2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Crafting connections: imagining and making your Internet of Things with hiCraft

Internet of Things sensors can connect fridges, heating, smart speakers and toys, yet sensors can also invade our privacy and security. How might we differently connect using sensors? What should sensors be used for?

Join hiCraft in an empowering journey using craft to envision ways to live with connected things.

Using everyday craft materials you will explore making physical models that capture narratives of what a fantastical Internet of things might look like. By making invisible networks visible we can imagine inventive ways to connect people and things through sensors.

This workshop is perfect for adults and young people aged 12+ interested in technologies and shaping the future through craft and making.

hiCraft will also be running drop-in ‘have-a-go’ sessions from 11am – 2pm on Sunday 9th. These 1 hour workshop sessions booked through Eventbrite will allow you to have a more engaged experience with the hiCraft research team.

Booking Details

Suitable for ages 12+. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

This workshop is FREE.

There are 8 places available each session.

The workshops will last approx 1 hour.

These workshops will take place on Sunday only

Based in Newcastle, Northumbria University’s hiCraft research team is made up of craftspeople, designers and computer scientists. Their project is investigating how to create a healthier relationship between people, the internet and things, through craft. They are applying a craft lens (ideas of authenticity, provenance, personalisation, subjectivity and care) as a way of reimagining living with, and through, connected things. hiCraft love making things as a way of exploring ideas, whether as a team, or with others.

See what they have been up to and read more information



2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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