Vaya Consulting

A crash course in human power

A Techie's Tour of the Humanities

Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they never stopped to think if they should.
— Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park

Technology gives us unprecedented power. But how can we use that power responsibly?

History is filled with lessons about the use of technological power, both for good and for ill. Join us for a two day crash course in the humanities to better understand that history—and to prepare yourself for tomorrow. You'll learn about:

  • Bioethics
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Structural power
  • Race and identity
  • The historical context for today's wealth
  • The impact of culture
  • Lessons from previous technology revolutions

Vaya's principals will walk you through these complicated topics in a supportive and encouraging environment. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and join guided discussions about our responsibilities as technologists in a broader social context.

The course will serve as an overview of many of the topics that were missed by those who studied computer science and other STEM fields. More importantly, the curriculum explores the intersection of technology and the humanities and why the two must be intertwined in order to secure a better future for all.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Any technologist (loosely defined) who feels like they "missed out" on studying the fields of philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history, language.

WHERE AND WHEN WILL IT TAKE PLACE?

The course will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area, on August 12 + 13, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday). The training space will be accessible by public transportation and is wheelchair accessible.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Early bird ticketing (until 11:59pm Pacific time, July 15): $399

General ticketing (after July 15): $499

25% of tickets are reserved for need-based scholarships; see registration for application details.

 

WHAT IF I CAN ONLY ATTEND ONE DAY?

Registration is reserved for those who can attend both days. Additional opportunities to attend will be available throughout 2017.

 

WILL YOU PROVIDE CHILDCARE?

If childcare is a prohibiting factor for your attendance, please contact us at inquiry@vayaconsulting.com to discuss arrangements.

 

A NOTE ON ACCESSIBILITY

We are eager to make this event as accessible as possible; if you require accommodation, please contact inquiry@vayaconsulting.com to discuss.