Street Lab @ ODC

The GRL Germany are continuing to rock events out of Open Design City, following on from their activities at the Cognitive Cities Conference.

As a part of the Street Lab meets Berlin festival, you can join in the following activities. They are busy as ever though with even more happening over the course of the event, so follow the link for details.

In the opening night of the festival GRL Germany will present their new laser tagging tool blitzTag at the grounds of Prinzessinnengarten within a stone throw away from Open Design City.

Like earlier versions of laser tagging apps such as LaserTag, blitzTag is tracking a laser point across the face of a building and generating graphics based on the laser's position which then get projected back onto the building with a high power projector.

Fri, 11th of March, 10 pm - midnight
Venue: Prinzessinnengarten / Moritzplatz

At Saturday we will open ODC for visitors from noon. At that time, people can try-out bombIR, or ask any questions about the evening before (blitzTag).

1:00-1:45 pm GRL Germany will give a talk which will be an introduction to GRL background and philosophy, with a behind-the-scenes look at some of our open-source tools, such as blitzTag and bombIR.

This will be followed by an LED-Throwie workshop by Sid (Shine in Decay) at 2 pm.  We are going to make a whole lot of LED's which will be installed the same evening in cooperation with another part of the festival.

A Throwie consists of a lithium battery, a 10mm diffused LED and a rare-earth magnet taped together.

Sat, 12th of March
ODC opening time: 12am - 6pm
GRL Germany talk: 1pm
LED-Throwie Workshop: 2pm - 5pm
Venue: Open Design City / Betahaus

GRL Germany Report from tm11

GRL Germany is pleased to call Open Design City our base of operations in Berlin.  Since last autumn, we've held workshops in the space, a public talk and recently we collaborated with several ODC members to produce SVG2BVG - an analog-digital-analog stencil maker.  The project is a combination of DIY laser cutting and open source creative code - a collaboration between the forces of ingenuity, maker aesthetic, and DIY attitude present at ODC.

SVG2BVG uses a custom software application to detect graffiti tags, and writes the ensuing shape directly to GCode file, allowing it to be sent to a laser cutter… then cuts it into a stencil, sized exactly for the screens on the Berlin U-Bahn. Many have contributed to the project so far: GRL Germany (Agents Scott + RosnerSeemiramis, and Achim Kern), with Olivio SarikasChristophe Vaillant, Tristan August and with assistance from Onformative.  And of course, it is all possible because of the ODC space itself.

Although it wasn't possible to cut with a home made laser cutter in the House of World Cultures (who would have thought?), we had many people stop by to check out the work we've done so far, and we even managed to set up a few remote laser cutting sessions, connecting a distant laser cutter to HKW via Skype. Thanks to all who've been a part of the project, and if you haven't had a chance to make a stencil yet - there will be other opportunities.  Stay tuned.


Mother of All ODC Events Mk 2.

The last event planning workshop spawned 24 events in Open Design City for 2 Months. It brought the to the ODC, and many skills were shared, from how to program your own Bluetooth Devices to Knitting.

So where do we go from here?
Is there something you missed that you want to learn?
Is there a new skill you want to share?
Is there a project you want to explore amongst like minds, learning as you go?
Do you want regular meets/play sessions/discussions?

Come along and help shape ODC to meet your needs and desires.

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ODC Meets: Graffiti Research Lab - Germany

The Graffiti Research Lab - Germany are now in Berlin, and at Open Design City - we're very excited to see what the coming months will now bring, with this the first of 2 events in October. To be followed by regular meet ups and hack days.

Time: Wednesday, Oct 27th, 7pm - 9pm


Graffiti Research Labs is an international federation of autonomous cells, aimed at providing open-source modes of digital communication for Graffiti Writers, Artists, and Protest Movements.

In this presentation, Two members of GRL Canada will talk about the lineage, aims, and context of GRL. We will give an overview of GRL applications, show where to download both the applications and source code, and discuss the formation of Graffiti Research Lab - Germany.

Attendance & Cost:

No limit. Free as in beer. (ODC and non-ODC).


English. Not much tech-speak, we promise.

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ODC is open Monday–Friday from
10–19h (betahaus rates apply)

Free and open DIY nights:
Every Monday from 19h.

Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20
10969 Berlin