages 2 & 3 of 20. I put together a big album of all of the tech stickers collected over the course of 4 years because there’s no laptop large enough to hold all of them. The best part is that I have almost every Github Octocat variant! #tech #stickers