In addition to volunteering in Black Rock City each year, joining our Tech Team is one of a myriad of ways to participate in Burning Man. Members of our community were early pioneers of the Internet and more and more technology entrepreneurs and industry leaders are joining our ranks as Burning Man culture spreads around the world. Much like Black Rock City provides a context and container for physical creations and manifestations by artists, performer and builder collectives, this Innovation section facilitates the development of technical and virtual tools, built by our community for our community. Please note that the applications and links shown below are operated by application providers over which Burning Man exercises no control. The descriptions below have been supplied by the application providers, and Burning Man neither endorses these applications nor warrants that they operate as described.

iBurn 2018

iBurn is back for 2018! iBurn is an offline map, compass, and guide for the Burning Man art festival, crafted with love as a gift for the community. We hope you like it!


* Nearby Mode: Quickly find what's happening around you right now
* Full Text Search: Try "bacon" or "coffee"
* Geocoder: Always shows your current Playa Address (e.g. 6:30 & B)
* Easy access to Favorites
* Walking & Biking Estimates
* Compass mode
* Event filtering
* Every public listing for Art Camps & Events (from PlayaEvents API)
* Works on iPhone, iPad, and Android

Want to help us make it even better? Get involved! iBurn is free and open source:

Time To Burn 2018

Called the “must have app” by the Black Rock Beacon and SFGate! Back for 2017, with the freshest data around. Mmmm…smell the goodness! This is the app that has all the camps, artwork, and playa calendar events, and also the Rockstar Librarian Music Guide. What’s that? You also want a GPS enabled map of the city, and your own personalized QR code so you can “bump” in the middle of the playa? Sure! No problem! Let’s also throw in quick & easy access to the official Burning Man traffic reports, and a built in packing checklist.

Lovingly gifted to the citizens of Black Rock City by three people with huge amounts of talent, more than 30 years of playa experience between them, and never enough time on their hands! Remember: Safety Third and keep an eye out for petite beagles!

Printable Playa Schedule

A web app that lets you export the full list of Burning Man events & art installations to an Excel spreadsheet for easy reading, sorting, printing, & pre-burn excitement. These are all the same events you'll find on the official Playa Events page, but with Excel, you can quickly skim through the list & create a little quick-reference booklet to print & bring to the Playa. Plus, the spreadsheet includes camp locations, which aren't available on the official Playa Events page until Burning Man actually begins.

Tip: Once I've gone through & made a trimmed-down list of events I'm interested in, I like to sort by "type," then the "date" columns. That groups all the food in one section, parties in another, art in another, etc – and within each section you can skim down the current day's column to see what's happening at a moment's notice. When you're hungry, just flip to the food page! 🙂


Burn Vibes – discover your Burning Man vibes, it’s your path to unknown.
Know your heroes, take part, share the love. Learn what happened before, affect what happens next! Discover your favorite Burning Man vibes, keep a list of your favorite sets.


Playa Explorer

Unnecessarily Bear Productions brings you the Playa Explorer. This bot allows you to learn about camps, events and art installations at Burning Man. Try chatting with us on Alexa ( or Facebook Messenger (

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Finding your way around Black Rock City seems easy when you first arrive – all the street signs are all there, and it seems you can always walk five or ten steps and see where you are. Then more camps are set up, and a little dust kicks up – and pretty soon just EXACTLY where you are starts to get a little sketchy… and unimportant… till it is important for some reason! The HopperCodes team has nothing against wandering, in the sense of exploring, but when you are wandering with a purpose – as in looking for your bike (!), it is good to have a sense of place.

PlayaGPS reports your Playa Address (as in 5:45 Donatello) and compass heading – and with it's large high contrast display, it is visible in the harshest of noonday lighting. You can mark a spot with PlayaGPS and navigate back to it with confidence. And unlike most GPS units, you don't have to be moving to know which direction to go, as the software uses the electronic compass in your Android device as well as the GPS receiver to navigate.

PlayaGPS is for Android devices, is open source, free, and respects your privacy – the only permission requested is to access the GPS. When outside the perimeter, the display reads the miles to BRC – and when inside, where you are, and how far you are from where you left something. What more do you need? Info at; download at


iBurn is back for 2015 with some killer new features! iBurn is an offline map, compass, and guide for the Burning Man art festival, crafted with love as a gift for the community. We hope you like it!

New in 2015:

* Nearby Mode: Quickly find what’s happening around you right now
* Improved Search: Try “bacon” or “coffee”
* Onboarding: You’ll like it
* Geocoder: Always shows your current Playa Address (e.g. 6:30 & Ballyhoo)
* Favorites now have their own tab
* Walking & Biking Estimates
* Improved table cells to include more relevant information
* Emojis Everywhere!
* Optimized for iOS 8 (we even got some Swift code in there now)

Still packing the features you love:

* Compass mode
* Custom map pins
* Event filtering
* Every public listing for Art Camps & Events (from PlayaEvents API)
* Works on iPhone, iPad, and Android

Want to help us make it even better? Get involved! iBurn is free and open source:

OwlPixel Playa Events

Plan your Burn! Updated for Burning Man 2015.
The ultimate iOS app for planning your week at Burning Man 2015!

Browse all Burning Man 2015 events from gates open date till temple burn and:
1. See detailed event information including BRC map
2. Mark events as going to easily create a shortlist
3. Add interesting event occurrences to your calendar for easy planning

Make the most of your week at Burning Man 2015.
Works beautifully on both iPhones and iPads.

App is free, requires no registration and displays no ads.
Made with love as contribution to the community.

Important: Don’t use your iPhones ON the playa, the playa dust will kill your device, this app is for planning and getting informed in advance, not during the burn. 🙂


Theme Camp Organizing

I’ve developed a Drupal 7 module and database for managing registrations, classes, mealshifts, camp dues, and many other aspects of running a theme camp. It is written in PHP. I haven’t released it yet but I’d like to have collaborators share work in building out features. If you know Drupal or PHP and are interested in learning more, please be in touch.

PlayaCompass 2015

Black Rock City can be a confusing place. The Playa Compass is a virtual map and compass to guide you. Playa Compass understands the layout of Black Rock City and shows you where you are on the pentagon, helps you find your way back to where you left your bike, and helps you navigate back to camp when the dust kicks up on the Playa. Unlike your GPS, Playa Compass knows your Playa Address – how many feet you are from the Man, and at what angle or clock hour. When you are in the city proper, where camps are established, Playa Compass displays the street address of your current location. You can use Playa Compass to navigate to specific Playa Addresses, and to mark locations that you would like to return to.

Playa Compass does not require access to the Internet to function. In August of each year, the “Golden Spike” is set, determining where the Man will be constructed. Playa Compass will be updated at that time to initialize with the Man’s location. When you are not located at BRC, Playa Compass operates in a Demo mode, with your starting location marking the Man. Be sure your GPS is turned on- some devices require this as a separate action.