This happened Rotterdam #5


Let’s kick off the new year together with This happened Rotterdam #5 at WORM! On Monday January 12th 2015 we are proud to present you an evening of fascinating projects to enjoy and discuss:

Harm van de Ven (Zesbaans) – Waterwerk

Harm van de Ven, designer and programmer @ media collective Zesbaans, will talk about Waterwerk. Zesbaans is a media collective creating playful installations and video works. With a few years of experience they feel quite at home in galleries and nightclubs. For their latest project however they had to step away from their expertise and dive into a whole new surrounding.

Together with an architect they worked on adding digital interaction in a recreational swimming pool. A big LED-screen was placed on the edge of the pool and Zesbaans set off to create something which turns swimming into an imaginative experience.

Marcel van Heist (Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken) – Rural Spark

Marcel van Heist, one of the partners of Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken, will talk about the Rural Spark Energy Kit and how they used their ‘hidden design’ method to develop it. Developed for rural Indian villages, this kit allows villagers to become Local Energy Suppliers who generate, use and sell energy. By trading energy surpluses with other Local Energy Suppliers in the network, supply and demand are linked.

To develop and validate Rural Spark’s products and services Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken uses a method in which they pretend the solutions already exist. This way villagers are not participants of research taking a role, instead they are who they actually are in their context. This design method is called Hidden Design.

Martijn van der Heijden & Bart Bergmeijer (Fabrique) –

‘Content first design’ sounds good, but can you take this literally?

When Fabrique received the briefing for, they agreed on an experimental approach: develop a concept, set up a working prototype and a user test within three days, with content only. Interaction design, visual design and programming would follow later. Strategist Martijn van der Heijden and designer Bart Bergmeijer (Fabrique) will tell about this ‘content scrum’. And will share with us if the experiment is fit to be repeated in the future.

Mike van Gaasbeek (WORM) – Superglue

How do you feel about the growing control of a select number of tech giants on the world wide web? Your photo’s, passwords, holiday adventures, browse history. Any personal information is as much Google’s, Facebook’s, Amazon’s, Apple’s or Microsoft’s as it is yours.

Last October a team of coders and designers together with WORM launched Superglue. The open source Superglue tools allow you to create your website and host it on a mini personal server from the privacy of your own home. Your data is (literally) in your hands again and the diy tools allow you to design the website any way you like without any coding knowledge.

Mike will talk about what the Superglue team has learned (so far) from creating Superglue.


In collaboration with Designplatform Rotterdam and hosted by Worm.

Tickets will be €6,- if ordered online and €7,- at the door (first come, first served).
Boomgaardsstraat 71
2012 XA Rotterdam

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