Hot on the heels of their wildly successful Build My Lab contest (still 5 days left to enter!!), our friends at Tekla Labs are putting together another breakthrough event to unite DIYers and the science community (NOTE: These events are happening in Berkeley, CA).
Julea Vlassakis writes:
The Point of Care Diagnostics IdeaLab, Tekla Labs, and the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases is excited to announce a series of coordinated events to promote global health design and innovation.
January 9, 2014 Diagnostics by Design: A Workshop on the design, development, and implementation of Global Health Technologies (details/registration here)
January 10, 2014 The 6th Annual CEND Symposium. Academia and the Global Health Pipeline: Basic Science Innovation and Translation (register here)
January 11-12, 2014 Diagnostics by Design: A Hack Day for Global Health (register here)
The Diagnostics by Design workshop is an interdisciplinary forum for discussing the challenges and lessons learned in developing and implementing global health technologies, specifically at the point of care. Through interactive talks, a panel discussion with experts from industry and academia, and a hands-on build session, we will explore the challenges associated with translating technologies beyond the lab. This workshop will draw on the expertise and experience of individuals from across disciplines to explore collaborative solutions to global health issues. The workshop will feature Columbia Professor and mChip inventor Samuel Sia as the keynote speaker. See our eventbrite page for a full list of speakers and panelists and for registration.
The Diagnostics by Design hackathon is an interdisciplinary effort to bridge the gap between makers and do-it-yourself innovators and the sphere of global health. The event is posed as a challenge to participants: with minimal materials or through innovative coding, tackle a technological or informatic need in the space of point-of-care diagnostics. These can range from generating DIY lab equipment alternatives for medical clinics with limited resources, informatics for disease monitoring, or redesign of diagnostic tools for resource-limited settings. Attendees will be given a kit with some materials and have access to 3D printers, laser cutters, mills and more. Visit our eventbrite page for more details and to register.
Science Channel did a pretty cool piece on our research using sugar glass for making vascularized engineered tissues last year at Penn (thanks Randy for the sighting). Enjoy.
Thanks again to our co-workers at Penn, collaborators at MIT, and again to Hive76 and our awesome members who helped us get this research done!
Celebrate the holidays with the hobbyists, artists, musicians, teachers, engineers and scientists that help you make awesome things, by making things awesome!
Date: Friday December 13th, 2013
Time: 6:00-9:30 PM
Location: The Trestle Inn
Address: 339 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Come and learn about that latest and craziest ideas the DIY community is working on in your own back yard. See demonstrations in 3D printing, hydroponics, wearable electronics, and much, much more. Find out how you too can become a hacker and join open source movement!
Open bar first hour!
Proceeds help our efforts to bring you more classes, more equipment, and more support on making your latest inspiration a reality!
Okay, so the boys and girls haven’t been nice. However, that shouldn’t exclude you from having some fun holiday hacking. Join us this Sunday at Hive for either of these workshops:
3D Printed Ornaments
1:00 – 5:00 PM
Want to witness 3D printing live? Join David Morfin and Leslie Birch for this festive workshop where you can choose from a variety of ornaments to print (including an epic Star Wars snowflake). Then, hack it here with a battery and LED to get it glowing. Tour our space and enjoy holiday snacks at the same time!
Price: $10 Collected at door
Get Your Tickets Here
Remote Controlled Car Hack
1:00 – 5:00 PM
Learn how to turn almost any toy RC vehicle into a simple robot. Because most RC toy vehicles are incredibly similar, you can easily learn how to hack them. We’ll teach you some of the theory behind these circuits and then we’ll help you put it into practice. A cut here, a jump there, a microcontroller and a little code and — voila! — you will be the proud creator/owner of a small-but-evil robot, just in time for XMas.
We will have microcontroller kits and cars available if you need them, or you are free to bring your own. If you bring your own controller, we would recommend that you bring an Arduino or an MSP430 Launchpad. If you bring your own vehicle, just make sure is has a TX2/RX2 chip (as a suggestion, the Thunder Tumbler is one of my favorite bot platforms).
Prices: Based on car and will be collected at door
Base Price — Donation for materials etc. in whatever amount you feel is appropriate
Large Car — $20
Medium Car — $15
Small Car — $5
Micro-controller kit — $5 (MSP430 Launchpad)
Our friends over at The Hacktory (Repurposing Technology, Making Art) are running a Kickstarter to raise matching funds for an excellent project to unite artists with the latest technology to empower new designs. From their Kickstarter page:
Electronics and digital technology can infuse works of art with an element of magic. At The Hacktory we have literally put this magic in people’s hands, through classes and large public events. We want to do more though. We want to make our classes available to artists. We’ve found that they are usually the most excited to take our classes and play with technology, but usually the least able to pay for our classes.
The Hacktory is creating a program called T.E.R.A. Incognita: Tech Education and Residency for Artists. Our goal is to support artists who want to create new work and experiment with technology such as cameras, projectors, sensors, robots, software and circuits. The name “T.E.R.A Incognita” is part acronym, part vision for the program. We want to give these artists an opportunity to learn and explore at the edges of technology and art, literally in unchartered territory, to create new experiences and new possibilities with code, hardware and creative expression.
The Kickstarter ends on Monday, so go check it out and consider making a pledge! Some great rewards are being offered too.