PROJECT:
MASSIVE HANDS-ON MAKER WORKSHOP

BRIEF:
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.

PROCESS:
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.

OUTCOME:
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.





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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.




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powering up




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lightblue bean reference




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Some sample code

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Workshop presented to 200+ people at the Code Freeze 2016 conference in Minneapolis.
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