Hardware Hack Night! – Security and anti-rape hacking projects. What do you think?
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Date(s) - 2023/09/05
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sudo Room


Hardware hack night – each Tuesday, we welcome sudoers new and old to bring their hardware projects to the space, or simply come by to learn and tinker! All welcome, 7pm til… whomever’s left standing!

You can also jump in virtually via https://meet.waag.org/turtlesturtlesturtles !


Conversation Starter: Anti Rape and Safety products for men, nonbinary folks and women. What do you think about these tech products?


“But here it is. Last week, a Dutch start-up announced the sale of the Invi bracelet, the latest in a long line of odd implements designed for fending off would-be rapists. When the wearer gives it a tug, the Invi releases a pungent stench that Invi’s founder, Roel van der Kamp, likens to a skunk’s perfume.
The tag­line for the Invi, priced at about $70, is “Provoke Independence,” which is an oddly upbeat way of reminding us that without some kind of protection, women’s freedom is not a given. Guys, you get to slide your Time’s Up pin through your lapel and call it a day. We’ll go to work wearing a skunk bracelet just in case…”

  • What do folks think about anti rape and safety products for women and non binary folks? Are they effective?
  • Would tech solve the problem of being safe in public as a woman / non binary person?
  • Lyft originally started as a woman’s taxi service (that’s why it’s pink) but I think it was shut down due to gender discrimination laws. After hearing about all the gnarly sexual assault incidents at international ride share services, would it make sense to have something like Lyft?
  • Has anyone ever hacked a safety device? Maybe it’d be a cool hardware hack night project.
  • Could a safety product go wrong and unintentionally injure folks? I could see weird situations with anti rape chastity underwear…
  • Could AI/ security products be racist or accuse the wrong folks? (oh duh of course they can) How far is too far?
Hardware Hack Night! – Security and anti-rape hacking projects. What do you think?