checkout this awesome robot.. thanks to them for sending us a paper robot with the commander system inside
After more than 12 hours hard work – learning, scripting, shooting, editing … Wednesday February 8th 7:00 PM is the SHOWTIME for the short films we have produced in the Introduction to Filmmaking workshop. The Instructor, French filmmaker Jérôme Laniau will comment on our final work. Come to celebrate and enjoy with us. Everybody is very welcome.
Let’s take a look at our work, also our cast and crew:
1. The Shadow
- Lily Yuan
- Bob Wang
- Yihao Zhang
2. Crazy Winner
- Moad El Abdi
- Chihiro Hosoe
- Vanessa Shi
- Bethany Jesseph
- Qu Ru
4. The Art of the Killing
- IHan Cheng
- Chihiro Hosoe
- Vanessa Shi
5. China Scary – The Interrogator
- Ricky Ng-Adam
- Lionello Lunesu
- Yunheng Yang
- Honghao Zheng
- Rockets Xia
6. PWB (Painting Without Brush)
- Stéfanie Vallée
- Bethany Jesseph
- Lawrence Wang
XinCheJian is at the center of a new article “SHANGHAI, THEY SAY, ISN’T CHINA. BUT MANY CHINESE CITIES IN MANY WAYS ARE FOLLOWING SHANGHAI’S LEAD. SO ONE DAY SHANGHAI COULD WELL BECOME CHINA. WHY? WHY NOT?” by Ulrike Reinhard
Xinchejian, the first of many hackerspaces in China, is a place closely related to Xindanwei. A hackerspace is a community-operated physical place where people can meet and fool around with their projects. Each hackerspace is an autonomous entity, but they all share the same philosophy: it’s an environment where people can learn and tinker with technology, work in teams and take part in international competitions where many new opportunities can be found and created for all.
Unlike Xindanwei, Xinchejian is not in the middle of a tourist shopping district in a glossy picture postcard part of Shanghai. It’s in a far more “real” part of town, away from the rich expats and the manicured shopping malls down a narrow hard-to-find one way street in an old warehouse. If I’d have come in my own car, I’d have had to parlay with the locals to park it! In other words, it’s in a spot not too dissimilar from the other neighborhoods where hackerspaces are hidden away.
Also, big thanks to Ulrike for nominating XinCheJian to the Digital Community in this year’s Ars Electronica.
Camera, Roll, Action!
A 1 day full workshop to encompass scripting, directing, filming, and editing, brought to you by XinCheJian, run by French filmmaker, director, and producer Jérôme Laniau. An opportunity not to be missed. Please check HERE for details. Seats are limited, please register and reserve your spot today!
XinCheJian will be closed on Jan. 21st and 22nd due to Chinese New Year. We will reopen again on Jan. 25th. Thank you all for your support and participation in the past year! We wish you a Happy Chinese Spring Festival! See you again in Dragon Year!
What is Dorkbot？
Looking for Presenters
Looking for Sponsors
January 10th, 2012 § Comments Off § permalink
We (Ricky Ng-Adam and Min Lin Hsieh) were invited by Professor Benjamin Koo from Tsinghua university to make a trip to Ningbo last Thursday to visit one of the university that Professor Koo is helping. The Ningbo Polytechnic is located in the Beilun development zone. It’s a 3.5 hours drive away from Shanghai. Ningbo Polytechnic is at the top of the list of vocational schools in China, working hard to become an alternative to more well known brands in China with a focus on practical skills.
All universities in China have their own hotels, travel agencies, on-site restaurants with copious amount of food (always too much)… Impressive for foreigners that are not used to this level of luxury on campus! We visited the rest of the campus where they host many exchange students from Africa and elsewhere. We also saw a wonderful violin making studio (they have a store with price tags next door) and an absolutely HUGE CNC (computer numerical control) room that is used to produce mechanical parts of all size and shapes.
The main objective of our visit was to check out Toyhouse, a Hackerspace-type space located on the university campus and created by Professor Koo. As their name implies, as a whole bunch of toys (lots of RC copters). They were also recently the host of a quadcopter workshop. Afterwards, we visited a film studio fully equipped to produce entire movies literally across the street from the university in a large technology park.
During our visit, we and Professor Koo had a discussion about creating a new university program to make it possible for students to find their passion and be as desirable candidates as possible to employers and investors when they come out of the program. Our suggestion is to build a project-centric program with guests hackers from around the world.
Techyizu and Xinchejian are proud to issue a challenge of supreme nerdiness: Who among you can build the mightiest bridge? Who has the superior spaghetti engineering skills?
For those of you brave enough, register to join the fun THIS SUNDAY!
DATE: Sunday January 15 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Xinchejian Hackerspace
Anhua Road No.76 suite 301, near Jiangsu Road (http://xinchejian.com/contact-us/)
Form your own team or join one, and get ready to architect and construct a bridge made out of spaghetti. Bridges have to be able to cross a 50 cm distance, and hold as much weight as possible. Techyizu and Xinchejian will provide you one box of spaghetti, glue guns, and glue. You provide the nerdpower.
See the full list of rules (http://xinchejian.com/event/?ee=91) on the Xinchejian website.
PRIZES: ARDUINO sets will be given to the teams with the bridges that can support the most weight.
REGISTER: Go to the Xinchejian website to register. The first 12 teams to register will get a reserved place.
Sign up NOW! (http://xinchejian.com/event/?ee=91)
- – -
Announcement #2: BARCAMP on March 3
Calling all techies, entrepreneurs, and innovators — get ready for Techyizu’s BARCAMP on March 3.
BarCamp is a fun, user-generated “un-conference” that started in Silicon Valley as a response to formal, exclusive, and boring tech conferences. If you are interested in technology, startups, design, or social innovation, you can’t miss this event!
BarCamp consists of passionate 15-minute presentations on any topic. Anyone (yes, anyone!) can sign up to present on anything (but please, no advertisements for your company). Just let your own energy and nerdiness shine through. All presentations are followed by time for discussion. You can expect to have amazing discussions on cutting edge technology and trends.
The event is free and open to everyone! Go to the techyizu.org website for more event details.
Shanghai BarCamp is being presented to you by TechYizu, an organization that aims to organize Shanghai’s lively startup and tech community.
Follow us on:
Bridge building rules:
1. Each group is to build a bridge made from spaghetti and hot glue. The object is to construct a bridge that will carry the heaviest load while still meeting specifications. Bridges will be loaded until they fail.
2. The bridge is to be built from and only from the given materials:
* 1 bag of spaghetti (500g)
* 5 hot glue sticks
* 1 metal hook for weight attachment
* 2 hot glue guns that cannot be used in the bridge structure
3. The bridge shall be free-standing and must span two level surfaces which are 50 centimetres apart.
4. The edges of the level surfaces cannot be used in any way for support.
5. The bridge must incorporate the given metal hook as part of the structure. The testing weight would be attached to the hook. Any structure that forbids attachment of the testing weight would disqualify the bridge.
6. The maximum vertical depth of the bridge, from the highest point in its structure to the lowest cannot exceed 50 cm.
7. The highest point of the bridge cannot be higher than 40cm above the two level surfaces, the lowest point of the bridge cannot be lower than 20 cm below the two level surfaces.
8. Only the first 12 registered teams would be eligible to enter the competition, each team is allowed up to 4 participants.
A. Any bridge that fails to stand on its own and span the two level surface would be disqualified.
B. A spring weighting scale would be attached to the hook, and a empty bucket would be attached below the weighting scale. Any bridge that failed to support the weighting scale and bucket would be disqualified.
C. Participants will be adding weight to the bridges themselves, judges would make recordings of the weight loaded.
D. The last recorded weight from the spring weighting scale before the bridge structure fails would be counted as the result (total loaded weight) of that particular bridge.
E. A bridge structure would be considered failed if:
* Bridge fails to stay free standing between the two level surfaces
* 50% of the bridge structure falls off from the main structure to the ground
* The lowest point of the bridge is more than 10cm below its lowest point in free standing position
F. Teams will be ranked on their result, the total loaded weight measured, bridge supports the most weight wins.
G. The judge have the last undisputed say on the out come of the competition. Judge has the right to disqualify any team at any given time without any reason.
Dream of writing applications for Android phones? Start it TODAY AT XIN CHE JIAN
Date: Jan. 11, 2012, Wednesday
Time: 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Instructor: Tapan Thaker, a freelancer/student from Mumbai, India, who is developing Android applications since past 2 years which also includes apps for political parties, One Android game (ICE Hockey), and a application “Proximity Plus Plus” .
Why Android ?
With more than 200 million activations of android , it captures a large mobile market . Also android programming will help you utilize your skills on Accessory Development Kit (ADK) which in turn will help you hack even more !!
Note: This is not a workshop about the ADK it will cover only the basic programs and concepts to get you started with Android
Topics covered in the workshop :
1) Basics of Android
2) Hello World
3) A Simple Calculator
4) Basic Paint Program
Prerequisites for attendees:
1) Knowledge of any one programming language
2) Understanding of Object-Oriented concepts
Before coming for the workshop, please prepare:
1) Install Android SDK Release 11 (decompress in your home folder)
2) Install and run Eclipse 3.6.2
3) Install Eclipse extensions (using Help > Install new software)
4) Install ADT 10.0.1 into eclipse: https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/
5) Set Eclipse ADT preference to point to your SDK:
Window > Preferences > Android > SDK location
6) Goto Windows > Android SDK Manager and install Android 2.1