About

 

If you always wanted to build a robot then we have an awesome weekend for you! Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon is a chance for newbies, hobbyists and pros alike to come together, build a robot and have some fun.

Positronic: Robots and Brains is presented in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre November 14-16, 2014.  At the hackathon we will explore:

  • Robots that think for us
  • Robots that take care of us when we have trouble thinking
  • Robots that leave us free to think

Positronic is an exploration of robotics and brains.

At the Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon students, adults, families and corporate teams will creatively apply their innovation, design and prototyping skills to conceive of and build a robot. Every team is provided with a kit of tech including hardware, electronics, and building materials – everything you need to build your robot. A team of experienced mentors will be on-hand to help too!

On the Friday evening you’ll meet fellow robohackers, form a team (if you don’t have one), and come up with ideas. All day Saturday and on Sunday morning you’ll be building, testing and rethinking your ideas. By Sunday afternoon everyone will get to see your awesome creation, and prizes will be awarded based on design, innovation and technical wonder.

This is a BYOC event (bring your own computer). We will provide a basic kit of robot tech for each team, but you are welcome to bring your own parts, if you have them.

There are only 5 rules for all robots that will be built:

  • the robot must move in some way
  • the robot must use a microcontroller
  • the robot must be able to sense something in its environment or receive input
  • the robot must be demonstrated on the final day of the hackathon
  • the robot must in some way relate to the theme of “Brains”

You don’t need any technical background. Just bring your creativity and your ideas!

We haven’t worked out all the details for prizes yet but here is an idea of what we are looking for:

  • Design – This is the “You look fabulous baby!” and ” What a sexy robot!” prize
  • Innovation – This is the “What Genius!” and “How come I didn’t think of that!” prize
  • Technical Achievement – This is the “How did you do that?!” and ” Robots will bow down to you.” prize

ABOUT GET YOUR BOT ON!

Get Your Bot On! is a not-for-profit organization that produces robotics hackathons: Do-It-Together events where unlikely collaborators from diverse backgrounds build their robot prototype ideas. We can enable anyone to make robots with some open tech, a few tools, and a little help.

Through their prototyping experience our robohackers better understand this growing industry and someday may bring their insight, ideas and expertise to it. Robots are increasingly a part of our everyday lives and we believe everyone should have basic literacy in this exciting field. We also believe that anyone can make robots with the right tools and a little help. By bringing together unlikely collaborators from different backgrounds we have seen innovative and exciting ideas come to life.

Prototyping is a key theme in all our events. Other hackathons have you sitting solemnly behind your computer screen, plunking away at your code. Get Your Bot On! will have you rolling up your sleeves and getting sweaty trying to get your bot to Bust a Move!

We, the team behind the hackathon, love robots, are passionate about building things, and wanted to meet some people who feel the same.  We are all volunteers and have been working hard hammering out the details of the weekend so you can have fun.

 Team


Adriana Ieraci, Co-Founder, Hackathon Director

AdrianaAdriana  started the robotics hackathon with cofounder Nick Stedman because she loves to work with hackers. Adriana is founder of Conveyor Built, an innovation skills and design firm that helps product teams work better together and build their product ideas. Conveyor Built collaborators can be found hacking away on Wednesday evenings on a new wearable product. As founder, Adriana has developed workshops that guide participants in designing and building their own digitally-enabled objects using rapid prototyping tools, electronics, open hardware and software platforms and techniques from sculpture and art practice.

Adriana leads her team of collaborators including software and hardware engineers, artsists, instructional and industrial  designers to develop these workshops and Conveyor Built’s own products. You can find Adriana on Twitter @adrianai

Daniel Mirmilshteyn, Technology

Daniel is a fourth year mechanical engineering student at the University of Toronto. He has worked with the University of Toronto Robotics Association (UTRA) Autonomous Rover Team, which competed in the International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition in Vancouver. He designed the software algorithms used, as well as developed communications systems to work with the on-board sensors. He continues to work with the team, co-leading the mechanical team and leading the software team. Daniel also has a passion for game development, developing exciting online multiplayer games in his spare time.

 

Rachel Wang, Social Media Coordinator

RachelProfilePicRachel is a self-proclaimed hackathon enthusiast, after participating in various hackathons she decided she would like to recreate her positive experiences for others. She believes in the power of teamwork and enjoys the process of designing and creating projects from scratch. Rachel is fascinated by the way technology is shaping the world we live in and is studying computer programming at Seneca College. She currently works at an integrated marketing company as their web developer and is excited to see what participants will create during the hackathon weekend.  You can find her on twitter @U24C7.

 

Stephanie Sadownik, Logistics Coordinator

StephanieSadownikStephanie is a doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  Her doctoral research is a collaborative program with Curriculum Studies and the Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto. She completed her Master’s and Bachelor degree at the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia and taught for seventeen years in diverse teaching assignments around the world.  She has worked in both private and public settings, and obtained International Baccalaureate training and certification in Design and Technology as well as Information Technology in a Global Society.

Her passion for teaching has always included mathematics and technology and for the past ten years she has focused on how to develop superior online distributed learning models for mathematics and science courses by utilizing various computer mediated communications and media spaces as well as platforms.  With this development in mind, her focus is on the current paradigm shift to connectedness and collaboration enabled and facilitated by technology as well as the implications of the use of technology on individuals and their learning, both positive and negative.

 

Christine VanWalraven, Equipment, Communications

Christine Van WalravenChristine is a librarian, educator, artist, designer, and advocate for kid and family friendly maker spaces. She can paint edible portraits, dress herself in traditional Japanese kimono, is a fantastic storybook reader, and can organize just about anything. A graduate of the U of T Master of Information program, she currently works at the Caledon Public LIbrary as a reference and children’s librarian. She is also a member of the Kwartz Labs maker community in Kitchener-Waterloo where she helps out at events like “Ada Lovelace Day”, “Hacky Halloween”, and “SoOnCon”.

 

Justin Scherer, Equipment

Justin SchererJustin is an interdisciplinary designer based in Toronto. He has a B.A. (Hons.) from McGill University and a masters degree (M.I.) in Information and Knowledge Media Design from the University of Toronto. His past and current clients include Scotiabank, MasterCard, General Motors, WIND Mobile, MSN, UEFA, and others. Justin has also collaborated as a Arduino technician and data wrangler for a SSHRC-funded performance art piece called Thresholds of Legibility and built a Twitter-controlled generative art score for telematic, electroacoustic art performances.

Justin gets really excited about human experiences of physical/digital hybridity in the built environment and design’s role in the ways we make meaning (with)in rapidly changing information ecosystems. Barbecue, German, and esoteric Wikipedia entries also reside within the increasingly unmanageable purview of his interests. You can find him on Twitter @jgscherer.

 

Arvind Karir, 3D Printing

Arvind has a high-technology startup focused on innovative solutions for the electronics industry. He is interested in technology and innovation and its application to solve interesting problems. Arvind is an engineer in his heart and training with a post graduate specialization in Industrial Design with specialization in Product Design. He has worked in high-tech sector in various roles in product engineering, systems engineering, commodity management, marketing and product management. There are even a few patents under his name. You can find him at www.macxmum.com, and @arvindkarir.

 

Marina Tawdrous, Writer,

Marina Tawdrous is a student in the New Media program at Ryerson University, a program which allows one to evaluate and discover new platforms of communications. One new platform being the use of robots and the different ways innovators are bringing them into our world of communication. Marina has always enjoyed creativity as she admires the exploration of new ideas, the use of imagination, and takes pleasure in being part of the new innovations of tomorrow. Marina Tawdrous is excited to be part of the Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon and is looking forward to meeting creative makers and being around innovative minds. You can find her on LinkedIn, and on her blog.

 

Nadia Wong, Volunteer and Mentor Coordinator

Nadia is an avid knowledge grubber. She has a deep love for science and discovery and wishes to share that with the world. She believes curiosity brings excitement and hopes to encourage everyone she encounters to start asking questions. Nadia has traveled through her academic career with the goal of one day helping the world. As a result, she has found herself working for a PhD in Psychology at McMaster University aiming to develop rehabilitative applications based on Brain-Computer Interfaces. When Nadia is not exploring her passion in the sciences, she spends her time exploring the world of baking desserts. You can find her on Twitter at @nanapedia.

 

Ian Sero, Photography, Graphic Design, Innovation

IanSeroIan Sero is an artist living in the city of Toronto. He seeks to explore the pressing issues of health, environmental disaster and the fragility of living. Mediums are boundless for this artist who uses sculpture, Subversion and honest fun. He takes an enthusiastically interdisciplinary approach to all the work he creates. With recognition that both the failure and success are essential to understanding. The wisdom is in the: “why did you do it that way?”. You can see his work on Flickr, or on Tumblr, and on LinkedIn.

Alec Nunes, Equipment

Alec loves dealing with technology in all facets in life. He loves that technology has advanced to the point that everyone can have access to sophisticated hardware and software which gives the everyday person the ability to create really great projects. Alec has worked in the home automation/custom integration industry and studied Electronics Engineering at Seneca College, where he also ran the Seneca Robotics Club. Alec can’t wait to meet everyone at the hackathon and he’s sure it will be a great event!

 

Uttam Bajwa, Media Outreach Coordinator

 

Advisors


Nick Stedman, Co-Founder, Advisor

Nick StedmanNick started the robotics hackathon with Adriana and is excited to see what amazing robots are built. For the past decade, Nick has been designing and building electronic devices. These range from artworks to products to tools that enable others to be creative. Nick does electronic and mechanical design, programming, and fabrication. In recent years he has made several robots that physically interact with people. These have been shown around the world, including on a Japanese game show. More recently he founded Steddy Robots, a company that develops tools that make it easy to develop robots and animatronics. Nick also teaches at Ryerson University and York University.

 

Nick Yee, Advisor
NicholasYeeNick is currently Chief Architect at Manulife Financial, but also has extensive experience as an entrepreneur in the software industry. He started to get involved with the hackathon out of interest for collaborative innovation and the maker movement. You can find Nick at @nywhoever .

Nick Pagee, Advisor

Judges


Surprise Celebrity Guest Judge! To be Announced!

Stay Tuned

Sabrina Greupner from the Ontario Science Centre

Sabrina SabrinaGreupnerGreupner is the Manager of the Weston Family Innovation Centre at the Ontario Science Centre, a space dedicated to fostering innovation skills in young people such as creativity, problem-solving, risk-taking and collaboration. In addition to managing daily operations, Ms. Greupner leads a team that produces science communication content for the Science Centre’s online and on-site experiences. She is also the Cisco Science Fellow for Innovative Learning Technologies. You can connect with Sabrina on Twitter.

Alex Mihailidis from IATSL

AlexMihailidisAlex Mihailidis, Ph.D., P.Eng., is the Barbara G. Stymiest Research Chair in Rehabilitation Technology at the University of Toronto and Toronto Rehab Institute. He has been conducting research in the field of pervasive computing and intelligent systems in health for the past 15 years, having published over 150 journal papers, conference papers, and abstracts in this field. He has specifically focused on the development of intelligent home systems for elder care and wellness, technology for children with autism, and adaptive tools for nurses and clinical applications. Learn more about his work with Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab (IATSL) here.

Nick Pagee, Jury Leader - He’ll make sure you guys come to a decision

Nick Pagee is the Curator of the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace, an interactive exhibition for children, families and students as well as a Film Programmer for the TIFF Kids International Film Festival. Independently, Pagee is a multidisciplinary designer and award-winning interactive art + videogame curator hustling for the win every day in Toronto, TMI at nickpagee.com. You can find him on Twitter at @nickpagee.

Rosalie Wang from IATSL

RosalieWangRosalie worked as an Occupational Therapist in various settings prior to pursuing a research career. She completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Science and Biomedical Engineering. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto. Rosalie’s research focuses on the user-centred design of technologies to assist older adults to carry out their valued daily activities. Her projects include smart wheelchairs to help people with physical/cognitive limitations to drive safely, robots for arm therapy after stroke, and robots to help people with dementia to complete daily activities. You can learn more about her projects with Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab (IATSL) here.

Norman T. White

NormNorman started his art career as a painter, but in the late 60’s he taught himself electronics and began to create electrical machines in order to better model the often unpredictable behavior of dynamic systems, especially that of living organisms. In1978, he helped to initiate at the Ontario College of Art and Design a program dedicated to teaching electronics, mechanics, and computer programming to artists. He teaches now in the Radio Television Arts Department of Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

 

Mentors


Cosmin Munteanu

Cosmin is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology (University of Toronto at Mississauga), and Associate Director of the Technologies for Ageing Gracefully lab. Cosmin’s multidisciplinary interests include speech and natural language interaction for mobile devices, mixed reality systems, learning technologies for marginalized users, assistive technologies for older adults, human factors of interacting with imperfect systems, and ethics in human-computer interaction research. You can find out more about his work at TagLab here.

Skills and Expertise: Accessible Design, Assistive Technologies, Human Factors and Design, Independent Living, Ageing in Place (at home)

Alex Mihailidis

Skills and Expertise: Fabrication, Sensors, Accessible Design,  Assistive Technologies, Human Factors and Design, Independent Living, Ageing in Place (at home)

Phil Tesseyman

Phil is an Phil Tesseyman Electronic Technologist, that is retired.  He worked in digital control and communication in the nuclear industry. He’s been playing with micro controllers for about 10 yrs. He started with Picaxe, now working with Raspberry Pi and Arduino Yun. His current interest is in Home Automation. He likes radio control and just got a DJI Phantom 2 drone. He lives in London, as this is where his children have settled and grew up in Scarborough.

Skills and Expertise: Electronics, Testing, Troubleshooting

Rosalie Wang 

 Skills and Expertise: Accessible Design,  Assistive Technologies, Human Factors and Design, Independent Living, Ageing in Place (at home)

Alex Leitch 

Alex is a software developer living and working in Toronto, ON. As cofounder of Site 3 coLaboratory, Alex has seen some things, and lit many of them on fire more or less to watch them burn. She is well known for her project The Rainbow Gun, featured at Mini Makerfaire Toronto 2013 and 2014, as well as her efforts in community organization. Alex serves as an advising director on the board of Dames Making Games Toronto. She also holds an M.Des in Digital Futures from OCADu, generally at some distance from other people. You can learn more about her on TwitterLinkedin, Instagram and her company Three Pounds of Bees.

Skills and Expertise: Mechanisms, Fabrication

Gabby Resch 

Gabby is a PhD student with the Critical Making Lab at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, where his research focuses on issues at the intersection of science and technology studies, human-computer interaction, and museology. He uses “critical making,” a mode of materially productive engagement intended to bridge the gap between creative physical and conceptual exploration, in research projects that bring together novel human-computer interaction techniques and multisensory interaction with museum artifacts. He is also a long-time member (and regular visitor) of the Science Centre. Gabby frequently cobbles together MacGyver solutions for all kinds of problems in the lab, and occasionally demonstrates the outcomes of research projects around the city. Visit http://criticalmaking.com for details.

Skills and Expertise: Fabrication, 3D Modelling, Human Factors and Design

 Dan Southwick

Daniel Southwick is a PhD Student at the University of Toronto (Faculty of Information). His research with the Critical Making Lab focuses on Additive manufacturing and seeks to combine both theoretical and applied frameworks to understand the social, cultural, and political implications of these technologies. Daniel is interested in knowledge practices, intellectual property, and materiality. His current project, “Camera Obscura,” seeks to explore questions of labour, materiality, and craft through the design, construction, and use of 3D-printed pin hole cameras.

Skills and Expertise: Fabrication, 3D Modelling

 Donn Pasiliao

Donn is a recent Master of Applied Science graduate from the Mechatronics and Microsystems Design Laboratory at the University of Toronto who is passionate about education and robotics. He has previously worked in consulting, with Hatch Ltd., and in product design, with BlackBerry. He is currently a mentor and instructor at Maker Kids where he teaches kids how to make things with real tools, robotics, electronics, and software. Donn recently finished a masters thesis to design and construct an aftermarket head-up display for cars. He is currently working on a project with a team of 2 other engineers to apply the open source concept to tech education in early childhood education (Soap Box Robotics) . With Maker Kids, he am currently involved in assisting several kids with several projects simultaneously, including an internet-controlled table, a moon-walking robot, and a remote-controlled dog feeder. You can learn more about him on Linkedin & his company Soap Box Robotics.

Skills and Expertise: Microcontrollers, Arduino, Electronics and Circuits, Motors, Mechanisms, Fabrication, Sensors, 3D Modelling

Henry Leong

Henry is an electronics engihenryleongneer who has been churning out telecom products for the past decade. In his free time, he likes creating unusual and useful gadgets. His latest project is a CNC machine, which is a  machine that will help spawn others. He looks forward to meeting other robot makers. You can learn more about Henry on Linkedin .

Skills and Expertise: Microcontrollers, Electronics and Circuits, Motors, Mechanisms, Fabrication, Sensors

 

Shawn Lim

Mr. Lim is a roboMrLimtics and computer science teacher at the Crescent School in Toronto. Crescent is the home of the 2013 FIRST Robotics World Champions: Team 610, and Mr. Lim serves as the lead programming and energy systems mentor for the team. Additionally, Crescent offers grade 12 technology courses where students design and build Assistive Technology projects for students with physical disabilities at Sunny View Public School. Mr. Lim is also a member of the Board of Directors for FIRST Robotics Canada, and is camp director for Bot-Camp, a summer robotics day-camp for students aged 14-18. You can learn about Shawn’s work with FRC Team 610 on Twitter, Linkedin, and Facebook. Click here to learn more about First Robotics.

Skills and Expertise: Microcontrollers, Arduino, Electronics and Circuits, Motors, Mechanisms, Sensors, Accessible Design,  Assistive Technologies

Mike Yan

Mike is a Maker, problem solver, robot/thing/team-builder, entrepreneur, proud mentor of FRC Team 610. Recently his team built a bipedal paper flame-throwing robot . You can learn more about his company Heliolytics here.

Skills and Expertise: Microcontrollers, Arduino, Electronics and Circuits, Motors, Mechanisms, Fabrication, Sensors, 3D Modelling

Steven Kinio

Steven is currently a Phd student at the University of Toronto. His research is in the field of cell surgery, in which we use robots with very accurate manipulators to manipulate individual cells. During his Masters, he was focused on the control of robots interacting with deformable objects such as human tissue, for the purpose of trying to automate surgical tasks. As his listed research might suggest, he’s working in the field of biomedical engineering, an awesome field where he’s able to combine his love of biology with his love of technology.

Skills and Expertise: Electronics and Circuits, Sensors, Accessible Design,  Assistive Technologies, Programming (Visual Basic, C, C++, Java)

Chris Wong

Chris Wong is a PhD student in the Nonlinear Systems Control Laboratory at the University of Toronto, working on the automation of biological micromanipulation. His love for robotics led to a masters thesis controlling an autonomous robot for Defense Research and Development Canada, and has been involved in multiple extracurricular robotics teams throughout his earlier school years. Nowadays, besides tinkering with side projects, his spare time is spent as a dragon boat paddler at the international level and coaching the Canadian junior national team.

Skills and Expertise:Motors, Mechanisms, Fabrication, 3D Modelling, CAD (Solidworks)

 Antonio Gamba-Bari

Antonio is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. His research is grounded in the intersection between Actor Network Theory (ANT), cognitive science, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) towards a better understanding of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) initiatives and Maker movements as emergent knowledge practices. His doctoral studies focus on exploring how the use of DIY microelectronics constitute innovative forms for literacy, as they entail new forms for collecting, interpreting, sharing, and re-negotiating information in everyday life. You can learn more about Antonio’s projects here.

Skills and Expertise: Arduino, Electronics and Circuits, Fabrication, Sensors, Human Factors and Design, IR communication

Christian Scharfenberger

I have been interested in developing cool robots since I was 12 years old. Since one is never too old to play around with robots – so called research, I decided to study electrical engineering with focus on mechatronics, robotics, sensor systems, and computer vision. I have received my B.Sc. degree, my M.Sc. degree, and my Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Munich, Germany, in 2004, 2006, and 2011. I am currently Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, and my research focuses on computer vision, robots, and medical imaging.

Skills and Expertise: Microcontrollers, Arduino, Electronics and Circuits, Sensors, 3D Modelling, Signal Processing

Michelle Karg

Michelle is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada. She has received the Dr.-Ing. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany. Her studies included research stays at LTH Lund, Sweden, and University of North Texas, USA. Her research interests include machine learning, human movement analysis, human-computer interaction, and affective computing.

Skills and Expertise: Accessible Design,  Assistive Technologies, Human Factors and Design, Independent Living, Ageing in Place (at home), Machine Learning

Mike Doell

Mike is a Toronto based industrial designer with 20 years experience in hardware design using metal and plastic. Currently designing hardware for stealth startups up to companies like Adafruit Industries and large corporations such as Lincoln Electric. In house prototyping with a 4 axis cnc and multiple 3d printers. This is his latest project that he has been working on. You can connect with Mike on his Twitter, Linkedin & his website.

Skills and Expertise: Fabrication, 3D Modelling, Human Factors and Design

 

Michiko Yano-Shuttleworth

Has been a Production Designer at TVOntario for over 30 years, she has designed sets,props,special effects and  costumes with the dual focus of entertainment and education. She has also worked as a freelance designer on films, television commercials, theatre and dance productions. Currently retired from TVOntario she continues to work as a design consultant on freelance projects and  is curating a Traveling Japanese Toy Museum. Some of her recent projects include being designer on Today’s Special, Polka Dot Door, Reading Rangers, TVOKids, Gissell’s Big Backyard, Polka Dot Shorts, Tumble Town Tales, The Agenda and many more! 

 

Volunteers


Evelyn Sham

Evelyn_Headshot

Evelyn is an undergraduate Industrial engineering student at the University of Toronto. She is currently Co-President of the Spark Design Club, nicknamed Spark, which designs, builds and displays interactive installations around the downtown campus. Spark holds workshops for fellow students to build these displays and gain hands-on experience with power tools, as well as building and debugging circuits. In the past, Spark’s displays have been featured at Nuit Blanche and the Discovery Channel’s, Daily Planet.

When she’s not tinkering away at things Spark-related, Evelyn enjoys learning about biomedical technologies and human-centred design. You can find her on LinkedIn.

Ludi Zhan 

Ludludii is a third year student studying Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics at University of Toronto. She has strong interests in robotics and is very curious about Hackathon. Her strength in mathematics and interests on robotics will allow her to combine the best of both fields. Ludi is also the co-founder of DreamNovation, an federally registered non-profit organization that aims to build a platform for equitable exchange. In her spare time, Ludi likes programming, watching Lakers’ games, and discover new ways to improve the world around her using technology. You can learn more about her on Linkedin

Taishka Lefler

 Taishka

She loves science and technology, aerospace and that we can send robots wherever we can’t go – let them do the dirty work :) She also lovse motivation and empowering people. She practices ‘preaching’ on my blog www.taishka.com. She has a mechanical engineering diploma and is tinkering on a robotics diploma. She plans on being an engineer one day, as well as a Motivational Coach and Minister. Her dream is to be a Martian – one of the first settlers. She believse humour can see us through all of life’s problems. Her recent projects include a manual coffee grinder for 2nd year project in mechanical engineering. She did exactly what was estimated, including weight of coffee grounds produced per length of time grinding. She used every machine in the machine shop. Since then she’s been learning social media and working on writing. She can be reached on Twitter, Linkedin and email: taishkatl@msn.com.

 

Firoz Amin

Firoz

Firoz is in his first year of Space Engineering at York University and has been part of 2 Model United Nations. He was the captain of his school cricket team and is looking forward to our weekend of robotics. You can learn more about Firoz on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

Avani Karir

Avani is passionate about sports and  is an adventurous spirit who loves to learn new things and gain new experiences. Some of Avani’s recent projects include floating slippers from water bottles!

Amour Karir

Amour is a student in grade twelve attending Harbord Collegiate Institute that participates in sports such as basketball, rugby and wrestling. Amour’s academic interests include, Math, Physics, English, Business, and Philosophy. Amour also enjoys spending free time with friends, and  family. Amour’s current projects include, creations in the areas of math and philosophy. 

Roberta Buiani

Roberta is a researcher, curator and media artist based in Toronto. Her work balances theoretical and applied research at the intersection of science, technology and creative resistance. her overall goal is to research new vocabularies, which are aimed at facilitating critical understanding of complex phenomena that encompass different disciplinary areas requiring different research expertise. She is the co-founder of the ArtSci Salon at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (University of Toronto) and acts as program advisor for the Subtle Technologies Festival.

Some of Roberta’s current projects include Biolab-on-wheels- a mobile lab, bringing biological and natural science to the people of Toronto and Transitions in Progress, an interdisciplinary project and installation (Ryerson U, Oct 2015). She will be building a second mobile prototype to contain archival and multimedia material about three neighborhoods located on the Queen street corridor. The lab will disseminate and collect memories about the city. She is also looking for help to build an AR app for two projects. She will definitely need partners for this! Learn more about her projects here. You can connect with her on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook.

Mark Goldberg

Mark Goldberg PictureMark is a student at the University of Guelph studying Computer Science. He is currently working on a Coop term as a full time web developer in Toronto. He enjoys researching and attempting all forms of development and is always looking for a challenge and a new project. When he’s not coding, he likes to watch movies, play ultimate frisbee and socialize with as many people as possible. You can connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

 

Adley Lobo

Alobo

A recent graduate of the University of Toronto in the disciple of History, Adley has been involved in several areas of campus life, from student organizations to research programs. His photography primarily through the University’s photography Club, Shutterbugs has developed as a creative and naturalistic expression of the world around. Bringing his expertise in photography to our event, Adley is looking forward to capturing our special moments during the hackathon. You can experience his work on Flickr and connect with him on Twitter and email: adlobo11@gmail.com.

 

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Antonio (Tony) Higuchi

Creative Technologist and Digital Artist based in Barcelona. Who has been working on rapid prototyping with arduino, Video projection mapping software and performances and Net-art and audiovisual installations. Antoino can be reached on Twitter & tonyhiguchi.com.

Matthew Wong

System Administrator for unixchosting, which does administration for multiple OS platforms including Windows and Linux Systems,Server maintenance including security updates/improvements and system optimization and Manage and implementation of multiple open source software.  His current projects include various system automation projects to minimize human interactions and static configurations.

Isaac Ng

Issac is a self-proclaimed geek that is fascinated by the technology industry. He is also an avid graphics and publishing enthusiast, enjoys photography and loves travelling. His recent projects include making a publication to help first-years to survive university. You can connect with him here.

Michelle Gay

Michelle Gay holds a MI from UofT and an MFA from NSCAD. She combines research and practice in areas of design thinking & visualization, art & digital media production, and technological tinkering. Recent public projects include: exploring the mobile phone as personal and social archive to co-create visual and conceptual narratives; contemplating the intersection of public and private spaces through a visual inventorying of local ravine systems and lo-fi shelter modelling; and exhibiting a new-form bookwork situating the computer-as-philosopher creating real-time ruminations on what it means to be human. Her current projects include co-created wall-work using people’s mobile phone pictures, done at Mozilla’s MozFest at Ravensbourne, London, UK. MozFest 2014, onwhatis – digital screen bookwork dynamically in real-time translating Parmenides fragments is at ISEA in Dubai , exploring public and private spaces in the ravine systems in Toronto - video work being projected in DTAH architects street facing windows and the Worldwide storefront for Art and Architecture in NYC and ongoing projects about people, places and city design.

You can connect with Michelle on Twitter, Linkedin,Facebook & her website.

Josie Bailey

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Michael Alguire

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Peymon Montazeri

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Adriano Basso

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