Adventures in Arduino

Arduino is the legitimately illegitimate wild child of art, electronics and computing. Coined as an open-source electronic prototyping platform, it's a message and medium for bright sparks to create interactive electronic objects. Arduino is a means to a million ends, including interactive art, wearable computing, giving life to inanimate objects and voices to things that cannot speak. Arduino is where online meets offline and digital gets physical.

We'll be hosting the event at the awesomelicious Site 3, a haven for organized chaos and harmonious hackerspace for ideas that may never meet elsewhere.

Speaking at "Adventures in Arduino" we have the magnificentous Alex Leitch, the foxtasticous Erin Lewis and the fascinatintastic Eric Boyd.

Alex Leitch

Alex Leitch holds a BA.hon in Fine Art/Cultural Studies-Critical Theory from McMaster university, co-founded the Site 3 coLaboratory Centre for Art and Technology, and runs a major art gallery's information systems during the day. When not at work, she can be found milling aluminum and making kissy faces at her industrial laser cutter. She will enter OCAD-U in September to get an M.Des in Digital Futures, because why not. Her most popular project to date is the gun that shoots rainbow fire. Alex believes in helping people make amazing things.

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Erin Lewis

Erin Lewis is an emerging Canadian artist working in the field of New Media and Wearable Technology. Erin recently finished studying Integrated Media at OCAD University, with a minor in Wearable Technology. She works predominately with electronics and video in an installation setting. Erin has released video work with the National Film Board of Canada, exhibited work in Nuit Blanche, and conducted live video performances across Toronto and Europe. She enjoys grapes, kittens, and real-time data feeds.

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Eric Boyd

Eric Boyd is an engineer, environmentalist, and transhumanist. He graduated from Queens University with an engineering degree, but not before co-founding After graduating, he worked in Silicon Valley at a high tech startup, designing industrial sensors and helping install them at semi-conductor fabs across the United States. He now lives in Toronto, where he is President of, a technology community space. He spends his time developing wearable electronic senses; devices which augment your interface to the world, turning you into a cyborg. His diverse past includes market gardening, dot coms, industrial sensors, and automotive journalism. Eric is also trustee of the Toronto Awesome Foundation.

Eric blogs at You can learn more about wearable electronic senses at

Hors D'oeuvres will be catered by local award-winning chef Laura Thipphawong of Alligator Pear Catering, and refreshments will be served.

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  • Sandy K.

    Great information on Arduino and possible applications. It was good to be able to see and touch a variety of Arduino boards, and inspires me to think about taking an Arduino workshop.

    August 14, 2012

  • Suzanne B.

    The speakers were all excellent. I am bursting with ideas and I may well have to implement some.

    August 14, 2012

  • Louise O.

    It satisfied my curiosity about Arduino. Presenters were knowledgeable, and their projects were mind-blowing.

    August 14, 2012

  • Pat A.

    Very cool. Great hearing from the three speakers who generously shared their various projects.

    August 14, 2012

  • Emma L.

    Fascinating talks, I learned a lot

    August 14, 2012

  • Andria L.

    If you are reading this, do not hesitate on whether you are going to attend an up-coming event. ATTEND! This event was awesome! Welcoming, wonderful hosts. Speakers were inventive creators - that is an understatement...Thanks!

    August 14, 2012

  • Pat A.

    Thank you for a great evening. I don't know if I'll be able to sleep: too many ideas jumping around in my head!

    August 13, 2012

  • Lydia

    An awesome event. I am looking forward the next one!

    August 13, 2012

  • Mary-Margaret J.

    I might be a few minutes late.

    August 13, 2012

  • Shanta R. N.

    I will be there! Looking forward to it.

    August 13, 2012

  • Caroline M.

    Absolutely Shanta. Hope you can make it.

    August 10, 2012

  • Shanta R. N.

    I may have to show up at the last moment. Can't confirm yet. Got a spot for me if I show up at the door?

    August 10, 2012

  • Michelle R.

    I think in this case it would be great fun! Regardless, I'm sure the meet-up will be great :)

    July 30, 2012

  • Rachel L.

    Alas no, BUT - we might be open to organising a workshop later in the year - depending on who might be open to running it. I keep meaning to put together a survey to really scope out what this network is looking for - it's on our to-do list anyway! :)

    July 30, 2012

  • Michelle R.

    Will we actually get to make stuff??

    July 30, 2012

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