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- Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight is slated to podcast live from Hackfort in 2017.
Silver and FiveThirtyEight are set to record a live podcast from Hackfort at the 2017 Treefort Music Fest, set for March 22-26 in downtown Boise. The topic of discussion among his panelists will be how data can offer insights into local and national political policy. The event will be accessible with a Hackfort badge ($30).
The podcast is one of several Hackfort events released in the Jan. 12 announcement from one of Treefort Music Fest's most popular sub-forts. This year, it will also host the Idaho Virtual Reality Council's "Immerse-a-thon" at Trailhead. There will also be appearances by keynote speaker Dex Torricke-Barton of SpaceX, Google and Facebook, and Mass Effect 3 co-writer Ann Lemay. Stardew Valley-builder Eric Barone will be there as part of an intimate Coffee and Conversations series that will also include Lemay and Torricke-Barton.
Also on tap will be a panel discussion of Magic: The Gathering's business model, a board game hack with CARVR and Citizen Scientific Workshop and a discussion with Boise State University Professor Don Winiecki, creator of ANA—an art-generating computer program.
There's a lot more on the Hackfort schedule. Check it out the full roster at its website.