MASSIVE HANDS-ON MAKER WORKSHOP
Create a hands-on workshop for 200+ software engineer attendees of the annual Code Freeze conference at the University of Minnesota. Cost of supplies per per should be a few dollars.
I reviewed possibilities then pitched using the LightBlue Bean bluetooth module for an afternoon workshop. Despite being significantly over budget, the LBB could be programmed using a smartphone avoiding complicated setup and simple components could demonstrate controlling hardware.
After hearing the pitch, the conference director was enthusiastically on board. In fact, he raised the conference fee to cover the supply cost. I worked with conference organizers on the plethora of logistical issues and thanks to this preparation, the workshop came off without a hitch. Not an easy task for even a small workshop with digital hardware.
Following are sample slides from the presentation. The full deal is available on Slideshare.
reasons for making:
the Maker's kit. The jumper wire could act as a switch. And, the LED could be connected and controlled by the LightBlue Bean. the special battery tool (aka, toothpick) was used to remove the battery.
lightblue bean reference
Some sample code