Past Toronto Event: VOL 28

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The Importance of Play

@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

Afer living in San Fransisco for three years, Christina Hug returned to Toronto and founded The Makers Nation, an organization to coalescing the art, tech, design, and maker communities in cities around the world to meet, collaborate, learn and make things. 

It took her by surprise when only kids showed up at "Battle Bot Royal", the first event she put together for adults to use machinaries to make moterized robots 

Since that expereince, she has a new mission - to encourage adults to play more.  She wants to offer the perspective that how work and play can complement each other. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 18, 2014. 

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Doodling Through Life

@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

Drawing is a conduit that carries thoughts and ideas into reality. Rather than describing things as they are, freehand drawing can describe them as they are thought of and remembered. As an artist and a designer, Becki Chan shares her thoughts about doodling. She demonstrates how ideas and inspiration come from everything and everywhere, and how her approach to drawing applies them to a design process.

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Storytelling Through Patterns and Strings

@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

String Theory is a partnership between two textile designers, Lysanne Latulippe and Meghan Price. The name String Theory is borrowed from a theory of physics that says the world is made of vibrating strings. As constructed textile designers, the two designers work with the math and physics of fibres, yarns, knitting and weaving to develop structure, pattern and texture. 


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WISP - Weird Illuminated Sky Paintings

@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

WISP or Weird Illuminated Sky Paintings is a collaborative project by three creative technologists, Brent Marshall, Partick Dinnen and Dre Labre. They want to capture the idea of whimsy or the first time you draw your name with a sparkler. 

"Presentation of the Day" on May 12, 2014. 

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Maps for Advocacy

@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

Visual storyteller Matthew Bambach believes maps are one established medium for communicating spatial information that can be used to help the community develop a stronger connection with a problem and its solution. Here he talks about participatory mapping, or the creation of maps by local communities for a social benefit. 

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Behavioural Economics

@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

How can behavioural economics be used for social good? Tanya Bass believes in behavioural economics as an intersection between psychology and economics, and examines how everyday people make everyday decisions. She discusses how researchers and governments around the world have been using behavioural economics to re-design the environment to facilitate positive decision making. 

"Presentation of the Day" on July 30, 2014. 



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Dog Story

@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

A couple of years ago, Danny Flynn became disheartened by our generation's uninspired use of photo-centric social media. He didn't think that people were exploring the comedic potential of instagram. He is enthusiastic about Toronto's dogs and their stories, so he started an instagram project.

Patrick Dinnen
Creative Technologist in Toronto
Becki Chan
Designer & Jeweller in Vancouver
Tanya Bass
in Toronto
Matthew Bambach
Visual Designer, Pandora in New York
Meghan Price
Designer & Partner, STRING THEORY in Toronto
Danny Flynn
Amateur dog-themed micro-comedian/Maker/Bartender in Toronto
Christina Hug
Founder, The Makers Nation in Toronto
Brent Marshall
Creative Technologist in Kitchener
Dré Labre
Partner / Creative Director, Rethink Canada in Toronto