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Friday, January 14, 2005
What is AlgoMantra 2005?
AlgoMantra is an open source festival. This means that you can download the document which tells you how to hold it in your neighbourhood or city or country, anywhere in the world. Without spending any money, or needing any sponsors, you can hold this festival with your own flavor.

What happens in this festival?
On a Friday night at 7PM (date to be announced) all the participants of the festival, anywhere on the globe, take a vow of silence for 58 hours, that is till Sunday night 9PM. During these 58 hours, they play three games.

What kind of games?
Collaborative games/experiments that will demonstrate the phenomenon of crowd intelligence. You will not need any computers or hardware to play these games, all you will need is people - your friends and family, your society.

Interesting. Tell me about it.
On Friday night, we will play Organic Poetry, which will show you that while no one in the participating group (two or more people) may be a good poet, the group as a whole can be better than Browning.

And on Saturday?
We will conduct a strange kind of walk called AlgoYatra, around your city. We will have a lot of fun, and also generate valuable scientific data in the process. The basic idea is to walk around the city by following a simple algorithm, something like:

{ take first left
take second right
take first left }
REPEAT

You will be able to experience your city in ways you may never have imagined, we promise that much. Matti Pohjonen, one of the founders of AlgoMantra is preparing a document for your use. It will be posted here soon. The original idea is the .walk concept as practiced by Wilfried Hou Je Bek.

Tell me about the third event
The third event is a game called AlgoKreeda. The document for playing that will shortly follow.

What are you doing for publicity?
We will NOT be allowing, as a rule to be followed by the participants, traditional media to cover the festival's various events. The festival will be covered by the participants themselves, via blogging and SMS reports.

Who are the people behind this?
The concept was cooked up by Bombay-based writer Rohit Gupta & and visiting Finlander Matti Pohjonen. Also in the team are some people behind cool projects like Sea Eat, Social Fiction & ChiensSansFrontiers. This includes Megha Murthy, the Template Queen.

Besides, with Visible Monsters' Mike Sizemore on your side, you can be sure it's the coolest gig happening on the freakin' planet.
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