Fission believes the future of the Internet and equitable access to computation at scale demand a distributed and decentralized web. And all systems have limits that must be navigated.
Information traveling at the speed of light hits a physical limit: a causal island. We experience these causal islands in our distributed systems as latency—a function of our proximity to data centers and quality of our connectivity.
Novel approaches to the Future of Computing — programming languages, networks, interfaces, and more — end up stranded on similar causal islands. They propagate within different industries, disciplines, and communities at uneven speeds.
We’re gathering the brightest minds to challenging your idea of what’s possible, and bridging those causal islands together. Learn from diverse and unique perspectives across disciplines, discover exciting new areas of research and development, and make plans for ongoing collaboration.
Join Fission and our partners as we build the future of computing, today.
Jenn Schiffer is a web developer, writer and artist with a background in computer science and somewhere under 500 years of HTML experience. As a Director of Community at Fastly, working on Glitch, she's responsible for supporting, growing and advocating for the friendliest community of coders into the next era of computing.
Cristina is the Vice President of the Oracle Software Assurance organisation where she leads a team of security researchers and software and machine learning engineers to make application security and software assurance, at scale, a reality. Before she joined Oracle and Sun Microsystems, Cristina held academic posts at major Australian Universities, co-edited Going Digital, a landmark book on Cybersecurity.
Simon Wardley is a British researcher and former CEO best known for the creation of Wardley mapping.
Shriram is the Vice President for Programming Languages at Brown University in Providence, RI, USA. He’s not, really, but that’s what it says on his business card. At heart, he's a person of ill-repute: a Schemer, Racketeer, and Pyreteer. He believes tropical fruit are superior to all other kinds. He is terrified of success, because he may be forced to buy a suit. He is known to interrogate his audiences to ensure they’re paying attention. So, be alert. You can read email later.
Maggie is a designer, anthropologist, and mediocre developer. She currently leads design at Ought, an AI research lab exploring how machine learning can support open-ended reasoning. She previously spent years working in developer education and designing visual metaphors for programming concepts. She's enthusiastic about embodied cognition, end-user programming, and digital gardening.
Quinn is an applied researcher at Fission, currently architecting a decentralized edge database called RhizomeDB.
Brooklyn the co-founder and CTO of Fission, where her team is creating next-gen tools that empower developers to easily build innovative, decentralized applications. She is the author of numerous libraries including Witchcraft, and founded the Vancouver Functional Programming Meetup. Her belief in open standards has lead to work spanning distributed VMs (Ethereum, IPVM), authorization (UCAN), data privacy (Webnative FS), multiformats, and others.
David Ogborn is an artist programmer and artist researcher, committed to unfolding the potential for algorithms and computation to be sites of play, curiosity, and collaboration. He is the founding member of McMaster's Cybernetic Orchestra — a live coding laptop orchestra continuously active since 2010.
Jon Corbett is a nehiyaw-Métis computational media artist. His doctoral research crosses the domains of Indigenous Studies and Digital Humanities and focuses on braiding Indigenous knowledge with western computing paradigms. His work has been featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York City, NY, and at the Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone / Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) in Montreal, QC.
Ramsey Nasser is a game designer, media artist, computer scientist, and educator. He is one of the founding worker-owners of the EMMA Technology Cooperative where he builds everything from interactive experiences to Lisp compilers for clients all across the world.
Edwin Brady is a Reader in Computer Science at the University of St Andrews, interested in making state of the art programming language techniques accessible to sofware developers and practitioners. He is currently working on a new implementation of Idris, a dependently typed functional programming language.
Rupert is a designer and programmer, and part of Mozilla's innovation studio where he works on product development in AI. He's passionate about machine learning, natural user interfaces, speculative futures, and ultimately making personal computing more humane and accessible for all.
Michael R. Bernstein is the co-founder of Reify, a boutique marketing agency that works exclusively with software companies. Prior to working with over 100 clients in the last seven years in that role, he was an engineer and engineering manager for more than five years, where he became known for digging deep into the ghosts of ideas past via reading and discussing many academic papers, and a computer science educator prior to that.
Geoffrey is a researcher who wants everyone to be able to create their own personal software tools. He's currently a PhD student at MIT in the Software Design Group and collaborates with Ink & Switch, an independent research lab. Prior to that, he was an engineer and designer at an education technology startup. His interests include browser extensions, spreadsheets, and large language models.
Mauve (they/it) is a decentralized software consultant with a focus on local-first web apps and community mesh networks. Their goal is to make resilient software and hardware foundations more accessible so that people can build tech that serves their communities instead of capital.
Our inaugural Causal Islands conference will take place in Toronto, ON at the historic Paradise Theatre in the Bloorcourt Village neighborhood. Built in 1937, the theatre features an Art Deco style bar and an award-winning restaurant.
Nestled on Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore, Toronto is a diverse and creative metropolis and the 3rd largest tech hub in North America.Discover more about TorontoCheck out the venue
Brooklyn is the co-founder and CTO of Fission. She is a functional programmer focused on distributed systems, formal verification, and PLT & VM design. Her deep interests lie in functional programming, programming language theory, principled software, scalable and fault tolerant systems, and developing teams and she is a sought after speaker and panelist at various conferences.
Zeeshan has a B.A. in Moving Image Arts, an M.M. in Music Technology, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University under Frank Pfenning, focused on programming languages/PLT. He is the co-founder and co-organizer of Papers We Love and the PWL conference. Zeeshan is an applied researcher at Fission working on distributed systems, edge and multi-tier computing, identity, and storage.
Chad is an experienced technologist, software developer, author, public speaker and senior technology leader. He is currently the Partner and CTO of BlueYard Capital. Previously Chad was Director of Ruby Central and founded the International Ruby Conference and International Rails Conference.
We aim to make Causal Islands inclusive and accessible to everyone. Creating an accessible event benefits individuals with visible or known disabilities and also helps to ensure that everyone, including individuals with non-obvious disabilities and/or chronic health conditions, and people of all ages and body types, are able to fully engage in the program.Accessibility of the Event
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