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Tuesday, March 11 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Will Hackers & Makers Save Car Culture?

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Self-driving cars on the cheap. Inductive charging units in dashboards. Oldsmobiles that can be controlled with a phone. See what else kids and twenty-somethings are doing with cars, and why these hackers and makers are becoming the next tuners/hot rodders.
In June of 2013 the New York Times declared car culture dead.
We think it’s evolving.
Traditionally, people think of performance and cosmetic mods when they think of car culture. Now it’s about the car’s technology (and we’re not talking LCDs in headrests).
In this panel we’ll begin by looking at the easy-to-use apps and simple modifications that have started to draw kids into the world of cars—transferring their passion and curiosity for technology (smartphones, tablets, Arduinos, etc,) to a physical/mechanical world.
We believe that cheap technology, hand-me-down cars, and the desire to create something physical, are key elements that will draw more young people into car culture and help it thrive for years to come.

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Rob Edwards

Technology MgrTeam OneRob is a nerd in the absolute best sense of the word. He has a knack for blending technology with the physical world. To that end he has won awards from the Denver Regional Transportation District for his LED piece that artfully displays transit system health... Read More →

Jason Torchinsky

WriterGawker MediaJason Torchinsky is mostly a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. Jason has built a functional, 15x-scale Atari joystick, a hoax Kyrgyz arcade machine, and several kinetic sculptures and installations that have been exhibited at LACMA, Indiecade, LAX Art, and... Read More →

Tuesday March 11, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Omni Downtown, Lone Star 700 San Jacinto