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Beginners Meetup #5

  • Dec 5, 2012 · 7:30 PM

This is our fifth meetup, aimed at beginners learning to code and develop software. The format of the meetup will be:

Scheduled talks (20 mins each)

# The social side of programming – Giorgia Sambrotta

Even developers love social networks - can you believe it? And it can also be funny. We'll see how to share code, discuss it and collaborate on thousands of different projects through Github, the social coding website. We will cover how Github can make it possible and the principal points it uses to make programming a social environment.

Giorgia is a web designer working with Html/5, css/3, Sass and UX.
She's really interested in programming and development and her goal at the moment is to learn how to program with JavaScript, as she finds it's a very important skill for the future work of a web designer.
Giorgia is also a core member of OTS and sees it as a great chance to get in contact with a lot of interesting people and projects.

# An introduction to Arduino: the 5 Ws + 1 – Alessandro Contini

We will try to answer to the following questions: What is it? Who did that? When? Where? Why is it like that? …and, what can I do with it?

In a time when everyone is talking about makers, digital fabrication, 3D printing, laser cutting, DIY and so on, let's go back and see where everything began. Ok, not EVERYTHING actually, but let's say where everything took a big step forward. We'll also have a hands-on demo that you can't miss, so – less talk, more rock!

Alessandro is a tech savvy designer. He works with sounds, images and coding. After graduating in Computer Science and Music Technology in Milan he started collaborations with international companies such as Interaction Design Lab, Nokia, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center for the Arts, and taught classes at the Polytechnic Institute of Milan, NABA and Domus Academy. He's currently a Berlin based freelance creative technologist, interactive artist and regular hackathon-goer!


Inspired by Berlin's wonderful Hack-n-Tell (, this is a chance for you to share with others what you have learned, what code you have written, some questions you have (there are no stupid questions!) or something you are stuck on. You don't have to prepare - all you need is 5 minutes. Bring your laptop - who knows - maybe there is something you have learned that is really helpful to others.

We suggest you grab something to eat before hand (or bring it with you) as the evening tends to go until around 9pm. We usually also have some drinks afterwards.

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