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By Joschi Kuphal & Brian Suda
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About

MATERIAL CONFERENCE

When: July 22nd, 2016
Where: Iðnó, Reykjavík, Iceland
What: A 1 day conference and optional 1 day field trip learning about the material of the web.
Web: https://material.is

The Internet and the Web are still very new to us. We don't fully understand them as a material. For centuries we've worked with wood, metal, glass, ceramic, paper, textiles. More recently, new materials have emerged; plastics, fibreglass  silicon, and more. We understand their limitations, their affordances. We can fold, heat, manipulate and warp some of these materials.

What does this mean for the Web? What are the properties of the Web as a Material?

We have lost the Apprentice/Master relationship in the digital world. Spending years getting our hands dirty with an expert, learning slowly and really understanding the material rather than the framework. We need to be asking ourselves what sacrifices should we be making for the convenience of our customers rather than shortcuts for ourselves.

What properties of materialness exists in the Web is what this conference is meant to explore.

This won’t be the sort of conference for CSS training or how to edit photos on your smart phone. This conference is about discussing and pushing the boat out on the topic of Materials in a digital world.

SPEAKERS

Petro Salema — designer & programmer
Petro Salema — designer & programmer
Matt Jones — Google NYC, former BERG principle
Matt Jones — Google NYC, former BERG principle
Molly E. Holzschlag — The fairy godmother of the Web
Molly E. Holzschlag — The fairy godmother of the Web
Dan Rubin — our semi-local friend, MC & photowalk artist
Dan Rubin — our semi-local friend, MC & photowalk artist
Goddur — Iceland’s best-known commentator on design issues
Goddur — Iceland’s best-known commentator on design issues

Right now we are in the process of lining-up the rest of the day to bring you 6-7 interesting speaking slots. Some of those will be international speakers, others will be locals from Iceland. We want a healthy mix of technical, design and non-tech/design folks to be presenting.

We'll be mixing it up with a panel from design students, interviews, and some short presentations & longer presentations.

We have reached out to several other speakers and we are awaiting their responses before we can publicly announce them. We're excited — so should you!

VENUE

Material 2016 will happen at Iðnó, a 120 year old theatre
Material 2016 will happen at Iðnó, a 120 year old theatre

 The conference will be held at Iðnó. It was built in 1896 to accommodate entertainment and events, but quickly became associated with theatre. The main room can hold around 150-160 people, but we are planning on having a spill-over room on the second floor for those who want to relax, work a bit, but still keep an eye on what’s happening downstairs.

Inside the venue
Inside the venue
Incredible view from Iðnó over the pond
Incredible view from Iðnó over the pond

STRETCH GOALS

If we can reach our goal of paying for all the basic costs, then we can start to talk about stretch goals.

We have a few lined-up to keep the conversations flowing. If we can break our goal, then we can talk some Icelandic food. We'll have a BBQ right at the venue on the patio overlooking the downtown pond, Tjörninn.

If we get that, we'll bring along the team from Fieldwork to document the whole event in a way only they could. The output from their work will be available later for members to enjoy. You could even be asked to participate in their ethnographic recording of the event.

Risks and challenges

Any conference is made-up of the speakers and attendees. We are doing our best to make it the best experience possible, but that hinges on a lot of help from everyone.

We've done our best to make sure all the services are in place to make it run as smooth as possible, but we can never control if someone gets sick, has a personal tragedy, horrible weather, or a volcanic eruption occurs!

If it does, we'll just have to roll with it and make it the best experience possible.

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