"Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education"
Unceded Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Territory
UBC Vancouver
16-18 May 2019


HASTAC 2019: “Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education” will take place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) people at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.


The primary conference venues are the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall at the UBC First Nations Longhouse and the Alma Mater Society Student Nest at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Both venues are approximately 30 minutes from not only downtown Vancouver but also Vancouver International Airport (YVR).


Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is roughly 30 minutes by car from UBC. Taxis, car rentals, and public transport to UBC are available at the airport. You can plan your public transit trip before you arrive at YVR.

Conference participants are invited to visit UBC’s Transportation page to learn more about traveling to, from, and around the UBC Vancouver campus.


HASTAC 2019 secured room blocks at Ponderosa Commons and Walter Gage Residences, both on the Vancouver campus, and each quite affordable as Vancouver accommodations.

Available through April 26th, the conference rates (in Canadian dollars) for rooms (16-18 May 2019) were:

Online registration for on-campus accommodations is now closed.


During mid-May in Vancouver, the average high temperature is 17°C (63°F), and the average low temperature is 8°C (49°F). The average chance of a wet day during mid-May is 28%.


UBC Wayfinding can help you to identify accessible entrances and distinguish between power and manual doors on the UBC Vancouver campus. UBC’s bus routes 68 and 70 are available for trips between key campus locations and the UBC Bus Exchange. They are wheel-chair accessible. If you require assistance to take transit, HandyDART, a door-to-door shared ride service, is available. For more information, see UBC Transportation.

HASTAC 2019 is a scent-free zone. Signage for wayfinding is provided across campus. Look for “HASTAC 2019” and the conference logo, by Diamond Point.

Wheelchair access to the First Nations Longhouse is via the western door of the Longhouse at 1985 Lower Mall. There is also a ramp approach to the Longhouse at the south end of the Xwi7xwa Library from 1985 West Mall. Both lead to the entrance to Xwi7xwa Library at the foot of the West Mall stairway.

Gender-inclusive, wheelchair-accessible washrooms can be found on floors 1 and 4 of The Nest and also in the First Nations Longhouse. Please see UBC Equity and Inclusion for more information about inclusive washrooms and changerooms on campus. This page also includes a link to a UBC Inclusion Map, which provides information about UBC buildings and breastfeeding spaces, prayer spaces, wheelchair-accessible spaces, and single-user bathrooms on campus. A golf cart is available by request for transportation across campus. To request one, please email info@hastac2019.org or see a HASTAC 2019 coordinator. Finally, microphones are provided in all presentation rooms at HASTAC 2019, with the exception of rooms 2504 and 2506 in The Nest.

Please note that a quiet room is available on Friday and Saturday in The Nest, Room 2514, next to a room (Nest 2515) that participants may use for meetings and discussion. Please also note that all sessions in The Nest are on Level 2. Three elevators are available in the building: two near the entrance on Student Union Boulevard and one near the entrance on University Boulevard. For more, see the floor plan for Level 2 of The Nest.


Please email info@hastac2019.org with any questions you have about the conference. Please email registration@housing.ubc.ca with any questions about registration and accommodations.

We would like to acknowledge that the University of British Columbia is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. We thank the Musqueam Nation for its hospitality and support of our work.

We would also like to acknowledge with respect the Lkwungen-speaking peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

HASTAC wishes to express our deep gratitude to the Musqueam people for allowing us to engage digital territories on this unceded land. Changing the way we teach and learn means challenging the colonial foundations of education and technology. We are grateful for the opportunity to do this work here. Thank you.

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