1 FULL SCHOLARSHIP for 4-Week Made in China Courses

Huge News! School of Machines from Berlin Germany will make its debut courses Made in China in Mainland China in April 2019! Limited spots available. Women and persons from LGBTQ and other under-represented communities in the tech field are highly encouraged to apply. Apply now!


The course enables a hands-on creative exploration of digital fabrication and Internet-of-Things connected devices, while gaining deeper insight into China’s cultural surroundings from an inside perspective.

During the course, you’ll be able to learn
– prototyping as iterative design & development process
– Design, development & fabrication of physical mechanisms
– Integration of multiple materials & media to create interactive objects
– CAD design & fabrication: use of Rhino, 3D printers, CNC & laser-cutters
– Basic programming (Arduino/motors/sensors/LED strips, etc.)
– Integrate traditional manufacturing with new technologies
– Experience with different materials
– Presentation and communication with an international audience.

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The courses will be consist of 4 weeks (April 1~26, 2019), the first 2 weeks will be in Shanghai, and the second 2 weeks will be in Shenzhen. You can apply to participate in the whole 4-week course, or participate the 2-week course either in Shanghai or Shenzhen. Click here to apply now to get an early bird discount!


Please see the course outline below:
Week 1&2
– Exploration of Chinese vs European preconception (and vice versa).
– Collection of local resources to construct & design future consumable products.
– Delving into theory and practice of IoT connected devices.
– Rethinking IoT connected device methodologies.
– Understanding & experiencing speculative design & design fiction methodologies.

Week 3&4
– Explore production facilities / processes / critical design methods for imagined futures.
– Design objects to be produced in China as prototypes for future productions that could be elsewhere.
– Fabrication.
– Documentation and archive of new objects.

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Collaborating with Seeed and x.factory, School of Machines is offering 1 FULL SCHOLARSHIP to a Chinese female participant! If you would like to participate in this course, and need financial support, please apply for the course online and at the same time email us [email protected] to apply for the scholarship. We’ll evaluate all the applicants and choose the final scholarship winner.

This course will be led by mentors & instructors from versatile backgrounds with various skills.

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Sitraka Rakotoniaina 
Artist, Designer and Lecturer

Sitraka graduated from the Design Interactions course at the Royal College of Art. His work has been shown internationally at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Venice Architecture Biennale, Saint-Etienne design Biennial, the Art Center College of Design and recognized through awards and publications including D&AD, we-make-money-not-art, Axis Magazine, See Yourself Sensing by Madeline Schwartzman, etc.

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Andrew Friend 

Andrew is co-founder of the international research platform and consultancy; ‘Very Very Far Away’, recipient of the Arte Laguna Prize (Venice IT), and teaches at Central Saint Martins and Ravensbourne colleges in London.

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Simone Rebaudengo
Interaction Designer @Frog

Simone has been teaching and presenting at CIID, SUPSI, China Academy of Fine Arts, Tedx, IxDA, SolidCon, Thingscon and Dconstruct. His works have been published internationally in Wired, Fastcompany, The Atlantic and Designboom. He has won numerous industry awards including two 2014 IXDA Interaction Awards for “Addicted Products”, and a 2015-2016 Internet of Things Award for Best Design Fiction for his “Ethical Things” project.

Saurabh Datta
Saurabh Datta
Interaction Designer, Design Technologist, Critical Media Artist

Saurabh had done his structural engineering and robotics from India and then his Masters in Interaction Design from Copenhagen. His interest shifts between traditional Human Computer interaction modalities and philosophies, Glitch and disturbance studies, Critical arts and engineering, physicality and ethics of technology.

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About School of Machines
School of Machines, Making & Make Believe is a uniquely curated School born in Berlin, Germany in 2014, keen on inventing one-of-a-kind hands-on learning experiences in the areas of art, technology, design, and human connection. We embrace art, creativity and exploring the latest technology and ourselves with openness, humility, and curiosity.
More info, please check out here

NOTE: The course is postponed to April 2018. The application is open now, welcome to apply! If you have any questions, feel free to ask at the comment section of this blog.

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July 2018