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Material 2017

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17th August 2017

in Reykjavik, Iceland

Part of the Material series

Let's re-explore the material Web and evaluate what we have learned so far. Join us in Reykjavik, Iceland for a trip through history, views and cultures.


20+ years of the Web and we are still at the very beginning of understanding and implementing digitization.

For the first time we are facing a generation that never got to know the offline world. By nature they are riding the wave without ever having touched the ground.

We might have unlearned our ancestors' knowledge about materials and crafts, it's easy to overlook the intrinsic characteristics of the Web in favour of the newest framework or boilerplate.

Let's re-explore the material Web and evaluate what we have learned so far. Join us in Reykjavik, Iceland for a trip through history, views and cultures.

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

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.

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Speakers

  1. Profile photo of Amber Wilson

    Amber Wilson

  2. Profile photo of Guðmundur Oddur Magnússon

    Guðmundur Oddur Magnússon

  3. Profile photo of Halldór Eldjárn

    Halldór Eldjárn

  4. Profile photo of Hannah and Justin Floyd

    Hannah and Justin Floyd

  5. Profile photo of OmNom Chocolate

    OmNom Chocolate

  6. Profile photo of Tommy Stadlen

    Tommy Stadlen

  7. Profile photo of Tristan Ferne

    Tristan Ferne

  8. Profile photo of Tristan Gribbin

    Tristan Gribbin

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Get to know the organizer

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Joschi Kuphal @jkphl Organizer Pro

IndieWeb architect, Designer, Developer, Mentor & Event organiser

lives in Nürnberg, Germany read more on jkphl.is

Joschi is an interior designer, programmer and restless tinkerer from Nuremberg.

He's working on the web since the mid 90s, founder of tollwerk and the Open Device Lab Nürnberg, IndieWeb enthusiast and author of several of Open Source tools. Since 2013 he launched several event series like the border:none and Material conferences, the Accessibility Club and the CoderDojo Nürnberg. He's running IndieWebCamps, the Homebrew Website Club Nürnberg and is one of the driving forces behind the Nürnberg Web Week.