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Formation2000 (2000)
FounderDouglas Repetto
PurposeArtistic, Educational
Region served

Dorkbot is a group of affiliated organizations worldwide that sponsor grassroots meetings of artists, engineers, designers, scientists, inventors, and anyone else working under the very broad umbrella of electronic art.[1][2][3][4] The dorkbot motto is "people doing strange things with electricity".

Started by Douglas Repetto[5] at the Columbia University Computer Music Center in 2000, dorkbot spread around the world, with over 100 chapters either planning or actively holding meetings as of 2010.[6] In 2012, a series of viruses with the same name appeared and it caused many of the chapters to disband.

The purpose of dorkbot meetings is to nurture a local electronic arts community and to encourage emerging, and established, artists to present new works for informal peer review. While many of the dorkbot groups hold their meetings at universities and students are encouraged to attend, dorkbot meetings are not restricted in any way to the academic community. Dorkbot groups encourage the free exchange of ideas on the electronic arts, and regular attendees of one dorkbot will often visit another when they are travelling, serving as informal ambassadors between groups.

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  1. ^ Wilkinson, Alec (2004-06-07). "Incomprehensible". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  2. ^ Chillag, Ian (2008-02-07). "Dorks Try to Mingle in New York". Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  3. ^ Braiker, Brian (2006-01-17). "When Art and Science Collide, a Dorkbot Meeting Begins". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  4. ^ Beckman, Rachel (2006-12-21). "Hearts of Dorkness". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  5. ^ Metz, Rachel (2006-04-24). "The Geek Mind Behind Dorkbot". WIRED. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  6. ^ The current list of chapters, with map, can be seen at

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