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Jan 3 2012: Seafaring, hacking and creating worlds

Jamillah Knowles | 01:54 UK time, Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Hello Outriders!

Happy New Year to all of you.

This week on the podcast we have some varied places for technological innovation, from the celebrated gathering in Germany, to a seafaring alternative and architectural virtual spaces.

First up we visited with Frank Reiger, official spokesperson for the Chaos Computer Club in Berlin and Nick Farr, accountant, activist and hacker as both were at the annual Chaos Computer Congress. It's a gathering to discuss, debate and present new technologies and geek culture that has been running for 28 years. (So you can look up past tweets on the conference on Twitter by searching for #28c3 for notes, videos and updates.)

Thanks to both Frank and Nick who must have been exhausted by the end of the conference when I spoke to them but they also managed to do a great job of summarising the event and discussing their highlights for the year.

Of course now we are in a fresh new year, you may be thinking about launching that start up or working with our friends in Silicon Valley. Well, if you're not a US National, then working in the States when it comes to technology might be part of your considerations.

Luckily it's something the Blueseed are also thinking about. They're a startup incubator with a very interesting approach to working in the Valley, they're proposing a large ship, anchored off the coast of San Francisco where you could meet your investors and companies while staying off shore.

Dan Dascalescu is the company CIO explained how this would all work and how the project is already being fondly called "The Geek Boat".

Also this week I had the opportunity to talk with Sahar Fikouhi. Now, most Outriding listeners will be familiar with AR or Augmented reality. More commonly you can experience it with a smart phone app that lets you see through your camera with an overlay of data - images, animations or sometimes mapped information.

Sahar has pushed this technology in a different direction and scale, associating it with architecture and gaming to create an augmented world that you can play through physically. The extraordinary videos online show how Sahar's unique work not only changes the way we can see things but also how we might move through a virtual space.

Well after that worldly and other-worldly wonder around, we're taking a break next week but soon after we'll resume a normal service into the new year.

In the meantime, I'm always around to check your messages and updates. If there is something you want to talk about or if you're working on an Outriding project, then let me know

You can email me at Outriders at bbc dot co dot uk, send a tweet and say hello at @BBC_Outriders, or find us on Facebook by searching for Outriders when you can get an alert in your feed each week.

Until next time!
~ Jamillah

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