Click - Hacking in Seoul
Clicks reports on the rise of Seoul's hacker culture. How robots help defuse landmines in Egypt. And multiplayer computer gaming geeks hook up via their mobile phones in GEEK 2013
Seoul Hackers Seoul may be a technological hub and home to key industry players in the digital sphere but the concept of hacker/maker culture is relatively untried. It might have something to do with the name “hacking” which can carry negative connotations. Gareth Mitchell visits Seoul and the founders of the first Hackspace in the city where hackers dispense with shiny gadgets and embrace soldering irons, 3D printers and even biotechnology. (Photo: Gareth Mitchell) Minesweeper: Egypt. Egypt is riddled with huge numbers of unexploded landmines. For many years the perilous task of clearing the mines has been undertaken by human beings. The risks are very real with very many fatalities recorded in the last two decades. A new competition launched in Cairo aims to use robots to provide a much safer way of defusing the robots and reclaiming previously uninhabitable land. Dr Alaa Khamis talks to Click’s Colin Grant about the minesweeping competition “towards a landmine free Egypt”. GEEK 2013 A formerly run-down seaside town in England is to become a hub for computer game lovers this week. Margate’s GEEK festival of gaming and creativity aims to rekindle our love of play, whilst also highlighting the financial as well as recreational benefits of gaming. Click talks to one of the organisers, Kate Neale, and also the developer, Adam Sawkins who is unveiling a unique multiplayer game to be played by hundreds of gamers simultaneously via their mobile phones.