The Art of Tinkering at #LeedsDigi18

We joined up with Leeds Libraries and ODI Leeds to offer this 'Art of Tinkering' drop-in-drop-out session during the Leeds Digital Festival.

The event was aimed at creative and curious adults with an interest in exploring digital projects and learning more about supportive networks in the city. A chance to try out a range of digital challenges, get hands-on with new technologies and consider more ideas to inspire a new project at home.

the art of tinkering sign with women in tech books in the background

Activities included getting started with Raspberry Pi, discovering the Wonders of Wearables, hands-on mischief with capacitive touch and solving real world problems by adding smart sensors and cameras. Each project also had an element of fun attached with a creative twist.

collage of paper flowers with LEDs added to visualise environmental data

Using creative means to visualise environmental data led us to tinkering opportunities with this 'digital peonies' project, a take from another activity focused on improving air quality.

capacitive project in the foreground

Always a pleasure to share the Bare Conductive story and inspire more projects through capacitive touch. We've got a Harry Potter feeling about a next collaboration in the city!

foundation roller banner with presentation showing women in tech quotes

So what's next for The Art of Tinkering in Leeds?

Well feedback from the event points towards a demand for a programme of digital making activities for adults. Watch this space : )

'Totally loved it - fab for a total beginner'

'Fantastic event'

Really interesting to try all the different equipment!

'I'd love some workshops with targeted stuff to make or build'

'Digital in Manufacturing and Making' event at #LeedsDigi18

Contributing to this Digital in Manufacturing event was a great start to the Leeds Digital Festival for us this week.

Thanks to Matthew Skelton for inviting us along, to join this ever growing digital community that will meet again in October for the Assembly Conference in Leeds.

We shared ideas with others from the manufacturing, making, and software sectors with a focus around how digital technologies and approaches to shape the future of manufacturing.

For us, our thoughts were presented towards bridging the digital skills divide in the city, and you can view the slide sets from each session below:

Look out for more details about the Assembly Conference in Leeds on 2nd October.

Read more:

Open Forum and Talks: “Digital in manufacturing and making — what’s coming next? via Medium - a great blogpost about this event from Jovile Bart

Manufacturers are urged to embrace digital via Yorkshire Post, 17.04.18

Community Events in Wigan & Leeds: Inspire an Engineer

Young Inventors Tackle Plastic Pollution

'Let it Glow'

Amazing to be collaborating with Playful Leeds to support their programme of Young Inventors at #PlayLabLeeds.

We used the BBC Blue Planet show as the focus for the impact that humans are having on the world’s oceans.


The children designed and built their own bioluminescent sea creatures to share their powerful messages about eradicating plastic pollution and helping to make the world a better place.

E-textile projects were at the heart of the day as the group used a STEAM approach, to understand and develop their own insights about environmental issues, and share their message with others.

student sharing her completed etextile project

Young Inventors used the wonders of wearable technology to:

Collaborate and build data driven artworks.
  • With paper, textiles and digital elements (Codebugs, LED strips and Glowbugs)
  • Theme - under the ocean scene
  • Building bioluminescent animals and fish
  • Creatures illuminated dependant on the code used to drive the lights
Explore how we sense the environment around us.
  • Collecting environmental data
  • Visualising the data to give context and understanding
  • Starting to explore ideas of how bigger and open data are used to improve lives on a local and global level
Connect the STEAM disciplines through visual art.
  • Bioluminescence
  • Wearable Tech
  • Engineering new solutions
  • Bigger Data



    'Let it Glow' is the latest activity through our Internet of Curious Things programme.

Getting involved with Leeds Digital Festival 2018

So excited to be involved with this year's Leeds Digital Festival!

Over the two weeks we're thrilled to be joining some of the events and contributing to the following sessions:

Assembly Conference at Platform, LS1 4JB - Monday 16th April


The Art of Tinkering with Leeds Libraries at ODI Leeds - Saturday 21st April


IOT Showcase at ODI Leeds - Tuesday 24th April