Habbakuk expert meeting

An expert meeting discussing innovation and extreme scenarios, what happens when creativity interacts with science and technology, and how to break 'innovation stagnation'.

Jun 2013
Jun 2013
11:00 to 23:00
location: OS Kantine, Weiner Leó utca 5, Boedapest 1065

Habbakuk is a research project initiated by V2_ in 2013. It researches the improbable but true historical top secret project Habbakuk. The initial inspiration for this programme of research was a top secret experiment conducted during World War II, involving the proposed use of a special form of ice to build an aircraft carrier for the Allies.

More about the project: v2.nl/lab/projects/habbakuk

Aim of the Budapest meeting:
The programme is being developed by V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and OS Kantine (Budapest). The aim of the meeting is to gather experts together from a range of backgrounds including art, design, science, and history to discuss the following questions:

  • How is innovation accelerated in extreme scenarios (war, natural disaster, et cetera)?
  • What happens when science and technology interact with creativity and design thinking in such a context?
  • What methods are most effective to break 'innovation stagnation', and how can constraints on creativity stimulate the best outcome?
  • What examples from history or our current time depict this kind of creative problem-solving under pressure?

The results of the expert meeting will become part of a larger programme of research and form part of a series of expert meetings around the globe taking place in 2013. The outputs from the meetings (notes, interviews, et cetera) will be released as part of a publication and series of documentary shorts.

Initiators and organizers:
Michelle Kasprzak, Boris Debackere, V2_
Eszter Bircsák, Melinda Sipos, Attila Nemes, OS Kantine

When and where:
June 5-6, 2013 at OS Kantine 
Participation is by invitation only.

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