Last month’s Community Call with all of you was truly epic! Thanks again to the artistic @Maria_who, colorful Gabi Agustini and the ultimate bus driver you wish you had @MakerMark, for sharing their work with the rest of us-- we learned so much from you.
Things have been buzzing lately at littleBits HQ. We've seen some great things in the forums from the Community, including a discussion on puppeteering by @Kiwi_Fox, a Make it Dance design challenge and @chris101, who's working on creating a Purple People Counter (CO2 sensor).
We have also seen a lot of great new module ideas from the bitLab, including and LFO bit and NFC bit from @Philip_Verbeek.
Chapters are growing fast as well and we now have nearly 90 Chapters in 33 countries around the world! Congratulations to those of you who have put on events this past month. We’ve seen wonderful photos from our Chapters in Sao Paulo, Staten Island, Belgrade and Stockholm. Because the events have been so successful, we’ve decided to extend the dance party to let others join in on the fun-- Make Music May will extend into June! Dance away , as you continue planning and hosting your events. And make sure you take lots of photos.
…. back to May’s Community Call. With so many new community members joining the call, it’s guaranteed to be a bonanza.
WHEN: May 27, 2015 at from 12:00pm - 1:00pm (EST, that's NYC time).
1) Sign into your Google Plus account.
2) It’s important to make sure that you have a reliable internet connection, camera and microphone.
3) Arrive10-minutes early to the call, in case any technical issues arise.
WHO: We’ll have Logan Smalley as our guest speaker! He is the founding director of TED-Ed, the education initiative of TED, a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading” and famous for its TEDTalks. Logan and his team work with teachers and animators to create short, curiosity-invoking videos around topics typically taught in schools. The animations are served through TED-Ed's award-winning website, and they've been viewed over one hundred million times.
Logan is also the creator of the literary website, CallmeIshmael.com, and the director of the award-winning documentary, Darius Goes West. The nonprofit film, which documents the adventures of Darius Weems on a cross country journey with his twelve best friends, has won 28 film festival awards worldwide, and has raised over $2 million for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.
… as well as a handful of dedicated room wranglers who will help guide our breakout conversations around our surprise theme for the July - August Global Makeathon. These include our very own:
-@PWHill (Chicago, IL)
-@DesignSaunders (Greenwich, CT)
-@macinspires (Larchmont, NY)
-@SparkleLab (Manila, Philippines)
-@maria_renard (Santiago, Chile)
-Iva Perez Bolivar (Barcelona, Spain)
-@sunekaae (Stockholm, Sweden)
Also, @JackandJude will be hosting a room around making and professor @syedBits will be hosting a room around the bitLab initiative and creating new modules! Feel free to invite any of your engineering friends who might be interested in joining.
DRESS CODE: Wear your favorite socks! ps. be prepared to show them and bonus points if their purple.