Dear Seeekers,

With the first week back to the office after the long CNY holiday, we’d like to share a piece of great news from the community with you! The School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe from Berlin Germany will bring its Made in China course to Mainland China this coming April 2019! Only 10 spots are available. Women and persons from LGBTQ and other underrepresented communities in the tech field are highly encouraged to apply. Apply now!

The course aims to enable 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.

It 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 only participate in the first 2-week course in Shanghai.

Skills to learn during the program

  • 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

Course Outline

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.

Scholarship

Collaborating with Seeed and x.factory, School of Machines is offering 2 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 branding@seeed.cc to apply for the scholarship. We’ll evaluate all the applicants and choose the final scholarship winner.

We will notify winners of the scholarship on March 8, 2019. Please make sure you apply asap!

Mentors

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

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.

Andrew Friend
Co-Founder @Very Very Far Away

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.

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.

Rachel Uwa
Founder @School of Machines

Rachel Uwa is an artist, educator, and organizer whose background is in audio engineering and vfx compositing. Over the past 15+ years she’s lived in and organized social justice and tech communities and events big and small. She feels compelled to help bring these two worlds together and make the tech world less daunting and more diverse, inclusive, thoughtful, and fun. Her biggest desire is to see people living the lives they dream of living rather than the one they feel they ought to.

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

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