HackatH2On - a weekend full of creativity!!

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Last weekend, 21 and 22 of march 2015, took place at the Museu Agbar de les Aigües and to mark World Water Day, an unique event: the HackatH2On.

The HackatH2On was a hackathon of more than 30 intense hours of creativity, where people from the most varied backgrounds had the opportunity to met and to co-create mobile applications with aim of bringing citizens and the water world into close proximity. Programmers, engineers, designers, museum curators… all accepted the challenge and decided to participate on the HackatH2On.

La Mandarina de Newton was the entity hired by the Museu Agbar de les Aigües to organise this great creativity celebration! There were weeks of  hard-work and the weekend itself, also a marathon for our team… but, certainly, an effort that was well worth it!

Being responsible of making posible that such creative people with an eager to share ideas, innovate and to ‘give one’s all’…, have the opportunity to meet at the same space to co-work on a project, is what make us forget all the effort required.

Also, seing that our work is recognised by the protagonists, make us feel even more motivated to keep on working! And our commitment is also to try to learn as much as posible from each single project, so the next one could be an even better experience for everyone!

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A ‘BIG THANKS’ to all of you!!

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The call for participation was a success! 5 days before the announced deadline, the 90 available places were already sold out!

With a waiting list that did’t stop growing, the decision to increase the number of H2Ocreatives to 100, was taken!

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Finally, on saturday morning, we filled up the Àgora auditorium of the Agbar Museum with more than 80 participants!!

The 24 hard-working hours resulted in over 20 high quality, creative and innovative proposals for mobile applications.

The presentations of the projects took place on sunday morning and, after the difficult task, the jury composed by experts in museology and technology and members from the Agbar Foundation (Ignacio Escudero, CEO of Aigües de Barcelona; Manuel Cermerón, Strategy and development director of Agbar; Xavier Verdaguer, founder of TMT FactoryIntegra InteractiveInnovalleyseven4seven and Imagine Creativity Center; Javier González Abad, Managing director of Citilab; and Lluís Marquina, Director and presenter of Generació Digital TV show from Televisió de Catalunya), chose the three wining teams of the HackatH2On:

  • 1st prize (3.000 euros): Cubus Games, formed by Jordi Solà, Jaume Carballo, Albert Pons and Quim Garreta, which created an interactive fiction application, ‘Agbar – the Water Temple’, suitable for all ages and that, from the visit to the museum, places the user on a drought context, letting him/her think about this future threat.

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  • 2nd prize (1.500 euros): SorryFib, formed by Daniel Otero and Guido Arnau, developed ‘H2O Game’, an application that uses gyroscope and fluid simulation and that makes use of the NFC tags located in different museum locations to unlock the game levels while visiting the exhibition.

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  • 3rd prize (the ’famous’ HackatH2On chair – a prize that the Agbar Museum decided to give after the spontaneous requests on social networks): O2H, formed by Miquel Llobet and Daniel Torremilans, who developed an application, ‘ShowerUp’, based on the concept of saving water under the shower, in which the users play with their friends trough a ranking competition, with the final goal of reducing water consumption.

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As usually happens on a competition like this, there were too many great ideas for the number of prizes… lots of them with a really high quality!!

Our team would like to congratulate and thank ALL for the non-stop hard word and dedication!! We hope you enjoyed as much as we did!

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We look forward to seeing you all in some other future activity!!

See you soon!!

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HackatH2On - 24 hours programming at the Museu Agbar de les Aigües

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La Mandarina de Newton begun a new project with the Museu Agbar de les Aigües (Water Museum), the HackatH2On!!

On march 21 and 22 at the Museu Agbar de les Aigües, and to celebrate the World Water Day, we organize a 24 hours hackathon. The HackatH2On will take place at the premises of the museum and will bring together creative minds to develop innovative mobile applications with the aim of bringing citizens and the water world, and Museum itself, into close proximity.

This will be an unique event in which developers, designers, museum curators and users will have the opportunity of meeting in one place for a fun and intense session of co-creation, coding and collaboration.

Besides the opportunity to be part of a big creativity event, participants will compete for great prizes. There will be a prize in cash for the best app (3,000 euros), the possibility of a second prize in cash for the second best app (1,500 euros), and gifts for all participants. In addition, apps submitted may be future developed in collaboration with the Museu Agbar de les Aigües.

At the end of the event, programmers (individually or in teams) will present their creations to a jury of experts in museology, communication and apps, and representatives of the Museu Agbar de les Aigües.

Registrations are now open! Places are limited!

The deadline for applications is march 20, at 9a.m. (UTC/GMT +1).

Registration and all updated information about the HackatH2On will be available at the event’s webpage: www.hackatH2On.com.

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Mandarina Beer Cafè - 2nd Session

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La Mandarina de Newton is pleased to invite you to the 2nd Mandarina Beer Cafè Session with the artist Iris Heitzinger!!

 

WHAT?
From La Mandarina de Newton we aim to contribute as citizens of Barcelona to create a space, the Mandarina Beer Cafès, where we can discuss the topics we are passionate about: science, art, technology, design and learning.

 

TOPIC
We have chosen a topic that motivates us a lot and that has to do with knowledge, memory and learning: The Body of Knowledge. That is, the kind of knowledge that originates from the fact that we have a body, we experience with that body and that body exists in a specific context.

 

HOW? WHEN?
During the different Beer Cafès sessions (several Fridays, to be defined) we will be exploring different ways of understanding the body, the knowledge and we will be contrasting different ways of understanding them, some will be more phenomenological, others more biological and others will be influenced by the artistic experience of the body and the movement.

The 2nd session will take place on Friday, January 30, at 7 pm, at the Mandarina Space.

 

GUEST / 2nd SESSION (30/01)
Iris Heitzinger, Artist, Dance and Performance

 

REGISTRATION:
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MORE INFO:
espai@lamandarinadenewton.com
/ 936.673.774

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Mandarina Beer Cafè - 1st Session

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La Mandarina de Newton is pleased to invite you to the 1st Mandarina Beer Cafè Session!!


WHAT?
From La Mandarina de Newton we aim to contribute as citizens of Barcelona to create a space, the Mandarina Beer Cafès, where we can discuss the topics we are passionate about: science, art, technology, design and learning.


TOPIC
We have chosen a topic that motivates us a lot and that has to do with knowledge, memory and learning: The Body of Knowledge. That is, the kind of knowledge that originates from the fact that we have a body, we experience with that body and that body exists in a specific context.


HOW? WHEN?
During the different Beer Cafès sessions (several Fridays, to be defined) we will be exploring different ways of understanding the body, the knowledge and we will be contrasting different ways of understanding them, some will be more phenomenological, others more biological and others will be influenced by the artistic experience of the body and the movement.

The 1st session will take place on Friday, November 21, at 7 pm, at the Mandarina Space.


GUEST / 1st SESSION (21/11)
David Casacuberta, Department of Philosophy, UAB


REGISTRATION:
Link Evenbrite

MORE INFO:
espai@lamandarinadenewton.com
/ 936.673.774

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TalentLab: Starts the 3rd Edition and re-opens the Exhibition at the Mandarina Space!

The 3rd Edition of the CSIC’s project, TalentLabstarts with a new series of workshops and interdisciplinary dialogues opened to the public (from March 5 to June 16, 2014).

And to launch this new edition, this Friday, February 28, at 19h at the Mandarina Space, we will be opening the Exhibition of the TalentLab Educative Resources.

 

This exhibition was first exhibited on October 2013, at the Residència d’Investigadors (CSIC- Generalitat de Catalunya). You will now be able to see all the educative resources created during the past TalentLab editions and get to know all about this 3rd Edition.

We invite you all to come by at the Mandarina Space to get to know more about TalentLab. It’s free and open to everyone, just need to register here.

 

 

This year’s edition of TalentLab will have two working lines:

Workshops for teachers with whom we will be working and exploring the resources created during the last editions. There will be 3 workshops (March 12, 19 and 26), each one dedicated to two of the topics explored on TalentLab I and II.

- A series of interdisciplinary dialogues between the public and researchers (March 5, April 7 and June 16) around some Nature-Technology controversial topics: Transgenics, Cyborgs and Fukushima.

These events will take place at the Residència d’Investigadors (CSIC- Generalitat de Catalunya), at 18h. These are free events with registration.

Check all the info at talentlab.csic.es

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A weekend of transdisciplinary dialogue and creation at Hangar: Synergy

The last week of June we participated in the workshop Synergy: Interdisciplinary Practice and Theory, coordinated by Simon PennyRoc Parés and Mara Balestrini, within the GridSpinoza program organized by Hangar. The two and half days of the workshop were very intense and interesting. We brought together interests, methods and projects.

To us it was great to deal again with some of the questions that we posed about transdisciplinarity in the Common Grounds workshop of 2011.  At the time we followed a prototyping process. In Synergy, 2013 we followed the method of work that the workshop organizers  articulated around sharing and dialogue.

The workshop pursued the sharing of projects and ideas but also the creation of a protocol for the development of transdisciplinary projects. In this regard there were very enlightening interventions of each one of the three coordinators (Simon Penny, Roc Pares and Mara Balestrini) about how they felt  about transdisciplinarity, its objectives and its working methods.

Simon Penny approached the value and challenges of transdisciplinarity from a general perspective but remarked that transdisciplinarity is a process framed in social and historical contexts. What today is considered a transdisciplinary program, tomorrow will be an established discipline. He stressed the combinatorial  aspect of transdisciplinary work pointing, for example, to the translation of methods from one discipline to another. He also remarked the problems posed by the difficulties of communication and the need to play with the different languages ​and practices of each discipline that conrtibutes to a project.

Roc Parés approached his contribution from his experience in the intersection between art, science and technology, particularly new media. He stressed the opportunity to look in places where there is still no intersection between disciplines, and to delve into them to come up with new possibilities.

Mara Balestrini take on transdisciplinarity focused on her experience at the intersection of new technologies, the city and citizen engagement, a perpsective we can easily relate to. She shoed examples of projects where the use of mobile technology and the Internet in public spaces generated authentic engagement. She also shared her recent work on aspects of interaction between strangers in public spaces and its consequences.

During the following two days all participants described their own projects and then all of them worked together as transdisciplinary possible to create new proposals.

We came to Synergy wanting to know  about new methods but ended up opening up and morphing a little our project on internal contamination and joining in other project based on the concept of mistakes in general and science in particular and the role of misatkes in culture. We will describe this in more detail in future posts. In any case it was a very rewarding experience to know about other collaborative approaches from different disciplines. We left with very good connections and new potential partners.

A very good initiative.

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La Vanguardia - Connected Brains

On June 8, La Vanguardia published an article on Collective and Collaborative Intelligence: ‘Connected Brains’.

‘Intelligence has always been collective. However, now new technologies boost collaborative and innovative ways in which experts and enthusiasts come together to collaborate on projects that actually give results.’

La Mandarina de Newton was contacted to give their own view on the topic and to talk about their own experience.

Here you can find the full article (in spanish and catalan):

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Science of the City in Menorca


During this weekend, from thursday 16th to saturday 18th of May, La Mandarina de Newton will be in Menorca to present Science of the City’s project. These days, at the Institut Menorquí d’Estudis (IME) in Mahon, it will take place the 7th European Spring School on History of Science and Popularization, this year dedicated to the topic ‘Science on Television’.

During this edition, students, scholars, researchers and professionals will have the opportunity to discuss the roles Television and Science play in our daily lives. Irene Lapuente (La Mandarina de Newton) will be participating in the conference and will present the project Science of the City on the last day of the event. Some of the videos from the first and second edition will be shown to the participants.

We will keep you updated!

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Investigating the importance of colors

As you know, we continue working on the project Science of the City #2. Although the first phase of the video contest finished early this year, we are still receiving videos as a result of different collaborations we have established with international institutions, in countries such as Croatia or Netherlands. Moreover, we began with the second phase of the project, in which we aim to establish a bridge between participants and scientists.

On Friday April 5, we were at the Institut Lluís de Requesens, Molins de Rei, Barcelona, holding a workshop for students and researchers. The students from this school participated in the 2nd edition of Science of the City video contest with several videos: ‘Temperature Changes‘, ‘A Flood of Signals‘, ‘Public Services at Molins‘ and ‘Boredom at the Institute‘. The lattest was one of the winners of this edition, in which the students questioned the importance of building design in schools, particularly of the colors used in classrooms and corridors, and how this influences the attention span of the students during the classes. This seemed to us an extremely interesting question and thus, with the help of the Atelier des Jours à Venir, we tried to contact experts on perception and cognition.

Two researchers from the Donders Institute (Nilmegen, Netherlands), Dr. Guillaume Sescousse (Cognitive Control- Perception, Action and Control) and Dra. Mathilde Bonnefond (Neuronal Oscillations- Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication) accepted our invitation and came to Molins de Rei to join the workshop.

In this first session we wanted to, in one hand, create a link between the students and the researchers and, on the other hand, find ways to translate the scientific concepts of the winning video to questions that could be interesting for our invited researchers to follow up at their labs. For that we conducted several activities focused on the topics of learning, attention, color,…

We began with a first exercise in order to ‘break the ice’ within the room: we arranged ourselves according to the color of our eyes, from the lightest to the ones darkest. Then, we asked the students to, in post-its of different colors, write down whatever these colors remind them of: peace, joy, euphoria,… Then, the task was to sort the post-its by topics. Once re-ordered, we could conclude that unconsciously we associate different colors with specific issues or feelings.

The students explained what had motivated them to make the video, and the scientists, their research projects

The students hypothesized that the boring environment of the corridors and classrooms of their school could be one of the reasons for the lack of interest and attention during classes. The neuroscientist Guillaume Sescousse explained how he and his team study the reward processing and risky decision-making, in both healthy and psychiatric disorders’ conditions. Dra. Mathilde Bonnefond explained that part of her work in the lab focus on trying to understand how our brain processes the information and how the different brain regions communicate with each other during the different cognitive processes, such as during visual processing under various levels of attention. To illustrate how the colors can interfere with the learning processes and with our ability to maintain our focus levels, the researchers challenged the students with different exercises. One of them was to try to memorize the maximum number of words during 2 minutes. Each set of words was presented in different background colors: red, blue and gray. At the end of the game, we all could confirm that, as shown in scientific studies, the colors influence our memory and focus capabilities. The red creates tension and make us more focused, opposite to blue, which relaxes us. We usually associate blue colors with creative environments, however, this means a reduced ability to retain information.

At the end of the workshop, we asked the students to re-think the questions and ideas raised in the winning video. We wanted to finish the session with a narrow set of questions on the topic. Here are some of the issues raised: Do colors equally affect people of different ages? Does the way we perceive colors depend on the time of the day or season? Does color affects differently people of different cultures? What colors should be chosen for the different school spaces? What happens in the brain during color perception?


Now, of all the questions and issues raised during this morning, students have to choose one, the one they would like to explore with the help of the researchers. The next workshop is already scheduled: on July we all meet again! We will keep you informed!

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New videos at our Science of the City platform

There are two new entries on our Science of the City #2 platform. The videos are the result of the workshop we held last March in Amsterdam, in collaboration with the Atelier des Jours à Venir and New Urban Collective. As we mentioned in previous posts, this workshop took place in Bijlmer, Amsterdam, with the aim of encouraging kids to question and explore the science behind their urban daily life. During these two months ‘post-workshop’, the students have been working on their ideas and proposals and the end result are these two videos: one, in which they question the quality of the water: Can we infer the quality of the water by its color?, and other, in which they explore the properties of the butane gas: Why is gas invisible?. – By now you can see the original videos, in Dutch; soon the subtitles will be also available.

   

Next April 19, these videos will be exhibited at the Amsterdam Science & Film Festival, at the Nemo Museum.

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