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Tech education debate in RKM@Batu Layar, Lombok, Indonesia

November 19th, 2017 No comments

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I had a wonderful evening last week on Indonesia’s Lombok island. A very active local community composed of university lecturers, musicians and artists invited me over as a guest speaker to their regular debate sessions. Initially intended to cover a broader range of topics, our discussion drifted into education, mostly focusing on the future of tech education for children and youth. I spoke about my experience and exchanged opinins with the people gathered in RKM. It was amazing to be part of this lively community for a little while – around there, everybody does something creative all the time, and the people are very knowledgeable. I really hope to come back one day. Special thanks to Latif for arranging all this and Yuga for the great poster.

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Medical tech hackathon at Copernicus Science Centre, Poland

August 10th, 2017 No comments

For a second time within a year, I was invited by the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw, Poland to run a participatory research hackathon with them. The challenge this time was to improve the ergonomics of an EEG headset for infants. I supported the creation of promotinal materials, invited over a 3D printer filaments company and sourced entire tables full of components, tools and materials to use, including a fully featured resin and silicone casting unit. The event took place on the weekend of 5-6 August, it was a great experience, the participants very creative, and I got some decent street cred, working with the Open Science Foundation for a second, and definitely not last, time. The third hackathon I’ve run so far!

More info on the event here, and a report page is available here (both links in Polish only unfortunately).