Charlie Harvey

Verbindingen/Jonctions 14 in Brussels

The Brussels-based collective Constant work at the intersection between politics, art and free/open source technology. I’ve just been at Verbindingen/Jonctions 14 — let’s call it VJ14, for the sake of brevity — a 4 day gathering aiming to provide a feminist review of mesh, cloud, autonomous and D.I.Y. servers.

Image by Peter Westenberg used under Free Art Licence

The conference lasted for four days, though I wasn’t able to make it to all the days. It covered a huge amount of material, from practical sessions on rooting your phone to pesentations and lectures. Amazingly for any sort of tech gathering, half or perhaps even more than half of the participants were women.

The atmosphere was friendly, critical and playful. We heard from a huge number of server projects and collectives and we even got to play the part of the server itself over lunch on the Saturday. Much hilarity ensued.

There are notes and images from all the sessions over on the Verbindingen/Jonctions 14 website. Or look at #vj14 on twitter.


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