2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

How to Hack Hacking: Make the World a [Freespace]

#sxsw #freespace


Hackathons are getting out of control. However, this flood of 48 hour frantic coding sessions are spawning national and global collaborations resulting in not just new apps and projects (and a job opportunity in the case of one of the speakers) but also lasting social change.

[ freespace ] was able to obtain a lease for a 14,000 sq ft building for $1 for the month of June, and showed the possibility of civic improvement and community-building when people have a space to come together in and share, collaborate, and create.

Despite this deluge of short, international shots of weekend collaboration, desired social change needs a lot of time and the inclusion of a cross section of planetary shareholders to occur. The [ freespace ] model of collaboration uses the power that the community holds to transform a neighbourhood by activating empty space. Hear from our panelists on how the [ freespace ] is helping to revolutionise collaboration as we know it.


Mike Zuckerman



I am a Culture Hacker.
Current project is http://freespace.io - Got a building for $1 for the month of June and gifted it to the community as part of an experiment hacking National Day of Civic Hacking from 48 hours in the 2 months. Headed to the White House on Tuesday July 16th to share what we have learned about civic innovation.
I have always been into what is next. For now that is sharing economy, innovation ecosystems and urban revitalization.
Helped launch the first Sustainable Nightclub in America, Have been doing pro-bono sustainability consulting for venues for the last year. The goal is to Green the global entertainment industry.
Specialties: Sharing Economy, Civic Innovation, Community Engagement, Hack-a-thons, Greening Entertainment Venues, Corporate Social Engagement, Web 2.0, Sustainability Consulting, mobilizing around a cause

Nicholas Skytland

Open Innovation Program


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