June 12th, 2006
Presenter: Xabier Barandiaran - Series Talk #2
Monday June 12, 7-9pm
Polvo - 1458 W. 18th St. 1R | Chicago IL | www.polvo.org
Co-Sponsored by AREA Chicago Art/Education/Activism and CriticalArtWare
www.areachicago.com | www.criticalartware.net
Title and Abstract of the talk:
“Hackmeeting and Hacklabs: technopolitics and reality hacking in
south-european autonomous networks”
For the last 6 years a number of autonomous collectives called
HackLabs (hacker or hacktivist laboratories) have been created at
different squat social centers and other self-managed spaces around
europe. The network of hacklabs has now more than 40 nodes (most of
them located in Spain and Italy) dedicated to build-up community
based free-software and open access spaces for skill sharing and
collective intelligence, technopolitic experimentation and direct
action on several digital struggles (cybercontrol, digital rights,
intelectual property, etc.).
HackLabs were born as a result of Hackmeetings: underground
self-organized hacktivist meetings where grassroot activist
and geek culture meet to discuss, exchange and
coordinate different knowledge, resources and initiatives around
technologies and politics. The talk will focus on a set of
trajectories within the hacklabs and hackmeeting networks: the
experience of Metabolik (one of the first hacklabs in europe), the
distributed and self-managed organization of spanish and european
hackmeetings and the recent direct action campaing against
intellectual property (CompartirEsBueno.Net). Emphasys will be made
on philosophical background, discussion on technopolitical tactics
and opportunities for coordination.
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June 12th, 2006
Chicago Ruby Users Group Meetup (rsvp at http://www.chirb.org/uger/event/show/2)
Topic: RSpec/BDD presentation
Time: Monday June 12, 2006 06:30 PM
David Chelimsky (Object Mentor), Aslak Hellesøy (ThoughtWorks), and Dave Astels (www.daveastels.com) will be presenting on RSpec and BDD. (See rspec.rubyforge.org for an explanation of RSpec/BDD)
As always, bring your laptop, there will be coding exercises!
651 W. Washington Blvd. Suite 600
Chicago , IL 60661
After Hour Access:
The building entrance on Desplaines will be open until 7. The elevators will be on until 7 as well so that people can get to the 6th floor. After that, please feel free to call Jake at 773/905-9102 and I’ll have someone get you.
Take the Washington exit off of 94/90. ThoughtWorks is at the corner of Desplaines and Washington.
June 12th, 2006
Monday, June 12: MEF semi-annual networking party 5:30 - 9pm
MIDWEST ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM, INC. Monday June 12th Mid Year networking event
Admission will be $30 for MEF Members and $40 for Non- Members
Payment at the door (cash, check or cc).
We are asking you to please preregister so we can better plan on the food and other services we must order ahead of time in order to have a successful event. Please register by sending an email to:
You will need to provide your name, company name and your title and if you are a member.
5:30 - 9:00 PM
At the Union League Club - 2nd Floor Lounge
65 West Jackson in Chicago
An semi-annual get-together of many of the Chicago area’s most successful entrepreneurs, MEFs Board members, international representatives, a host of budding entrepreneurs, and many of the Chicago area’s most influential business people.
- Enjoy a cash bar and a wonderful hors d’ oeuvres buffet.
- Anyone interested in meeting entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurial supporters such as lawyers, accountants, consultants, academics, and others.
- Anyone interested in working with early stage or entrepreneurial Companies
- Entrepreneurs looking for highly skilled management and ways to enhance their company performance
- Anyone interested in expanding a personal network
- Anyone interested in attending a great party!
- Members of the scores of companies who have presented to the group in the past.
- Door Prize Drawings will occur throughout the evening
- Door prize to display and donate? Call Bill Miller at (847) 864-8384
For further information call the MEF Headquarters at (312) 857-0301