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    Shared technology making in neoliberal ruins: Rationalities, practices and possibilities of hackathons. The Programmable City Working Paper 38

    Perng, Sung-Yueh (2018) Shared technology making in neoliberal ruins: Rationalities, practices and possibilities of hackathons. The Programmable City Working Paper 38. Working Paper. SocArXiv.

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    Shared technology making refers to the practices, spaces and events that bear the hope and belief that collaborative and open ways of designing, making and modifying technology can improve our ways of living. Shared technology making in the context of the smart city reinvigorates explorations of the possibility of free, open and collaborative ways of engineering urban spaces, infrastructures and public life. Open innovation events and civic hacking initiatives often encourage members of local communities, residents, or city administrations to participate so that the problems they face and the knowledge they possess can be leveraged to develop innovations from the working (and failure) of urban everyday life and (non-)expert knowledges. However, the incorporation of shared technology making into urban contexts engender concerns around the right to participate in shared technology- and city-making. This paper addresses this issue by suggesting ways to consider both the neoliberal patterning of shared technology making and the patches and gaps that show the future possibility of shared city making. It explores the ways in which shared technology making are organised using hackathons and other hacking initiatives as an example. By providing a hackathon typology and detailed accounts of the experiences of organisers and participants of related events, the paper reconsiders the neoliberalisation of shared technology making. It attends to the multiple, entangled and conflictual relationships that do not follow corporate logic for considering the possibilities of more open and collaborative ways of technology- and city-making.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: Published as an open access pre-print on OSFPreprint: Published under a CC-By Attribution 4.0 International Public License. The paper is supported by The Programmable City project, funded by a European Research Council Advanced Investgator award (ERC-2012-AdG-323636-SOFTCITY) and a Ulysses award co-funded by the Irish Research Council and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Keywords: Neoliberal ruins; hackathon; civic hacking; itien, smart urbanism; MUSSI; NIRSA;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 9357
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    Depositing User: Sung-Yueh Perng
    Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 15:56
    Publisher: SocArXiv
    Funders: European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award, Irish Research Council, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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