Lineup for Koppelting 2017

Is this the final lineup?

No, new contributions can be added up to or even during the event. Have something to contribute? Sign up and you can directly add something to this lineup.

When will these things take place?

All hackathons will take place during the week (monday to friday). Some workshops and other items will also happen during the week, which is noted in the description. All other things will take place on saturday or sunday. The final schedule for the weekend will be published shortly before the event, since the lineup is still open for new contributions.

lecture: Kris De Decker - Low Tech Magazine

Creator and author of "Low-tech Magazine", a blog that is published in English, Dutch and Spanish. Low-tech Magazine refuses to assume that every problem has a high-tech solution. Since 2007.

lecture: Paul Bessems - Blockchain Organizing

Paul Bessems is Blockchain ​Consultant. He recently wrote a 600+ page book, together with Walter Bril, about Blockchain Organizing. It is written in Dutch and will be translated into English at the end of 2017/beginning of 2018.

In the context of the twenty-first century we need new organization models to organize the work of service, information and knowledge workers in order to improve their productivity and their contribution to a more sustainable prosperity. Blockchain ​Organizing is one of the most promising organization concepts to support this idea.

hackathon: Diana Wildschut - Bacterial knitting

Diana is building an automatic knitting machine that knits with cyano-bacteria. As the bacteria grow they are slowly pulled out of the water and get knitted into a real sock. Wheather the fabric will be durable or even useful will be the outcome of many experiments.

workshop: Katrien van Riet - Kite Workshop

In this workshop you will design and build your own kite using materials of your choice (fabric, wood, paper, fibreglass, etc.) and a sewing machine or glue. You will learn about different types of kite, how they fly, and what to pay attention to when designing and building. At the end of this workshop, you will have made your own kite that you can take home with you.
This is also a lovely workshop for those who are interested in designing sails, tents, flags, banners, etc.

This workshop will be held on friday morning.

lecture: Harmen Zijp - Citizen Investigative Journalism

Traditional media are under pressure to generate profit and cut expensive research. The new 'social' media don't even bother to scrutinize. As a result a vital check to the balance of power in our democracies is waning. At Koppelting it is people to the rescue! Harmen Zijp developed a set of tools empowering citizens who want to mine gouvernment documents and other public resources to collectively assess what's going on behind the scenes.

other: Bart Bakker - FABSLADDA, an urban makercart

You can bring the class to the fablab, but why not bring the lab to the class? Greater reach, but you need it mobile. In a car, in a van?
Bart built a full functional fablab (including a lasercutter), that can be taken to a school behind a bike.
It is an add-on to the new IKEA SLADDA bike trailer (€169). It will pass through any door wide 78 cms or more.
But inside deploys into an almost 2 meters long makerspace.
He will bike it from Utrecht to Amersfoort (if the weather permits)

workshop: OpenToko - How to Linux and such?

What problems do you run into when switching to open source software? Let's solve them together!
- what are popular GNU/Linux distributions?
- how to install GNU/Linux on your device, standalone or dual boot?
- how to get your device drivers?
- how to work a command line?
- what are proper alteratives to common proprietary tools and how to install/use them?
Bring your laptop and an empty USB drive

other: Various - Upcycling parade and panel discussion

Don't waste waste. Upcycling challenges us to think differently about what we often consider to be trash, waste, or used products. There are countless ways in which we can reuse these materials to make new, high-quality products, thus easing strain on the environment in the process. We have gathered a number of enthusiastic specialists in the field to discuss their upcycling practices with us at a panel discussion and demonstrate some machines and techniques for plastic waste upcycling.

hackathon: Biolab Amersfoort - Getting the GCMS of the Biolab to work

Last year at Koppelting, we set up an open Biolab. This year, we will try and get our Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer to work.
This GCMS will greatly improve the possibilities for analyses in our lab.

hackathon: Voedsellab - Foodlab: Create the food of the future!

In the future, to eat sustainably, we will have to eat different food. Less grains and more nuts, more perennials.
In the foodlab we will try to make the food of the future taste good! No more dry soy disks and tasteless coockies.
Come and cook, taste and experiment!

hackathon: Biolab Amersfoort - making and using bamboo fiber

Are bamboo textiles really a sustainable option? Biolab discovers how they are fabricated, what chemicals are needed and what the sustainable alternatives are.

workshop: Fablab+Biolab+Naaifabriek - make, dye and print your own tshirt

In this workshop you will learn how to make natural dyes out of common plants, sew your own hemp/cotton tshirt, dye it and design and make a print in the Fablab.

The workshop consists of three parts that will be held on tuesday, wednesday and thursday.

hackathon: Harmen Zijp - Hypha open CMS sprint

Hypha is an open source CMS that makes online cooperation easy. The base of Hypha is now finished and new modules can be added. If you can code php and are interested in making light weight open source solutions, come and contribute!
Please contact if you plan to participate.

lecture: Oliver Lowenstein - Making Lewes

In the small town of Lewes in the south of England inhabitants have been trying to found a Fablab. The town has been suffering from economic contraction for some years now. Buildings that offer great opportunity for creative economy have been torn down. Oliver Lowenstein gives us an update on his progress in persuading the local government to offer a space for a Fablab.

lecture: - Meet je Stad

The citizen science project 'Meet je Stad' investigates the local impact of climate change. A low cost open source sensor platform was developed which allows citizens to monitor their own surrounds and collectively produce a real-time heat map of the city. The project also monitors nature's response to shifting weather patterns.

lecture: Maranke Spoor - Introduction to permaculture

Lecture with Q&A.
Permaculture is a interdisciplinairy design science based in ethics. Its about being part of the solution instead of part of the problem. We can e.g. grow food while increasing biodiversity. This can be the future of our food. Maranke teaches permaculture helped translate/edit Mark Shepards restoration agriculture voor NL/BE, his farm is a great example of this within a temperate climate.
Permaculture principles can be applied at any scale. The goal of permaculture is: meeting human needs while increasing ecosystem health. Permaculture uses ethical principles and design priciples to achieve this.

workshop: Arjan Klaver & Harmen Zijp - Local news, unstating the obvious

News outlets they are biased towards the short term, the visual and the scandalous, as has been described by authors like Joris Luyendijk (Het zijn net mensen) and Nick Davies (Flat earth news).
Even more so than national outlets, local news is heavy on human interest and commerce. Much of what can be read is copied unfiltered from press messages and uploaded content. And much of what can be watched is the uncritical registration of society's surface. As such it often fails to notice underlying trends in society or analyze (the absence of) political strategies. It rather excels in stating the obvious.
Our society needs good, independent local press in order to allow for critical citizenship. At Koppelting we invite local writers, photographers, freelance journalists and political analysts to team up and sketch the outlines for an independent crowd sourced news medium.

other: Vleermuisgroep - Night of the bats

In Amersfoort there is a group of citizens who map the different species of bats in the city.
At Koppelting, they celebrate their annual Night of the Bats, and research the possibilities of building their own bat detection kits.

This will be held on saturday night.

other: - debat: Smart City, smart or shitty?

Almost all cities are working on it: smart cities. But how is privacy arranged in these cities? Large companies facilitate the infrastructure for smart cities. They do this for free for the municipality, but nothing is for free. What is the price the citizen pays for smart cities? If you agree to the terms of conditions on Facebook, you know your information is used for commercial purposes. But where do you give permission in the smart city? Are companies that build our smart cities allowed to use our information without asking? At Koppelting we will have a debate about the impact smart cities have on our daily life.

lecture: Manu Busschots - Carbon Conversations

Sociologist and environment psychologist Manu Busschots is founder of Carbon Conversations in the Netherlands. The mission of carbon conversations is to connect and empower people to make environmental friendly choices.