2011 Environmental Hackfest

The 2011 version of the Environmental Hackfest was co-taught between Art and HCII. It was an experimental 1-semester course that expanded on the 2010 mini-course. Below is the advertisement used to recruit students for the class. Other materials you can look at if interested include a blog detailing what students did (2011 Accomplishments), the 2011 Assignments and the 2011 Lectures.

Like to get your hands dirty? Like to experiment? Join us!

Art 60-494 and HCI 05-499/05-898: 
Gates 4301 & Art 310, 10-1 on Fridays

Textbook: TBD

Other Readings: Available on the class "Lectures" page

 Class communication
We will use blackboard to communicate and discuss class-related topics.
 Instructor Jennifer Mankoff, NSH 2504A, jmankoff@cs.cmu.edu. Office hours TBD
Jill Miller, ART, jill@jillmiller.net
 TA 
Sophie Zhou <soph.zhou@gmail.com>
 Technical Contact
Robert Thompson, NSH 2504, rthompson@cmu.edu 

We're looking for people from across campus to examine/question/deconstruct everyday practices and propose ideas for new environmentalist strategies.

What will you do in this course? Explore the intersection between art, computer science, engineering, and the environment. Imagine a greener future. Plan interventions; ask questions, big and small. Hack ideas, people, code, hardware, and everything you bring to the classroom. Students of all levels from disciplines ranging from Art to Computer Science to Environmental Engineering will work together to foster sustainable behavior using creative insight. You will bring to our discussion your unique interest in sustainability and the environment. You may be a builder, a philosopher, a painter, an engineer, or something totally different. No technical prowess necessary - this course is open to all majors from all levels.

Brainstorm. Critique. Build. Break. Intervene. Interpret. Provoke.

What are you waiting for?

This 9 credit course will is a 3-hour lab course taught Fridays from 10am-1pm in GHC 4301 and ART 310. 

All backgrounds and experience levels are welcome.


Attendance is mandatory, and the class grade will be based on a combination of class participation (20%), individual work [reflections, journal, etc] (16%), assigned projects (8% each) and the final group project (32%).

Contact Jennifer Mankoff (jmankoff@Cs.cmu.edu) or Jill Miller (jill@jillmiller.net) with questions