Chilean hackergroup Chimbalab rebuilds after earthquake

In 2010 a Chilean hackerspace was destroyed by a huge earthquake that hit the country. The quake was actually the sixth largest ever to be recorded by a seismograph and devastated large parts of the country. But the hackers Constanza Piña and Claudia González at Chimbalab did not give up. Their hacking was temporarily moved to their houses where they continued with their hardware hacking, like taking old plastic containers and making noisy instruments out of them. They even made one that is played by water. The earthquake did in some way spur some creativity from the hacker group. After the disaster electricity was out and people had no way of communicating with each other. The hackers saw a need for a more independent low tech way of communicating so the they decided to make old school FM radios that was powered by potatoes.

 

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3 Responses to “Chilean hackergroup Chimbalab rebuilds after earthquake”
  1. Unas genias, me parece fantástico lo que hacen.

  2. Rodrigo Slay says:

    Genial! Aguante chilenas y sigan así!

  3. AbsolutoCaos says:

    Im the man in the machine and love the hacking world. Just wished to have my head in place to do what i like but the economics and the willing to do so its failing.
    Better than like the hacking world, i love to hear that woman are in the hacking world. Wish all the best for all the hackers and specially the woman that live in this tech world full of man.
    Big props to all hackers, specially to this wonderful women from such high places!
    Big Please, keep being what you are! Please.

    Truly hope that this movie goes live to show the world what hackers are!

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