ZenFri is proud to be working alongside New Media Manitoba to sponsor a panel at this year’s SpurFest, titled “Hive Mind or Internet Mob” happening tomorrow, May 12th at 7pm in the Rachel Browne Theatre on 211 Bannatyne Ave in Winnipeg.

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Moderated by our very own Danielle King, this panel will explore the internet’s power to bring people together and mobilize social movements or focus in on a single person with a deluge of harassment, verbal abuse and bullying. With a roster of pioneering women who have taken the power of game design and the potential of online communities to develop projects that challenge convention and provide fresh voices to the industry, this panel is sure to spark debate about the power of the technology in the digital age to create hive minds and internet mobs.

Tickets to this panel are free and can be reserved here.

Here’s some details about the panelists:Panelists

Danielle King (top left) is the co-founder and business manager of ZenFri, a Winnipeg-based creator of interactive media, film, visual arts, scientific research projects and literature.

Rachael Hosein (top right) the co-founder and chief creative officer of The Campfire Union, a virtual reality development company that recently launched Lost Cities, the first virtual reality board game.

Brianna Wu (bottom left) the head of development at Giant Spacekat and a well-known public speaker on issues affecting women in tech. She rose to be one of the most prominent women in game development after being subjected to threats during the harassment campaign known as GamerGate.

Dr. Emily Flynn-Jones (bottom right)a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at York University who is working on a project (Re-FiG) to promote gender equity in gaming. She also makes games about her work as well as more personal, empathy-driven games. Read more about Emily’s work here.

As is customary at SpurFest, the discussion will also feature a spoken word poem reading.

For this panel, a poem  will be presented by Chimwemwe Undi (right) a poet living on Panel PoetTreaty One territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has been featured at the Vancouver Poetry House, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and has shared stages with Shane Koyczan and Cornel West.

SpurFest is a national festival of art, politics and idea. Dedicated to providing opportunities for people to debate topics or issues that may be provocative, informative, infuriating or just plain fun, the festival aims to explore what would make out city, country and world a better place to live. The Hive Mind or Internet Mob panel is but one small part of that larger discussion, and we’re happy to be a part of it.

SpurFest is taking place in Winnipeg from May 12th-17th. For more information check out there website at spurfestival.ca.