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From Now: A conference about humanity with technology

DesignCultureMind x The Holon Group

Saturday, 7 June 2014 from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM (PDT)

From Now: A conference about humanity with technology

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From Now: Humanity with Technology

This is a not-for-profit, grass roots conference for people to come together, learn and discuss how technology is integrating into and changing our societies and culture.

Topics may include smart cities, wearables, the internet of things, social media, the quantified self, crypto-currencies, quantum computing, big data, grass roots tech movements, the maker movement, apps, mobile, robotics, cyborg anthropology, philosophy, bionics, surveillance, modern business dynamics, user experience, the impact today and the future of where our tech-led world is taking us.


We have amazing speakers coming from near and far:

  • Nora Young, Journalist and host of CBC Spark - Design for the Internet of Things: An Urban Utopian Fantasy 
    • Daily life in the city means dealing with the legacy of past decisions: old transit, historical urban planning, and earlier visions of what the city could be. How often do we get the opportunity to imagine our cities' futures? The next five years will shape what our future digital cities will look like. What do we want our digitized urban spaces to be like? What values will they express? And what will it look like when the Internet of Things is also us? Nora looks at bleeding edge design plans for a democratic, playful, Internet of Things-ified city. 
  • Amal Graafstra, CEO at DangerousThings.comand bio-hackerGrinders: Biohacking for society
    • Grinders are the garage tinkerers of the evolving biohacker landscape, installing body mods and upgrades that are definitely novel, yet simple. However, the impact these simple upgrades have fundamentally challenge perceptions of self, reality, and their places in it. Let's get meta and talk about the implants grinders are installing and their effects on personal psychology and society in general.

  • Nikolas Badminton, Principal at DesignCultureMind, Curator of Cyborg Camp YVR and From Now and Speaker on the near futureSex and the Singularity
    • A talk that looks at how we have come to a point when technology is inevitably changing the way we have and consume sex. It also looks at how things will (and must) change as we head to 2045 when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence, radically changing civilization, and perhaps human nature.

  • Michael Fergusson, CEO at Ayogo, a company that uses game psychology for gamifying healthcareTalk subject coming soon!
 We will also have a panel with the following people:

We want you, your colleagues, and your friends to come with curiosity and open minds. We want them to listen, question and participate. The conference is not just the speakers and free beer at the end of the day. It’s a collection of thoughts, discussions, realizations, aha moments and memories formed into an idea of where we are headed in the world, both in the near (3 to 5 years) and far futures (10 yrs plus).

You'll have a chance to participate and the end of the day format will be a number of sessions that you will be able to lead and be an active part of. Very exciting!

What you get?

The day ticket includes access to the full line-up of speaker sessions plus all panels and unconference sessions, breakfast (inc. tea and coffee), lunch, afternoon refreshments and some beer and wine to go with the end of the day. 

What happens to any funds left over?

After we've paid all the bills we take the residual income from the conference and donate it to a non-profit of choice. Last year we ran Cyborg Camp YVR and donated to The fabulous EATArt Foundation. We also donated money to Creative Mornings Vancouver for loaning us the use of their camera equipment to record everything. We're also doing that again this year.

We'd love to hear any suggestions from you of who we donate to this year.


Email us if you want to find out about sponsoring the event.


This event is produced by DesignCultureMind x The Holon Group

Have questions about From Now: A conference about humanity with technology? Contact DesignCultureMind x The Holon Group

When & Where

257 East 7th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5T 0B8

Saturday, 7 June 2014 from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM (PDT)

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DesignCultureMind x The Holon Group

DesignCultureMind is an Innovation and Product Strategy agency. We care how culture, community, cities, countries and the world is impacted with every interaction.

The Holon Group is an international think tank, based in London, Vancouver, Barcelona and Berlin.

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