Newline Schedule

2019 edition
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Friday 26/04
 general 19:00 - 00:00 : Retro games, arcade, movie and music night

Come party, drink, dance and play old school arcade games at our Newline kickoff! (fb event)
20:00-21:30 Mindrone (Ambient/80s/nostalgic)
21:30-22:30 Eptic Lusion (Synthwave/pop/dance)
22:30-24:00 Duke of Philberg (Dance/pop/...)
24:00-00:45 3D63 performance LIVE (Chiptune electro)
00:45 - end Mindrone b2b Eptic Lusion b2b Duke of Philberg (all-round)

 concert 00:00 - 00:45 : 3D63 Live Concert by 3D63

Music producer for a decade, Andrea La Rosa (a.k.a 3D63) is a big fan of analog aesthetics and sci-fi universes. Composing with 30 years old Nintendo Gameboy, she can make those still dance hard like there's no (dystopian) future and takes you to a journey into cyber/IA, her own artistic universe to discover.

Saturday 27/04
 talk 13:00 - 13:15 : welcome by Merlijn Sebrechts

An introduction to the Hackerspace and Newline!

 workshop 13:15 - 16:15 : workshop: receiving images from satellites with the RTL-dongle + build your own antenna by kristoff

The RTL2832U has revolutionized receiving radio-signals. This workshop teaches you all necessary steps to use this device to receive pictures from low-orbit weather-satellites and amateur-radio slow-scan TV transmissions from the ISS. (register here)

 talk 13:15 - 14:00 : Debian packaging for absolute beginners by TQ Hirsch

An introduction to making Debian packages, starting from just a tarball. We'll go over Debian policy, so that your packages fit into the rest of the system nicely, using debconf to configure your package at install time, and how to maintain your changes to an upstream source package

 talk 14:00 - 14:45 : Introduction to open source by Merlijn Sebrechts

Open Source Software is all around us. Smartphones, websites and the internet all run on open source software. Even Microsoft, a long time critic of open source has drastically changed its views and now considers open source software a core part of its business. But what is open source exactly? What does it mean for something to be open source? Why is it all around us and how does it work? This talk gives an introduction to open source and answers these and many other questions.

 talk 15:00 - 15:45 : Introduction to the demoscene by Svn, PoroCYon

Ever witnessed a program doing something you couldn't believe was possible? Amazed by ShaderToy experiments or people misusing hardware bugs in computers from the 80s? Do you want to participate, but don't know where to start? This presentation gives a broad overview of the demoscene, both technically and socially, and gives a few pointers on where to start making demos yourself.

 talk 15:45 - 16:15 : Between The Senses: Sound, Colour, and Synaesthesia by Umut Eldem

In this lecture Umut Eldem talks about synaesthesia, a rare brain condition that lets people see colours and shapes when they hear sounds and music. Looking at established composers and artists who have used their synaesthesia in their works, we will see how the phenomenon relates to the ways we combine sounds and colours, which electronic tools we can use to recreate it, and how we can make art from it.

 workshop 16:15 - 17:00 : Making a PC 4K intro by PoroCYon, Svn

This workshop introduces the basics on rendering graphics using a fragment-shader approach (GLSL), the basics of audio synthesis, and executable compression. The shader part will be coded live, and participants are encouraged to code along as well, using Bonzomatic. (Please install this before attending the workshop)

 talk 16:30 - 17:15 : Ancestry Testing by alex

In this talk I hope to explain how ancestry testing is performed, what it can tell you, and discuss ethical concerns.

 workshop 17:00 - 19:00 : "PONG" arcade game - solder your own! by Joris VL

Soldering workshop - make your own "PONG" clone! We'll assemble a kit based on the ATmega328 microcontroller and a few 3D-printed parts. The ATmega simulates the gameplay, and also generates a PAL video signal that you can view on your TV. The kit includes both through-hole components, and SMD components. (register here)

 talk 17:15 - 18:00 : Home Assistant by Mike, thouters

We will give an overview of general home automation, the benefits of Home Assistant and how we use it in our homes.

 workshop 17:30 - 18:15 : DNA extraction workshop & Genetics 101 by alex

~Don't let your genes be dreams!~ Using the power of good hard booze, pull the DNA from your very own cheek cells! All materials provided. Except your DNA, of course. That would be pretty weird. (register here)

 talk 18:15 - 19:00 : Building musical automats by Logos foundation

The Logos Foundation is over 50 years active in combining the fields of music, art and technology. Its founder Godfried-Willem Raes will give a lecture on building musical automats. He'll bring the robot 2pi, a miniature organ, and talk about the development of this automated instrument.

 talk 19:30 - 20:00 : Noise Explorer by Nadim Kobeissi

The Noise Protocol Framework, introduced recently, allows for the design and construction of secure channel protocols by describing them through a simple, restricted language from which complex key derivation and local state transitions are automatically inferred. Noise "Handshake Patterns" can support mutual authentication, forward secrecy, zero round-trip encryption, identity hiding and other advanced features. Since the framework's release, Noise-based protocols have been adopted by WhatsApp, WireGuard and other high-profile applications.

 workshop 19:30 - 20:30 : Making music with automats by Logos foundation

The Logos Foundation is over 50 years active in combining the fields of music, art and technology. We'll bring the robot <2pi>, a miniature organ. People interested in working with the little organ, can join this workshop. Bring a laptop with your favorite DAW or other MIDI editor and optionally some sensors or other toys! The workshop will be given by Lara Van Wynsberghe.

 talk 20:00 - 20:45 : Lishi Automotive Lock Picks by Birger

Lishi tools are used by locksmiths to gain entry to a car. There are various different types and models. This lecture tells you how they work and what is available.

 workshop 20:00 - 23:00 : KiCad by Evils

An introduction to the KiCad suite of electronic design tools. We go from drawing a (given) schematic to drawing the pcb and generating the files to send to a manufacturer. requirements: a laptop with KiCad installed (version 5 strongly preferred but 4 will do), a mouse is recommended but not required

 workshop 20:45 - 23:45 : Introduction to programming for absolute beginners with Python by superpumpie

We will cover the very basics to get started with programming and write a few programs together. If you have a laptop, please bring it with you. If you don't, then please let us know and we'll organise one for you. (register here)

 talk 21:00 - 22:30 : Wireless Belgie by warddr / on8wr

Wireless Belgie

 talk 22:45 - 23:30 : How to run an unstructured organization by Merlijn Sebrechts

When Hackerspace Ghent was on the brink of collapse because of internal conflict, we started the "hack the hackerspace" workshops to figure out how to run a hackerspace. Out of these workshops grew the "Hack the hackerspace manifesto", an elaborate document describing how to run an organization using do-ocracy. For the past five years, our hackerspace has lived by these rules and gradually improved the manifesto when we encounter problems. This talk will explain the do-ocratic system described in the manifesto and reflect back on the past five years of success and failure running an organization according to this manifesto.

 talk 23:30 - 00:30 : Lightning Talks & Powerpoint Karaoke

Each lightning talk will be 10m max, we'll be ruthless in enforcing the time limit this year.
- How chiptune helped me to be more creative (3D63)
- The Fediverse: creating (y)our own social media (streetlight)
- a Librehosters collective (gust)
- Why the proa is the best design for comfortable sailing experience (Ewaut)
- Navigating by the stars, drunk (Ewaut)
- send the title of your talk to (you)
Powerpoint Karaoke: if you have any good slides you would like to see presented, send them to us.

Sunday 28/04
 workshop 14:00 - 17:00 : Test automation with Robot Framework by Shenthilkumar Subburam

To give some hands-on experience in 1) Robot Framework 2) Selenium 3) Jenkins

 talk 14:45 - 15:15 : A Pictograph is Worth a Thousand Words by Leen Sevens

In this lecture, I will present the Picto technology, a set of tools that help improve accessibility to the Internet for people with an intellectual disability (ID). Picto automatically translates Dutch natural language text into pictographs and vice versa, allowing people with limited literacy skills to read and write status updates, emails, and chat messages in online environments.

 talk 15:30 - 16:15 : Technologische Soevereiniteit 2 - Het Boek by vhill

This presentation which will first of all introduce you to the writings that are part of the 'sobtec2'-book and further stimulate to develop alternative ways to the narratives forced upon us by 'high-tech companies' and governments infested with misguided constructs of technological advancements that work best for them.

 workshop 16:00 - 19:00 : Stick welding is easy! by sasja, betz

Hahaha! No it's not. Unlike soldering learning how to do a simple decent looking weld takes hours if not days of practice. If you have never welded before and you are curious about it, this is for you. We'll go from practice lines to some basic joints and then laugh together at the mess we make trying to weld a small stove. Send a mail to to register since we can only do a few people.

 talk 16:15 - 17:00 : OpenStreetMap: what is it and how do I contribute? by pietervdvn

This talk gives a basic introduction on OpenStreetMap - a bit of history, comparison with other map providers, ... We end with a look into the data model and how you can contribute as well to add your favourite venues.

 talk 17:15 - 18:00 : Fri3d 2020 by warddr / on8wr

A lot has changed in the fri3d camp organization. We will try to bring you up to speed. We will be much more open in how we organize it, and would like the input from the community.

 workshop 17:15 - 17:45 : OpenStreetMap on your phone: OsmAnd by pietervdvn

Get out your (Android) phone, I'll show you around the most useful functions of the OsmAnd-app.

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