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Sensemakers monthly newsletter-January

From: Manon
Sent on: Sunday, January 12, 2020 7:26 PM

Hi all,

The year 2020 started very well for us! We can still have our meetups on the innovation hub Marineterrein every month, we will be hosted at the Commandantswoning, starting next week with a talk about smart cities beyond the hype (do we really need that many camera’s?) and a presentation about getting from ideation to prototyping smart adaptive toys that make the world more accessible and fun for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Join us here!

Furthermore will sponsor new starter-kits for our DIY-evenings! The Lab evenings are becoming more popular, so we decided to give more structure to the starter projects and are happy that Karijn will join more often to help people learn work with Arduino. But in essence it’s still Do-It-Yourself 😉
A lot of people want to contribute in the Astroplant project. The explorer kits Ted & Gijs developed are a great way to learn about Rasberry Pi, sensors and plant health. The group is now focusing on improving the code and testing the different sensors. Thanks to some designers and people with plant expertise joining, we can now also start thinking and working on designs that allow people, like the kids visiting the library, to interact with the Astroplants in a positive and intuitive way!

And, last but not least, we have 2 specials planned. In February Micropython basics part 2 and on March 7 together with Metis Montessori Lyceum we will celebrate the 8th birthday of Raspberry Pi with an AmsterJam!


  • Codam our beautiful host of last year, provides a full-time, free programming college in the heart of Amsterdam. A great opportunity for those who didn’t fit in the regular schools or are looking for a career change. You’ll learn to program like a pro within 3.5 years using their unique peer learning curriculum. But the program is also quite demanding, so before you apply, check for these 10 Signs You Will Suck at Programming

  • Sensemaker Ivan wanted to tip you about a course on KICAD at Udemy he is taking, the idea is to design boards and do them with a 3d router he has (A4 200x300mm) for fast prototypes. If you’re interested, you can contact him or just join here

  • Want to know more about product development for IoT, how to go from a prototype to production and scaling up? Here are some sources:
    o From @tamberg, with lot of interesting links
    o In relation to manufacturing


  • Or check this interesting lecture on The sustainability of safety, security and privacy by Ross Anderson at the 36th Chaos Communication Congress: What sort of tools and methodologies should you use to write software for a car that will go on sale in 2023, if you have to support security patches and safety upgrades till 2043?

  • It’s almost time for the yearly LORAWAN conference in Amsterdam. Check some Lorawan fellow Sensemakers shared here:

Events & discounts
We often have free tickets to share as well, but those are raffled off at our events and/or on Slack.

Hope to connect at one of our events or online!
warm regards,

Gijs, Ted, Manon
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