Witch Lights Working Group: Practical Witch Craft

This is a past event

3 people went

Every 2 weeks on Monday until September 2, 2019


30 Arbor Street, B7 · Hartford, CT

How to find us

Go in the front door of 30 Arbor St. North. If the door is locked, use code 1962* Take the elevator down to B. Turn right and follow the signs for MakeHartford.

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Come and join a hands-on working group for the popular open-source electronic art installation, the Witch Lights!

(What are the Witch Lights? They're motion-controlled faerie lights, and they're practical magic made up of basic electronics, 3D-printed custom hardware, sensors, and LEDs.)

You will:

- gain valuable experience in collaboration skills, such as contributing a GitHub pull request to an open-source software project.
- learn practical skills for working in a modern, agile development team.
- learn service design and Lean UX design skills.
- identify problems and follow an agile process to identify and validate possible solutions.
- contribute your own perspectives and experiences.
- work hands-on in a small, cross-functional team.
- use collaborative design analysis techniques such as affinity mapping and gamestorming.

Your host, Jazz DiMauro, is an experienced designer/maker, who loves to learn by teaching, and hates speaking about herself in the third person, so I'll stop doing that.

At any given moment, the work in progress may touch on any of:

- microcontroller programming (e.g. Arduino)
- addressible LED animation using FastLED
- 3D printing and CAD
- practical troubleshooting and debugging
- basic electronics skills
- rapid fabrication and prototyping
- documentation and technical writing

Maybe you're thinking, "that's cool, but I don't know anything about any of that stuff."

But you know? Like I said, I learn best by teaching.

Come help me spread magic through the forests of New England. And get some valuable work experience in the process.