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You can watch and study these powerful and actionable world-class expert sessions more in-depth, one at a time, at anytime, from anywhere!

Schedule of Events


DAY 1 - Kick-Off & Module 1: Project Walkthroughs

Dr Peter Dalmaris (Host) and Simon Gao of PCBWay

December 7, Saturday @ 9:00 AM AEDT

Kick-Off event: Welcome to the 1st Maker Mind Meld Summit

In this session, Peter Dalmaris (Host) and Simon Gao (PCBWay and Summit Gold Sponsor) will kickstart this EPIC online event by discussing the amazing presentations that our Speakers have prepared.  We'll also look at the State of Making in 2019, and maybe, just maybe, Simon will make a special offer to all attendees from PCBWay.

Mark Wilson

December 7, Saturday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

Flipping pixels is easier than flipping plastic.

Mark Wilson created an Arduino version of the classic "Flip clock." In place of motors and gears and split flaps, he created a plausible-looking rendering of a device on a 480x320 pixel LCD shield. Flip Clock is a clock, powered by an Arduino Uno, and a color LCD screen. The quality of the animation that Mark achieved is amazing, considering the hardware limitations that he had to deal with. Mark will show you how he did it.

Module 1: Project Walkthroughs

Zafar Iqbal 

December 7, Saturday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

Making a Turing Machine (is a really hard project)

Zafar didn't want to work on just a project. He wanted to work on a really hard project. Inspired by Alan Turing's mathematical model of a computation machine, Zafar begun a journey to implement his interpretation. In the process, he thought deeply about hardware prototyping, Arduino programming and computer science. 

Watch Zafar's presentation for the opportunity to win one of his Turing Machines, autographed by its designer!

Module 1: Project Walkthroughs

João Alves

December 7, Saturday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

Creating a custom Arduino, and Why

João Alves, Senior IT Specialist and Maker, decided to create his own Arduino because what was available in the market did not match his needs. This this presentation, João talks about his CSEduino board, why, and how he developed it. His work is featured in the KiCad website as one of the highlighted example projects. This is a must-watch session in which you will learn what (and how) non-professional designers can achieve using modern CAD design tools and a reasonable amount of work and patience.

Module 1: Project Walkthroughs

​Geoffrey Benton

December 7, Saturday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

How a laser cutter can expand your mind (by building a working model crane)

Geoffrey Benton show us how to use a laser cutter machine and a 3D printer to construct a model tower crane. His presentation is an example of what is possible to do with modern entry-level equipment and technologies. The combination of a laser cutter and a 3D printer enable Makers to create object with a complexity and precision that was only available to engineering labs, just a few years ago. Geoffrey will show us how he build an impressive human-sized working crane, with parts that he designed and manufactured in his shed using his laser-cutter and 3D printer.

Module 1: Project Walkthroughs

DAY 2 - The WHY of MAKING

Gil Poznanski

December 8, Sunday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

"Making" is more than a hobby; it's re-shaping society

Gil Poznanski, Creative Technologist, Maker, Teacher, explains that Making is more than just creating; it is about human learning in its purest form. Through a series of stories inspired and results from things he has made, Gil explains why Making is not only a great way to learn new skills but is also interwoven with what it means to be a person and a member of a tribe, adding to a new global creative possibility.

Module 2: The Why of Making

Jorge de Sousa Pires

December 8, Sunday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

Context is everything! A fireside chat about Technology, How and Why

Jorge is a Senior University Lecturer and Ass. Prof of Semiconductor Physics, with decades of experience in Academia, and Industry. He's been making Tech-magic and Art since he was 10, and never stopped learning and teaching. In his presentation, Jorge will take you on a journey through a continuously changing technology landscape with an intense wish to develop Society and himself. It is a practical presentation in which Jorge will show you various gadgets and components, from the '60s to today, from electronics tubes to drones.
Jorge will help you find the How and Why we have come such a long way in the development of Society (hint: it's all about Making).

Module 2: The Why of Making

DAY 3 - The HOW of MAKING

Jon Evans

December 9, Monday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

Wondering how to contribute to an open source project?

Jon Evans, a member of the KiCad lead developer team and electrical engineer, will show you how open-source projects work, how you can become a contributor to one, and list best practices for starting your own open source project.

Module 3: The How of Making

John Teel

December 9, Monday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

So you want to take your prototype to market?

John Teel is an electronics design engineer, serial entrepreneur, blogger, and the founder of Predictable Designs. As a former senior design engineer at Texas Instruments, he designed dozens of successful microchips that are now found in all kinds of popular electronic devices including some from Apple and Intel. He knows a thing or two about taking a design to market. In his Masterclass, John will take you through the steps that every successful electronic product must go through. Don't start your hardware startup before you watch this Masterclass!

Module 3: The How of Making

Simon Gao

December 9, Monday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

What happens to your Gerber files once you submit them to an online PCB manufacturer? Find out.

Simon Gao is a Customer Experience Manager with PCBWay, where they manufacture thousands of PCBs each week. He will show you each of the 14 distinct steps needed to make your boards. Knowing how PCBs are actually made in the factory will give you a deeper insight into the process which you can use to design PCBs that are easier, cheaper, and better to manufacture.

Module 3: The How of Making

DAY 4 - TECH you should KNOW about

Dr Simon Monk

December 10, Tuesday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

A close look at the BBC micro:bit

Simon Monk is a veteran Engineer, Maker and Author that invites you to take a close look at the BBC micro:bit. This device is a favourite in Education, but also packs a lot of power, ease of use and versatility that Makers will surely appreciate. In his Masterclass, Simon will show you how to program the micro:bit using Python and MakeCode, and make use of its build-in sensors, display and radio hardware. 

Module 4: Tech you should know about

Dr Karsten Schulz

December 10, Tuesday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

Want to learn how to build a microprocessor?

Dr Karsten Schulz, Principal Engineer at Digital Technologies Institute, will describe the critical components of a computer processor, and demonstrate how to build a simple microprocessor through a series of live experiments. 

Module 4: Tech you should know about

Richard Kolk

December 10, Tuesday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

Visual coding is not just for kids. Engineers use it to build high-stakes control systems.

Richard Kolk is a Chief Technical Specialist at Altair. He used model-based design methodologies to build automatic control systems at Boeing, and now at Altair. With model-based design, Richard models system dynamics to develop control systems for critical systems in automotive and aerospace. He will show you how to use it to develop two tracking control systems for a simple wheeled robot.

Module 4: Tech you should know about

Jason Long

December 10, Tuesday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

Embedded design principles and guidelines

Jason Long is an Electrical Engineer, and has designed and worked with products ranging from GPS tracking devices to military communications systems. His passion is designing embedded systems, particularly based around the ARM Cortex-M processor, and in this session he will show you how it's done. 

Module 4: Tech you should know about

Benoît Blanchon

December 10, Tuesday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

Serialization and JSON through the eyes of a software craftsman

Benoît Blanchon is a software craftsman and author that has written one of the most popular Arduino library, and the #1 JSON library for the Arduino. Thanks to his contributions, our gadgets can talk to the Cloud and each other with speed and efficiency, and without having to use any cryptic and scary C++ code. Benoît will show you how to use JSON in your sketches, and even demonstrate programming practices that will make you a better programmer.

Module 4: Tech you should know about

Jordan Christman

December 10, Tuesday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

Getting Started with FPGAs

Jordan specialises in Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA, in short) development, Digital Electronics, Circuit Board design, VHDL design and modelling of hardware systems.

In this presentation, will introduce us to FPGAs, explain the kinds of applications that they are best used for, how they can work along side microprocessors and microcontrollers, and give us an example of how to program them.

This is a practical presentation, in which Jordan will will show us how to get started, as well as recommend which makes and models of FPGA and programming tools are most suitable for beginners.

Module 4: Tech you should know about

DAY 5 - Maker EDUCATION

Kieran Nolan

December 11, Wednesday @ 10:00 AM AEDT


Education is changing? For some people, it has already changed

Kieran Nolan is an education technologist at Wooranna Park Primary School, and together with the students of the school, he is creating the future of Education. As part of getting ready to rock in a technological future of abundance, Kieran and his students develop VR games, custom computers, their own cryptocurrency, maintain nodes for various blockchains, design their own games, co-decide on hardware and software for the school's STEAM center, and more. Hold on to your hat, because Kieran is going to transport us to the future of Education!

Module 5: Maker Education

Prof Richard Park

December 11, Wednesday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

Maker Education in the college.

Professor Richard Park is a Maker and Educator, and in this presentation he unwraps his process of designing and creating an Internet of Things class for his students. To do this, he builds from his experience at Apple, Texas Instruments, IBM and CISCO; an experience that gives him a unique vantage point of where IoT came from and where it's going. Attend Richards presentation to learn how he develops his teaching technology based on the Raspberry Pi and open-source platforms and programming languages to build a multi-faceted and immersive learning experience.

Module 5: Maker Education

DAY 6 - Internet of THINGS

Dal Gemmell

December 12, Thursday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

20 billion devices need their own network. It's here.

Dal Gemmel is doing whatever is necessary to bring us IoT 2.0: the next generation of network infrastructure specifically designed for the Internet of Things. Dal will show you how to connect any IoT device to this new kind of peer-to-peer wireless network in which participants have part-ownership. This network is open, decentralized, powered by blockchain technology and owned by individuals like you and me (not the Telcos). As billions of devices are expected to go online, this innovation is key to a free and sustainable Internet of Things. Get ready for the future that is coming, watch Dal's Masterclass!

Module 6: Internet of Things

Alain Pannetrat, PhD

December 12, Thursday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

A wired IoT platform; 'cause wireless is not always best

Alain Pannetrat wanted to create a security system for his home, and automate his garden. So, he designed and build a technology to do that. But he did not stop there. He commercialised this technology so that you do that too. And much more. All based on a simple concept that, sometime, wired solutions are better than wireless. He created noCAN, in which a single cable provides power and data to dozens of Arduino nodes, controlled by a Raspberry Pi. This is a particularly good option for cases that radio communications are not up to the task. In this Masterclass, Alain will show you how to use it.

Module 6: Internet of Things

Marco Schwartz

December 12, Thursday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

How about an easier way to control your devices though the Internet?

Marco Schwartz, is an entrepreneur & electrical engineer. He is passionate about the Internet of Things so much that he created a super-easy way to control your Arduinos, ESP8266/ESP32 and Raspberry Pi's from anywhere in the world, with your browser. You can get your devices on the Cloud and do something useful with it within minutes, using the aREST library and open-sourced Cloud service. In this Mastermind, Marco, the creator of aREST, will show you how to do that.

Module 6: Internet of Things

DAY 7 - Making with PLASTIC and WOOD

Norman Pirollo

December 13, Friday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

Making can be Low-Tech

Norman Pirollo is a Furniture Designer and Maker, who has an unusual story: he chose to work with wood, instead of electrons. After a long career in the high-tech industry, he became an artisan, and begun to create unique, contemporary styled furniture. His presentation is a true Masterclass in which he will show you how to create a Japanese Kumiko panel using simple tools and raw materials. This is a kind of Making that most of us are not used too, and guarantees to leave you with a sense of Zen.

Module 7: Making with plastic and wood

Vladimir Mariano

December 13, Friday @ 10:00 AM AEDT

Draw your first printable 3D model in less than 60 minutes, in Fusion 360

Vladimir Mariano is a 3D design and printing instructor, specializing in teaching 3D printing, 3D design, electronics, programming, and using Fusion 360. 3D design and printing are already core skills for any Maker, and Vladimir will show you how easy it is to get started and create something useful and beautiful in this Masterclass. 3D printing and design software are mature and ready to turn your imagination into precisely placed plastic.

Module 7: Making with plastic and wood

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