Ideas 2018


  • Hack Details: Prove that the threshold of available (licence free) photographs exists on the web to produce a documentary-grade projection of a past event. Image meta data would be used, and other types of alignments.
  • What you need to make it happen?: A quick way of collecting images, Fancy projection.
  • Name: Marcais
  • Twitter/website:

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DIY Geiger Counter

  • Hack Title: DIY Geiger Counter
  • Hack Details: Ever wonder how radioactive things are? Prepared to see bananas in a new light? Let's build a Geiger Counter! I have all the parts - just need to copy the design of a 400v power supply from somewhere on the Internet. Might involve a bit of Arduino programming if the power supply works.
  • What you need to make it happen?: People with electronics and soldering experience, and enough common sense to not touch the wires when powered 🙂
  • Name: Mike Hibbett
  • Twitter/website: @MikeHibbett

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Face of the Internet

  • Hack Details:Display an emotion onto an LED screen based on the language from mined comments online. Python scripts and API's can be used to generate a collection of comments and an SQL database can help process the language once it's collected.Arduino can be our little pal who's mood is based on the language received. Searches can be refined and based on certain parameters. Like how does Arduino feel about politics on twitter? How does Arduino feel about Chocolate Cake on Facebook?
  • Name: Alannah Cooke


Sleeper Pod

  • Hack Details: Let's build a mobile sleeper pod for whoever needs one. Should be mobile/on wheels. Warm and dry, resist wind and rain. Be lockable. Fit a person, and their belongings. Cheap, sturdy, modular. We'll design it together so bring your own ideas! See:
  • What you need to make it happen?: Whatever available material eg scrap wood in the event space. Bicycle wheels might be useful, but there are metal trolley wheels. Might need a battery to run a nightlight/charge a phone? Bring your own suggestions!
  • Name: Jules

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LED Streetlight synchronized window shutters

  • Hack Details: You know those LED streetlights and yard lights that everyone thought would be the environmental cat's pyjamas? They're crazy bright, they keep kids awake, guide bats, turtles and birds to their doom and go right through astronomer's narrow band light-pollution filters. We can't fix all of this in one weekend, but just maybe we could keep the light from shining into the kid's bedrooms by taking advantage of a unique property of LED lights, most can be switched very fast without damage. So imagine you could close and open your blackout curtains timed perfectly so they were open when the annoying outdoor light was off, and closed when it's on, 50 times per second or more! You could sleep in moonlight, wake to the natural light of sunrise but the LED would no longer be an annoyance. We can't open and close curtains that fast but we can toggle electroptical Kerr and Pockels cell window shutters that fast and some LCD and MEMs shutters might work.
  • What you need to make it happen?: White LED Light Arduino modulator Fast electro-optical shutter: Kerr or Pockels cell, from an old (HeNe tube) laser printer or Q-Switched laser. Possibly an electro-optical MEMs device or an old LCD laptop screen if you can figure out how to toggle the TFT transistors fast enough. Doll house with window (for the demo)
  • Name: Brian Nitz
  • Twitter/website: bnitz ,

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Emergency Bat Signal

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Bath the Duck (?)

  • Hack Details: A fun floaty rubber duck with a temperature display telling you how hot your water is and built in timer with alarm to let you know when it's time to get out.
  • What you need to make it happen?: I have no idea but probably some sort of thermometer with a digital readout (preferably one that's safe to use in water), a timer that can be set to stay at a certain time and an alarm/siren that goes off when the clock hits zero. And rubber ducks, obviously. As for people, anyone who knows how to work with electronics would be great, and someone who knows how to keep the ducks afloat. (Any help on this would be greatly appreciated)
  • Name: Aimee
  • Twitter/website: @aimee_traynor96

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The Periodic Table in Muffins

  • Hack Details: This hack combines my two favorite subjects: Science and Food. I plan to recreate the periodic table in muffins, one per element, with icing to match the different groups. This has been done before with cup cakes; I plan to do it with blueberry muffins. I'll be using organic and gluten free ingredients where possible, although cooking them in Tog's kitchen may negate the healthy aspects. I have one helper so far, need people to help with: Cleaning the kitchen & oven 🙂 Mixing Icing Eating.
  • What you need to make it happen?: Just people.
  • Name: Mike
  • Twitter/website: Twitter: @MikeHibbett

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Pi Powered sensors for the blind (detect dog poo, sonar sensor)

  • Hack Details: Create an open source project to let blind and vision impaired people use cheep hardware and sensors to make their own personalized accessibility tools. Phase one will be built on the Raspberry Pi, but other options like Android, ESP 32, Ardunio, other single board computers will also be looked at. Later on in the project, a decision can be made as to whether or not including other disabilities in this project is a good idea or if we can help get other projects running. All code, CAD files and instructions will be released under an open source license.
  • What you need to make it happen?: I have 2 Pis, Ardunios, Some sensors, basic electronics kit, I need, way to make a Pi portable. Power, Case etc, People with experience of setting up open source projects, github, licenses etc. Computer Vision Expert, Website designer, Graphic Designers, Social Media/Video/Audio producer, Wiki creator, server admins, web space to host all of this. Branding expert to come up with a catchy name.
  • Name: Declan
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Laminar Water Jet

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