Beyond Scarcity Hackathon

Beyond Scarcity Flyer

“Scarcity refers to the basic economic problem, the gap between limited – that is, scarce – resources and theoretically limitless wants.”

Beyond Scarcity Hackathon proposes a non-linear way of rethinking about resources and is a platform to hack at the fundamental concept of economics through tangible projects using all kinds of technology. Can resources be unlimited if they are produced and reproduced in a sustainable mechanism? How can we move towards a circular economy? What part of the energy-waste feedback loop can we intervene as makers, inventors and creators?

“The law of energy conservation states that the total energy of an isolated system remains constant… Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; rather, it transforms from one form to another.”

On the day of Saturday, November 12th, 2016, we will begin with a few workshops, led by our fellow ITP students, then break out into three groups to investigate:

  • What are Alternative Narratives and means of engagement that we can rewrite for ecosystems, for individuals and for the planet? Participants in this category will investigate ways of converting our debilitating global climate narrative of crisis into narratives of empowerment.

  • How can corporations and organisations transform their negative externalities (waste and pollution) into “Internalities”? Participants in this category will define internalities and come up with possible business models to attract businesses to engage and adopt.

  • How can we Make the Invisible Technologies (production process, transportation of goods, raw materials, waste management) become Visible? Participants in this category will tackle the phenomenon of ‘out of sight out of mind’ behaviour and invisible issues that need attention through emotions.

Participant sign up here:

Volunteer sign up here:

Organised by Dorothy Lam; ZiHong, supported by Sustainable ITP.

Poster design by Dana Abrassart.