addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramFill 1linklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

The Intersection of Psychedelics and Technology

We are proud to announce our first ever event focused on the Intersection of Psychedelics and Technology.

Special Guest Speaker will be John Markoff, Head Science and Technology Writer of the New York Times, and author of "What the Doormouse Said". More speakers being announced soon.

We are teaming up with the Psychedelic Society of San Francisco so expect the unexpected.

This is an unprecedented event around this topic. As our counterculture icons like Steve Jobs leave us, it is important to look back and understand the culture in which they emerged so that we may continue the tradition and ensure the Bay Area continues to be the center of technology innovation and culture on this planet.



John Markoff, Senior Science Writer for the NY Times and Author of "What the Doormouse Said"


Talk Title: What the Doormouse Said

Talk Abstract: John will detail the history of the personal computer, closely tying the ideologies of the collaboration-driven, World War II-era defense research community to the embryonic cooperatives and psychedelics use of the American counterculture of the 1960s.

About John: John is a journalist best known for his work at The New York Times, and a book and series of articles about the 1990s pursuit and capture of hacker Kevin Mitnick.

After Mitnick, Markoff continued to write about technology, focusing at times on wireless networking, writing early stories about non-line-of-sight broadband wireless, phased-array antennas, and multiple-in, multiple-out (MIMO) antenna systems to enhance Wi-Fi. He covered Jim Gillogly's 1999 break of the first three sections of the CIA's Kryptos cipher [1], and writes regularly about semiconductors and supercomputers as well. He wrote the first two articles describing Admiral John Poindexter's return to government and the creation of the Total Information Awareness project. In 2009 he moved from the Business/Tech section of the New York Times to the Science section.

About the Book: Most histories of the personal computer industry focus on technology or business. John Markoff’s landmark book is about the culture and consciousness behind the first PCs—the culture being counter– and the consciousness expanded, sometimes chemically. It’s a brilliant evocation of Stanford, California, in the 1960s and ’70s, where a group of visionaries set out to turn computers into a means for freeing minds and information. In these pages one encounters Ken Kesey and the phone hacker Cap’n Crunch, est and LSD, The Whole Earth Catalog and the Homebrew Computer Lab. What the Dormouse Saidis a poignant, funny, and inspiring book by one of the smartest technology writers around.


Kevin Paul Herbert


Kevin Paul Herbert is a computer programmer and software designer. Entirely self-taught, Kevin skipped college while his technical peers have advanced degrees. As an early developer for Cisco Systems, he developed software that now runs on millions of Internet routers worldwide.

Kevin's work has been written about in Wired magazine, and he has been a major supporter of MAPS over the years. Kevin presently works at Meraki, a Cloud Networking startup recently acquired by Cisco for $1.25bn. In addition to computers, Kevin enjoys dancing to live music (psychedelic jam bands) and psychedelic DJ electronica. He also builds costumes containing wearable electronics for performance, and has performed as a dancer at concerts at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado and other venues. Kevin is a strong supporter of civil liberties and social responsibility. He strongly believes that individuals, not governments, are responsible for social and moral decisions.


Michael Latulippe, Founder of Bay Area Software Engineers


Michael Latulippe Founded Bay Area Software Engineers along with successful groups in New York City and Boston. He is an engineer with experience in PHP, Python, Perl, and Java. Michael chooses the topics and technologies for events to help progress them forward in the engineering community.


Daniel Jabbour, Founder of the Psychedelic Society of San Francisco


Daniel Jabbour (@bitgangsta) has been writing code as long as most kids have been doing multiplication. He is the founder of Amoeba, a software development and design consultancy, and has a passion for bringing new ideas to life as well as building awesome teams and improving development process. Daniel also has significant web, scaling, and big-data experience, and has consulted for startups and Fortune 500s in the New York and San francisco areas for over a decade. When he isn't building software, Daniel works on several non-profit projects including The Psychedelic Society of San Francisco, and Hack the Future, a quarterly Hackathon that teaches and inspires kids to code, solder, and build things.



Psychedelic Society of San Francisco


The Psychedelic Society in San Francisco is devoted to the exploration of the expansion of consciousness – and they’re fascinated and thrilled as they learn about the profound role psychedelics have played in the evolution of human consciousness over the past tens of thousands of years.


The Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education Group (ERIE)


The Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education group’s mission is to provide a forum for the furtherance of three areas in the entheogenic dialogue: 1) discussing contemporary research and scholarship involving sacred medicine and proposing new horizons and directions for it; 2) creating and holding a safe space in which to share and integrate transpersonal experiences; and 3) envisioning a new educational paradigm in which the ancient wisdom of plant teachers, long held by indigenous cultures, can be reframed to be relevant within a modern, Western context.


The Evolver Network


The Evolver Network uses on-line tools to build off-line communities. We connect the dots between visionary idealism and lived experience — from open-source software to complementary currencies, meditation to direct action, festival culture to community-supported agriculture. We bring people together to explore areas that the mainstream culture ignores or suppresses; to learn new skills; to collaborate, celebrate and create.


Become Noticed


Become Noticed is a San Francisco SEO Company that focuses on best practices and engaging the latest Web technologies to build strong Web strategies for clients developing Websites and Applications.

The Founder of Become Noticed Michael Latulippe is a software engineer and Web developer specializing in PHP, jQuery, AJAX, JavaScript, and HTML5 technologies.

Become Noticed, Inc. sponsors the BASE and Eclipse Group with financial, logistic, and promotional support.


Legal Disclaimer


Views or opinions expressed by speakers or sponsors at our local Bay Area Software Engineers (BASE) community events do not necessarily express the opinion or views of the BASE organization and we do not take responsibility for the views expressed or the actions of speakers or sponsors at our local events.


Bay Area Software Engineers is Growing


Our group has grown by leaps and bounds this past year and we are proud to announce that Bay Area Software Engineers (BASE) is going to continue to grow and develop our ecosystem with job fairs, training events, and groundbreaking events. We couldn't do it without our members and we want to thank you for being apart of this growing organization.

Join or login to comment.

  • Christine

    unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend...
    Any chance it was recorded???

    February 22, 2013

    • Andrew Logan H.

      I second that. I did attend but I would love a chance to review some of it.

      February 22, 2013

    • Christine

      Looks like there are slides...Is there anyway to get the presenter(s) to share their slides online??? Thanks for any info!

      February 25, 2013

  • Ben W.

    Fantastic event, full of food for thought. This is a history of Silicon Valley that needs to be told more often.

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Michael L.

    One of the most interesting and important events BASE has ever had.

    2 · February 21, 2013

  • Craig W.

    John Markoff gave an amazing, personal, mind-opening presentation.

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Stanley

    Awesome presentation!

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow! Fascinating presentation. I'm definitely reading the book.

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Kálmán T.

    We had a brilliant event here with amazing speakers - it was quite reassuring on many levels.

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Arthur G.

    Something came up. Enjoy, y'all!

    February 19, 2013

  • Michael K.

    I am developing an iPad app that is extremely colorful and mesmerizing in ways so it seems like I might be able to find some people that might be interested in the underlying technology. It's based on a unique concept I call the coordinated particle engine. Any questions email me at [masked]. I put some short examples at:

    Look under my username for these :

    ShimeringPyramid - YouTube

    SimpleButElegant - YouTube

    GoogleLogoTransition - YouTube

    Pixar - YouTube

    TextMessagingPossibilitiesCouldBeBig - YouTube

    CollegeLogoLooks3D - YouTube

    LineToPrimeSquare - YouTube

    RedGreenBlue - YouTube

    BlackAndWhite - YouTube

    AmericanFlag - YouTube

    Serendipity - YouTube

    LooksLikeAStringGettingPulled - YouTube

    RelativeTwistRelativeSize - YouTube

    ParticleCount - YouTube

    ColorfulTorus - YouTube

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just visiting from New York. There couldn't be a more perfect event to stumble across.

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • Michael L.

      We are planning a similar event involving the NYC Counterculture set this year with our sister group NY Software Engineers you can find at http://nycsoftware.or...­. Look forward to seeing you there, I'm flying in from NYC myself.

      February 18, 2013

  • Jessica G.

    See you guys at the event!
    Please check out my indiegogo campaign and let me know what you think!

    1 · February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Flying in from overseas, and this just happened to be going on. Looking forward to checking it out!

    1 · February 15, 2013

  • Stanley

    Thank you!

    1 · January 30, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Comments here should only be posted by software engineers, job requirements should not be posted on BASE comments.

    January 28, 2013

  • Arthur G.

    Look forward to seeing where this ends up. The speaker sounds interesting.

    1 · January 11, 2013

Our Sponsors

  • Microsoft

    Encouraging the development of multiple software technologies.

  • Twilio

    Hosting October MeetUp

  • O'Reilly Media

    Technical Manuals and Book Giveaways.

  • Become Noticed

    Marketing, branding and public relations firm.

  • Just In Mind

    Justinmind license key / certification (3)

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy