Prototypes, Ethics & Time: Where did my Arduino go?


During this workshop, participants are invited to think, design and build open source hardware prototypes in consideration of their time cycles - its movement across geological, social and economic scales. The goal of the workshop is to explore the different timelines typical to different models of product development and hardware production. We add to conversations around agile "rapid prototyping" and traditional corporate design timelines a more global and holistic consideration of time and making, drawing inspiration from China's shanzhai culture, a critical element that enabled the growth of open source hardware, to examine technology life cycles (production, use, discard, recycle) in the context of their impact of labor, environment, and social change. We consider where prototypes we have made go, from its initial production, replication, distribution and use, asking questions like “How can I make the first 100 units of my first prototypes?” and “What is this made of and where does it come from?”


Organized by DoIIIT (Designers of Interactive, Intelligent, and Interconnected Things) Group

Guest Speakers: Eric Pan, CEO and founder of tech hardware start-up, Seeed Studio and David Li, co-founder of China’s first hackerspace (XinCheJian)