Yesterday, we had our first FemTech.dk event, where we together with 25 STX/HTX students coming from diverse backgrounds and students at 10 different high schools in the Copenhagen area, created, programmed, and hacked an IKEA bear into an IoT product which looks up individual Lectio profiles and check whether the first module today in cancelled – thus making it possible to snooze and sleep longer – something everybody wants in the morning.
It was amazing to experience the hardworking students learning about micro-controller programming, IoT, and electronic textile. Everybody was dedicated and it was fantastic to see the excitement when IT WORKED!
FemTech.dk could not have been possible without the amazing collaboration with Math teachers from Hvidovre Gymnasium, Rødovre Gymnasium, Albertslund Gymnasium, Ørested Gymnasium, Rysensteen Gymnasium, Copenhagen International School, Nørre Gymnasium, Frederiksberg Gymnasium, Roskilde HTX, and TEC Ballerup – thank you for lending us your students for a day.
Today we had a whole day preparing the FemTech event on Thursday – it was fun, sunny, and we were inside building CyberBears
At the Human-Centered Computing (HCC) section at University of Copenhagen Computer Science department (DIKU), we are researching new alternative ways to include diversity in digital technology development. We want to create new ways of engaging people from diverse backgrounds into digital technology development. We believe that initiatives such as workshops and events are able to counterbalance predominant trends, and thus contribute to diversity and inclusion in the long term.
For this reason, we are organizing a one-day FemTech workshop, where 24 STX/HTX students from different schools in the Copenhagen main area are invited to participate. During this workshop participants will create an interactive product combining textile materials and digital technologies, utilizing the potentials of microcontrollers and sensors created by conductive fabric.
If you think it sounds fun to learn about technology development through digital textile materials and soft fabrics – and have no/little experience in coding and programming, then we would love to hear from you.