Code Liberation workshop at Machines Room!

Tiny alien friends that interact with your laptop by @_caroline6868

Such a great Saturday! Last weekend Machines Room hosted the final workshop in the Code Liberation series, a seven week collaboration between V&A, Machines Room, and Goldsmiths. The workshop was led by Phoenix Perry and driven by a great group of students, who will be exhibiting their finished projects as part of the V&A’s Friday Late, this Friday 25th November! On Saturday students were busy developing and polishing their work, moving seamlessly from laser cutter to soldering to silicon robots; it was a joy to see all the machines in use for such multi-disciplinary making!

Laser cutting an inter-generational, interactive game to preserve dying languages

 

Awesome visualiser designed by @_Fance

Machines Room is also very proud to be supporting a project that confronts inequalities in the maker world proactively. Code Liberation’s mission is to teach women, nonbinary, femme, and girl-identifying people to program using creativity as a pedagogical approach. Their aim is to reach women that have never considered entering into the field of computer science or who have left it because it is male dominated.

 

Laser-cut back massage controller

Code Liberation Foundation not only operates in urban hubs but also extends into economically disadvantaged communities, connecting these women not only to skills but to industry professionals and job opportunities currently out of reach in cities other than New York and London. These workshops and events empower local economic growth as well as spike interest in computer science in areas where no or few role models are present. Founded in 2013, they’ve reached around 2,500 women so far, and the Code Liberation workshops are just the start of their UK chapter.

 

Pieces for a meditative, interactive console that clarifies blurry images as you play the game by @WOBIPO