CameraGirl Speaks on BMan Tech at the MLOVE ConFestival

Why doesn’t Burning Man just provide the Internet to participants? Why doesn’t Burning Man encourage Cellular coverage? Why doesn’t Burning Man have an Official App?

Heather “CameraGirl” Gallagher, Burning Man’s Technology Dominatrix (or “director”, in default-world parlance) will be speaking on technology and Burning Man at the MLOVE ConFestival in Monterey, CA, April 24-26, 2012.  MLOVE invites 200 thought leaders and innovators to discuss the powerful and inspiring potential of mobile as a catalyst for change and opportunity. Heather will be speaking about technology in Black Rock City, as well as how technology is utilized to facilitate Burning Man’s year-round production efforts.

The MLOVE website describes the ConFestival as follows: “The MLOVE ConFestival brings together CEOs, innovators and entrepreneurs from across multiple disciplines to share, learn and cross-pollinate ideas with an array of scientists, artists and other thought leaders. The event exposes the mobile industry to the best minds outside of mobile to maximize the opportunity of creating life-changing services and applications that can impact us all for the better.”


About the author: Will Chase

Will Chase

Will Chase is Burning Man's former Minister of Propaganda, working on global communications strategy. He was the editor-in-chief for the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter and the Burning Man Journal, and content manager for Burning Man’s web properties. He also oversaw the ePlaya BBS and Burning Man’s social media presence. Will first attended Burning Man in 2001. He volunteered as the Operations Manager for the ARTery (Black Rock City’s art HQ) and was on the Burning Man Art Council from 2003-2008. He was Web Team Project Manager and Webmaster from 2004 until he transitioned to the Communications Department in 2009.

11 Comments on “CameraGirl Speaks on BMan Tech at the MLOVE ConFestival

  • piko! says:

    no internet, no cellular allows participants to sever ties to off-playa activities, and focus on the “here & now.”

    it also allows participants to drop out and not worry or be concerned about what’s happening, or not happening where they left, or came from.

    can you imagine the people texting while roaming the playa? LOL…LMFAO…BTW…IMHO, etc…it’s enough dealing with darkwads and darktards at night….textwads and textards too?

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  • I fear the day that I can be connected to the default world while I’m at Burning Man. There’s nothing like being “off the grid” for just a few days a year. I really look forward to it.

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  • BurningDad says:

    Keep the internet and cell phones in the default world. However, if the T-Mobile Girl in her new black leather outfit shows up, you can send her over to our camp. We will make sure she doesn’t get bored.

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  • Mehl Renner says:

    Maybe there should be one techno-free theme camp allowed with Star War robots as sentries to keep that default grid in check!

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  • tinydancer says:

    the thought leaders know what is best. communication on the playa is the most important thing. we need to be in constant communication if we are going to act as one – to be a single entity of communal thought. the thought leaders know this, and we must respect their wisdom. they are the thought leaders.

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  • (Dr Took-A-Look) says:

    The Burning Man is about making a new community, not bringing along
    an old one with its vices and problems.

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  • JV says:


    Well said. We must not defy the Thought Leaders. They have what’s best for us in mind, even if sometimes we can’t see that. We shall put aside our petty desires and leave it for the Thought Leaders to decide. I think the best way to do this is to talk about cool apps.

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  • FlyingHamster says:

    Burners are constantly having to refute the notion that BM is a cult. I doesn’t help us for BMorg to identify certain pseudo-intellectuals within the community as, Thought Leaders. Not very intelligent, is it?

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  • lifeisshort says:


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  • The Devil X) says:

    No No No internet, No No Phone home, No text. Burning Man the one place left where you talk and touch other real humans. I love it let it be.

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  • Ghost says:

    This discussion seems to be leading to a denunciation of technology. While it is easy to say no internet, no cell phones – yet we have live web broadcasts, facebooks are updated, emails are sent (including pictures).

    The electronic communications go in both directions, yes the default world can get in, but we can also transmit out. The sharing of the event, especially where many of our friends may not be there this year, is as important as participating in the event.

    It we are to end all non-emergency electronic communication (I forgot, this would include satellite phone/internet/tv & webcasts) then we shut the world out of the burn. If the event is to be shared and inclusive maybe we should allow the stuff.

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