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HACK4Queer Youth Futures: Imagining Inclusive LGBTQIA Community Technology
Start Date: 12/1/2018Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 12/1/2018End Time: 5:00 PM

Event Description:

The Purdue LGBTQ Center, MAVEN Youth and the Purdue Big Data Ethics Project would like to invite you to a Hack 4 Queer Youth Futures entitled "Imagining Inclusive LGBTQIA Community Technology." Come help identify the impact of emerging technologies on LGBTQIA lives in Indiana and beyond. Support for the Hack 4 Queer Youth Futures is provided in part by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Register online at

This is a hands-on hack/workshop where we will use techniques from speculative fiction and design to anticipate emerging technologies and their potential impact on LGBTQIA people and communities in Indiana and beyond. A report and a pop-up exhibit featuring some of the prototypes created in the workshop will be produced and shared.

Four themes:
AI & machine learning;
Data Collection & Use;
Surveillance & Mobility;
Identity & Social Media Networks

We ask participants to engage with three central questions:

WHAT IF we prioritized queer, trans, feminine and gender non-conforming people of color, poor and homeless youth voices in the the design and governance of AI (artificial intelligence) and ICT (information and communication technology) systems?

What are the costs of opting-out for LGBTQIA identified people and communities? And how do we build informed refusal & alternatives into the design of AI and ICTs?

What are some strategies for shifting policymakers, community technology initiatives, and the tech industry in this direction?

The Hack/Futures Workshop is a free event open to LGBTQIA and allied people. It will be held at Purdue University (West Lafayette) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, room B058.

Breakfast and lunch provided. Parking information and full event anti-harassment and safe space policy will be emailed to all participants prior to the event. If you are having trouble registering or want to be put on the waitlist, please contact with subject heading "Hack4Queer Youth."

Anti-Harassment and Safe Space Policy
We strive to provide a harassment free event experience for everyone, regardless of race, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, religion, marital status, educational credentials, experience with technology or any other vector of identity. Any and all organizers and partners who sign-on to work with this event have to share in our commitment to create brave spaces for all. That means that this Hack/Futures workshop is a space where we agree to work together to break down our implicit and explicit biases not only in the design and governance of technology but also in our interactions with one another and our fellow participants. It also means we agree to hold ourselves and others accountable for the ways we either contribute or subtract from safe and brave spaces. We point out harm when we see it and we work within community to speak up when/if we see event attendees experiencing microaggressions, unfair and/or biased treatment, and inequitable exclusion. The full event anti-harassment and safe space policy will be emailed to all participants and available on site the day of the event. Our event policy has been modified from Art+Feminism

Safe Space/Brave Space Policy:

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Contact Information:
Name: Kendall Roark
Hack 4 Queer Youth

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