This Open Science Cafe, hosted by Robert Garlinghouse (IE ’15) and the RFID Technology Alliance Club, features Mark Roberti talking about RFID and our future on April 20, 2015. Roberti, founder and editor of RFID Journal, explores these new technologies in the context of our daily lives, explains why he believes mass adoption is just around the corner, and reveals opportunities for entrepreneurs and technologists.
At this Open Science Cafe hosted by Nasim Delavari (MCRO ’15) we welcomed Lonny Grafman, the founder of Appropedia (a wiki for “collaborative solutions in sustainability, appropriate technology and poverty reduction"). Lonny engaged us in a local needs assessment followed by a quick co-design, to model the collaborative process of designing appropriate technology. He also shared examples of past projects.
Bryan Alexander is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. At this Cal Poly Science Cafe, Bryan talked about his work and how you, too, can be a futurist. This event was offered as part of Kennedy Library's strategic planning process, so we built a low-fi prototype of a future library to inspire our thinking.
Steve Duenes, the graphics director for The New York Times, came to Cal Poly on May 9, 2014. Art and design senior Ali Albiani, winner of the first Open Science Cafe, a student competition sponsored by Kennedy Library, organized the event.
The New York Times graphics department is comprised of 30 journalists and designers who research, design and develop the interactive maps, data visualizations and motion graphics for The New York Times’ digital platforms and printed newspaper.
Open Science Cafe awards a student proposal with a public programs mentor and budget. Read more about it at Kennedy Library Competitions.
Partners: Department of Art and Design, Journalism Department and AIGA Santa Barbara.
The San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire celebrated doing and making again for its second annual event at Mission Plaza on May 10! This year, Cal Poly Science Cafe featured Pete Hawkes, an interaction designer and artist based in Los Angeles. Pete was on stage at intervals throughout the day leading us in a Binary Dance.
We did some fun dance moves to toggle a symbolic bit value in a simple binary sequence: 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16. The dance is awkward, but a blast and shows how computers store complex data with simple 1s and 0s.