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Subject: [HAR2009] Hacking at Random - august 13-16 2009 - Vierhouten, NL
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 16:46:35 +0100
From: HAR2009 <har-announce at har2009.org>
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Hacking at Random

    International technology & security conference. Four days of
    technology, ideological debates and hands-on tinkering.

    On August 13-16, 2009 the 20th anniversary event edition of the
    four-yearly Dutch outdoor technology-conference will take place near
    Vierhouten, NL.

What is HAR?

    Since 1989 the international community that builds the internet has
    been getting together on a series of conferences to discuss the state
    of contemporary technology, the future of it and the sociological and
    political consequences of their work. The participants vary from
    students and people with personal interests to researchers, scientists
    and entrepreneurs who are widely recognized as the best in their field.

    The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, the average level of knowledge
    is high and outside of the official lectures the site is buzzing with
    energy, ideas and projects. The New York Times likened the 1997 edition
    to a "Woodstock for Hackers". We do our best to keep that atmosphere.

    When these conferences first happened twenty years ago, the internet
    was like the Wild West, a new frontier to explore. That has changed,
    virtually every household in the Western world has access to the
    internet and, just as happened in the Wild West, new questions have
    risen. Questions of governance, sustainability, integration with
    existing power structures, shortage of IP space and energy, censorship,
    security, etc. The notion of hacking, to use a system in a creative way
    that was not thought of when it was invented, has also shown to be
    applicable to fields outside of ICT technology.

Where is HAR?

    The location (+52 19' 50.02", +5 49' 27.98") is near Vierhouten, a
    small settlement in the beautiful Veluwe area renowned for its culinary
    industry. The former socialist youth-camp [1]de Paasheuvel provides
    some good old-fashioned Dutch [2]gezelligheid. A variety of camping
    areas will cater to our broad range of camping and non-camping
    audience: varying from secluded spots in the foliage to larger fields
    for those of you who want to cluster together to form a village.

    There is a train-station nearby, in Nunspeet. From there it is a
    10-minute drive to the festival terrain. Some form of transport from
    the station to the terrain will be arranged, but the truly adventurous
    among you may choose to take a hike: it is definetely within walking
    distance and the surroundings will not disappoint.

Who is HAR?

    You, me and some hundreds (if not thousands) of other like-minded
    folks. In true spirit, there will be no visitors but only volunteers.
    In order to keep costs low, expect to lend a hand here and there. You
    might be operating the A/V-equipment in one of the lecture tents, sweep
    the floor in the bar tent, check in visitors at the entrance or pour
    drinks at the bar. A great way to discover new talents, or develop
    those hidden ones you never suspected you had!

    Of course, there is a somewhat smaller group of madmen and women that
    will lay (and have been laying) the groundwork for another great
    edition in the year leading up to the event. This event could easily be
    dubbed "the next generation". Because, yes, the original crew that has
    been working hard on these conferences have earned a relaxing holiday
    by organising the four preceeding events. A new generation is eager to
    take over, and continue their legacy. Not to say that the old farts are
    not interested, au contraire my friends. There is a healthy mix of new
    blood and experienced hands currently working on the necesarry

    In fact, this is reflected nicely in the foundation that was set up to
    handle all the paperwork and other legal requirements: [3]the Hxx
    foundation. Its board is a 50/50 mix of old and new: Aldert Hazenberg
    and Mischa Peters have been involved to a great extent in all past
    events, Koen Martens made his organising debut 3 years ago on WTH and
    Mathijs Schmittmann is our new kid on the block.

    In case you are wondering "but where is Rop Gonggrijp", no fears: he is
    right around the corner and [4]believes we "pesky new-generation
    event-hackers" are going to do just fine. He will help out where
    possible, but more on that below.

    Of course, HAR will not be happen without huge sums of money. We have
    tried to keep ticket prices low, even in these times of financial
    crisis, so we are attracting a number of sponsors and donors. But don't
    worry, HAR will not be called "Yoyodyne Inc. HAR2009" even if Yoyodyne
    coughs up millions of euro's.

And more..

    As this is being written, the last work is undertaken on the
    ticket-webshop, which we hope to have online early december. At the
    same time, the program committee, led by the more than qualified Rop
    Gonggrijp, is preparing the call for papers and otherwise developing a
    solid lecture program that'll make your mouth water (even if you have
    visited every single conference between WTH and now and seen em all).

    Of course, planning has started on an in-promptu power infrastructure
    and intranet, with uplink to the interwebs. And naturally, there will
    be various foods and beverages.


    If you want to receive the latest news on HAR2009 as it happens, be
    sure to subscribe to the relatively low-volume announcement list. Send
    an email to [5]announce-subscribe at har2009.org or visit
    [6]www.har2009.org and enter your email in the subscribe form.

    Perhaps you're thinking "hey, I want to help!". If you have some time
    in the next months and are prepared to make a commitment, send an email
    to [7]help at har2009.org.

    The wiki is available at [8]http://wiki.har2009.org/.

    Potential sponsors can mail directly to [9]sponsoring at har2009.org.

    Press inquiries can be sent to [10]press at har2009.org.


   1. http://www.paasheuvel.nl/
   3. http://www.stichtinghxx.nl/
   4. http://staging.har2009.org/index.php?p=73
   5. mailto:announce-subscribe at har2009.org
   6. http://www.har2009.org/
   7. mailto:help at har2009.org
   8. http://wiki.har2009.org/
   9. mailto:sponsoring at har2009.org
   10. mailto:press at har2009.org

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