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Saturday 10th November 2012

  • (702) Alligator Clip the Internet to Your World with MaKey MaKey

    by Eric Rosenbaum

    MaKey MaKey lets you turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's an invention kit for everyone, making creative physical computing accessible with no electronics and no programming required.

    The MaKey MaKey circuit board pretends it's a USB keyboard, but you make your own keys by alligator clipping it to objects that are at least a little bit conductive. Press the spacebar by completing a circuit when you touch a banana, your grandma, or a penny. Make a piano out of pastries, or a game controller out of play-doh.

    In this session, after a quick intro to MaKey MaKey, we'll spend our time tinkering and hacking. We'll focus on inventions that extend open source web technologies into the physical world in playful new ways.

    Beginning with a brief intro to the MaKey MaKey kit, participants will move quickly to having a chance to try it out individually or in small groups. We'll do some brainstorming together, spend most of the time hacking together crazy inventions, and then wrap up with demos and reflection.

    We will plan to have a variety of materials on hand for people to build with, including conductive materials, craft materials, and tools.

    Who should come?

    • everyone!

    At 10:00am to 1:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 7. Floor, Ravensbourne

    Coverage video photo

  • (703) Physical Computing The Easy Way

    by Martyn Eggleton and Waterbear

    People who have never programmed anything will become Physical Computing programmers, by using Waterbear, a drag-and-drop visual environment for programming. This allows users to write code by snapping blocks together like Legos, and to build by exploring.

    We will build Arduino powered sweet dispensers where your sweets are secured by physical passwords which we will code using Waterbear for Arduino.

    You will learn the skills to code for Arduino at home and teach your own Arduino coding workshops without typing or knowing any syntax. Waterbear for Arduino is entirely web-based, all you need is a browser that can access the website and an Ardunio.

    At 10:00am to 1:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 7. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • Fieldguide: A Physical Web Exhibit

    by Jon Rogers

    Play with fun, interactive prototypes that make the web physical. Curated by Dundee’s Product Research Studio Fieldguide will bring together a diverse mix of designers, technologists, artists, musicians and journalists to show some of their most exciting work. These projects, prototypes and products will demonstrate the amazing potential of a physical internet. Drawing from a mix of people from emerging to established practitioners, objects from labs and objects from studios – we hope to inspire people to get involved in making the web connect to them. Possible exhibitors include:

    • Brendan Dawes & Bare Conductive
    • FOUND & Aidan Moffat
    • Uniform
    • Jasmine Cox and Autonomatic
    • Patrick Stevenson-Keating
    • Interactive Newsprint
    • Mozilla Factory

    At 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 0. Ground Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (904) TinkerCAD: Make 3D Models on the Web

    by Tinkercad

    Quickly turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer. We'll be designing and printing models using industrial-grade 3D printers. Come learn how to design a 3D model in the browser that's fit for printing, and then see how it gets made.

    At 11:30am to 12:30pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 9. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (209) Nonfiction Guide to Physically Bringing Projects To Life

    by Squared, nathan miller, Emma White, Aidan O'Callaghan and Giulia Watson

    Squared focuses on how to work collaboratively to think fast and creatively in a business landscape that is constantly disrupted by emerging technologies.

    As graduates of Google, Hyper Island and IPA partnership education, which aimed to 'empower the next generation of leaders to drive industry evolution', we feel that it is important to bring the skills we have learned in self-empowerment, community building, and creative idea generation to a wider audience.

    We would like to share theories around how to approach business, products or projects in a way which facilitates brilliant thought leadership and collaboration, both digitally and in-person.

    How will we do it?

    Using some of the techniques we have learned, we will empower participants to form project teams, make these teams productive and collaborative quicker.

    We'll also learn about using technology efficiently and making the most of the collaborative opportunities it presents as well as revealing how we best work in a project team.


    • Learn how to run these processes within your own future projects
    • Acquire starter ideas on projects you can begin together
    • Collaboratively create a nonfiction guide to web collaboration in the physical space

    Who should come?

    • anybody who regularly works in groups on complex projects, and who'd like a little insight on improving their working techniques and partnership building skills

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 2. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (212) Building Books for the Open Web

    by celinecelines, stresslimit and Prefontaine

    Books — even ebooks — are still isolated from the web. They are not yet part of the interconnected open web, in the way that websites, and even music and video already are.

    As part of the Building Webmakers track at the 2012 Mozilla Festival, we’re at the same time curating content about webmakers and demo-ing PressBooks, a platform that makes books truly part of the open web — web-native, open, collaborative, linkable and responsive to all desktop and mobile devices.

    Join us to make the Webmakers book, in real time. This session is an introduction and kick-off to the project, which will continue to evolve over the course of the festival. We’ll provide an overview of PressBooks and strategize about content and how we'll collaborate. Then off you go — attend other Webmaker sessions and contribute remotely. We’ll be working on the book throughout the weekend!

    Send an email to [mozfest@stresslimitdesign.com] to become a contributor, suggest content, or ask a question. Once you log on you can post new content or send (CC-licensed!) content from existing blogs, articles, and stories — either online or offline. Or you can help us edit: we’ll need to choose themes and chapters, and write a bit of meta text. Our goal: Create an awesome webmaker resource!

    At the end of MozFest, we’ll use PressBooks to output to EPUB and PDF. You’ll also be able to order a physical book. And we’ll be sending out copies to our top 10 contributors!


    • Learning how to integrate books directly into the web (adding links in text to link out, linking in to specific chapters, sharing on social media, etc).
    • Explore the new models of book production and publishing that are possible within the archivable, linkable semantic, and open web.
    • A great view of the latest Webmaker content!

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 2. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (101) Perceptive Media

    by Ian Forrester

    Remember when Intel turned your life into a museum exhibition using your Facebook data? Or when Google put your place of birth into Arcade Fire’s The Wilderness Downtown video? How about when Take This Lollipop warned you – specifically you – about the dangers of social networking? That’s ‘Perceptive Media’, and it’s coming to a TV near you – eventually.

    We're going to hack on ideas for how a TV or radio signal can be modified to create a subtly different version of what you were watching, personalised for you.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th November

    In 1. Floor, Ravensbourne

    Coverage video

Sunday 11th November 2012

  • (213) Me & My City

    by Martin Spindler and Louisa Heinrich

    As the Internet of Things matures, sensors will continue to proliferate - in public spaces, measuring air quality, noise pollution, weather and more; and in private hands, where some of the same things will be measured and some different - biometrics, health, energy consumption and so forth. Governments are already planning their ecosystems, and more choices become available to consumers every day.

    But how will these things be interconnected to achieve their potential? There is a real opportunity here to empower citizenry and improve our way of life:

    • Enable people to understand and measure their quality of life, and decide for themselves what that entails
    • Enable governments to measure, evaluate and improve key services and infrastructure
    • Uncover new opportunities for governments and businesses to introduce components and services to close gaps and further improve urban life

    This workshop will address the challenge: How can sensors improve the quality of urban life, creating a stronger connection between Me and My City?

    At 11:00am to 2:00pm, Sunday 11th November

    In 2. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (703) A Simple Building Block for the Physical Web

    by Dan Wigglesworth

    Join us for a brainstorming session where we'll develop ideas for a very simple machine that will read and display (highly selective) information from the web. This activity requires understanding the implications of the available data but also allows a lot of creativity in the output presentation which might include any of the following: LEDs, simple sounds (beeps), or moving parts (via a small stepper motor).

    Never fear - there will be lots of of support as we browse open data sources, share findings including code snippets, and examine a simple, functioning information display device that can access and display next vehicle information from the Web. We'll have some electronics including arduinos and prototyping "breadboards" (or pre-fabbed arduino shields) on hand in various stages of assembly.

    Participants will have an opportunity to assemble the display devices and to program them using their computers.


    • Learn about web "pages" that are written for machines, not people (for example, "Open Data" for Public Transport next vehicle information, published as XML)
    • Make a physical "web page" (using arduino) that displays (? you decide) information

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 11th November

    In 7. Floor, Ravensbourne

    Coverage note

  • (706) Build an augmented reality learning tool with CodeCards

    by Decoded and Joe Dytrych

    Build a tactile learning activity with CodeCards. We'll start with a demo of CodeCards to show what it is and how it can be used, before brainstorming ideas for tactile learning tools, relating to both the web and computing as well as more traditional (read: boring) subjects. Then we'll have a quick crash-course in developing with CodeCards, before we start building stuff.

    At 12:30pm to 2:30pm, Sunday 11th November

    In 7. Floor, Ravensbourne

  • (703) Codebender: Hack the real world

    by codebender

    Our goal is to teach and motivate people to hack in the real world, helping them make the transition from users to makers and construct things that have the ability to change (and better) our everyday lives, using easy-to-use tools like the Arduino microcontroller and a variety of sensor and actuators. We will show how to use and program the Arduino to get you started on your next interactive installation, home automation, robotic design or hobby electronics project.

    At 2:30pm to 5:30pm, Sunday 11th November

    In 7. Floor, Ravensbourne

    Coverage photo

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