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Build Your Own Internet v5

Sunday, November 18, 2018
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Event Type:
People's Open Network
Location Details:
Omni Commons Ballroom
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609

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Do you think internet should be a public commons rather than a corporate monopoly?

Following Aspiration Tech’s annual Nonprofit Software Development Summit, come on over to Omni Commons to learn about the history of the internet, how it works, and how to build your own. Meet and mingle with civic hackers and organizers behind PeoplesOpen.Net: an open, community-based, wireless network in the East Bay.

Join us for food, family-friendly activities, and conversation about the state of the internet today, the physical work that goes into stewarding an internet commons, and the possibilities you see in owning and operating a piece of a community wireless network.

* No experience building internets necessary! Experience living and speaking with neighbors in your communities desired! Curiosity recommended :) *

- Print a t-shirt and make buttons!
- Crimp an internet cable!
- Learn about the sweet nothings computers whisper to each other when you aren't looking!
- Map your neighborhood resources!
- Eat tasty foods!

2:00pm – Why/what/how of the internet
2:30pm – Snack, mingle, share and experiment
3:00pm – Hands-on workshop with a variety of learning stations
5:00pm – end -> post-workshop hangouts.

Donations accepted to offset the cost of tasty food!

The Omni Commons Ballroom
4799 Shattuck, Oakland, CA

The Omni Commons is 8 blocks (half of a mile) from MacArthur BART station, 2 blocks from AC transit, and substantial bike parking is available on sidewalk around the front of the building.

The venue is wheelchair-accessible. We ask attendees that they come to the event scent-free. The venue uses scent-free cleaning products but we unfortunately cannot make guarantees as various organizations and community members rent and come through the space.

For info about previous events see:

Build Your Own Internet is a quarterly workshop organized by the volunteers building the People's Open Network.

The People's Open Network enables anyone to share their Internet connection or extend signal from neighboring nodes. Learn more at

People's Open Network operates out of Oakland creative community and hackerspace Sudo Room. Sudo Room is a member collective of the Omni Commons. The Omni Commons is a 100% volunteer-run space for community organizing, collaboration, and creative production located in North Oakland. Learn more at
Added to the calendar on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 5:40PM
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