We had so much fun on last week's Community Call! Nearly 65 of you came together from around the world to hear four short presentations from our community members and to have smaller conversations around design challenges. Our speakers included:
-@paul_littleBits, Director of R&D at littleBits
-@Maria_who , Artist and creator of the Beesynth
-Gabi Agustini, Chapter leader from the Olabi Makerspace in Rio
-@MakerMark, Chapter leader from the Geekbus in San Antonio
1) Paul gave us a special demonstration of the fun new Synth modules. Connecting a SQ1 Korg synthesizer to them, he showed us a handful of the capabilities of the new modules.
2) Maria Molinero Mourelle introduced us to her work, specially her Beesynth. It's an app and a synth that has three modes. The first mode (rookie) makes visuals with colors corresponding to each note, so kids can easily learn music theory by remembering color.
The second mode is for older kids. There is a canvas, divided in nine squares, where you can drag and drop three percussion instruments (bassdrum, snare, hihat) to create simple rhythms to play along.
The third mode was designed for adults, musicians and programmers. This mode is based in processing and is open source, so people could upload their sketches to adapt it to their needs. It comes with a pre-installed oscilloscope screen that I coded.
3) Gabi Agustini shared what's happening in her backyard of Rio de Janeiro. She and the rest of the Olabi team are trying to connect different parts of the city together. Participants in their workshops get a chance to work with robotics, 3D printing, carpentry, biohacking and coding.
One of the things she's working hard on is designing for serendipity. She provided us with three tips:
-Put people from different backgrounds in the same room.
-Start with a funny interaction.
4) Mark Barnett made us all jealous by introducing us to his 40ft long mobile Makerspace. He drives around San Antonio and provides workshops to schools, after-school programs and community centers. He teaches all types of programs such as 3D printing, robotics, engineering and circuit design. His goal is to try to provide an area and environment where students can feel creative without feeling scared. Over the past year, he has reached over13,000 students!
If you're looking for a bus of your own, you'll need some good friends at Rack Space.
To watch the video of the full presentations from the Community Call, click the link below.