BorgFest, the human augmentation expo is announcing a call for speakers, presentations, demonstrations, competitions, hands-on workshops, interactive exhibitors, merchants and vendors, feature and short-length films and videos, performance artists and performers, themed or augmented bands and musicians, and borg celebrities. We are also looking to partner with organizations interested in profit-sharing ticket sales and distribution. BorgFest is scheduled for October 2014 in Austin, Texas, the city of festivals.
BorgFest will be unlike any conference you’ve attended. It will take place in BorgTown, a stylized, futuristic Asian setting (think Bladerunner Chinatown) that will be a refreshing and exciting break from sterile hotel ballrooms and convention center conference rooms! Participants will be strongly encouraged to depart from podium-centric Powerpoint presentations and 10 x 10 pipe and drape booths. The goal of our “Festival Experience” team is to work with our participants to create an exciting, interactive experience for festival attendees. Need help re-envisioning / re-working your standard conference spiel or booth? Don’t hesitate to contact us for ideas! You, your audience, fans and customers will find the effort a refreshing departure.
The call for participants ends March 31, 2014. Selected participants will receive complimentary registration and “Delegate” status. Open registration begins April 1, 2014 for paying participants.
Freeing our minds, then freeing our bodies.
Celebrate and support those with prosthetics, orthotics, implants, transplants, augmentations, performance enhancements, body mod, quantified selves, wearable tech, and more!
Borg Fest is a celebration for an intentional community of people interested in human augmentation and enhancement. Many of the participants will themselves have been augmented as a result of accident, injury, war, congenital defect, illness, or disease. Others may have been augmented for personal, professional, artistic, stylistic, philosophical, political, or religious reasons. Some of the participants are industry and academic leaders in the fields that provide products and services to this community. Amidst the celebration, key conversations will occur, critical contacts made, relationships formed, ideas crystalized, companies started, concepts demonstrated, and people helped.
It’s time to quit limiting the bounds of humanity with pointless purity tests for naturalness, gender, age, or tech. Everything we make becomes us. We are our environment. We are the embodiment of the sum total of our knowledge and experience. When we face catastrophe, we want to summon the best response that our civilization can offer. We are no longer interested in arbitrary limits on our performance. We want to be the fastest, smartest, most adaptable that we can be. And we understand that this realization can be frightening, even threatening, to some and presents ethical challenges that question the very nature of what it means to be human. In the spirit of our communal self-discovery, we need your help breathing life into BorgFest–a human augmentation expo. Together, we will celebrate the cyborgs among us.
Here are some of the questions we’re interested in:
At what point will prosthetic capabilities exceed those of the human parts they replace?
What are the ethical ramifications arising from augmentations providing advantages to the recipient?
What limits, if any, should be placed on elective amputation, implantation, transplantation, and other invasive augmentation?
Are pharmaceutical and dietary/nutritional supplements bona fide forms of prosthetics/orthotics?
Essential versus Elective: How do we determine the limits of mandatory healthcare coverage for limb replacement, hormone therapy, gender reassignment, breast reduction, cosmetic plastic surgery, and other controversial procedures?
What are the challenges for enabling a cost-savings market of previously-owned prosthetics and orthotics?
What are the challenges facing DIY (do it yourself) prosthetics, body hacking/”grinding”?