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Conference Call: What’s Happening in May and June—and Why It Matters

From the HackMiami 2013 Hackers Conference to On Walking, academic gatherings you should be aware of.
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MAY 17-19
HackMiami 2013 Hackers Conference (Miami, Florida)
Information-security professionals join nerds and novices to discuss “cutting-edge tools, techniques, and methodologies ... at the forefront of the global threatscape.” Fun events include a bitcoin hackathon, a “robot-building village,” and a “shootout” that “will feature both network pentesting scanners and Web-application security scanners to see which ones discover the most exploitable vulnerabilities in predetermined targets.” We know where our money will be.

JUNE 4-5
DSM-5 and the Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis (London, England)
Academics and practitioners discuss the clinical, research, and public health implications of the latest edition of psychiatry’s bible—Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The fifth edition, 14 years in the making, is the first to dub hoarding a full-fledged disorder. (Find out why in "Why Do You Hoard?") So now’s the time to throw away those boxes of papers you’ve saved from past DSM conferences.

JUNE 28-29
On Walking (Sunderland, England)
For those who interpret the truism “Research is done one step at a time” literally. Participants will stroll through “the practice and process of walking in all its cultural, ethnographic, poetic, and geographical ramifications.” Writers, artists, thinkers, and academics will share “innovative and speculative ideas on walking.” Don’t judge them until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.