The “hackathon” workshop  is an event where participants are invited to form multi-disciplinary teams to develop an artefact from inception to completion over the course of one or more days.

When: Sunday 31 Aug 2014 (and during the conference)
Venue
: SL103, SL105, Stephen Lawrence building 
Duration: 6 hours, 2 days (in and out)
Time: 9am – 14.45
Workshop presenters: 
Jesmond Lewis and Ryan Flynn
Practical requirements:
Workshop is intended for up to 60 participants. BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW, send your request to DRHA2014 and quote the workshop title

Abstract
Hackathon, hackspace, maker faire and open source are terms that are increasingly part of the vernacular of artists, designers and engineers. The origins of these terms lie in the intention to build trans-disciplinary communities around the formation of ideas and sharing of knowledge generated from the production of artefacts. 

Keywords

Hackathon, maker faire, arduino, littleBits, lilypad

Summary

To enable this practice products are being developed that simplify technology and break it out of corporate ownership offering access to artists and enthusiasts alike. We are offering the opportunity to take part in a hardware hackathon. A hackathon is an event where participants are invited to form multi-disciplinary teams to develop an artefact from inception to completion over the course of one or more days.

We aim to run a three-day event providing the materials, space and support to devise and build physical and wearable interactive artefacts driven by switches and sensors. This event will start with a workshop introducing littleBits, arduinos and lilyPads and presenting some projects for inspiration. The rest of day one is dedicated to idea generation and making.

On day two, space and some limited supervision will be provided enabling participants to continue their build whenever it fits their schedule and on day three we propose an exhibition of completed artefacts. LittleBits are a set of snap together modules containing simple electronic components. They are ideal for those with minimal technical confidence to get started in building interactive artefacts using a variety of switches and sensors.

The arduino is a small board containing a microprocessor chip and a number of digital and analogue inputs and outputs. Using an open source programming interface they enable highly sophisticated artefacts to be developed with relative ease and limited expense. LilyPads are wearable arduinos making developing wearable technology accessible. Our aim is to explore the relationship between art and technology.

 

Workshop is intended for 10- 12 participants. BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW, Register with an easy and fast way – Eventbrite