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Alternative Party 2009 reportage by "zuulkuul" at YouTube. Thanks for sharing this! You can still add your pictures to our web 2.0 page.

Compo results at Pouet

Here are the results for all of the compos. Great amount of entries with a lot of variety this year. Congratulations to all the winners!

Thank you for great event

This years event is now over. Alternative Party wants to thank all the visitors, speakers, artists, sceners, exhibitors, sponsors, partners and ALL of you for a warm and lovely event we got.

Special sessions

In addition to competitions and concerts, the party program has something for those of you who have patience to sit down and listen for a while... or participate in thought-provoking a workshop.

Patrick Codenys/Front 242: "Alternative Party in Helsinki has been a unique experience for the Front242 team; sharing points of view with a creative community in a great architectural environment. Atmosphere during the 4 days was inspiring and the concert was a simple direct way for us to thank you for these wonderful moments.

The list of special sessions, presentations etc. is still incomplete, but here's a preliminary selection!


Jeri Ellsworth's Special Guest Session

The "crazy Commodore girl" has the stage and will be presenting and discussing past and present cool hardware hacks. She will bring some interesting hardware with her and also take questions from the audience.

Sophie Wilson's Special Guest Session

Featuring an Acorn System One prototype and live demos, Sophie will use her time on the stage showing off and discussing her work with Acorn and ARM machines, with sidepaths to cyberpunk and science fiction.

Brain Pool

Brain Pool is a place where brains meet to process YOUR ideas. The audience consists of people with alternative ideas on digital technology, art, business and science. Reserve your brain time now!

Get Cool
in the
Brain Pool!

Shigeru Cinema Gaming

The goal of the Shigeru Cinema Gaming project is to create compelling and unique multiplayer games in the same physical space on a shared big screen using mobiles phones as personal input devices and screens. Cinema Games are unique out-of-home social game experiences. Come and try our our city building strategy game! (and if possible, bring your Java ME-enabled WLAN-capable mobile phone with you)

Workshop: Demoscene documentary series

The Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) will create a documentary series about demoscene. The documentary will be planned at the Nebula Club on Saturday at 14. Welcome to discuss and decide how the demoscene should be documented!

Metapat aka Patrick Bissinger  from will start the session by telling his ideas of documenting the scene. After Patrick we will start working on the subject:

  • How should the story of Demoscene be told to the audience that still lives outside the scene?
  • Who are the most important people in the scene and which demos and turning points should be covered?

If you have an opinion or a killer story, please come and participate! The workshop will be filmed and the material will be used in the document, that will be published mainly on Youtube during 2010.

Conversation about the document: Twitter (#demoscene), [Finnish] (#demoscene).


Cybernetic Intuition and Creativity

At Alternative Party, Timo Honkela will describe how computers are developing into intuitive, creative and socially connected systems. He will discuss and demonstrate the use of neural networks, machine learning, pattern recognition, evolutionary systems in relation to this development.

Timo Honkela conducts research on language processing, cognitive systems, machine learning and their applications. He has served as a professor at Helsinki University of Technology and University of Art and Design Helsinki. Honkela had a central role in the development of the Websom method for visual information retrieval and text mining. He collaborated with George Legrady to produce Pockets Full of Memories, an interactive museum installation, first exhibited at Pompidou Center in Paris. Honkela is a former chair of the Finnish Artificial Intelligence Society. His interest is to develop machine wisdom rather than machine intelligence.


Man Meets Machine - in Go

Go is an oriental board game which has long been considered a difficult challenge in the field of AI. As the second most research board game (after chess), the recent developments have lead to fast improvements in the level of play.

On Saturday 24th of October *man meets machine* in playing Go. Javier-Aleksi Savolainen, one of the strongest Finnish Go-players (ranked 5 dan), will play against a supercomputer running an AI program called MoGo. See you at the Café Stage at 12 noon!


Cyberpunk Seminar for Digital Professionals

Hitech and lowlife, cybernetics, hackers, mega corporations and mega business, artificial intelligence -- in a word, cyberpunk -- are more topical than ever! The digital industry professionals are the driving force behind this development - the visionaries and SysOps of the mankind. Join the cyberpunk business seminar for building your networks, for recreation and to be inspired by the digital creativity -- and to ensure that your cyber-skills are up-to-date!

The event will be held on Friday 23rd of October at 16-20 including a professional seminar continued with a three course networking dinner. The seminar talks will be held in Finnish. More information (in Finnish)


Lingua spa - learn two new languages during AltParty!

At the BRIIM Lingua Spa you can immerse yourself into a new language and learn to speak it in one day. During a day at the spa, guests use only the language to be learned and speak it for eight hours. At Alternative Party, on Saturday from 10 to 12, Lingua Spa Instructor Reidar Wasenius gives participants a fun and and effective two-hour dip into the Spanish language and culture. On Sunday at the same time, you have the opportunity to learn some Italian. Previous knowledge of these languages is not required, but please arrive on time: Intense instruction with essential contents starts at 10 am sharp.


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