At the Mozilla Drumbeat Festival I had the opportunity to spend some time playing around with the arduino. The Arduino is an open source prototyping platform that allows even the most inexperienced designer to make things interactive! Within about 15 minutes of touching this device for the first time I had made an LED light blink. The accessibility to this kind of software and hardware was just so liberating and it allowed me to think of things that up until this point I had put in the category of - well I need some geeky programming guy to help me with this and so I won't even touch that thought. But seriously, even though I didn't talk much about big ideas in this session, I think that having this mild entryway into physical computing really helped me to recontextualize the festival and think about what is possible for even youth in NYCLN to develop.
In the arduino hack lab, Alison Lewis was also demonstrating some of her girl-centric fashionable tech, from her book switch craft. Super cool accessible, DIY goodness.
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