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Talks, workshops and interactive events at Lost Weekend

Exeter’s Lost Weekend festival of culture and technology is upon us! Here are details of the talks, workshops and special events you can get involved with. There’s plenty going on, including events tailored for children and young people; established and early-career artists; people with or without experience of working with technology...


Friday 6 October
Digital heritage demos
10:30am–3:30pm, RAMM, free
See some of the digital activities from RAMM, including Minecraft in the museum and digital collections archives. Beaford Arts will be showcasing its project to digitise 10,000 photographs of rural North Devon. Members of the project will be on hand to demonstrate elements of the new archive, including its interactive areas, enabling users to contribute their own stories.
More info (RAMM): http://www.lostweekend.co.uk/event/pop-up-digital-heritage-and-huma...
Beautiful Data
10:30am–1pm, Exeter Library, free
This free seminar takes in contributions from two artists who have come from an established, traditional fine art practice and brought in elements of data and interactivity.
SoDa presents MASH – interactive art workshop
2–4pm, Exeter Library, £3
A digital arts workshop for creative beginners and digital experts alike. Bring your own laptop and charger! As part of the Lost Weekend festival, University of Exeter and BAFTA winning arts agency SoDa will be demonstrating MASH, an ambient digital artwork that dynamically montages live text and image feeds onto public screens. Fiddian Warman of SoDa will lead a workshop using the easy to learn programming environment IFTTT, where you can learn to control content feeds and experiment with interactive triggers to change how content is displayed.
How To: Get Started with Coding
4–5pm, Apple Store Princesshay, free
Swift is a powerful programming language created by Apple that’s used to build many popular apps. And Swift Playgrounds is an app for iPad that makes coding interactive and fun for beginner coders aged 12+. Explore coding concepts and get hands on with the same code professional developers use every day. Coding knowledge is not required. Bring your own iPad running iOS 10, or we can provide one.
Saturday 7 October
Kids Hour: Coding the Droids from Star Wars
10–11am, Apple Store Princesshay, free
Join us for an exciting Kids Hour starring the galaxy’s favourite droids. Using the same code developers use every day, kids will bring Star Wars droids to life by programming simple movements, loops and more. Then they’ll design a maze and navigate their droids through the obstacles. Kids can bring their own iPad and Sphero robot, or we’ll provide them. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.
Raspberry Jam
10am–12pm, Exeter Library, free
Raspberry Jam is the pun-tastic name given to a meetup of people interested in making things with a Raspberry Pi computer. A Jam is a meeting of all kinds of people: some will be new to physical computing, and some will have plenty of experience that they are happy to share. There will be lots to do, plenty of help and advice and Raspberry Pi computers to play with. As Well as the Pi, there will be some BBC micro:bit and Arduino systems to try.
Photo Walks: Developing Your Style
1–2:30pm, Apple Store Princesshay, free
Most of what we shoot with iPhone is ready to share. Bring your iPhone or iPad on this insightful photo walk and explore how to develop your style and visual voice for sharing. You’ll experiment with techniques for taking an editorial point of view and get hands on with lenses, filters and more. Wear comfortable shoes and bring only what you need — including a fully charged device.
Web Design Workshop
1:30–4pm, Exeter Library, free
Learn to make websites for free, in one workshop, open to everyone! Ever needed a website and didn’t know where to start? Or curious to get into coding but felt overwhelmed? Problem solved! This beginners’ workshop, led by Exeter Entrepreneurs, will help you quickly grasp the fundamentals of website design. You will learn all the basics to build and style websites using two easy to pick-up languages: HTML and CSS. Bring your own fully-charged laptop.
Playing the City Sounds workshop (age 15+, women only)
2–5pm, Exeter Phoenix, free
Explore making music from Exeter’s soundscape. There’s so much noise in the world that we naturally tune out the tones and frequencies we don’t need to hear. Digital tech allows us to capture and play with those elements in all kinds of ways. What sort of sounds can we find when we listen to a city differently, and what kind of music can we make? The workshop will introduce you to a range of simple techniques and playable interfaces (including iPads and phones) to manipulate samples and make music from the city sounds of Exeter.  This workshop would suit women who are interested in digital music. No equipment or experience necessary.
Massively Local Multiplayer Gaming
5–7pm, Cathedral Green, free
Wouldn’t it be great if you could play your favourite retro games with not just a couple of your friends, but up to 200 other people? That’s what Massively (Local) Multiplayer Gaming is about! The audience is in control – use your mobile phone to play Mario & Pacman on the big screen – but there’s a catch: You’ll need to work together to beat the games!
Come Battle The Screenless Playstation Game
5–7pm, Cathedral Green, free
Come and play a PlayStation game with a difference with FamilyGamerTV. Running around outside holding a light-up controller you must protect your King and discover the traitor while you carefully listen to the music for clues.
Sunday 8 October
Young People’s Hackathon (for 8–16yr olds)
11am–5pm, Exeter Phoenix + FabLab Devon £3
A hackathon is an event in which programmers, designers and makers collaborate intensively on a project. Open to all abilities, this day of making is driven by you. The aim is to produce a piece of art that once started is constantly changing. The most important thing is to meet, inspire and create. Materials will be provided and FabLab Devon will be open for access to a wide range of digital making equipment.
Photo Walks: Telling a Story in Your Photos
1–2:30pm, Apple Store Princesshay, free
Bring your iPhone or iPad and go beyond capturing moments, explore how to tell a story and set the mood in your photos. We’ll show you how to shoot images with more meaning using filters, framing and other techniques. Wear comfortable shoes and bring only what you need — including a fully charged device.
Phonic FM is also running radio production workshops on Friday and Saturday, these have now sold out.
For more information on the Lost Weekend festival, including the music, art, film and TEDxExeter programmes, see http://www.lostweekend.co.uk.
The events listed here have been funded and supported by Exeter City Council, Beaford Arts, Plymouth City Council, Arts Council England, University of Exeter, Apple, Libraries Unlimited, Exeter Entrepreneurs Society, Kaleider, Exeter Phoenix, Phonic FM and 2.times Do.

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