This Festival Will Make You Think (and that’s a good thing)
Before you roll your eyes at the thought of yet another Spring festival, hear me out. This festival is more about making you think while surrounded by mountains, a river and more bands than SXSW and a variety of cultural and art activities all in four days in the City of Trees, otherwise known as the booming city of Boise, Idaho.
Hackfort 2019 is part of the Treefort Music festival which runs from March 20, 24, 2019 in downtown Boise. Not a big field with porta potties or a river gorge, but downtown where you can learn, moderately rage and sleep like the civilized cultural hipster you know you are.
What makes Hackfort so unique is the line up. It isn’t full of startups schucking their startup ideas, it’s about real people using technology to make change in the world, create new gaming and interactive experiences and tell a story.
This year’s line up for starters includes Solar Runways, a company that is developing roadways, driveways, and parking lots using solar powered panels; indie video game developer, Eric Barone; Mikey Siegel, a robotics engineer turned consciousness hacker who envisions a present and future where science and technology support psychological, emotional and spiritual flourishing; and Luke Mayville (Reclaim Idaho) and Cameron Crow (Make Idaho Better) will discuss how data analytics are being harnessed in politics and the story of how a green spray-painted RV dubbed “the Medicaid Mobile” changed Idaho politics. And this is just for starters.
So save the date for the entire Treefort series March 20-24, 2019.
Jennifer is human tech contributor for Forbes.com and Modern American News covering the intersection of science and technology with art, health, environment, culture and agriculture. Some people call her a multi-tentacled octopus, which is redundant, but she’s a narrative journalist, writer, author and poet. She’s a frequent moderator of creative, AI and VR/AR panels at events and festivals around the planet and travels the world regularly to interview spectacular humans and help them tell their stories. She’s a frequent guest on 938Now’s Tech Scares and her first book, Love, Lust, Longing and Truth was published in 2017.