[18/07/11] Soft hacking at ESOF 2018 “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

In 2014, we had the chance to be invited to participate in the Think Global – Act Local session at ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) in Copenhagen. Now in 2018, HackYourPhD is pleased to coordinate a session on Soft Hacking, which aims to question the possible interactions between hacker /maker culture and research institutions. See you on July 11 in Toulouse! # ESOF2018 #SoftHacking


On July 11 from 8:45 am to 10am, we will be coordinating a special session on soft hacking. This social sciences concept defines the current processes of integrating hack and make practices into institutional systems. Our session titled “Soft hacking Science: Learning from success and failure at the intersection between research and hacker / maker culture” proposes to present several case studies and question possible hybridisations between “hack and make”  and research environments .

Our speakers will have 5 minutes to share their own experience and define what they consider as success and failures. We will have by our side:

Subsequently, several people from the audience will be able to join the speakers to share their own experience (FishBowl format). At the end of the session, we will sum up our exchanges in order to highlight the do and don’t of these “close encounters of the third Kind”. We hope to provide inspiration for those who wish to develop more collaborative and open practices within their institution.

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See below the abstract of our session :

Under the moto, “Open Science, Open Innovation, Open to the world”, Europe has outlined a clear vision for Research and Innovation in the digital age. Openness is the key to becoming more collaborative, efficient, transparent and inclusive, for the benefit of all: researchers, citizens, policy-makers, funding bodies and the private sector. It’s a beautiful idea, but how do we put this into practice? Much of the innovation in this space comes from open and collaborative practices that have developed around the free and open source software movements, hackerspaces, maker and DIY culture. Through real-world research these communities, both on- and offline, have been iterating and evolving the tools and practices for open transdiciplinary collaboration. But how can hacker culture, which emerged as a challenge to authority, and traditional institutions come together? What happens when open practices are adopted and adapted by institutions – so called, “soft hacking”? In this session, we will look at the role of new spaces and initiatives at the crossroads of these different worlds. We will present case studies of projects where institutional actors (private sector, public research centers and universities) connect with new spaces (biohackerspaces), events (hackathon, data sprint), communities (DIY communities, artists, clinicians, entrepreneurs) and infrastructures (open science platforms). Each project will share two versions of their story: their success and their failures. We will invite the audience to share their feedback and experience. The outcome of the session will be a documented collective practical understanding of the opportunities this approach presents, challenges that need to be overcome, and tricks and solutions to overcome them.


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