Learning Festival 2014: Program

2014 Learning Festival: Discover the Makers

2014 Learning Festival: Discover the Makers

Program


The Learning Festival will take place in Doha, Qatar, Oct 23 to Nov 8. Scroll down to find out more about the Learning Festival program. 

Where: Katara Esplanade
When: Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-10pm
Access: Open to the public
 

Meet the Makers

The central area of the Festival is dedicated to the Maker Movement. Visitors are invited to discover how this movement uses accessible technologies to enhance creativity through a selection of hands-on demos, installations and screenings. 

Demos, Installations and Screenings
Venue: Learning Festival – Katara Esplanade
Dates: Oct 23 to Nov 8
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-10pm
 

OTOTO (DENTAKU, UK/JAPAN)
A musical invention kit that allows everyone to create a unique musical instrument out of literally any object that conducts electricity. Find out more
LITTLEBITS (LITTLEBITS, USA)
Known as the Lego™ bricks of the Ipad™ generation - are electronic modules, each with a different function (light, sensor, motor, interrupter), that snap together with magnets and allow anyone to learn and prototype with electronics. Find out more
PRIMO (SOLID LABS UK/ITALY)
A wooden robot that teaches children to write their first programs and algorithms with no need for literacy. Find out more
HIT THE BEAT (LORENZO BRAVI, ITALY)
A physical drum machine that transforms ordinary items into percussion instruments. Find out more
PAPER ELECTRONICS (CORALIE GOURGUECHON, FRANCE)
Functioning paper speakers are a visual simplification of seemingly complex systems, helping demystify electronics. Find out more
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DO-IT-YOURSELF KITS (TECHNOLOGY WILL SAVE US, UK)
A great way to learn skills, make cool things and begin your own journey as a tech maker. Find out more
MAKEY MAKEY (JOYLABZ, USA)
An invention kit for the 21st century that turns anything into a touchpad. Find out more
Selections of 3D PRINTED OBJECTS provided by TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY (QATAR) AND BY SCULPTEO (FRANCE)
Illustrate the variety of possibilities 3D printing represents, breaking down the barrier between virtual and physical worlds. Find out more
  • An additional 50 projects from around world will be presented through videos and documentaries in the Festival screening zone. These videos provide further insight into the Maker Movement.
 

Participate in Pop-Up Events


Visitors are invited to join the Makers in creative challenges. The Festival offers a platform for expression to those who would like to seize opportunities to create using technology. Various pop-up events and performances have been organized to facilitate encounters between Makers from abroad and creative people living in Doha. All pop-up events will take place on the Katara Esplanade. 
  • Doha Tweetup and a creative challenge with Yuri Suzuki´s Color Chasers
 
  • Data Cuisine with Domestic Data Streamers - representation of data through culinary means
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  • Oct 29 6pm-9pm: Access closed to the public
  • Showcasing the VCUQ MFA Souvenirs project
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  • Architects Independent night: showcasing a Qatar-based design and architecture collective founded by Maysaa Al-Mumin and Thomas Modeen, Acting Director, MFA VCUQ
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  • Showcasing the VCUQ MFA department´s projects and a keynote speech by Simone Muscolino, Ryan Browning, Rachel Cohn, Nathan Davis, Miriam Ewers and Jesse Payne
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  • Virtual Reality in Special Education by Subol Product Design, a Doha-based startup founded by Qatar University students
    • Date: Nov 7
    • Time: 6pm-8pm
 

Creative Workshops

  • LOOKS LIKE MUSIC BY YURI SUZUKI (JAPAN/UK)

The Japanese creator Yuri Suzuki has conceived Looks Like Music, an audiovisual installation based on his “Color Chaser” work. Color chasers are miniature robots which detect and follow a black line drawn in marker pen – and translate colored reference points, drawn by the participants, into sounds, including drums, deep bass, chords and melody. The workshop aims to let kids actively contribute to the creation of a large-scale artwork and enrich a collectively composed sound piece. Find out more 

Group: 10 people
Date: Oct. 23, morning
Location: Katara Art Center

 

  • PRIMO BY SOLID LABS (UK, ITALY) 

The Primo Play Set is a playful physical programming interface that teaches children programming logic without the need for literacy. The robot executes a sequence of instructions placed on the board. By playing with Primo, children experiment with a queue of instructions and begin learning to fix their own mistakes or those of their friends, hence learning to debug as well. It’s designed to make the introduction of programming tangible, removing complex abstraction from the equation. Find out more

Group: 6 people
Date: Oct. 29, morning
Location: WISE House, Villa 7 & 8, Education City

 

  • BUILD YOUR OWN DIY GAMER BY TECHNOLOGY WILL SAVE US (UK)

Ever wondered how an LED display works? How to create images by programming them, and create your own video game using buttons? Come and discover the skills to program your first LED display and see how it can be used to create a games console on which you can play your very own game! Learn and enhance your understanding of game mechanics and the world of programming and discover how to produce new images and interactive experiences. Find out more

Group: 6 people
Date: Nov. 5 morning
Location: WISE House, Villa 7 & 8, Education City

 

Photo Exhibition by Newsha Tavakolian

Award-winning photographer Newsha Tavakolian embarked on a world tour, from San Diego to Singapore, meeting and photographing educational projects and some of the foremost thinkers and practitioners in the field of education, technology, and design for the latest WISE book, Learning {RE}Imagined. This important body of work will be exhibited at the Festival in a new form: a veritable travel diary that includes hundreds of unpublished photos.

Read about Newsha’s perspective on the WISE Book project in this dedicated online gallery, featuring Newsha Tavakolian’s work for Learning {Re}imagined.

Venue: Learning Festival – Katara Esplanade
Dates: Oct 23 to Nov 8
Opening hours: 24/7

 

School Visits

Learning Festival will welcome six school visits to familiarize teachers and students in Doha with the potential uses of technology in the learning process.

Group: up to 25 people per visit
Date: Oct 26, 27, 28 morning
Location: Learning Festival, Katara Esplanade