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Tell us more about your organization/space.
Stockholm Hardware is an open community for hardware prototyping and hardware startups. We meet, build, demo and learn. We’re excited about the maker movement, democratization of manufacturing and the internet-of-things as well as the commercial opportunities in the rise of hardware accelerators.
I was inspired to start a Global Chapter because…
I lived in New York City for five years where I saw the littleBits team at several community events and I followed as they gained traction in New York and throughout the United States. When I moved to Stockholm I realised that most people had not yet heard of littleBits, so it was a unique opportunity for me to get kids and adults introduced to creative prototyping with hardware.
Tell us about your most recent event.
We did all-day open access workshops over the weekend for the Stockholm Maker Faire at the National Museum of Science and Technology (May 9 and May 10, 2015). We had a lot of craft materials and were helping kids create simple toys and with electronics. It was incredibly popular and it was packed around the table from 11am to 5pm both days.
What were some of the projects that came out of your event?
1) A machine named “Hello!?!” which spins around when you yell at it, and two girls created a vehicle with two wheels.
2) A generative drawing bot.
3) A turtle-like car.
4) A radar-tower and two dancing people.
5) A moving little helper friend w/ light-cable.
What did you learn from hosting this event?
littleBits gets kids of all ages excited about creating things with electronics. We had both boys and girls between the ages of 4 to 15 years old, and they were all engaging deeply in different ways. The younger kids tended to be excited by the basic idea of inputs triggering outputs, whereas the older kids generally were looking to set a challenge and a goal, and then use the littleBits to achieve that.
There were many adults who were excited too, especially by the Korg Synthkit. We had brought cloudBit and Arduino coding kits as well, but the main workshop area was so busy with kids, that we did not have time to engage with adults in more in-depth exploration.
Who else in your community inspires you?
We have many amazing things happening in Stockholm when it comes to hardware and kids exploration of electronics:
– Makerspark who runs a well-equipped digital-fabrication workshop (full color 3D print, CNC).
– Stockholm Things which is the first co-working space in Stockholm focused on hardware.
What’s next for your chapter?
We’re looking to meet monthly to build, demo and learn. I want to encourage and enable people and businesses who can make creative things happen with littleBits. We’re currently discussing a permanent setup with littleBits at the National Museum of Science and Technology. Not only that, but a group of Hyper Island students are doing management workshops focused on improving collaboration, using littleBits as the tool driving the collaboration.