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UCIRA Co-Director Marko Peljhan presents at SHARE Conference in Belgrade

UCIRA Co-Director Marko Peljhan was a featured lecturer at the acclaimed SHARE Conference in Belgrade, Serbia.  His lecture focused on current research and engagement in the Arctic in the framework of the Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) with the specific focus on the use of unmanned aerial systems, mobile sensors and other on-the land mapping and sensing technologies by artists, hunters, scientists, tactical media workers and cartographers. The Arctic Perspective Initiative (API) is a non-profit, international group of individuals and organizations, founded by Marko Peljhan and Matthew Biderman, whose goal is to promote the creation of open authoring, communications and dissemination infrastructures for the circumpolar region. Its aim is to work with, learn from and empower the North and Arctic peoples through open source technologies and applied education and training. By creating access to these technologies while promoting the creation of shared communications and data networks without costly overheads, the development of autonomous culture, traditional knowledge, science, technology and education opportunities for peoples in the North and Arctic regions is enabled.

Conceptual decisions behind the current API projects and their future paths were traced in the presentation.

SHARE Conference is a new kind of festival created by the State of Exit Foundation. For the first time in the region, a host of internationally acclaimed internet and social activism experts, new media artists and renowned musicians will be present in one place at the same time. The festival has two main program units: the innovatie SHARE by Day education platform and intensive SHARE by Night with Tuborg parties. Belgrade will thus become the hot spot for sharing knowledge, ideas and fun at performances, lectures, workshops and exhibitions featuring representatives from Google, Harvard, MIT, Obama’s marketing team and the likes. Dom Omladine with its 3 halls is the festival’s main venue, and another 8 clubs will host around 700 regional opinion-makers, as well as 15,000 local and international visitors. A single wristband will grant access to more than 100 events of the festival. The ideology of the SHARE Conference Project is rooted in the free exchange of ideas, information and artefacts. SHARE aims to inspire solidarity, encouraging people to share their experiences, knowledge and music.

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