Hotwiring the Transient Universe VII

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.
Friday May 17 is reserved for building and hacking together.


Block Schedule
Detailed Program
Poster Presentations

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:

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.


University Room
Chestnut Conference Centre
89 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R1, Canada

Once entering the building, please proceed up either the escalators or the elevator to the 3rd floor. You should see our welcome table, or, just follow the signs to the University Room. Registration (and coffee!) will be avaliable from 8:30am on Monday, May 13, while our first talks begin at 9:00am.

Parking at Chestnut Conference Centre is available.

In-person Registration

To register for the conference, please go to the Dunlap Institute Eventbrite page linked below. 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.

The deadline for in person registration has closed. Please reach out to organizer maria.drout[at] as soon as possible if you still need to register.

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).

Online Participation

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


The conference will be held in downtown Toronto, which offers a wide variety of accommodation possibilities.
We recommend the following hotels:

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown
1-minute walk to the conference site.

Marriot Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre
4-minute walk to the conference site.

Eaton Chelsea Hotel
10-minute walk to the conference site.