workshop

A workshop is a type of interactive training where participants carry out a number of training activities rather than passively listen to a lecture or presentation. Broadly, two types of workshops exist: A general workshop is put on for a mixed audience, and a closed workshop is tailored towards meeting the training needs of a specific group.

 

Larisa Blazic is a London-based artist, feminist hacker and educator. She is currently artist in residence at the DECODE project.

 

How to measure nuclear radiation? Waag hosted a workshop on how to measure radiation with low-cost sensors.

 

Wondering how the Big Maakplaats weekend looked like? View the photo report of our workshops.

 

It is held every four years, each time under a different name: a unique Dutch hacker camp. This year's edition is called SHA (Still Hacking Anyway) and is taking place in Flevoland (Zeewolde). With'TSJA2017: Technopolitics Village' Waag participates in the programme.

 

At Waag we don’t encounter with architects that often. So the chance to visit REsite festival in Prague that discusses the future of the city with architects on stage, in the crowd and even future architects in the organization was a great opportunity.

 

On Friday 11 November, parents, pupils, teachers, school leaders and data experts gathered in small groups to search for connections and stories in publicly available data for education in The Netherlands. The same night, developers started to work on the best idea to make a visualisation or a concept for an application.

 

We went looking for bacteria in the red light district of Amsterdam, to map microbes in the area. An image report.

 

Over the course of five days, twenty eager participants from Rio became Smart Citizens. Pieter van Boheemen and Taco van Dijk from Waag teached them how to appropriate low-cost, open source technologies to make sense of their environment, helping them to care, share and act.

 

Waag and the University of Stuttgart, two of the partners in the meSch project, have conducted a workshop at the OEB (the Online Educa Berlin) conference on December 2nd, 2015.

 

On September 14, Waag together with CodeUur starts the first programming course for primary school teachers.

 

In two schools in The Netherlands, we examine semi-plug 'n play materials you can put to use in the classroom. Such materials contribute to knowledge construction rather than just knowledge transfer.

 

The artistic interest in life sciences is on the rise. However, the debate around genetic engineering for art remains undecided in The Netherlands. So I flew to Helsinki to join a group of biohackers in teaching genetic engineering to artists, “Rock & Roll” style.

 

In October 2014 we organized a two-day OpenKnit Machine workshop within the Crisp Smart Textile Services project in collaboration with TU/Eindhoven and Gerard Rubio.

 

Making paper and ink with the aid of bacteria? Sure! The participants of the 12th Do It Together Bio workshop at the Waag were not scared away by the strange smells of the bacteria. On the contrary. In no-time most of them were stirring away in jars filled with cellulose and pigment producing bacteria. It was such a lot that the smell of it lingered for a couple of days!

 

For the innovatieon-hubs project of the World Bank Frank Kresin went to Gran Concepción (Chili) where he helps develop new ideas, concepts, prototypes and services that help solve the real needs of the citizens.

 

The European KiiCS Award on arts and science for innovation went to “Lab Easy: DIY Biology for the Bio-Curious” – a new educational concept, and to “Slave for Love” – an oxytocin detecting device.

 

The whole Nieuwmarkt square will be transformed into a world of textiles. But, what makes it extra special?

 

I feel enriched, more part of our world and a bit overwhelmed. Having had the opportunity to do the Make the Future workshops for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia, Egypt and Armenia I look back at an intense two months.

 

This is day one of our 'Make the Future' workshop in Cairo, Egypt and right from the start, everyone is hands-on busy warming up.

 

A team of Waag travelled to Cairo, Egypt, to organize workshops in a series called 'Make the Future', commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

 

On Friday April 4th, an introduction workshop on traditional Urushi lacquer technique was organised at the Makers Guild / Fablab Amsterdam in collaboration with FabLab Kamakura (Japan) and with Dr. Kenji Toki (Japan) as lector.

 

On Sunday March 30th, 2014 there was a special FabSchool Kids edition in de Waag. Mitch Altman, an American hacker and inventor, visited Holland this week. I got him so far that he would give one of his famous soldering workshops in the Fablab Amsterdam. Mitch Altman sells his own designed electronic kits, the rest of the time he can fill in with the things he likes most. His first wise lesson for the group of young participants marked his personal vision: "Try to make a living of what do you most love to do."

 

Running DNA tests, creating electricity with biologic materials or using muscle power to make sounds? Within three interactive workshops Waag showed youngsters between 14 and 17 years old what biotech is all about.

 

Our fellow Maurizio Montalti has put the result online of three weeks of time-lapse recordings of a slime mold. It is remarkable to see the behaviour of this peculiar organism. The video is a result of the BioLogic workshop held at the Waag in January of this year.

 

The Design Academy Eindhoven and Waag organized a workshop on 4 March, 2014 about Product Service Systems (PSS) design in the age of digital fabrication - Who's designing now? This workshop aimed to explore this area with examples from Japan and Europe/N-America, and discussions about how to understand these in a PSS context.

 

On Saturday 15 February 2014 at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, a day for children was organized, called ‘Helemaal Melkweg’. Besides listening to music and watch movies, children could also come to a FabSchool workshop Bristlebots making by Waag.

 

In four sessions (two workshops with patients, and two with professionals) on two locations (Enschede and Amsterdam), we conducted user research on which elements are playing an important role of trusted healthcare services.

 

Online education has the future. But how to monitor students that are not physically present? During the fourth edition of Students in Motion the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences experimented with the largest virtual class in the world. Eighty coaches co-ordinated more than two thousand first year students with feedback and comments through an online connection.

 

On Thursday 5 September we received about fifty employees of the design department of Philips, for a special Design day. During this day, they encountered Design for Happiness, socratic conversation techniques and co-creation.

 

On Friday, the 2nd of August, we participated at OHM 2013 (Observe Hack Make 2013), with two different workshops. The challenge was not only to successfully present the workshops, but to intrigue participants from all around the world to observe, hack, make with us and interact with each other.

 

Armed with dishwashing brushes and vibration motors we travelled South, to the Zomerparkfeest in Venlo. At four o'clock, we had 170 different robots made.

 

The consortium partners of the meSch project came together in June for three days of sharing insights, building scenarios, and setting future goals. Within the project, we want to create a toolkit that facilitates curators and educators in creating adaptive and smart exhibits for their museum visitors.

 

The birth of the personal computer, the graphical user interface, the World Wide Web and the 'Internet of Things' have launched our global society into the so-called “information age”.

 

During the Cinegrid Workshop at Calit2 in San Diego (USA) on 12 December 2012, a spectacular demo was given of a virtual and remote film production. In a joint setup, realtime recordings at a filmset in Amsterdam were shown in both locations simultaneously.

 

Don’t throw out your old toothbrush just yet because you can make fun robots out of them. In the last edition of Fabschool Kids, the kids learned how to make their own Bristlebots.

 

Brainstorming, mind mapping and creative sessions; the Waag was for two days transformed in a “Risk free space to explore".

 

On July 30th, 2012 we organised a workshop to gather new insights in people’s mobility needs. A group of Amsterdam’s inhabitants was invited to share their experiences and inspire us. Their input was used to define the requirements for meeting the user’s needs within the mobility domain. The workshop was meant to be able to extract the universal user’s needs and not to provide the complete picture of users’ experiences.