Category Archives: Events and Conferences

BETT 2016 Highlights Part 1: STEM and Social Media

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The BETT Show—formerly known as the British Educational Training and Technology Show—is an annual trade show in the United Kingdom showcasing the use of information technology in education. This year it was a unique experience, comprising four days of education technology innovations and inspirations from around the world.  Continue reading

Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 Highlights

By Virginia — When the Digitales team went to the Frankfurt Book Fair this year, they discovered that today is an exciting time to create digital content. Read the event highlights below.

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Every year, the ‘Hot Spot’ digital zones at the Frankfurt Book Fair grow, creating new opportunities for discovery. Each of the following offered a daily program of demonstrations and talks:

  • Digital Innovation
  • Education
  • Professional and Scientific Information
  • Publishing Services

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Mini Make Day #2

Melbourne Library Service held their first Mini Make Day in April at the beautiful Library at the Dock. It was a lot of fun, and left the makers of Melbourne wanting more. Mini Make Day #2 was held on Sunday, October 25, and this time they had two floors! Jennifer from Digitales was there, and here is her report.

On the ground floor there was an exhibition space where people could meet some of Melbourne’s makers and hackers:

  • Footscray Maker Lab showed off their HUGE robotic arm and some tech-enhanced art installations. They shared their table with a local ceramicist, showcasing some beautiful vases and cups.
  • Connected Community Hackerspace, A.K.A. my second home. We had a few items on display including an ambient temperature sensor, an Oculus Rift virtual reality helmet and the Eggbot, a computer-controlled robot that writes on table tennis balls. Our member Sarah demonstrated her knitting machine:

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  • Nodebots brought along (among other things) a Mirobot, a robot with a pen attached that draws shapes as it drives around a piece of paper.

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  • XYZ Workshop helped spread the 3D printing love with a 3D printed dress and their Ultimaker printer.
  • Girl Geek Academy had a fabulous pink 3D printer and some 3D printed jewellery on display.

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Upstairs there were more stalls including:

Along with the exhibition spaces, the talks and workshops were a big part of the day:

  • Paul Mignone talked about how 3D printing is being used is scientific research.
  • Connected Community Hackerspace members ran soldering tutorials throughout the day.
  • Melbourne Library Service’s children’s librarians ran programs for kids aged 5-12 on making paper circuits using copper foil, and cute creatures with blinking LED eyes.

I spent most of my day running a wearable electronics workshop, where we made and programmed heart-shaped brooches with embedded LEDs that flash in a heartbeat pattern:

Heart Brooch

Many thanks to Gil “The Kosher Tony Stark” Poznanski from Melbourne Library Service for organising this fantastic event. It looks like he had a great time too!

Mini Make Day: Library’s State-of-the-Art Makerspace

Last Sunday, Melbourne Library Service’s Library at the Dock held its first Mini Make Day: a chance for Melbourne’s maker community to show off, and for the public to learn about what’s going on around town in robotics and electronics, 3D printing, costume making and computer games.

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Some great organisations showed up from all corners of Melbourne:

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And of course, the Library’s state-of-the-art makerspace was on show as well. I was there with CCHS, and would say the day was a big success. The library was packed!

The Crowd

Some people were already into DIY technology, and some were just curious to see what this whole maker thing is all about. It was a pleasure to talk to them all, and to see everyone’s excitement at experiencing some new technologies for the first time. People got to try out motion-detecting interactive art, a virtual reality headset, and a full body 3D scanner, amongst other things. I got to try out a Google Glass for the first time, but let’s just say it’s not made for people who wear glasses already…

Jen with Glass

Overall Mini Make Day was lots of fun, and I look forward to the next one.

If you’re not in Melbourne and would like to learn more about the maker movement, check out your local Hackerspace, library makerspace or Men’s Shed, and get making!

CCHS Table