David will focus on the development of the Arduino community and educational projects he has been conducting in Spain. Through practical experiences of working in hands-on-ways with young people, David will discuss how participatory approaches to learning, which focus on play and exploration enable people to test the engineering ideas, which lie behind many of the technologies we are using today. Drawing on examples from the Arduino community and the FabLab at STPLN in Malmö, David discusses how Malmö city council and partners, recognised the need for such learning spaces to emerge in the city.
David Cuartielles’s work spans the fields of programming, education, research and product development. In 2005 David co-created the Open Hardware platform Arduino, which has become a leading platform for DIY electronics and which earned the team an Honorary Mention at the Ars Electronica Digital Community Prix 2006. Since the late nineties he has developed robotic, mobile and net based interactive art installations and open source tools for live performance and education. A passionate speaker on the how we can reform education through practically enabling children and young people to play and test, engineering ideas in partnership with peers and experts others. He works to enable such learning to take place through various initiatives including the Fabriken (also known as FBRKN) is a FabLab at STPLN in Malmö, which he directs, the Ardunio community and his academic research at Malmö University.