January 11, 2018
Toronto Game UX is a monthly meetup for people interested in game-centric UX/UI.
At meetup #4, I gave a talk about the evolution of pausing in video games: its invention by Jerry Lawson, evolving game design ideas, and changes in menus.
Thanks for Uken Games for hosting!
Sep 30, 2017
Dames Making Games held a one-day festival of games and ideas, in celebration of Toronto's games community, called Damage Camp.
The event featured a variety of amazing talks, and had an arcade showcasing locally-created games.
I was invited to give a talk about one of my favourite things: weird videogame history!
I spoke for about The 'Golden' Age of Localization, and how pre-globalized business practices made for some very strange games.
Photo by @peachi
July 8-9, 2017
Maker Festival, the yearly event that brings together Toronto’s makers, craftspeople, technologists, and artists, was bigger than ever at Toronto Reference Library this year.
Feb 18 - Apr 23, 2017
In its sixth year, TIFF Kids digiPlayspace featured Creative Machines: 23 installations from eight countries, showcasing the evolution of play in the 21st century.
July 9-10, 2016
Maker Festival, the yearly event that brings together Toronto’s makers, craftspeople, technologists, and artists, was again held at Toronto Reference Library.
I organized another hands-on, outdoor booth to get kids and families engaged with 3D printing.
This time, kids got to paint 3D scanned seashells and rat skulls that were made on an industrial, powder-based 3D printer.
Once the paint dried, we made the finished pieces into necklaces that the young artists got to take home.
May 14-15, 2016
During the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, the Hand Eye Society has a section of the venue devoted to videogames called Comics vs Games.
We (The Really Serious Game Company) exhibited the latest build of Real Army Simulator, and on Saturday I gave a talk about engineer Jerry Lawson - Taking Things for Granted: The Origin of Pausing.
May 12, 2016
The Toronto Public Library Staff Innovation Fair is an annual event that showcases new & emerging tech to TPL staff.
I was one of the keynote speakers, discussing the future of 3D printing and what industrial processes can do above and beyond the consumer-level equipment in libraries today.
March 29, 2016
Game Dialogues is a monthly Hand Eye Society event that facilitates collectively learning about game design, in a setting that welcomes existing game designers and new creators who are just getting started.
I spoke at the March event that took place at Lab T.O. My talk, A Link to the Past: Advocating for accessible game design history explored how we might make it easier for new creators to research design elements in a hands-on way.
Photo by Douglas Gregory
Jan 20, 2016
Dames Making Games started a monthly 3D Sculpting Social event, and I presented a talk at the first one.
Entitled Save As… PHYSICAL MATTER, I gave an talk about industrial 3D printing technologies like CJP and SLA, and brought lots of example pieces from Objex Unlimited to pass around.
Photos by @peachi
Dec 5-6, 2015
Yifat and I had a booth at Bit Bazaar XL to promote our upcoming game, Real Army Simulator.
We exhibited a new playable story Guard Duty, and got great feedback from people encountering it for the first time.
The event was at Mattamy Athletic Centre (the former Maple Leaf Gardens), and it was interesting to see how the space could be used for videogames - an esports event took place in the main area below, while indie titles surrounded the area above.
Bit Bazaar XL (The Bit Bazaar)
Real Army Simulator (prototype)
Photo 1 by Emma Burkeitt
Aug 25, 2015
IGDA Toronto holds an annual Rant & Rave Night for local game developers to have some fun airing their frustrations on various subjects.
My talk, Screen Resolution & the Whole Game Experience, was about how letting "nice to have" lose to "must have" too often can create user-hostile experiences.
Default screen resolution is something that ought to be a solved problem in the PC space, but even today many new games will still first launch in a non-native resolution.
IGDA Toronto (Facebook)
Photo 1 by Yifat Shaik
Aug 1-2, 2015
Maker Festival is the new large-scale maker event for Toronto, by the organizers of the former Toronto Mini Maker Faire.
This year my booth was all about getting hands-on with industrial 3D printing.
We had a great outdoor setup that allowed participants to perform the final step in finishing full-colour parts the same way we do at Objex Unlimited.
It was a lot of fun (and messy!) to have kids and families put on gloves and wax dip the sample pieces that we'd prepared.
Inside the venue, Yifat Shaik exhibited our game Real Army Simulator in a lovely arcade cabinet, as part of the Dames Making Games booth.
On Saturday I gave a talk, The Myth of 'Just Plastic', that explored some industrial materials available for 3D printing. Attendees got hands-on time with parts made in SLA, MJP, CJP, and FDM processes.
Real Army Simulator (in development)
Photo 3 by Yifat Shaik
July 26, 2015
I was one of the speakers at Make Change, a conference for exploring the maker movement as a force for positive change.
My talk, Today I Sanded a Turkey: Making a Living at 3D printing explored the differences in work for Community, Public, and Private (industrial) institutions.
Photo 1 by Yifat Shaik, Photo 2 by Hillary Predko
June 11, 2015
Design Exchange hosted this event to celebrate their massive 3DXL 3D printing exhibit at 363 King St. West.
The main exhibit area featured incredible, gigantic 3D works by talented artists from around the world, including Arabesque Wall by Benjamin Dillenburger.
Design Exchange (official site)
May 26, 2015
Toronto Public Library held a march and flashmob to celebrate one hundred reasons to visit a local library branch.
Each participant was given a numbered, personalized t-shirt, and recorded a video about their individual reason.
Toronto Mayor John Tory got involved in the gathering at city hall as number 32!
(I was number 78 - 3D Printing.)
TPL100 campaign (Alex Stadnik)
April 9, 2015
Nerd Nite Toronto is a monthly talk series at TRANZAC catering to nerdy interests.
My talk, Please Don't Ask Me About 3D Printed Guns was about how many wonderful and amazing things can be done with 3D printing that has nothing to do with weapons.
The other speaker that night, Daniel Rotsztain (pictured), did an excellent talk on urban geography and his adventures drawing every Toronto Public Library branch!
Nerd Nite 38 (Facebook)
Upcoming Nerd Nite events (Nerd Nite Toronto)
Photo by Nerd Nite Film
January 2014 - June 2014
These classes have all run now, but keep an eye on class pages at branches with Digital Hubs for new events.
Intro to 3D Design is an ongoing class that I'm teaching at the Toronto Reference Library as part of their Digital Innovation Hub.
Students learn the history of 3D printing, upcoming developments, and view example projects. After some basics are covered, I lead the class through three different methods of 3D modelling.
The three main software packages covered are Autodesk 123D Design, OpenSCAD, and Sculptris. Each one can be downloaded for free for further use at home.
Nov 22-23, 2014
Toronto Mini Maker Faire moved to Toronto Reference Library this year, featuring free admission and easy access to the event by subway.
Those two changes made for a great increase in attendance and attracted many families to the space.
My booth was inside of the Digital Innovation Hub, where I showcased the library's 3D printing capabilities. Participants were invited to help assemble 3D printed creatures using parts made using Autodesk's TinkerPlay software.
On Saturday I gave a talk, Making in the library with 3D Printing, that demonstrated some of the tools used for 3D modelling. Attendees got to see free software like 123D Design, Meshmixer, and OpenSCAD in action.
Photo 1 by REDICUBRICKS
May 10, 2014
I set up a table to show off some 3D prints and materials at Digifest 2014 for Intel Family Day.
The crowd was a great mix of tech-savvy people and interested beginners, young and old.
I brought sections of a Venus de Milo 3D print that I did from a Cosmo Wenman 3D scan with me. The day turned out too busy to finish assembly, but I've included a photo of the completed piece.
April 11, 2014
I was asked to give a talk for the April session of the Treehouse Group's monthly event.
It currently takes place at Toronto Reference Library, so it was great timing for me to be able to discuss some of my experiences at Innovator in Residence, and to demo some 3D creation tools.
At the end, I 3D scanned a member of the audience live on stage.
I believe that a video of the event will be online soon.
Dec 15, 2013
Ashley Lewis ran a whole-day 3D printing event for Kids Learning Code and asked me to drop in for a bit.
I gave a talk covering some of the work I've done at home and at 3DPhacktory, and brought a bag full of example pieces for the kids to check out.
Nov 23, 2013
During Startup Weekend Maker Edition, MAKELAB set up an all-you-can-make 3D printer lab.
The lab was stocked with five UP Plus 2 and five UP Mini 3D printers for participants to prototype their creations on.
I helped run the lab on the Saturday, and got to see lots of cool ideas being developed.
Photo(s): Kate Wilkinson
Oct 3, 2013
Ladies Learning Code turned 2 years old and held a fundraiser party at Hotel Ocho.
There were several attractions set up, like a giant cotton candy machine, wall-projected NES games, and of course 3D printing.
I had my MakerBot Cupcake set up to print and give away the Ladies Learning Code hashtag model.
Sep 21-22, 2013
After skipping a year, Toronto Mini Maker Faire came back for 2013 at the Wychwood Barns.
The venue was packed, with over 4000 people coming to check out an amazing collection of projects by Toronto makers.
Jun 15, 2013
This workshop, which ran on Father's Day, had fathers and daughters team up to learn 3D modelling using SketchUp.
Partway through the session, I gave a talk on 3D printing and demonstrated a MakerBot Replicator 2 in action.
Apr 19, 2013
Alex Leitch and I gave talks and demonstrations of 3D modelling and 3D printing during an Ad Lib night at the historic Arts & Letters Club.
Mar 9 - Apr 21, 2013
In 2013, the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace expanded to six weeks of amazing interactive projects and saw over 12,000 visitors.
Like the previous year, I worked in the Micro Makers’ Space demonstrating 3D printing, electronics, and more.
The Ontario Museum Association recognized the event with its 2013 Award of Excellence in Programs.
Jan 14, 2013
Girls Learning Code occasionally puts on 3D printing workshops for young women in Toronto.
At this event, a whole bunch of local 3D printing folks supported the event with multiple printers so that every attendee could take home what they designed.
Oct 6-8, 2012
Children's Own Museum is a mobile, charitable organization that provides play-based learning experiences for kids.
In October, the Children's Own Media Museum was set up at Harbourfront Centre featuring a series of interactive exhibits inspired by the concepts and ideas of Marshall McLuhan.
Kids and parents learned about how 3D printing works, saw it in action, and got to take home a 3D printed moustache ring as a souvenir.
To prepare, I 3D printed 218 moustache rings in advance, and then made at least 300 more during the event!
Sep 9, 2012
Ladies Learning Code is an organization that teaches programming and other technical skills in a beginner-friendly way. In September, they held a fundraising party to co-incide with the opening of their new space at CSI Annex.
There were a ton of 3D printers at the party! I bought my usual assortment of 3D printed goodies (as well as the rarely seen full-size sword!) and my Vectrex.
Aug 5, 2012
Maker Kids, a local makerspace for kids, put on a kids program full of science-y goodness during Toronto's Live Curiosity Landing Party at Hotel Ocho.
I 3D printed a pile of rockets for the kids, and between driving rovers & building egg drop Mars landers they learned how 3D printing works. :)
Later that week, I visited Maker Kids and wrote about their space on Ponoko.
July 14, 2012
Ladies Learning Code is an organization that teaches programming and other technical skills in a beginner-friendly way. In July, they held a workshop at the TIFF Bell Lightbox to teach basic 3D modelling and 3D printing.
In the first half of the workshop, participants learned to use Autodesk Meshmixer by customizing pendants and magnets from a starting template.
The finished designs were then taken into the next room to be 3D printed, where I and others from the 3D printing community printed them on the spot. We also taught how 3D printing works, and showed off previously-made objects.
April 10-22, 2012
In its inaugural year, TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace featured a wild assortment of interactive installations for kids and families to enjoy.
I worked the Micro Maker Zone which had 3D printing, robots, and other fun electronic projects to enjoy.
Dec 9, 2011
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Oct 28, 2011
From the event website:
(the conference) will explore emerging themes and practices in locative and mobile media as well as showcase the results of the TIFF Nexus Peripherals Initiative creative jam
I brought my MakerBot to the event, and spoke a bit during Autodesk's Digital to Physical: Technology at your (Creative) Service workshop. Later, I demoed 3D printing at the end of the workshop and throughout the reception and technology demo later in the evening.
Sep 30 - Oct 1, 2011
SoOnCon is a mostly-annual gathering of Southern Ontario hackerspaces and makerspaces, meant to facilitate friendship and cooperation between the various groups.
I gave a lightning talk on the first day, and spoke about the my adventures in 3D printing up to that point.
May 7-8, 2011
Mini Maker Faires are smaller, independent offshoots of the official Maker Faire events. From the event website:
Toronto Mini Maker Faire is the ultimate celebration of making, crafting, DIY-ing, tinkering, hacking and sharing. It’s a weekend where makers of all kinds will show off their projects and hold how-to workshops, with hands-on activities for all ages. Exhibits on display will include robots, laser cutting, letterpress printing, a 3D print gallery and kinetic sculptures.
I had a table set up with my personal MakerBot, and demonstrated 3D printing to all sort of families and individuals. Kids received whistles as they printed throughout the weekend, and early-birds got to take home one of the hundred mustache rings that I'd made ahead of time.