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Zafar Iqbal tells unusual maker stories 

 August 30, 2019

By  Lina Alexaki

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In this episode, Peter Dalmaris (that’s me!) talks with Zafar Iqbal, aka “Zaf.”

Zaf studied Engineering & Computer Science at Oriel College in Oxford, and Communication Design in Central Saint Martins in London.

He has worked for more than 20 years as a programmer in the United Kingdom and Greece, both for large private companies such as ZDNet/CNET and for top academic institutions, such as the National Technical University of Athens.

He currently creates software tools for scientists who work on projects for the European Space Agency.

His areas of expertise include cyber-physical hardware and software systems with an emphasis on robust, modular, secure and scalable software components, “phygital” experiences, image, and video processing, internet applications, and content management systems.

He also has extensive maker experience, participating in Maker Faires in New York, Rome, and Athens.

Zaf has used his programming skills on a varied number of science and art projects and stage performances, and in 2016 he was included in the European Top 50 Maker list.

In my conversation with Zaf, we talked about his projects and challenges, where he often finds himself in “un-documented” territory. Zaf is known for not being afraid to go where he has not gone before as a maker. We discussed his experience of being an exhibitor in three Maker Faires, Prime numbers, the Turing Machine, and how he created his version of the machine based on the Arduino. We also talked about Arduino-powered video art and much more.

It was a conversation by geeks for geeks that I am sure you will enjoy.


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