Second Announcement - Hotwiring the Transient Universe VII

Abstract Submission and Registration Now Open

After a nearly 5 year hiatus, Hot-Wiring the Transient Universe is returning with a bang! Hotwiring VII will be hosted by the Dunlap Institute at the University of Toronto, May 13-16, 2024. Please find important information regarding the program, abstract submission, and registration below, as well as on the conference website:


This will be a WORKshop. Each day will have a mixture of talks, hack sessions, code demos, and brainstorming new instruments and systems. The three main science pillars will be:

  • Enabling GW astronomy
  • Rubin and the deep time-domain optical sky
  • The Radio transient revolution

Sessions will focus on themes that span all three communities including challenges for effective follow-up, how to turn the coming flood of observations into scientific inference at scale, and the path towards the next generation of facilities. We will focus on software AND hardware infrastructure. In addition, any attendee can suggest other topics for discussion during daily unconference sessions.

Conference Dates

Our formal program will run 9:00am-5:00pm from Monday May 13 to Thursday May 16. However, we will be able to provide rooms in the Astronomy Building at the University of Toronto on Friday May 17 for any groups who wish to continue hacking/working on projects (no food will be provided).

Abstract Submission

To submit an abstract for a talk and/or a poster, please fill out this form by Friday March 1. We plan to finalize the schedule and let everyone know of the status of their abstracts by Friday, March 15. In addition to traditional talks, we welcome abstracts for topics that may be best suited as e.g. code demos or other technical demonstrations. Please note that except for extenuating circumstances we expect all speakers to attend in person.

Abstract Submission Form

In-person Registration

To register for the conference, please go to the Dunlap Institute Eventbrite page here. Deadline for registration is Monday April 15 (or until we are full; we have capacity for 100 in-person attendees). General registration is $200, student registration is $100.

In-person Registration

Online Participation

Our intention is to have a partially hybrid meeting. In particular, we will live stream all talks on Zoom and provide moderators to ensure that online participants can ask questions. We will also add any interested online participants to the conference Slack. However, conference organizers will not explicitly facilitate online participation during the unconference/breakout sessions. To express interest in online participation, please fill out this form by Friday May 10 (we will use this to add participants to Slack and share the relevant Zoom links).

Interest in Online-Attendance

Summary of Important Dates

  • March 1: Abstract Submission Deadline.
  • March 15: Notice of Abstract status.
  • April 15: Deadline for in-person registration.
  • May 10: Deadline for expression of interest in online access.