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Latest (Thursday July 7th, 2005):

2005's "NotCon" now has the new name of Open Tech 2005 (and takes place in Hammersmith on Saturday 23rd July 2005) - please click the link for further details.

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Audio and video recordings:

Online presentations:

  • Creating Collaborative City Guides with OpenGuides - Earle Martin
  • New hardware/software developments on the Sinclair Spectrum - Matt Westcott
  • Politics of the net - Bill Thompson
  • Politics of Groups vs Politics of Society (Word doc) - Will Davies
  • Mashups discussion - Will Head, Lionel Vinyl, Soundhog, Wendy Seltzer
  • Shit I'm A Manager - Tom Dolan
  • How To Run a Weblog on Behalf of Your MP - Tim Ireland
  • Online Politics 2001-2004 (page linking to Powerpoint ppt) - Tom Steinberg
  • Gmail, Search & Content Discovery - Peter Jones
  • Online coverage:

  • Wired News: general overview + prawn sandwich, camera phone remote control
  • CYBAEA: general
  • SubEthaEdit notes: life hacks, Brewster Kahle, politics on the net, geolocation, hardware, MP3, social(-ish) software, blogging, some P2P
  • Cory Doctorow/ BoingBoing: life hacks notes
  • IRC chat logs
  • Tom Stuart/ general, photos
  • Timo Arnall/ some hardware, photos
  • Tom Gilbert/ photos
  • Steve C: photos
  • Exmosis: photos, brief video
  • Reverend Rat: photos
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: prawn sandwich radio interview
  • James Bloomer/ Big Dumb Object: life hacks, Brewster Kahle, copyright pt 2, politics of the net, Ian Clarke, politics on the net, Hitchhiker's Guide
  • Ewan Spence: general/ a few more links
  • John Linford: general
  • Tom Coates/ general, hardware, geolocation
  • Chris Lightfoot: Brewster Kahle
  • Ian Forrester/ general (lots on P2P), photos?
  • Lee Bryant/ blogging, politics on the net
  • Tom Armitage/ general
  • Techquila Shots: life hacks
  • Daniel Barlow: politics, prawns, life hacks
  • Matt Freestone/ politics
  • Chris Applegate: general
  • Flashboy: general
  • Owen Massey/ Tech Lech: geolocation, hardware, Brewster Kahle
  • Suw Charman/ Chocnvodka: life hacks, politics, copyright
  • David Brake/ general, Brewster Kahle, blogging, photos
  • Topic Exchange: (whatever that is)
  • Chris Raettig: get well soon
  • What: NotCon '04 - an informal, low-cost, one-day conference on things that technologies were perhaps not intended to do.

    When: 11am-7pm, Sunday June 6th, 2004.

    Where: Imperial College Union (click for venue directions), Beit Quad, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington SW7 2BB (nearest tubes Gloucester Road and South Kensington - NB: Piccadilly line only at weekend, no service on Circle line, no District line between Whitechapel and Earls Court).

    Cost: £4.00 on the door, £3.00 concessions (ie students, under 18s, journalists, OAPs, the unemployed, any webloggers not covered by one or more of the previous categories).

    Full speaker schedule:
    Please note that places will be limited by the size of the venue; tickets will be on sale from 10.50am and doors open at 11am, so basically turn up early. Some food (vending machines etc) will be available at the venue but you are advised to visit local retailers and hostelries for more substantial fare. The bar is not open to under-18s, and the event as a whole is not intended for very young children.

    Ground Floor:     Second Floor:  
    11.30am-12.30pm:    11.40am-12.30pm:  
    Intro and Life Hacks   Geolocation  

    10 min introduction to the event followed by...

    Life Hacks: Tech Secrets of Overprolific Alpha Geeks
    - Dan O'Brien



    Chair: Chris Lightfoot

    Urban Tapestries: Building a Space-based App Without Thinking About Technology
    - Nick West
    Creating stress/excitement maps of London
    - Christian Nold
    Creating Collaborative City Guides with OpenGuides
    - Earle Martin
    Dealing With The Top 10 Worst Situations In Urban Exploration
    - ProjectZ

    12.30pm-1.30pm:    12.30pm-1.30pm:  
    Hardware   Politics OF the net  

    Chair: Matt Jones

    Telling the time (not very accurately) using a Marks & Spencer prawn sandwich and a BBC micro
    - James Larsson
    New hardware/software developments on the Sinclair Spectrum
    - Matt Westcott
    Why Interactive telly isn't the Web, why it never will be, and why that's good
    - George Wright
    How to Email Your Video (and other things to make your home come alive - literally)
    - Steven Goodwin
    Camera-Phones: the only remote control you'll ever need
    - Anil Madhavapeddy
    Extended Range Bluejacking
    - The Reverend Rat


    Chair: Tom Steinberg

    The Consensus view
    - Cory Doctorow
    The Neo-con Net
    - Bill Thompson
    Sociological perspectives
    - Will Davies (link to Word doc)

    1.30pm-2pm:    1.30pm-2pm:  
    Break   Wireless interlude  

    [Possible seating re-arrangement - bar now open just across the hall from Ground Floor venue]


    Bristol Wireless - a quick overview
    - Peter Ferne
    Network commons - legal aspects of open public networks
    - .nbco, Bruce M Simpson & .vortex

    2pm-2.50pm:    2pm-2.50pm:  
    Copyright pt 1   Mashups and MP3s  

    Universal access to human knowledge
    - Brewster Kahle
      Chair: Will Head (click for session transcript)

    Panel discussion:
    - Lionel Vinyl
    - Soundhog
    - Wendy Seltzer, Chilling Effects

    Why we built Audioscrobbler
    - Richard Jones

    3pm-4pm:    3pm-4pm:  
    Copyright pt 2   Social software  

    Chair: Dan O'Brien

    Goodbye (Project) Gutenberg? What's the new world of IP doing to plaintext?

    Panel discussion:
    - Brewster Kahle, The Internet Archive
    - Rob Hamadi, The Publishers Association
    - David Tannenbaum, Union for the Public Domain
    - James Wallis, niche publisher and author
    - Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

      Chair: Wendy Grossman

    Flox: An Open Source Social Network
    - Simon Cozens
    Editing text for live gabba techno performance
    - Alex McLean
    The Kendra Initiative
    - Daniel Harris
    Open Webcasting and Collaborative Scheduling
    - Gavin Starks

    4pm-4.30pm:    4pm-4.30pm:  
    Break   Business break  

    [Last chance to enter "My Worst Blog Post" competition - either post your entries to the wiki or print them out and bring them on the day...]

      Chair: Steve Bowbrick

    Shit I'm A Manager
    - Tom Dolan
    Mediocrities of Scale
    - Pete Windle

    4.30pm-5.20pm:    4.30pm-5.20pm:  
    Blogging with a point   Peer-to-peer pt 1  
    Chair: Dave Green

    A controlled study on the impacts of blogging within a defined geographical location
    - Richard Holmes, BBC Scotland Interactive
    MPs and Weblogs
    - Tim Ireland

      Chair: Christopher Soghoian

    Free as in "Freenet"
    - Ian Clarke

    5.30pm-6.20pm:    5.30pm-6.20pm:  
    Politics ON the net   Peer-to-peer review  
    Chair: Tom Steinberg

    Unveiling of TheyWorkForYou, a new project from the people behind FaxYourMP and PublicWhip

    Government ways of consulting with the public over the net
    - Richard Sargeant

      Chair: Paula Le Dieu

    Anonymous P2P services
    - Christopher Soghoian
    P2PQ: From Local Knowledge to Selling $tuff
    - Akin O. Fernandez
    A Darker BitTorrent
    - Ash Argent-Katwala
    Gmail, Search and Content Discovery
    - Peter Jones

    Any other business/ closing remarks  

    What's Actually Happening with the Hitch-Hiker's Guide Movie (new pics and "a fistful of new factoids not currently on the web anywhere")
    - Yoz Grahame

    Announcement of winners for "My Worst Blog Post" competition

    Final lineup may be subject to alteration due to circumstances beyond our control.

    All-New NotCon '04 Minimalist Website

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    Latest (Thursday July 7th, 2005):

    2005's "NotCon" now has the new name of Open Tech 2005 (and takes place in Hammersmith on Saturday 23rd July 2005) - please click the link for further details.