What is I/O?

I/O is a technology-centered project to cultivate autonomy in our communities. We connect grassroots organizations, nonprofits, and community members with free resources on technology, including info sessions, educational materials, and workshops.

Each week, we set a space where we as individuals and small organizations become more aware of the power in our everyday tech and personal devices, and practice utilizing that power for the betterment of our lives and communities.

Our events are free to attend, with a suggested donation of $10.

Here you will find links to helpful resources, as well as instructions on how to subscribe to our calendar of events.

Our Programs

We host programs (nearly) every Sunday from at The Footlight, located at 465 Seneca Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. We alternate between programming that is generally oriented towards Individuals (I) and programming that is generally oriented towards organizations (O) or collectives.

Of course, anyone can attend either type of gathering — this distinction is made only to help you scope what you would like to attend, and the things you would like to learn. When the topic appeals to both, the event will be marked “I/O.”

Our Ethos

In computing, I/O is short for “input/output,” and is used regularly across a variety of contexts, but most often refers to some kind of exchange between external devices and internal devices, or, moreover, between machines and humans. It is this very exchange we concern ourselves with. “Io” is also the name of Jupiter’s innermost moon. The moon was named after a mortal figure in Greek mythology, who befriends imprisoned Prometheus, and whose descendent, Heracles, eventually frees him.

We are anti-(techno)capitalists, solarpunks, and radical technologists. Our ethics place us against “Adtech,” “Fintech,” and Silicon Valley. Our programs are not part of a “bootcamp” or coding school. We are not recruiters; we actively discourage everyone from getting jobs in the “Tech” sector. If you are employed by organizations in the tech industry, please be advised that our ideology is hostile to you or your employer’s profit motive, and that we are committed to shunning common behaviors that we have seen rewarded in many other “tech” groups. Among other things, this means we strictly enforce our no-tolerance policy against bigotry of any kind.

Racism, queerphobia, transphobia, sexism, capitalist advocacy, “brogrammer,” “manarchist,” or any kind of similarly awful behavior will result in immediate removal from the venue and you will be asked never to return. Starting arguments that hijack the experience of others, speaking condescendingly, or acting in ways that makes others less able to learn will result in the same. Never take a learning opportunity away from another participant, no matter how smart you need everyone to think you are.

We believe technology is an intangible earth, with which we can and should have an earthly relationship. It is power that we can harness through holistic methods as individuals and cooperative networks for the empowerment of oneself and of one’s actual communities. Our approach stands in contrast to isolationism, sterility, and authoritarianism by being participatory, flexible, and adaptive. If this sounds like you, welcome. If not, there are plenty of other places you can go.

Calendar

Next Event: Mr. Robot’s Netflix ‘n’ Hack: Season 1, Episode 1

Our next event is Sunday, September 23rd from 2:306pm at The Footlight.

Watch an episode of Mr. Robot, a TV show dramatizing the lives of rogue hackers in NYC with unparalleled technical accuracy, and then get an introduction to how the tools, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) shown in the episode work in real life. After we watch an episode of the show, we'll discuss the tools used, get them installed on our laptops, and try them out.

Consider watching the episode on your own before you arrive, as we may freeze-frame the video to highlight certain moments—is that a BSD-style ps on screen?—or to add context for new viewers. Also, be advised that Mr. Robot may contain explicit descriptions of or advocate adultery, murder, morbid violence, bad grammar, deviant sexual conduct in violent contexts, or the consumption of alcohol and illegal drugs. Then again, it may not. You’ll have to watch the show to truly know.

As per usual, please keep in mind our lightweight social rules to help make the space welcoming to people of all skill and experience levels.

This event is: I.

Scan this QR code to connect to the event’s Wi-Fi network: QR code for connecting to the Shift-CTRL Space Wi-Fi.