Call For Papers


Call for Paper is now finished. Conference program has been laid out, you can check it on the Programme section. We're working on exact hours and Workshop setup.

You will be able to suggest new workshops up to the latest minute. Live & Performances in the Placard format will be possible up to the last minute.


The language for the festival speakers is English or French (depending on submissions, we'll have either one combined track or one conference track per language).


Submission deadline: 15 May 2008
Program publication: 20 May 2008


Each submission is expected in one of the following formats:

  • conference
  • workshop
  • demo
  • performance (live,sound,video,…)


Presentation format:

  • 45 minute talk + 10 minutes of questions
  • Video-projected slides
  • Internet connectivity possible


Topics we're interested in:

  • Hacker spaces & hack labs around the world
  • Arts & Technology
  • Media-related performances
  • Cyberpunk counter-culture and underground philosophy
  • Sound / Music / Video & technology
  • Street art & urban invasions
  • Viral artforms
  • Cultural mutant activities
  • Hackers and innovations
  • Education & technology
  • Development through technologies & novel social organizations (in developed and developing countries)
  • International relationships in covert / underground communities
  • Privacy tools
  • Mesh WiFi and Mesh-everything
  • Reverse Engineering (hardware and software)
  • P2P networks & applications
  • Freedom-respecting VoIP (confidentiality / covertness)
  • Security testing
  • Circuit bending
  • Making technology easier to modify / understand / mutate / create with
  • DIY Alternative energies
  • Fun technologies
  • Covert / Stealth communications networks & tools
  • Current issues and trends in Copyrights, Software patents combats and mass network surveillance
  • CCTV and ways to protect your privacy
  • Interactive / sensor technologies or cultural practices
  • Free/Open hardware
  • Autonomous zones
  • Rural technology applications
  • Lightweight Operating Systems
  • Food, nature and health in a modern / contemporary world

Workshop & Demonstration


  • 30mn to 2 hours workshop/demonstration (demos tend to be shorter)


  • All topics specified in the conference submission (see above)
  • DIY electronics
  • Operating Systems installations & usages (Linux & other FOSS distributions, innovative OSes, …)
  • Network discovery tools
  • Wifi / Bluetooth / Zigbee / CPL equipments & DIY techniques
  • Content management solutions for communities

Submission is done by email (see below).


Performances with Music / Artwork / Sound / Video


  • Public-inclusive performance, performative demonstration or exhibition
  • Indoors or outdoors
  • Any kind of medium
  • Musical performances with be held in a "placard" format: music for headphone festival, with 1 hour slots (cf.

Only for these Performance & Lives, you can register online on the Placard website:


All the proposals will be evaluated by the Program Committee using the following criteria:

1. Innovative topic
2. Open technology
3. Demonstration / Live oriented
4. DIY reproducibility
5. Fun potential

The Program Committee:

  • Sebastien Bourdeauducq (/tmp/lab, OpenPattern)
  • DecereBrain (2600 Lille)
  • Vanessa Brunet (VSS, Le groupe sans nom)
  • Xavier Carcelle (OpenPattern, /tmp/lab, OLPC France)
  • Ivan Chabanaud (,,
  • Florian Fainelli (OpenWRT, OpenPattern, /tmp/lab, OLPC France)
  • Emmanuel Ferrand (Institut Mathématique de Jussieu, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Art sonore et post-musique, Labo Technologies Libres, La Générale Nord-Est)
  • Emmanuel Gadaix (ZCAV, Telecom Security Task Force)
  • Jim Geovedi (Bellua, Electrojunkies)
  • The Grugq (Pirates sans pantalon)
  • Jaromil (
  • Philippe Langlois (/tmp/lab, TSTF, Le groupe sans nom, OLPC France, Bricolabs, PSP)
  • Nathalie Magnan (Ecole des Beaux Arts de Bourges)
  • Aymeric Mansoux (
  • Lyle Mars (/tmp/lab)
  • Xavier Martin (IT Crowd)
  • Raphael Massi (Interstice)
  • Marion MASSON (Grep|grrls)
  • Erik Minkkinen (, Büro)
  • Jean-Noël Montagné (Art Sensitif, CRAS Main D'Oeuvres, Bricolabs)
  • Vianney Rancurel
  • Patrice Riemens
  • Nicolas Thill (OpenWRT, OpenPattern, /tmp/lab, OLPC France)
  • Ulrike UHLIG (Grep|grrls)
  • Hellekin O. Wolf (Cepheide)
  • Fyodor Yarochkin (oOo, Guard Info)
  • Anthony Zboralski (Bellua)
  • Jeremie Zimmermann (April)


All proposals for Conferences and Workshop must include the following information:

  • Title of the submission:
  • Presenter Name:
  • Organization / Company:
  • Short bio:
  • Summary / Abstract:
  • Topics/Keywords:
  • Includes a demonstration? YES/NO
  • A new tool or version is released during this event? YES/NO
  • Format: Conference / Workshop / Demonstration
  • Internet connectivity needed? YES / NO
  • Language: French / English

Acceptable formats

  • Open Document
  • PDF
  • Plain Text
  • RTF


Send your submission to:


Speakers and presenters will be welcomed at HSF and will be able to sleep onsite in a dedicated common room.

Transports costs

Their transportation fee are not covered by HSF.