This edition of the Caravan represented one of many convenings
hosted by Mozilla’s Open Iot Studio, and was really a continuation of
the inaugural event at NID Ahmedabad the previous year. The intent of
the Caravans is to bring together a group of interesting and interested
people to explore our collective technology futures through
multicultural and interdisciplinary lenses. Over several gatherings a
specific focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) emerged, and became a key
exploration point for this Caravan.
In March 2017, we brought together a smaller set of partners at the
Quicksand studio in Goa,in a format that was more open than usual in
order to explore and think together about some of the themes that
participants had been exploring independently through their own work.
Craft, decentralized practices, and the politics of production are not
themes that naturally align with the IoT, but as a group the
participants had all been exploring these very themes, directly or
indirectly with technology, and wanted to see how our learnings and the
challenges we were grappling with could be further built upon together.
Through an intentionally unstructured format, the group was able to
slow things down, pause, observe, and listen intently. This facilitated
earnest debates, but ones that built upon shared knowledge rather than
seeking to break down other perspectives. The culmination of these
explorations and conversations was a long-form publication that seeks to
capture and share the experience.