Zero Dollar Laptop Workshops

February 28, 2011

Furtherfield at a lab2lab meeting

Filed under: What's happening? — olga @ 11:55 am
Last January Furtherfield met with several media labs in Brussels to start thinking about the possibility of implementing Zero Dollar Laptop at a European scale. We met with people from Kitchen (Budapest), CreaLab (Nantes), Ping (Nantes), Media Lab Prado (Madrid), Constant (Brussels),  Foam (Brussles) and discussed the challenges and potential gains of creating a European network of people working together. It’s all looking very exciting!
On Wednesday the 26th of January we met at Foam’s studio to have a session on mapping media labs around Europe. Members from Kitchen (Budapest) and Ping (Nantes) presented a series of projects they had been working on that aimed at gathering all types of data about European media labs. After the presentations we did a small workshop in which all of us contributed a short story, a personal experience in a media lab, to the FictionLab database.
In the afternoon we did a tour around different media labs in Brussels (iMal, OKNO, Foam…). We had the opportunity to talk to the people running them and learn about the activities and projects they are involved in. That was extremely fruitful and inspiring as we had the opportunity to meet people working in our field and at the same time we realised the diversity of the organisations.
On Thursday we had a long session on The Future. A very big group of people, not only from media labs but also from other cultural organisations, gathered around a massive table to think about, re-invent, re-shape, our future. Through a series of exercises different issues were raised and possible ways of addressing those were rehearsed. In the afternoon there were two presentations: MediaLab Prado (Madrid) presented their MasterDIWO project and us, Furtherfield, presented the Zero Dollar Laptop project. Presentations were followed by an open discussion that was extremely helpful. Members from all different media labs participating in the lab2lab project helped us put together a list of possible partners. What was most helpful was to discuss with them the ways in which the Zero Dollar Laptop project could fit within a Grundtvig scheme and what were the potential challenges and things we should address.

Last January Furtherfield met with several media labs in Brussels to start thinking about the possibility of implementing Zero Dollar Laptop at a European scale. We met with people from Kitchen (Budapest), CreaLab (Nantes), Ping (Nantes), Media Lab Prado (Madrid), Constant (Brussels),  Foam (Brussles) and discussed the challenges and potential gains of creating a European network of people working together. It’s all looking very exciting! (more…)

April 30, 2010

Zero Dollar Laptop report ready!

Filed under: Resources,What's happening? — Tags: , — olga @ 2:52 pm

The first edition of Zero Dollar Laptop workshops is over and it’s time to reflect on what happened. Download a pdf version of the report here.

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Zero Dollar Laptop workshops kicked off at Bridge Resource Centre in West London in January 2010 with clients of St Mungo’s Charity for Homeless People.

This report is jointly written by the team who devised and ran the project and sets it in the context of recent reports on ‘digital inclusion’. It aims to capture the experience and learning of ALL involved in this first Zero Dollar Laptop workshop series- participants and organisers, to inform future development of the project.

April 22, 2010

Workshop 11 & 12. Last days at St Mungos

Filed under: The Workshops,What's happening? — olga @ 4:03 pm

During these last two weeks: hardware maintenance, laptop customisation and blog formatting. Everybody goes away with a customised zero dollar laptop! Some of them carry stencils in their cases, others have stickers, but all have changed their desktops and window styles.

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April 14, 2010

Workshop Plan 11. Hardware maintenance, laptop customisation, …

Filed under: Resources,Workshop plans — olga @ 6:50 pm

This week week we will have four activities ready. We are trying to cover the different interests participants have told us about. We don’t expect them to complete all 4 activities. We’d like them to focus on the ones they prefer.
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March 25, 2010

Week 10. Open Day at St Mungos

Filed under: The Workshops,What's happening? — olga @ 2:22 pm

Day of celebration at St Mungos! Celebrating what we have achieved together along the sessions, celebrating that we finally have enough laptops for everyone, celebrating with other clients from other courses…
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March 18, 2010

Week 9. Mock Interviews. Getting ready for the event.

Filed under: The Workshops — Tags: , , — olga @ 1:48 pm

Today we dedicated our workshops to practicing and rehearsing what we will be doing next week. We did some mock interviews, took some pictures, wrote the articles and uploaded the results below. Some new and very interesting discussions took place. On the one hand we discussed the practicalities involved in an interview: questions need to be shorter and sharper than we thought, we need to be strategic in choosing the questions, we need to be teams of three people to make sure we have everything covered (one asks questions, the other one takes pictures, and the other takes notes). On the other hand we continued the discussions about what’s important to communicate: issues of isolation and social integration were particularly present in the discussion.
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March 11, 2010

Week 8. Editorial Meeting and Pre-production

Filed under: The Workshops,What's happening? — Tags: , , — olga @ 1:28 pm

This morning we had an editorial meeting to prepare for the event happening here on the 25th of March. We sat all around the table, 9 clients and the tutors, and had a lively discussion about what are the main things we need to cover, who will do what, etc. Excellent ideas came up. We all realised that this is really about the clients and that there is a something very poignant to be address and it’s the funding cuts.

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March 5, 2010

Week 8 Plan. The Press Room Project (Part I)

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OVERVIEW – The Press Room Project. Preparation day.

For the coming two weeks we will work on a team project we’ve called The Press Room. We will turn our workshop space into a journalists office and learn the dynamics of documenting an event and publishing it on the web.
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Week 7. Getting started with audacity

Filed under: The Workshops,What's happening? — Tags: , — olga @ 9:08 am

This week we have started to get familiar with the basics of audio editing. Getting into multimedia has meant that the participants have had to install lots of different plug-ins and software to get their machines ready. We have used Synaptic Package Manager whenever possible since it is a much friendlier interface, and we have used the terminal whenever we needed to expand the list of repositories.

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February 26, 2010

Week 7 Plan. Working with and Sharing Audio and Video

Filed under: Workshop plans — Tags: , , — olga @ 5:53 pm

OVERVIEW – Continuing from the previous week’s session.

Media files created by internet users are an increasingly important part of social networking websites and the internet in general.
Video editing is probably the most challenging activity in this set of sessions. Download pdf version.
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