The Digital Stewards attended an event known as The Feast Hackathon. At this event, Tech savvy people from all over come together to brainstorm and prototype their ideas to help Brooklyn prepare for natural disasters.The hackathon conference kicked off friday October 10th 2014 at Pioneer Works in the red hook section of brooklyn.
The Conference started with wise words of inspiration from various founders and co founders such as
Dustin Yellin, Founder of Pioneer Works
Jerri Chou, Founder of The Feast
Jim Rutt, Trustee at Santa Fe Institute
Harley K. Dubois, Co-Founder of Burning Man
Ben Huh, Founder and CEO of Cheezburger
Speaking on how we learn, grow, and adapt to do meaningful work on the day to day basis.
Which then led to morning talks that surrounding the ideas of knowing yourself and working with others to bring your ideas to life. The conference also covered a lot of areas such as embracing the constantly changing future, intimacy in relationships by TED superstar Esther Perel, Co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ben Cohen, and even some activities for the attendees to take part in.
The first activity required everyone to take a seat. On each chair was a bag with a word and a date on it. Attendees were asked to walk around the space and try to make a sentence using their words and others. This also helped people talk and get to know one another as it often sparked conversation with others and I. After making sentences, Attendees were asked to line up around the room by the order of the dates printed on each bag. when everyone was in place, the words turned out to craft a poem constructed by “The Haiku Guys”.
That afternoon sparked conversations on the body and the mind connection with talks from Jonathan Ford, Founding Partner and CCO of Pearlfish on the evolving of the human body and using the latest research to optimize the human body health in the future. Friday’s event ended with a few key take aways
1.”To uphold and improve their independent livelihoods, freelancers must work together to redefine how our society views work.”
2.”Strong mind-body connections will empower us to enact meaningful change now and in the future.”
While there, the Stewards demonstrated these key values by displaying a rapid prototype for backup communication in a crisis called “NAB Alert”. This system would essentially provide communication for a neighborhood when power and internet are down. The device would send out alerts and updates on where to get food and supplies.
There was also ideas of a NAB Alert app that could turn your smartphone into a NAB Alert device. This would mean that your phone would also broadcast the alerts to others nearby. The NAB Alert would use Bluetooth Technology to send the updates out to residents. The existing nodes in the “Red Hook Wifi” mesh network would be upgraded to be able to use Bluetooth and send the alerts to nearby devices.
“A basic schematic of NAB Alert.”