Digital Montana Workshop

Published on February 29th, 2020

The Global Media Technologies and Cultures lab at MIT is partnering with the Innovation Factory at the University of Montana to put on a workshop called Digital Montana which will explore the unique role of digital infrastructure in Montana’s economy, environment, and culture. The workshop will provide an innovative and experimental space for students to learn about digital technologies in the field. How is the internet set up to connect rural Montana to the rest of the world? Which communities have high speed internet and which do not? Who owns the telecom system in Montana and where is it exactly? How will digital automation impact Montana’s future work force? Which cryptocurrency miners operate in Montana?

Working in interdisciplinary teams, students will use a variety of research practices, including site visits, interviews, drawings, photographs, data collection, and design to investigate various aspects of digital technologies in Montana. After their research, students will collaboratively develop a project, whether a technological design, video, map or data visualization, business concept, or policy proposal. Teams will formally present their projects at the end of the workshop and the community will be invited to attend. Projects will be documented and shared on the Digital Montana website. All students are invited to apply to participate in the workshop.

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