The scope of this call for participation is not limited to traditional lectures. We are looking for other formats as well: workshops (either bound in time or continuously running), presentations, demonstrations, films, performances engaging the audience, and art installations.
(Do understand that installations may be subject to safety rules imposed upon us by the local municipality, so your napalm spewing Godzilla replica, despite all its awesomeness, may run into trouble that is not of our making)
The one format we are less keen on is panels. Especially “manels” (panels consisting only of male individuals). But we are not going to rule that out either.
Substance-wise, we are looking for technical topics, such as information security, but also broader technological, social, and political topics. And no less important: the arts. In short, if you want to geek out in a surprising way about anything, we would like to take it into consideration.
At past events we’ve seen unexpected proposals that had a sufficient wow-factor while defying categorisation. For example, the DIY cyclotron at HAR2009, or the Bach piano concert at OHM2013. The most important rule: be interesting. Don’t worry that your topic is too technical or too specialised; ultra-specialist topics often merit a stage as well.
Speaker-wise, it helps if you have had prior public appearances, but it is not a requirement. Other than that there are few other requirements for being a speaker than common sense would require. We aim to be an event that welcomes participation, including speaking, by all sapient beings.
That does not mean we will be blind to who is proposing what. If you are part of an entity that is structurally at odds with hacker ethics, do not expect a platform on which you will speak unchallenged. In that case we may put you on a panel with others capable of providing a balance. Because we like to challenge authority. Still, we are not keen on panels to begin with, so you may be out of luck.
Likewise, if you have a proven record of behaviour that is at odds with hacker ethics, our judgement will extend past the merits of your submission to those of you as a person. To put it simple: we reserve a margin of appreciation over your person in that case. But here are our values, goals and intentions:
We want to provide an environment that is welcoming to all sapient beings and you may not be conductive to that. We do not intend to provide an intellectually safe space; both speakers and other participants are most welcome to challenge orthodoxy. The need to create a physically safe space for everyone is paramount, however. We demand of all participants they are excellent to each other, even if they disagree on major political points such as the ideological purity of a specific OS.
These are the values we will try and adhere to when curating the proposals for content. In short, any content that might interest the audience of technophiles at SHA2017 is welcome. Surprise and inspire the world!