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Bitnorth is about participation. That means that while we have a good idea how events will unfold, much of the content depends on what you contribute. We learned a lot from running the event last year, and we're trying to strike the right balance of learning, discussion, reflection, and fun. That said, here's a rough outline of the three days.

  • Friday, people will arrive throughout the afternoon and evening. We've got some icebreakers planned that you won't want to miss; plus, there's supper, games, and a paid bar.
  • Saturday is the learning part of the weekend. A series of short presentations, demonstrations, panels, and video clips created by attendees, with lunch.
  • Saturday evening it's time to cut loose. We're planning a monster of a party -- after all, it's Hallowe'en, we're at a shuttered camp by a lake, and there's no phone. If we're lucky, the road will get washed out, too. So there's nothing better to do than get dressed up and fire up the karaoke machine. Or screen some scary movies. Or play Werewolf.
  • Sunday is recovery time. If you want to keep learning and thinking, we'll have Birds of a Feather discussions. If you just want to relax and avoid thinking too much, you can do some yoga and take it easy.

Last year we had presentations on how to use social networks to promote democracy and change legislation, community gardening, Kiva and microlending, the hypergrowth of the Middle East, alternate history of Chinese exploration in the early 1400's and bringing broadband to the people of Northern Quebec.

Like we said. Stimulating conversation with smart people.