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Prototyping: Making ideas happen

Explore the design process in this fun and interactive 3-week workshop.

Produced by the City of Sydney

Are you often thinking about ways to improve products you use in your everyday life?

Come and collaborate with other design enthusiasts to bring an idea to life. Exploring the iterative design process through testing, analysing and refining, this workshop will have you thinking outside the box.

You’ll explore different prototyping methods and processes and learn how to quickly use electronics to make your product move. Experiment with open source resources like Arduino Library and Thingiverse and use integrated electronics to finish your perfect prototype.

This series comprises 2-hour weekly sessions for 3 weeks. You’ll need to attend every session to complete the project.

What you’ll learn

  • Creative thinking and teamwork
  • Lean prototyping processes, appreciative inquiry and problem solving to refine concepts
  • Planning approaches to build and test aspects of a design
  • Quickly prototyping and testing concepts with users in lo-fi experiments
  • Prototyping and fabrication techniques for makers
  • Open-source platforms like Arduino and Thingiverse

What you’ll get to take home

  • Your prototype
  • A plan to continue building your product.

Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people – bookings are required
Suitable for: Ages 16 years and over
Experience level: This is a beginner project with no required knowledge. An interest in invention, electronics, building or making would be beneficial
Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery
Bring: Yourself – all materials provided.

We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please contact us.

Facilitator: Albert Ong

Albert is the founder of Tinkery, an educational electronics supplier and electronics design consultancy.

He has taught at UTS and currently works on projects like wireless sensor networks, urban AI systems and seamless human-robot immersion technologies.



Thursday 5 December 2019 from 6pm to 8pm

Runs weekly until Thursday 19 December 2019.


Adult: $180.00
Concession: $144.00

Accessibility services

  • Mobility access
  • Hearing loop

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