Happy New Year! It’s already been an exciting start to 2012 with the battle over SOPA/PIPA and a perfect time to gear up for Innovate/Activate 2.0, our conference on IP and activism, to be held at UC Berkeley from Friday, April 20-Saturday, April 21. This year, we’ve decided on the themes of “How To” and “DIY Activism” — focusing on concrete ways to get more people involved in IP issues and sharing strategies, tactics, lessons learned, etc. from our current and past campaigns and actions.
We have five big announcements to share with you:
1) Conference Registration is now open
You can register for I/A 2.0 here.
Note that for capacity and planning purposes (especially for food), we are asking everyone to pay something for registration. However, in order to be sensitive to people’s financial situations, we are allowing you to pick your own registration fee, ranging from $5-$100 with some suggestions for student, non-profit/academic, and corporate
participants. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If even $5 is too much, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can discuss scholarships/waivers with you.
2) We are now accepting Session Proposals
If you would like to suggest a session for I/A 2.0, you can do it here.
In line with our conference theme, we are looking for three types of suggestions:
a) Ideas or projects that you would like to share/showcase/workshop;
b) Ideas or projects that you would like to hack/collaborate on with others; and
c) Ideas or projects that you would like to see someone else present on.
Please submit as many different ideas/projects as you’d like. We want to get a broad sense of the possibilities and see where the cutting-edge efforts are concentrated. In particular, we are interested in efforts in the education space, grassroots organizing, meme-making and publicity, making and breaking technologies for activist purposes, empirical research and evidence gathering, and legal/policy interventions. But don’t let this limit you; we’re open to all types of sessions!
We’ve put up a page regarding conference logistics, including information on air travel, hotels, the conference site, etc. Check it out here.
4) Intellectual Sponsors
Beyond Berkeley Law and NYLS, a number of significant organizations who take action on IP issues have agreed to sponsor the conference. These include the American Assembly, Cambia, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton, the Center for Social Media and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American U., the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla, NKU’s Chase Law & Informatics Institute, the Open Video Conference, Peer 2 Peer University, Public Knowledge, Students for Free Culture, and Yale’s Information Society Project. Representatives from all of these amazing organizations will be at the conference and helping us make it a major focal point for IP Activism in 2012. To learn more about our sponsors, see our sponsorship page.
5) Looking for Keynote Speakers
We’ve contacted a few people about possibly keynoting I/A, but we’re always looking for more ideas for great speakers. If you have suggestions, please send them to us at:
Thanks again for all your support. Now go register and submit ideas!