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[BOSTON] Opening & Hacking Knowledge: Back to Where it Started? #hackingday2018

The Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS)

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 at 08:30 - Friday, 27 July 2018 at 19:00 (EDT)

[BOSTON] Opening & Hacking Knowledge: Back to Where it...

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This field trip is organized by the Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS) in partnership with PSL Research University. RGCS is an international network of scholars interested in the study and transformation of new work practices in and through collaborative spaces (e.g. coworking spaces, makerspaces and hackerspaces).

This event will take place on July (25th, 26th, and 27th) in Boston.

The general topic of our field trip will be "Opening and hacking knowledge: back to where it started?".

Boston is a key place for open innovation, open knowledge, FabLabs and hacker culture. It is an historical starting point. With a group of academics from PSL research university and a couple of entrepreneurs and activists, we want to do a trip in space and time. We would like to understand the emergence of open and hackers cultures by coming back where and when it started.

Our expedition will alternate visits of collaborative space (e.g. makerspaces and hackerspaces) with seminars, collective discussions and visits of academic places (Harvard University, MIT, BC...). Academic visits will be an opportunity to attend conferences about opening and hacking knowledge, in particular with an historical focus (how it started). This objective is to trigger discussions and explorations of local academic labs (coworking spaces, incubators, accelerators, makerspaces, hackerspaces, FabLabs...). To cultivate reflexivity for ourselves and people attending our event from far, we will write each day a Framapad which will be a way to share our views and experience of the day.

The French delegation will consist of 15 professors, associate professors and PhD students of PSL university, mainly from social sciences and humanities (sociology, management, anthropology...). 20 places will also be reserved to entrepreneurs, activists, non-PSL academics, students who would like to join us for this learning expedition and co-production of knowledge on the topic of: “hacking and opening knowledge”. The all event will be co-production oriented and will follow a protocol called Open Walked Event-Based Experimentations (OWEE).

Do not hesitate to join us for this great adventure! Registrations are free of charge but the number of seats at our event is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

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Boston, MA

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 at 08:30 - Friday, 27 July 2018 at 19:00 (EDT)

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The Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS)

The Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS)* has been set up in November 2014. It is an independent network and is focused on work and workplace transformations in the context of the collaborative economy. It is focused on collaborative spaces, in particular coworking spaces (external or corporate), maker spaces, fab labs and hacker spaces. Studies related to RGCS cover the social, political, managerial, digital and spatial dimensions of collaborative spaces and collaborative experiences.

The project is mainly focused on the dynamic of three cities: London, Paris and Montreal. We intend to compare the public policies, business models and everyday activities occuring in local collaborative spaces (new open spaces, co-working spaces, maker spaces, fab labs, etc.). Three chapters have thus been set up in Paris, London and Montreal. Each chapter organizes bi-monthly research seminars and working groups. Events take place at université Paris-Dauphine for RGCS Paris, the King’s College London for RGCS London and McGill University or UQAM for RGCS Montreal.

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