August 11th — 14th, 2014,
Vancouver, B.C.


Hacked is an experimental festival celebrating disruptive innovation, exploration and art taking place in Vancouver this summer.

Hacker led programming with talks, exhibits, a hackspace, workshops, parties and fun social events, video games / arcade, and opportunities for artistic expression collide in one of the most beautiful places to be this summer for an event unlike any other.

Conference Speakers

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Short format story telling from inspired creators, internet heros, rebels, hackers, makers, innovators, dreamers, and doers that make our world a better and more interesting place to live.

Tim Pool

Tim Pool 
 Journalist at VICE

Tim Pool
Tim Pool, Journalist

Tim might be to journalism what twitter is to this moment. He'll be speaking on Tuesday afternoon.

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Tim Pool is an American journalist whose unique style of interactive broadcast journalism exists at the intersection of social and mainstream media.

As a Producer for VICE Media, he has covered major events around the world in places such as Istanbul, Cairo, and Sao Paulo. Pool's coverage for, as well as his groundbreaking livestream coverage of the 2011 protest movement, has been featured by international media outlets including The Guardian, Reuters, The New York Times, NBC, FastCompany, and Al Jazeera English. He is known for pushing the boundaries of journalism by consistently utilizing new technology such as livestreaming aerial drones, mobile devices, and even Google Glass.

 Pool was featured in TIME's person of the year 2011, is a nominee to the TIME 100 in 2012, and was the recipient of the Shorty Award for Best Journalist in Social Media in 2013.

Pool was also featured by: The New Yorker   VICE                  BoingBoing                   Fast Company              Mashable

Erik Hersman, BRCK, Ushahidi, TED fellow

Erik Hersman 
 BRCK CEO + Ushahidi Co-Founder

Erik Hersman, BRCK, Ushahidi, TED fellow
Erik Hersman (BRCK CEO + Ushahidi Co-Founder) is a technologist and blogger who lives in Nairobi.
Ushahidi which means “testimony” in Swahili, was a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008.
BRCK is the easiest way connect to the internet, anywhere. Born from conflict affected areas.

Erik is a real internet hero. He'll be speaking as part of the "internet in tough places" series of talks on Tuesday afternoon.

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Raised in Kenya and Sudan, Erik Hersman is a technologist and blogger who lives in Nairobi. He works at the intersection of disruptive ideas and new technology in Africa.

He is a co-founder of Ushahidi, a free and open source platform for crowdsourcing information and visualizing data. He is the founder of AfriGadget, a multi-author site that showcases stories of African inventions and ingenuity, and an African technology blogger at He currently manages Ushahidi's operations and strategy, and is in the founder of the iHub, Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the technology community, bringing together entrepreneurs, hackers, designers and the investment community. He is also a partner in the Savannah Fund, which provides seed capital for African tech startups.

Erik is a TED Senior Fellow, a PopTech Fellow, a speaker, and an organizer for Maker Faire Africa. You can find him on Twitter at @WhiteAfrican

Michael Bidu: Founder of Sanotron and Exec Producer at Interface Summit Vancouver

Michael Bidu 
 Sanotron Founder

Michael Bidu: Founder of Sanotron and Exec Producer at Interface Summit Vancouver
Michael Bidu: Founder of Sanotron and Exec Producer at Interface Summit Vancouver
Interface Summit
INTERFACE 2014 brings together health, technology, design, social media, arts and business. 2014 theme is The Future of Health: The Undiscovered Consumer.
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Sanotron is Canada’s first technology accelerator focused entirely on digital healthcare solutions.

Michael will speak at Hacked Festival on Tuesday Morning as part of the "Health in your Hands" series of Talks. He is one of the most inspiring and articulate voices for digital health.

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Michael Bidu is the Founder and CEO of Sanotron, a national not-for-profit technology accelerator based in Vancouver, BC (

Michael is a serial entrepreneur with seven start-ups under his belt and extensive expertise in the public, private, and non profit sectors. He is an innovator, a connector, a mentor, a judge in digital media and investment forums and an award-winning marketer with more than 25 years of experience in technology, innovation, business and creativity.

Michael’s special area of interest is the convergence between medicine, wireless, digital media, social media and life sciences and the creative destruction of medicine.

He is the executive producer of INTERFACE Digital Health International Summit ( and sits on a number of advisory boards including the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics at UBC (

Previous to his position with Sanotron, Michael Bidu was the Founding President of DigiBC - The Digital Media and Wireless Association of British Columbia, Canada which is the voice of more than 1,000 companies who have more than16,500 employees and generate more than $3 billion in annual revenues ( and the Executive Director of the Wireless Innovation Network of BC.

He earned a Diploma of Technology from BCIT and an MBA from the University of Bucharest, Romania.

Ryan Bethencourt: Founder Berkeley Biolabs, Director Life Science at XPrize

Ryan Bethencourt 
 XPrize, Dir. Life Science

Ryan Bethencourt: Founder Berkeley Biolabs, Director Life Science at XPrize
Ryan Bethencourt: Founder Berkeley Biolabs, Director Life Science at XPrize
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Berkeley Biolabs enables scientists and biotech entrepreneurs to research and develop their products by providing economical lab facilities.

Ryan Bethencourt is a keynote speaker on Tuesday Morning. He is a co-founder at Berkeley BioLabs and Senior Director of Life Science at XPrize. A biohacker dedicated to developing scientific literacy for all.

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Ryan is a biotech entrepreneur working to accelerate innovations in biotechnology and medicine through collaborative R&D, biohacking and open innovation. He has had extensive experience with clinical development from IND through to FDA approval, biotech fundraising and biotech business development.

Ryan received his Master’s from Cambridge University in Bioscience Enterprise.

Aaron Hilton - Conquer Mobile

Aaron Hilton 
 CTO, Conquer Mobile

Aaron Hilton - VR Hacker
Aaron is the CTO at Conquer Mobile
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Conquer Mobile

Aaron's an imagineer we think everyone should get to know, and you'll be able to hear him speak on Tuesday in the AM. A fantastic communicator who builds inspired projects like a VR training platform for medical professionals and his VanVR Meetup community which launched "The Sawmill Motion Capture Studio" for VR hackers.

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Aaron Hilton is the CTO and Co-founder of Conquer Mobile and founder of the Vancouver Virtual Reality Meetup group. Focused on UX-driven software design, he has architected many mobile apps for clients such as McDonald's Canada, Alkan Air, Assured Software, 1-800-GOT-JUNK and GenomeDx. Aaron has been instrumental in bringing together a virtual reality group with hardware, space, and software to make VR take off in the Metro Vancouver area. Recently co-launching The Sawmill, Aaron demonstrated a ground breaking wireless VR headset and "Drop-in VR" system, enabling Vancouver to take a lead in VR and motion capture research.

Amal Graafstra, Dangerous Things

Amal Graafstra 
 Dangerous Things

Amal Graafstra, Dangerous Things
Amal Graafstra, BioHacker
RFID implant
RFID implant
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You can see Amal Graafstra, RFID implantee and biohacker, founder of Dangerous Things, on Tuesday morning.

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Amal is a double RFID implantee, author of the book RFID Toys, and TEDx speaker. His interest in biohacking, RFID, and NFC began in 2005 as a simple solution to a simple problem. He wanted easy access to his office. He explored biometric options only to find they were too expensive, klunky, and were vulnerable to vandalism. Access card technology based on RFID was cheap, reliable, and could be hardened against the elements and vandals. He opted to merge the best of both worlds and implant an RFID tag rather than carry an access card around in his wallet. Since then he's written RFID Toys and spoken about RFID and biohacking at various events including the International Symposium on Technology and Society, and TEDxSFU.

Can you describe the implants

His implants are 2mm by 12mm cylindrical tags which are about the size of a grain of rice. The chips inside are safely encased in Schott 8625 biocompatible glass, which is a common type of glass used with implantable devices. These are passive devices, meaing they have no battery and are completely inert until they are brought within close proximiy of an RFID or NFC reader device. Because they have no battery, they will likely work properly for as long as Amal has them implanted.

What can he do with his RFID implants

Amal uses him implants to unlock doors, phones, log into computers, start vehicles, etc. with just a wave of his hand. He can also share contact details, youtube videos, Facebook pages, and more with friends by letting them scan his NFC implant with an NFC enabled Android or Windows based smartphone or tablet.

Where and how were they installed

The ideal location for installation is between the webbing between thumb and index finger. The extremely short read range of the tag requires that it be located in the hand so it is easily brought up close to NFC readers when the user wishes to use the tag. The tags are small enough to be installed by a professional body piercer using a piercing needle, just like they would a piece of large gauge body jewelry. Dangerous Things is building a network of professional partners who are able to perform these installations. If a partner is not available in your area, we offer free procedure guides and free phone consultations for qualified professionals that are in your area who would like to learn how to install our products.

Are there any physical risks

As with any procedure involving the body, there is risk. There is risk getting a simple ear piercing. That said, the risk is very low if done properly by a professional in a clean studio environment. Infection is the most common risk, followed by rejection of the tag. Amal Graafstra, founder of Dangerous Things, has had two implants, one in each hand, since March 2005 and has had no complications what so ever. Pets have also received these types of RFID implants for decades, with no ill effects.

Is it painful

According to people who have received piercings in locations like the tongue, nose, or ear cartilage, the pain is similar. A sharp poke feeling followed by some mild discomfort. The procedure typically takes about 5 to 10 seconds from initial pierce to removal of the piercing apparatus.

What about healing

Once the procedure is complete, mild brusing lasts only a couple days with little to no pain during that time. Healing is typically complete in two to four weeks, but there is no problem with light use of the hand during the first week.

What about removal

A family doctor familiar with basic in-room surgery can easily remove the tag using a small scalpel cut. We also offer free video guides and phone consultations to any medical personelle seeking removal procedure advice.

What if it breaks

To date, over 1,000 people have implanted similar chips (our xEM and xM1 products). Amal Graafstra, founder of Dangerous Things, has had two similar implants since March 2005. At the time of this writing, we have had no reports from anyone who has had one of these devices installed in the suggested location - the webbing between the thumb and index finger - of any broken tags or problems with infection. Once placed, the device is fairly resilient. However, if one should break, swelling and slight to severe pain could be expected. If this occurs, any general practice doctor should be confident enough to remove the device with the help of a local anesthetic and a scalpel.

What about privacy Can they track you

The device is extremely small in size, which means the operational range is very short. Users can expect typical readers to function from as short as 1mm to only a few centimeters (about an inch). Due to this limitation, it would be very difficult for someone to track the wearabouts of a person implanted with one of these tags. Building a larger more powerful reader device that could read the tag from a few feet may be possible, however this has not been demonstrated by anyone yet because it is difficult and not very practical to do so.

Dangerous Things has developed an NFC Type 2 compliant RFID implant based on the NTAG203 chip. Check out the campaing now at

Renee Black, Peace Geeks Executive Director

Renee Black 
 Exec. Director, Peace Geeks

Renee Black, Peace Geeks Executive Director
Renee Black, Executive Director, Peace Geeks
Peace Geeks
PEACEGEEKS IS A GLOBAL NON-PROFIT, VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION that builds the technological, communications and management capacities of grassroots organizations working on the promotion of peace, accountability and human rights.

Renee is speaking Tuesday Afternoon. She has mobilized efforts in conflict affected areas through her role as Executive Director at Peace Geeks, an organzation that builds the technological, communications and management capacities of grassroots organizations working on the promotion of peace, accountability and human rights.

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Renee is the founder and Executive Director of PeaceGeeks. Renee's previous experience include over eight years as a Business Analyst and Project Manager, focusing mainly on software development and database marketing solutions, including with xWave and Intrawest. In 2009, Renee completed a Masters of International Affairs, and worked on the Women, Peace & Security framework with the United Nations and with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders. Her experience with these organizations played a pivotal role in the inspiration to launch PeaceGeeks. Renee has also worked on development projects in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu with CUSO and in South Africa with Habitat for Humanity. Renee holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Dalhousie University and a Masters of International Affairs (Hons) from the University of Ottawa. She is a Fellow of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.



Kharis O'Connell
Kharis O'Connell, Experience designer
Global Mechanic
Global Mechanic is a design studio. We experiment. We create. We make beautiful things. We affect the way people think and see the world.

Kharis brings the process of design and ideation to Hacked festivals talks on Tuesday Afternoon.

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Kharis heads up the Experience Design team at Global Mechanic, a design firm based in Vancouver, Canada. His role is predominantly to discover and define cross-platform flow, the use of geo-location, visualization tracking, sensor technologies and various ways a user can interact with content, such as the use of VR, AR and Heads-up-Displays to create contextually engaging, immersive experiences.

Kharis has over 12 years of international work in user experience design, and previous to joining Global Mechanic was part of Nokia Design, as the Design Lead at Nokia in Berlin, Germany for the ‘Maps’ application across mobile platforms. Previous client works also include projects for Samsung, Vodafone and Nike . Outside of his work, Kharis is the host and regional ambassador for Wearable Wednesday Vancouver, and is on the Board of Advisors at Commandwear - a startup focused on creating wearable technology solutions for the safety and security industries.

David Vogt

David Vogt 
 Urban Opus Society

David Vogt
David Vogt is President of the Urban Opus Society
Urban Opus Society
Urban Opus champions social innovation fueled by data, positioning Metro Vancouver as a living lab for the future of cities.

David is speaking Wednesday to share his vision of how cities will thrive when citizens are the primary creators, consumers and beneficiaries of urban data streams.

Urban Opus

David Vogt is President of the Urban Opus Society. He is a seasoned entrepreneur and innovation leader - an astronomer who got lost in cyberspace. He is also CEO of two early-stage startup ventures and Director of Innovation Strategy for the UBC MAGIC Lab.

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton 
 Innovator + Culture Hacker

Nikolas Badminton
Nikolas Badminton
from now conference
FROM NOW is a not-for-profit conference for people to come together, learn and discuss how technology is integrating into and changing our societies and culture. Nik produces it.

Nikolas is a culture hacker with a big personality and an even wider lens on the future. He'll be speaking Wednesday afternoon.

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Cracks exist in society and there is the opportunity for ideas and innovations to grow in them and make the world a better place. Back in 1993 Nikolas started studying cognitive psychology, human interaction, social network theory and web engagement. He actively advances his thinking and practice daily in these areas and exploits the cracks that exist.

He collaborates with non-profits, large multi-national corporations and communities in delivering incredible things that engage and changes people using media, social networks, bleeding-edge technologies, art and video. Nikolas has previously worked with The United Nations, The Home Office (UK), TELUS, Microsoft, BC Ministry of Health, AT&T, EA Sports, Dell, T-Mobile, Virgin, British Airways, Canadian Tourism Commission, BC Hydro, Ubisoft, PuSh Festival, Kimberly Clarke and many others. In addition, he has also worked with amazing management consultancies and advertising agencies in building out their thinking, including TAXI, DDB, Wunderman, Blast Radius, MRM Worldwide, JWT, Wieden+Kennedy, Deloitte and Capgemini.

Nikolas also judges creative awards shows, guest lectures at leading educational establishments and contributes regularly to publications and speaks regularly at conferences across North America, including SXSW, ICSC, Marketing Magazine, Deloitte, Pecha Kucha, FUEL and the AMA. In addition to that, he writes for The Huffington Post and curates events related to tech, culture and humanity, including From Now, Cyborg Camp and PRODUCT.

Jay Giraud

Jay Giraud  
 Founder at

Jay Giraud
Jay Giraud
Moj.IO makes your car smart

Jay is connecting people with technology. You can see him speak on Wednesday Morning.

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Jay Giraud is a passionate entrepreneur who believes in making the world a better place through technology products for everyday people.

Prior to founding Mojio in 2012, Jay led a team that built the world's leading vehicle-to-grid management system for electric vehicles with customers including the US Army, Chrysler and Burlington Hydro. Today, Jay is building on his vision of bringing the Internet of Cars to market with Mojio – an OBD device and a smartphone app that includes an open platform and the world’s first app store for cars. More on Mojio can be found at

A former world traveling professional snowboarder, Jay is a seasoned speaker who consistently connects well with audiences. He has spoken at events including Google 4 Entrepreneurs (2014), FutureMobile (2014), Grow (2013), Resource Point (2011), Deloitte Cleantech (2011), Techonomy (2010) and Globe (2010).

Both a self-proclaimed nerd and extreme sports junkie Jay drives a Honda Ridgeline (better to haul family and equipment with) and a motorbike. When not working, or motorbiking, Jay can be found someplace online. No really. It’s like that.

hackerNest's Shaharris Beh

Shaharris Beh  
 Co-Founder at HackerNest

hackerNest's Shaharris Beh
Shaharris - kinda unpredictable

Shaharris is one of the folks who started Canada's most prolific Tech Meetup - He's badassitude + awesometitiousness 2. Shaharris will speak on Wednesday afternoon.

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Shaharris started hackerNest in Toronto, at a co-working space he owned with his brother JJ - It started over a few a beers with friends. It's global now, it's always been not-for-profit, and it all it ever took was the belief that some things should not be owned, most networking events were for douchebags, nerds needed sanctuary and a place to connect in person in cities outside of the valley, and great things happened by sharing.

Rik Logtenberg of

Rik Logtenberg  
 CEO at

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Rik Logtenberg

Based in Vancouver, Rik is the founder and CEO of, one of the Internet's leading event platforms. Rik's career spans 5 startups and 1 natural disaster. One of his focuses is technology that enhances mind and community. Twitter

Rik is the founder and CEO of Timely (, a calendar and event platform company based in Vancouver, Canada. Timely helps people discover how amazing their communities are through better event promotion and discovery. Timely is one of the world’s leading event platforms with over 75,000 customers, serving 5 million events a month to 15 million people.

Rik has almost 20 years of experience in software design and development. He’s founded or cofounded 5 startups. In addition to Timely, he also sits on the Board of Directors of GuideAdvisor, a Singapore and Vancouver based travel startup. Rik designs software that is fun to use, promotes human-to-human interaction, and increases social capital. He’s a big proponent of the idea of Eutopia, that a better society not only can be achieved but already has been achieved in pockets all over the world; it just needs help to spread.

Ethereum's Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin  
 Ethereum + Bitcoin Magazine

Ethereum's Vitalik Buterin
Ethereum + Bitcoin Magazine
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The next generation of internet pioneers is building a censor-proof decentralized web. Hear Vitalik speak at Hacked Festival.

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Vitalik Buterin is a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine who has been involved in the Bitcoin community since 2011, and has contributed to Bitcoin both as a writer and the developer of a fork of bitcoinjs-lib, pybitcointools and, as well as one of the developers behind Egora. Now, Vitalik's primary job is as the main developer of Ethereum, a project which intends to create a next-generation smart contract and decentralized application platform that allows people to create any kind of decentralized application on top of a blockchain that can be imagined.

Ethereum is a platform that makes it possible for any developer to write and distribute next-generation decentralized applications. Ethereum can be used to codify, decentralize, secure and trade just about anything: voting, domain names, financial exchanges, crowdfunding, company governance, contracts and agreements of most kind, intellectual property, and even smart property thanks to hardware integration.This allows developers to easily build innovative new products on a censorship and collusion-resistant foundation.

David Clement

David Clement  
 VR Hacker

David Clement
David Clement, VR Hacker

Dave Clement's VR prototype headsets = awesome. A great communicator and innnovative VR Hacker that will be a running a motion capture VR workshop and speaking at Hacked Festival.

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David Clement is a thirty year veteran of the computer graphics, analytics, visualization and big data fields. David worked at the BBC in the 90s pioneering real time 3d broadcast graphics and virtual set technology and has been at the cutting edge of graphics ever since. With the re-emergence of virtual reality’s popularity David decided to join the fray and, empowered by Vancouver’s thriving maker community, has been exploring the physical and physiological aspects of the virtual reality experience. Expanding on the ground breaking work being done at Emily Carr, David has developed over fifteen prototype virtual reality head mounted displays in an effort to make exploring virtual worlds as effortless and natural as putting on a “magic” hat. David lives and works in beautiful Vancouver, BC.

Khurram Virani, lighthouse labs

Khurram Virani  
 Lighthouse Labs

Khurram Virani, lighthouse labs
Khurram Virani, Lighthouse Labs

Code Bootcamps are presenting a more efficient way to educate the next generation of coders - Khurram's Lighthouse Labs is part of that movement right here in Vancouver.

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Khurram is a lifelong developer and teacher. He has honed his coding skills for more than 15 years, building software using open-source and modern technologies like JavaScript, Ruby, Rails, AngularJS, and PostgreSQL. In that capacity he is a partner at Functional Imperative, a boutique web design and development agency in Toronto.

His experience as a mentor at Functional Imperative, plus his own educational experience, has lead him to start Lighthouse Labs - a coding bootcamp in Vancouver, BC. As Head Instructor there, he's changing the way people learn by flipping the traditional education model on its head and focusing on project-based learning. In doing so, he's become a thought leader in both software development and education. This has lead to numerous public speaking and teaching engagements, including at MarsDD, CanFlip14, and The #HTML500.


New Speakers being added every week!


Exhibit space is now available at Hacked Festival. We are accepting proposals for exhibits of ground-breaking demos, crowd-funded gems, daring work and things we likely can’t even imagine.

Drones, 3D Printers, VR, AR, Wearables, New Materials, IoT tools and toys, services built on the sharing economy, and some other surprises that are reshaping the world we live in will be on the floor.

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call for abstracts is open

Call For Abstracts + Workshops

On our stage we celebrate and share big ideas, daring is expected, different is the starting point and pushing the world forward is the goal.

Getting involved as a speaker or workshop leader

Guidelines for submission

Authors should submit their abstracts for either workshops or conference sessions electronically in PDF format via the official HACKED: FESTIVAL submission form.

Each abstract will be subject to a peer review process.

All media aid (video, pictures, charts, diagrams) submissions must be accompanied by an extended abstract which describes the origin of the aid, details the ownership of the aid, details the abstract authors right to use it, and gives a synopsis of what the aid contains and how it can be applied to a workshop or presentation.

Papers can contain links to content and suggest aid materials (ie. videos, pictures, charts) if the abstract author has the right to use and/or ownership of the suggested aid.

The review process is managed by the HACKED: FESTIVAL curator. Any questions about video submission should be directed to cameron at hackedfestival dot com.

Topics we would be interested in this year:

3D Printing, Computer Science, Maker Movement, Crypto-Currencies, Robotics, Privacy & Security, Education Hacking, Wearables, Crowd Funded gems, Drones / UAV, AI, Biohacking, Digital Health, Internet of Things / IpV6, Life Hacking, Education Hacking, DIY, Product & Digital Design, Home & Energy, Transportation, Mobile Tech, Mind Hacking, Publishing & Journalism

Call for Speakers

All abstracts submitted to HACKED: FESTIVAL undergo a peer-review process. Each abstract will be reviewed by at least two reviewers, who will give detailed comments and - if the submission gets accepted - the authors submit a revised ("camera-ready") version that takes into account this feedback.

Submit Speaker Abstract

Call for Tutorials and Workshops

Proposals for half-day, full-day and multi-day tutorials and workshops should include: statement of objectives, intended audience, list of speakers, and list of topics, Each proposal submission must include a list of required materials and a rough cost of the materials per class and per student.

Submit Workshop Abstract

Contributed Videos:

Videos rock! Both workshops and conference sessions can benefit from video aids in presentation.

Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes, abstract authors must have the right to use the video in presentations.

High quality versions of the video to be used will need to be provided well in advance of speaking to make sure they can be injected into the presentation appropriately on the day.

Our curator will review the video materials and our editorial team will give feedback on how the video aids can be used in either workshops or conference sessions.

Series Sessions:

Series sessions are a combination of between 4 and 8 speakers talking on one topic for a duration of 60 minutes. These abstracts must be submitted through the regular review process.

Series Sessions will mainly be put together by the curator, however there is an opportunity for speakers to self organize and submit abstracts as a group.

Authors should COMBINE their abstracts when submitting electronically - Only one submission is necessary for a series, and the group submitting should delegate a single contact person to make the submission on their behalf.

call for abstracts

The time to submit is now

Our deadline for abstracts is July 4th.



On Wednesday, August 13th our pass holders are going to get a nice surprise!

Our Awesome Venue 
 The Yaletown Roundhouse

The Yaltown Roundhouse
During the day this area will host exhibits under a canopy.
exhibition hall at the Yaletown Roundhouse
Originally a repair shed for train engines, the Exhibition Hall retains much of the original post and beam architecture, and even some railway tracks which remain embedded in its polished concrete floor.
performance centre
Performance centre located in the former diesel shed of the old Roundhouse will host the conference sessions.
turntable plaza at the Yaletown Roundahouse
Turntable hosts exhibits and workshops during the day and parties during the evening.

We chose downtown Vancouver's iconic and historic Yaletown Roundhouse as the inaugural location for Hacked: Festival. It sets a dramatically AWESOME stage for all key attractions, while maintaining our festivals independent and creative spirit.

Chosen to deliver an incredible festival atmosphere.

Turntable at night
The turntable is capable of transforming into Vancouver's most dramatic social area - Here you'll find art exhibits in the eve at Hacked.

Exhibition Hall will house many exhibits and some of the marketplace, the arcade during the evening, part of the opening and closing parties and a robotic art installation. It was originally a repair shed for train engines, the space retains much of the original post and beam architecture, and even some railway tracks which remain embedded in its polished concrete floor. Natural light, high ceilings, and the floor-to-ceiling windows provide a dramatic space.

Turntable Plaza will house our hackspace and marketplace exhibits (tented for rain cover), it will be the main area for the closing party and part of the opening party. Some of our favourite food trucks will will be available near by! It will be partially under a white canopy and features an impressive crane, a reference to the working yard history of the Roundhouse.

Performance centre, which seats 250, has a large stage area that we'll be building displays for and is a comfortable and intimate setting for talks. We'll be recording all the talks in here, and the theatre will also host our film night. It's located in the former diesel shed of the old Roundhouse will host the conference sessions.

A conference, exhibits, and social events will all be at the Roundhouse.


Programme at a Glance


Tues, Aug 12th + Wed, Aug 13th » Short format story telling from inspired creators, internet heros, rebels, innovators, dreamers and doers that are reshaping the world and solving profound problems.

Hackspace Workshops

Mon, Aug 11th + Thurs, Aug 14th » Hacking and making are ideas with followthrough. We invite all participants to embrace the spirit - make your own swag or learn a new skill and enjoy being around other dreamers with followthrough.

Off-site Specialty Workshops

Mon, Aug 11th - Thurs, Aug 14th » High level workshops taking place during hacked for film makers, drone maker and operators, security specialists and more TBA.

Bluefield Opening Event

Mon, Aug 11th (7pm till 11pm) » Loose your privacy right here involuntarily;) (Pass Holders + tics @ door)

Bluefield Art Exhibit

Tues, Aug 12th — Thurs, Aug 14th » All-hours - Free to Public. Loose your privacy right here anytime during the festival ;)

Screen, brews and wines night

Tues, Aug 12th,/ » We are turning our stage into a movie theatre with a taste of BC brews and wines to compliment.

Arcade / Game Exhibit

Wed, Aug 13th » Pass holders.

Exhibits + Workshops

Tues, Aug 12th + Wed, Aug 13th » Many of our exhibitors have open technology they will be demonstrating and doing workshops with. Details TBA.

Eat Art Closing Event

Thurs, Aug 14th (6pm till late) » Eat Art is hosting our official closing event. This event is not to be missed. Pass holders and tickets at the door.

Open Houses

Thurs, Aug 14th (6pm till late) » Based on location - Most are free and open to all

*A few workshops require materials to be either brought or purchased by participants, and are not included in the festival/conference pass price or ticket price.

Many ways to participate, including for free.

Conference and Festival

$500 - 4 days

Conference, Tech Crawl, Exhibits, Most Workshops, Open Houses, Silent Disco Opening Event, Eat Art Closing Event, Arcade, BC Brew + Wine Film night, Hackspace Workshops

General Admission

$20 / day

Roundhouse exhibits and Roundhouse Exhibitor Workshops.


$150 - 4 days

Tech Crawl, Exhibits, Most Workshops, Open Houses, Silent Disco Opening Event, Eat Art Closing Event, Arcade, BC Brew + Wine Film night, Hackspace Workshops.

Open Houses

Free / day

Open Houses and the Bluefield Interactive installation are free.


Need to reach us?


Mailing us? Hacked Festival, Suite #370, 186-8120 No.2 Road, Richmond, BC, V7C 5J8, Canada