Workshops


Makerland 17th – 19th March 2014 Warsaw Poland

I Arrived on the Saturday evening in Warsaw after flying from Aberdeen via Frankfurt and was collected at the Airport by two members of the Makerland team who delivered me to my hotel. Having spent the day traveling I was ready for some real food. A brief walk into the nearby old part of Warsaw.

Warsaw on the first evening

Warsaw on the first evening

 

soon had me sat in small restaurant waiting to sample my first taste of Polish food.I had a buckwheat with a beer followed by a chocolate and cherry yeast cake, excellent!!!.

Sunday gave time for a bit of sight seeing in the morning.

Monument to the Warsaw uprising

Monument to the Warsaw uprising

Square in Warsaw

Square in Warsaw

 

All the speakers and workshop leaders were staying in the same hotel. I met Alan who was Irish but lived in the South of France, his workshop was ‘Happy Hens’ connecting the camera from a Raspberry Pi to a WiFi dongle and a movement sensor to keep an eye on a hen shed.  In the afternoon we set off together to the venue, which was just a short taxi ride away, to get set up. My workshop was called Dive, Dive Dive and we were going to build small underwater robots powered by a submersible motor

Pool for AUV's

Pool for AUV’s

 

There was a speakers / workshop welcome dinner in the evening where everyone had a chance to relax and get to know each other.

Tube of Beer

Tube of Beer

Speakers and Workshop Leaders Meal

Speakers and Workshop Leaders Meal

Monday morning was the proper start of Makerland with over 300 attendees

Makerland

Makerland

The three day event was split up. The first two days consisted of talks and presentations in the morning with workshops in the afternoon. The last day was a Hackathon.

A round up of the first day can be seen below, my workshop can be seen at around the 30 second mark

Reporting live from Day 1 of Makerland from Makerland on Vimeo.

 

Day two followed the same format as the first. In the evening I went out for dinner with Alan McCullagh, Rachel Rayns; resident artist at the Raspberry Pi foundation and Charalampos Doukas ; (Harry) author of Building internet of things, .

Rachel

Rachel Rayns

Alan and Harry

Alan and Harry

The portions were huge

The portions were huge

The third day, Wednesday was the all day Hackathon.

Hackathon

Hackathon

3D printers

Suite of 3D printers

Time to leave

Time to leave

at the end of the last day was the after party where a good time was had by all.

After party

After party

 

Before flying home on the Thursday and arriving late at night in Aberdeen

Flying home

Flying home

A round up of Makerland can be seen below