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Collaborative MakeShop Sessions (Fall 2013)


General Course Information

Instructor: Foad Hamidi

MakeShop Hours: S 10:00-13:00 GaMay Lab (Lassonde Building 2023) (Fall 2013)

Website: www.cse.yorku.ca/~fhamidi/teaching2.html

Course News

September 28th - Today, we first talked about the Maker Faire. I have a blog entry that roughly captures most of the points I talked about at the session today.

We also talked about requirements for the project for the MakeShops. For next week, teams should be formed and a tentative project proposal prepared and sent to me. The proposal should consist of the following parts:

  1. Team Name
  2. Name of team members
  3. Name of project
  4. One paragraph describing your project
  5. A cost estimation of your project (with a limit of roughly $300 per team). Here, include a list of primary components. Also, indicate whether you might use 3D printing and/or 3D scanning.
To do the cost estimation, look at the following suggested sources:
  1. Adafruits
  2. RobotShop
  3. MakerShed

A couple of important things: make sure you search for ideas similar to yours to know what's out there and what other people of doing. Also, note that this is a tentative proposal and some requirements might change, so be prepared to modify your design.

As inspiration, consider the different domains of the Gross National Happiness index and try to design a tool or application that increases happiness in some way. This is in-line with the notion of social entrepreneurship, where designs are meant to have a positive social outcome.

September 14th - The first session of the MakeShops was today. Here are links to some of the things we talked about today: Makey Makey is a development kit from MIT and Adafruits is a brand of electronics out of New York. This Saturday (September 21st), we will have a field trip to the Toronto Mini Maker Faire

September 10th - Welcome to the website for the Collaborative MakeShop Sessions. Please check back this page regularly for announcements and announcements.


Our goal is to provide learning opportunities in the use of novel technologies. You will learn about versatile open-source electronics, rapid prototyping techniques and novel computational and programmable materials, such as fabric and paper. You will learn about the work of a range of cutting edge designers and innovators. The area of tangible, embedded and embodied computing is challenging and transforming the fields of computer science and digital media. You, as a participant, can gain a unique and exciting opportunity to expand your skills by learning about these new technologies! :





Department of Computer Science and Engineering, York University

York University

Gamay Lab

Gamay Lab