"Webmaking" call for session proposals

The AMC2012 "Webmaking" track has issued their call for session proposals. Check it out and share with webmakers!

Also check out the general AMC2012 call for session proposals.

WEBMAKING

In this track we will explore and expand the web's potential for building communities and working towards social justice. Through creating and curating web content, coding and designing, remixing and sharing, we can all find ways to plug into webmaking. Throughout our track we will be unpacking stereotypes and examining the barriers around who makes technology, who uses it, and what the webmaking process itself looks like. This track is for everyone, from curious beginners to experts who want to make their work more inclusive.

Here are a few things to think about as you prepare your session proposal:

  • Your session doesn't have to be technical. Sessions that are web-related but more focused on organizing, content-making, social aspects or radical framings of the web are welcome.
  • Your session should be as hands-on or socially interactive as possible. People who attend should feel like active participants, not audience members.
  • We're especially excited about sessions that are fiercely inclusive of, or centered around, people and practices that are underrepresented in or under-supported by existing technology communities
  • If you'd like to show-and-tell a project, share a skill, or lead an activity that doesn't necessarily have enough content for a whole session, or scale to a large group - that's okay! Submit anyway, as we may do a science fair, speed geek and/or group skill share session (example).

Submit your session proposal(s) at AMPTalk. (Don’t forget to mark your submission as being affiliated with the Webmaking Track!)

Questions about the track or your session idea? Get in touch at http://v.gd/askamcwebmaking

WHY WEBMAKING?

The track coordinators chose “webmaking” because we’d love to have a track that includes sessions that touch the web in lots of different ways, both technical and social, including (but by no means limited to):

  • Content creation
  • Coding & development
  • Design
  • Project management & planning
  • Ways of engaging with technology
  • Organizing with technology
  • Organizing ourselves as technologists

SUPPORT FOR YOUR SESSION PROPOSAL

The Webmaking track coordinators can help you develop your session proposal. We’re happy to:

  • Work with you to brainstorm ways of making your session more interactive
  • For first time session proposers, give you a sense of how AMC sessions have worked in the past and share our experience as conference participants and, in many cases, session presenters
  • Help coordinate resources to translate session handouts or other materials into other languages or make it accessible to different abilities. This can be resource intensive, but it's important to get a sense of the need for this kind of support so we can try to raise funds to make it happen this year or build capacity for future AMCs.

If you’d like to get in touch with the track coordinators, use the contact form at http://v.gd/askamcwebmaking

EXAMPLE SESSIONS

Here are some ideas that the track coordinators brainstormed that reflect some of the spirit and priorities of the track.

  • “How to get unstuck” – Explore and share strategies to get unstuck when you're working on a project and get a weird error or just can't get a module to do what you want.
  • “Radical online relationships” – What are techniques and tools for engaging online in a loving, intentional, meaningful and productive way?
  • “Object oriented identity” – Learn, or get a refresher, of object-oriented programming concepts like multiple inheritance, polymorphism, interfaces and mixin patterns, all through a critical lens informed by class, gender and racial identity
  • A multilingual web, from architecture to content
  • Constructing websites using Wordpress/Drupal
  • Web accessibility
  • Responsive design
  • CSS & HTML for beginners
  • Online community building
  • Online security
  • Using APIs to build apps
  • Mesh Apps: web applications on community wireless networks
  • Open-source spatial/GIS powered web maps
  • Alternative business models for web developers
  • Collaborative strategies for web projects
  • Hacking for kids
  • Gender and coding
  • Scrape!: Extracting data and insight from the web for your movement
  • Hiring a developer on a budget/being hired as a developer on a budget

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