Simplify Sensors for Interactive Installations Workshop

Explore new ways to connect sensors and LEDs to make interactive installations.
Workshop Logistics

Date: Two-day workshop meets 12pm-4pm on Saturday, March 3rd & Sunday, March 4th, 2018
Cost: $300 (8hrs x $30/hr + $60 parts fee)
Experience Level: Beginner to advanced level experience in Javascript
Requirements: Bring a Laptop


Trying to create simple communication between computers, apis and hardware doesn't have to be a programing nightmare. Thats where Node-RED comes in. Node-RED is a node-based programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways. It provides a browser-based editor that makes it easy to learn and even easier to be creative with. In this workshop students will learn how to simplify communication with hardware devices using a ESP32 Wireless Microcontroller, manage data streams with MQTT and explore new ways to connect sensors and LEDs to create interactive installations.

Parts Included with ticket

ESP32 (a low cost microcontroller with wifi and bluetooth)
Conductive Paint
Copper Tape
Programmable LEDs (WS2812 Ring)
MicroUSB Cable
Lipo Battery


Mark Hellar

Mark Hellar is a leading technology consultant for cultural institutions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond and owner of Hellar Studios LLC. Mark has worked on new media conservation initiatives at SFMoMA, MoMA and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum on the conservation and care of their software-based artworks.