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The Scrapyard Challenge is a global workshop started in 2003 by Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Katherine Moriwaki that teaches basic interaction and interface design through hacking recycled materials, electronics, and trash. The workshops have been held hundreds of times in over 14 countries on 5 continents! Click on the map markers to explore each workshop that we have held since 2003! Double click to zoom the map.

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Columbia University, Teacher’s College, New York, NY

Columbia University, Teacher’s College, New York, NY

Columbia University, Teacher's College, New York NY

March 252016

Scrapyard Challenge workshop taught in the class “New Media” at Lehman College, March 25, 27, 2015

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Scrapyard Challenge, Creative Activism in Climate Change, Central Park Zoo, New York, NY, USA.

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Scrapyard Challenge, Parsons MFA Design and Technology, New York, NY, USA.

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This workshop took place during the month of July 2013.

Scrapyard Challenge Digital Day Camp 8/1/2013

Eyebeam Digital Day Camp, Scrapyard Challenge, Chalk Walk, July 23, 2013

Circuit Bending, Eyebeam Digital Day Camp, July 18, 2013

Eyebeam Digital Day Camp, Drawbots, July 11, 2013

Eyebeam Digital Day Camp, July 30, 2013

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Scrapyard Challenge, Fourth Arts Block: LOAD OUT, NYC, USA

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Scrapyard Challenge, Habits of Living Conference, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

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GE Garages, NYC, NY, USA
October 122012

Scrapyard Challenge, October 12, 2012, GE Garages, NYC, NY, USA.

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gadgITERATION, USA Science and Engineering Festival 2012, Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

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Redesigning Reality, Visions and Voices, University of Southern California, University Park Campus
USC School of Cinematic Arts Building (SCA), Los Angeles, CA.

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Scrapyard Challenge, The Banff Centre, RIP Workshop, Banff, Alberta, Canada, July 8, 2011.

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Scrapyard Challenge, Baruch College, New York, NY, USA.

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Scrapyard Challenge, Eco-Arts Festival 2011, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA.

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Scrapyard Challenge, Parsons, MFA, Design Technology, NY, NY, USA, October 3, 2010

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Scrapyard Challenge, Techcrunch Disrupt!, New York, NY, May 22-23, 2010

Scrapyard Challenge Workshops @ Techcrunch Disrupt! from Jonah Brucker-Cohen on Vimeo.

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Scrapyard Challenge, Commissioned by the Ammerman Center Award, Connecticut College, New London, CT, USA

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Scrapyard Challenge, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

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Art And Code, Carnegie Mellon University, College of Fine Arts, November 6-8. 2009

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Old American Can Factory, Sentient City, Brooklyn, NY, September 26, 2009

Scrapyard Challenge from Architectural League of New York on Vimeo.

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Scrapyard Challenge, Parsons School of Design, MFA-Design & Technology, September 19, 2009

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Scrapyard Challenge / EWaste Workshop, ISEA 2009, ReFunct Event, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin, Ireland

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Scrapyard Challenge, Ormeau Baths Gallery Belfast, Northern Ireland, August 15, 2009

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Scrapyard Challenge @ Grounding Open Source Hardware (GOSH), The Banff Centre, July 10-18, 2009

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Scrapyard Challenge Workshop, Maker Faire Bay Area, San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA, May 30-31, 2009

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Scrapyard Challenge Workshop, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France, April 23, 2009

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Scrapyard Challenge,SangSangMaDang Gallery, Seoul, Korea, November 27-29, 2008

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Scrapyard Challenge, London Science Museum, London, UK, October 30th, 2008

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Scrapyard Challenge, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA, August 11-15, 2008

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Hybrid World Scrapyard Challenge, IMAL, Brussels, Belgium, May 19-23, 2008

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Scrapyard Challenge, BLIP!, Telefonica Foundation Gallery, Lima, Peru, November 5-9, 2007

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Scrapyard Challenge, BBC Blast Bus, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, September 22, 2007

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Scrapyard Challenge, Urban Learning Space, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, September 21st, 2007

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Scrapyard Challenge, ZS Associates, Evanston, IL, August 10, 2007

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Scrapyard Challenge, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, NY, NY, USA, June 30, 2007

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Scrapyard Challenge, Intermediae, Matadero, Madrid, Spain

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Scrapyard Challenge, Six Cities Design Festival, The Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling, Scotland, UK

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Scrapyard Challenge, GEL Conference, Spark Art Space, NYC, USA, April 19th, 2007

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Viral:Culture Design Symposium, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, USA, April 7th, 2007

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Scrapyard Challenge, Distance Lab, Forres, Scotland, UK, January 19, 2007

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Scrapyard Challenge, Urban Learning Space, January 17th, 2007

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Stetson University, Deland, Florida, USA, October 13, 2006

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Scrapyard Challenge, OBORO, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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DIY Urban Challenge, ISEA 2006, San Jose, California, August 7-8, 2006

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Scrapyard Challenge Workshop, Machine Project, 1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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STEIM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 21, 2006

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DIY Wearable Challenge, Art Interactive, Boston, MA, USA, December 10, 2005

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Scrapyard Challenge @ ANAT Media Lab, Melbourne, Australia, October 11, 2005

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Scrapyard Challenge, MFA Design and Technology, Parsons, September 24. 2005

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DIY Wearable Challenge, Siggraph, August 1, 2005

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Scrapyard Challenge, ArtBots , Saints Michael and John Church, Dublin, Ireland Dublin, Ireland, July 15-17, 2005

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Scrapyard Challenge Workshop
Aesthetics Technology Lab, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, May 27, 2005

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DIY Wearable Challenge I, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallin, Estonia Photos

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Scrapyard Challenge Workshop held during Outside IN Festival

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Scrapyard Challenge Workshop held at Electrofringe, 2003.

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This was the first workshop we held at the DATA:BASE event.

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Scrapyard Challenge Workshop, Transmediale, Berlin, Germany, Feb 2, 2004.

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  • Welcome to the Scrapyard Challenge!

    Welcome to the Scrapyard Challenge!

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  • Columbia University, Teacher’s College, New York, NY

    Columbia University, Teacher’s College, New York, NY

    Scrapyard Challenge Workshops

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  • Lehman College, Bronx, NY, USA.

    Lehman College, Bronx, NY, USA.

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  • Creative Activism in Climate Change, Central Park Zoo, New York, NY, USA.

    Creative Activism in Climate Change, Central Park Zoo, New York, NY, USA.

    Scrapyard Challenge Workshops

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  • Parsons MFA Design and Technology, New York, NY, USA.

    Parsons MFA Design and Technology, New York, NY, USA.

    Scrapyard Challenge Workshops

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  • Cooper-Hewitt Museum Design Studio, New York, NY, USA.

    Cooper-Hewitt Museum Design Studio, New York, NY, USA.

    Scrapyard Challenge Workshops

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  • Eyebeam Center for Art And Technology, Digital Day Camp, Scrapyard Challenge

    Eyebeam Center for Art And Technology, Digital Day Camp, Scrapyard Challenge

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  • Fourth Arts Block: LOAD OUT, NYC

    Fourth Arts Block: LOAD OUT, NYC

    Scrapyard Challenge Workshops

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  • Habits of Living, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

    Habits of Living, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

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  • GE Garages, NYC, NY, USA

    GE Garages, NYC, NY, USA

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  • Parsons the New School for Design, NYC, NY, USA.

    Parsons the New School for Design, NYC, NY, USA.

    Scrapyard Challenge Workshops

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  • USA Science and Engineering Festival 2012, Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

    USA Science and Engineering Festival 2012, Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

    gadgITERATION

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  • Institute for Multimedia Literacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

    Institute for Multimedia Literacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

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  • Redesigning Reality, Visions and Voices, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

    Redesigning Reality, Visions and Voices, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

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  • Mobility Shifts Conference, New School, New York, NY.

    Mobility Shifts Conference, New School, New York, NY.

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  • MFA Design & Technology, New School, New York, NY, 2011.

    MFA Design & Technology, New School, New York, NY, 2011.

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  • The Banff Centre, RIP Workshop, Banff, Alberta, Canada

    The Banff Centre, RIP Workshop, Banff, Alberta, Canada

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  • Baruch College, New York, NY, USA

    Baruch College, New York, NY, USA

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  • Eco-Arts Festival 2011, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA.

    Eco-Arts Festival 2011, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA.

    Scrapyard Challenge Workshops

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  • Parsons, MFA, Design Technology, NY, NY, USA, October 3, 2010

    Parsons, MFA, Design Technology, NY, NY, USA, October 3, 2010

    Scrapyard Challenge Workshops

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  • Techcrunch Disrupt!, New York, NY, May 22-23, 2010

    Techcrunch Disrupt!, New York, NY, May 22-23, 2010

    Scrapyard Challenge Workshops

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  • Ammerman Center Award, Connecticut College, New London, CT, USA

    Ammerman Center Award, Connecticut College, New London, CT, USA

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  • “Beyond the Instrument Metaphor”, Herberger Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA, February 19, 2010

    “Beyond the Instrument Metaphor”, Herberger Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA, February 19, 2010

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  • Art And Code, Carnegie Mellon University, College of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh, PA,  November 6-8. 2009

    Art And Code, Carnegie Mellon University, College of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh, PA, November 6-8. 2009

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  • Old American Can Factory, Sentient City, Brooklyn, NY, September 26, 2009

    Old American Can Factory, Sentient City, Brooklyn, NY, September 26, 2009

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  • Parsons School of Design, MFA-Design & Technology, September 19, 2009

    Parsons School of Design, MFA-Design & Technology, September 19, 2009

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  • Scrapyard Challenge / EWaste Workshop, Refunct, ISEA 2009, Dublin, Ireland, August 22, 2009

    Scrapyard Challenge / EWaste Workshop, Refunct, ISEA 2009, Dublin, Ireland, August 22, 2009

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  • Ormeau Baths Gallery Belfast, Northern Ireland, August 15, 2009

    Ormeau Baths Gallery Belfast, Northern Ireland, August 15, 2009

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  • Grounding Open Source Hardware (GOSH), The Banff Centre, July 10-18, 2009

    Grounding Open Source Hardware (GOSH), The Banff Centre, July 10-18, 2009

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  • Maker Faire Bay Area, San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA, May 30-31, 2009

    Maker Faire Bay Area, San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA, May 30-31, 2009

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  • Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France, April 23, 2009

    Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France, April 23, 2009

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  • SangSangMaDang Gallery, Seoul, Korea, November 27-29, 2008

    SangSangMaDang Gallery, Seoul, Korea, November 27-29, 2008

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  • London Science Museum, London, UK, October 30th, 2008

    London Science Museum, London, UK, October 30th, 2008

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  • Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA, August 11-15, 2008

    Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA, August 11-15, 2008

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  • Hybrid World Scrapyard Challenge, IMAL, Brussels, Belgium, May 19-23, 2008

    Hybrid World Scrapyard Challenge, IMAL, Brussels, Belgium, May 19-23, 2008

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  • BLIP!, Fundacion Telefonica, Lima, Peru, November 5-9, 2007

    BLIP!, Fundacion Telefonica, Lima, Peru, November 5-9, 2007

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  • BBC Blast Bus, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, September 22, 2007

    BBC Blast Bus, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, September 22, 2007

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  • Urban Learning Space, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, September 21st, 2007

    Urban Learning Space, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, September 21st, 2007

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  • ZS Associates, Evanston, IL, August 10, 2007

    ZS Associates, Evanston, IL, August 10, 2007

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  • Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, NY, NY, USA, June 30, 2007

    Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, NY, NY, USA, June 30, 2007

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  • Intermediae, Matadero, Madrid, Spain, June 14-23, 2007

    Intermediae, Matadero, Madrid, Spain, June 14-23, 2007

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  • Six Cities Design Festival, The Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling, Scotland, UK

    Six Cities Design Festival, The Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling, Scotland, UK

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  • GEL Conference, NYC, USA, April 19th, 2007

    GEL Conference, NYC, USA, April 19th, 2007

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  • Viral:Culture Design Symposium, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, USA, April 7th, 2007

    Viral:Culture Design Symposium, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, USA, April 7th, 2007

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  • Distance Lab, Forres, Scotland, UK, January 19, 2007

    Distance Lab, Forres, Scotland, UK, January 19, 2007

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  • Urban Learning Space, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, January 17, 2007

    Urban Learning Space, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, January 17, 2007

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  • Stetson University, Deland, Florida, USA, October 13, 2006

    Stetson University, Deland, Florida, USA, October 13, 2006

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  • OBORO, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 8, 2006

    OBORO, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 8, 2006

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  • DIY Urban Challenge, ISEA 2006, San Jose, California

    DIY Urban Challenge, ISEA 2006, San Jose, California

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  • Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA 90026

    Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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  • STEIM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 21, 2006

    STEIM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 21, 2006

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  • DIY Wearable Challenge, Art Interactive, Boston, MA, USA, December 10, 2005

    DIY Wearable Challenge, Art Interactive, Boston, MA, USA, December 10, 2005

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  • ANAT Media Lab, Melbourne, Australia, October 11, 2005

    ANAT Media Lab, Melbourne, Australia, October 11, 2005

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  • MFA Design and Technology, Parsons, September 24. 2005

    MFA Design and Technology, Parsons, September 24. 2005

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  • DIY Wearable Challenge, Siggraph, August 1, 2005

    DIY Wearable Challenge, Siggraph, August 1, 2005

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  • Art Bots, Saints Michael and John Church, Dublin, Ireland Dublin, Ireland, July 15-17, 2005

    Art Bots, Saints Michael and John Church, Dublin, Ireland Dublin, Ireland, July 15-17, 2005

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  • Aesthetics Technology Lab, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, May 27, 2005

    Aesthetics Technology Lab, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, May 27, 2005

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  • DIY Wearable Challenge I, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallin, Estonia

    DIY Wearable Challenge I, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallin, Estonia

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  • Hacking The Street Workshop,  June 14-15, 2004,  Outside In, Goteborg, Sweden.

    Hacking The Street Workshop, June 14-15, 2004, Outside In, Goteborg, Sweden.

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  • ElectroFringe Festival, Newcastle, Australia, 10/2-6/2003

    ElectroFringe Festival, Newcastle, Australia, 10/2-6/2003

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  • DATA:BASE, Dublin Ireland, April 23, 2003

    DATA:BASE, Dublin Ireland, April 23, 2003

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  • Transmediale, Berlin, Germany, Feb 2, 2004.

    Transmediale, Berlin, Germany, Feb 2, 2004.

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