In the James’ Bond Film, A View to a Kill, a crazed madman threatens to destroy the center of California, and arguably the world. Movax’s talk, “What if Max Zoran Succeeded? Living without Silicon Valley”, uses the premise to discuss what would really happen if proprietary technology creators and vendors simply disappeared or turned evil. How open is some of the “open” technology we use? Could we as hackers bounce back?
Who do you feel would benefit most from your presentation?
People not directly involved in the electronics hardware industry; they might not realize the sheer amount of IP, process methods and other knowledge that are locked up in corporations and not publicly available.
What one concept or viewpoint would you like Notacon participants to walk away with?
That despite all the textbook knowledge in the world, practical experiences and lessons reign supreme.
When did you become interested in hacker culture and hacker conferences?
Always been interested in hacker culture, but only recently started attending conferences (since 2009).
What other passions do you have, besides those covered in your presentation?
I am very passionate about applying advanced technologies that we may take for granted to improve life and society in not-yet-developed parts of the world.
What excites you most about Notacon 9?
PixelJam. I’ve heard a lot about demo parties, seen videos of demo parties from Europe, but I’ve never been to one proper. Really excited about that.
Any final thoughts or statements you’d like to share with the community.
I am really excited to spend a weekend with inspired, bright and passionate individuals who keep wanting to do *more* with technology.