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Congress everywhere @ Infinity
December 27th to 30th, 2014
Infinity Hackbase, @Ghoomakad, Village Rakkar,
Dharamshala, The Himalaya

The Event

The 31th Chaos Communication Congress (31C3) is an annual four-day conference on technology, society and utopia.

Themes for 31c3 (this year's conference) are:

  • Art & Beauty
  • Ethics, Society & Politics
  • Hardware & Making
  • Security & Safety
  • Science & Engineering

The Congress offers some amazing lectures and talks and workshops and various events on a multitude of topics including (but not limited to) information technology and generally a critical-creative attitude towards technology and the discussion about the effects of technological advances on society. If you are looking for the calendar, you may directly head to the Schedule


A Congress everywhere event will be held at the hackbase venue in Dharamsala, Himalayas. For more information, see:


We watch the 31C3 live streams with backchannel and some highlight [of the last years]. But, what about you giving us a talk live and in place? So, if you have a workshop or paper along these lines that you would like to run/present with us, please send us an abstract.

Here is a list of events, talks and workshops happening at Infinity compound during the Congress. Schedule and speaker details coming soon.

27th (Day #1)
28th (Day #2)
29th (Day #3)
30th (Day #4)

Also, in parallel we will have a Hacked Chess tournament :)


Come hang out with us and show us how to do something cool:

Play with your (flying ?)robot, help us build a mud-wall, demo some cool opensource software, teach us about something novel about computer security (or flaw), help us cook meals, usher guests (see avobe about how to be an "angel"), manage the rubbish, be a trek guide into the mountains or show us some cool new climbing trick or rope knot.


It's going to be cold (<10 degree) – bring woollens and waterproofs!



  • Rakkar has partial 3G coverage on all Indian mobile providers. Ghoomakad is in the part with the 3G :)
  • The venue itself will have an open WIFI
  • We recommend arranging your own 3G connection, as the network can be flaky sometimes



Infinity also runs a sustainable [village homestay programme in Rakkar:

  • Cost summary: Rs. 700 per day per person for homestay with neighboring village families, inclusive of simple and traditional Himachali food cooked on fire stove - all three meals a day.
  • Hot water is available with the usual bucket and mug.
  • For more luxurious stay, there are few resorts in 1-3 kms radius. See the wikitravel/wikivoyage pages and other usual suspects.
  • TBD: Lots of open space to tent down in, if you bring your own tent. Be sure to follow camping etiquette. Keep in mind that it's going to be COLD ( < 10C ) outside!
Slumming it

If you are a student or an activist on a shoestring budget - don't let the cost of accommodation stop you. We're happy to open our homes and Infinity dormitory to you (with basic facilities). Do let us know very well in advance, and let us know:

  • Who you are, and how you can contribute to the congress.
  • Why you want to come hang out with us.
  • What you hope to take away from the congress.

Note: This is a plastic neutral event. This means:

  • you take back with you all plastic that came with you.
  • locally sourced plastic is disposed properly
  • The water available in village spring and underground water pump is pure, so you should consider avoiding bottled water.
  • TODO: we help with this - more on this to come (TODO: speak to


  • Join us for some homecooked Himachali food at the community kitchen. If you are putting up in a village homestay, the breakfast will be provided by the family. Lunch and dinner will be at Infinity kitchen.

Since this is a crowd funded event, there will be a small charge of Rs. 100 per meal to make the event sustainable.


If you want to "eat out", the options are:

  • Tibetan: Small family run cafes near the Norbulinka centre, other side of the river, 20 min walk (todo: add map)
  • Indian: Fatehpur
  • Bakes and Beans: near Norbulinka and on the Sidbari-Fatehpur road, down the mountain, 20 min walk (todo: Map)
  • Friends cafe in Rakkar for Chilly Chicken, Chicken Pakoda, Chowmein, Momos


  • Primary health care at Rakkar at the local clinic at Nishta (NGO)
  • District Hospital at Lower Dharamsala
  • Highly equipped zonal hospital at Tanda, 30 minutes away


Getting in and out: Have a look at the Wikivoyage

  • Taxis are available for hire. Ghoomakad has good relations with the friendly neighbourhood taxi drivers. In the interests of an environmentally friendly event, we're probably going to have taxi share pools. Just let us know when you need a pick-up and we might combine this.
  • Public transport: HPTC (the government bus service) and private operators (note about rates to/from nearest point of interest here.
  • Flights: Gaggal (DHM) provides flights from Delhi (DEL). Taxi should be around 600rs to Rakkar. Pls contact us that we can organize direct pickup.
  • Bus: From Delhi there are plenty of daily overnight busses running, state and private.


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