Notacon to Challenge Communication Issues in the Hacker Community

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In an age of ubiquitous communication, a lot seems to get lost in the noise. Notacon explores potential problems as well as creative solutions.

Notacon, an annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio, will be held this year from April 7th through 9th, 2006. The event seeks to explore technology not only in traditional ways, but also as relevant to graphics, art, music, and social interaction. Two tracks of presentations centered on the theme of communication technologies and philosophy will be presented in addition to games, contests, live music, and art.

Communicating is easy. Whether it is via cellular telephone, instant messaging or through a blog, talking and sharing with others is simpler than ever. However, is the message getting lost in a sea of data and stimuli? What are the technologies that will propel us into the next big method of more efficient communication? What changes will we have to make as humans to assimilate and accept them? Should we even consider it in the first place?

These are just some of the questions the participants at Notacon will attempt to address this year. The events presenters will have a lot of latitude to direct salvos at some of the Internet’s cherished institutions such as Wikipedia and Linux, as well as much-maligned corporations such as Microsoft. Talks will also focus on some of the more practical aspects of communication as well as artistic and musical interpretations of the theme. Expect talks to be geared to all levels of technical literacy.

While there are no shortages of ways to communicate, this event will surely attempt to profile some of the most timely and interesting. In addition, the event hosts a unique contest called “Anything But Ethernet” where contestants will build their own multi-link Rube Goldberg-esque communication pathway in an attempt to acquire points and prizes.

Notacon is currently seeking additional presenters through January 9th. First-time speakers are welcomed to submit proposals and a lot of latitude is given to potential topics. Interested presenters should read the Call for Proposals which can be found at:

http://www.notacon.org/cfp.html

For general information, including a currently list of presenters and events, please see their webpage:

http://www.notacon.org/

Pre-registration for the event is also available. Pricing is based on a tiered structure with prices as low as $40. Prices will increase to $100 until they are sold out. The will be a total 500 available registrations. Pre-registration specifics can be found on the Notacon pre-registration page:

http://www.notacon.org/prereg.html

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