Thursday, 20 October 2011

Hardware Hacking at Karaj

I am participating in this workshop next Saturday.

Are you interested in hardware, interactive environments and electronic instruments but don't know where to begin? Have you ever wanted to create your own mixed-media installation with lights,sounds, images and motion? Do you wish you could design your own interactive Daft Punk set?

Well, all your wishes are coming true! Come to Karaj to gain new super powers like:

  • Controlling a force of nature to light lights, run motors, and make music (AKA basic electronics)
  • How to make a tiny computer do anything you want! (AKA Microcontroller programming)
  • Have a vibrating disk create beats to dance to (music synthesis)

We will be running a day long workshop with our very own hardware maker Guru, Bilal Ghalib, coming straight from the Michigan for your workshopping pleasure.

The workshop will cover fundamentals of electronics and programming micro-controllers with Arduinos, the easiest, fastest and baddest microcontroller platform in the world. Using entirely free and open source technology we will begin to experiment with developing your own mixed media project.

As a final project we'll split into teams and compete to create the best miniature Daft Punk music video! (Check this video for inspiration :

The winning project will be judged on:

  • aesthetics
  • use of skills learned
  • creativity.
  • AND danceability!


Saturday October 22nd, 12pm - 5pm

Karaj media lab, Mar Mikhayel, Beirut. Address here

For info call Sima at: 03-871955 or email


  • No prior knowledge of hardware needed.
  • Knowledge of programming a plus, but not required.
  • Only requirements are: a desire to learn and uncurbed enthusiasm!

Fees and Notes:

  • Space is very limited (16 lucky participants only)
  • Workshop fee is $25 (including hardware needed to build the project). Your spot is only reserved when you make the payment.
  • Snacks will be provided
  • Please bring your laptop. If you do not have access to one, we may be able to lend you one. Please email us at
  • IMPORTANT: if you are unable to pay via paypal, please contact Sima at and arrange cash payment with her

About Bilal Ghalib

Bilal Ghalib is an entrepreneur, robotics engineer and educator. He

has been tinkering with electronics his whole life and started playing

with Arduino in 2008. He loves sharing his passion for meaningful work

by promoting entrepreneurship. His interest in DIY technology drives

him to share the knowledge that people can do anything they want,

including starting businesses and building robots. He is currently

working in the middle east teaching electronics and promoting

hackerspaces through The Global Entrepreneurship and Maker Space

Initiative ( He is the co-founder of the hackerspace All

Hands Active ( and the design and print studio

Modati Studios (

About Karaj

Karaj is Beirut’s first non-profit media lab for experimental arts, architecture and technology.

As a unique transdisciplinary platform in the Middle East, Karaj will forge a community of DIY

and opensource creators who will channel local frustrations into productive and creative

experiences. Karaj will become an active node on an international network of labs, with a

larger goal of advancing Lebanon and the Arab World as a region at the forefront of creativity,

technological innovation, and democratic change.

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