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Making A Difference Speakers: 2022-2023

Making a Difference Speaker Series: AlgoCraft: Remixing Craft, Culture, and Computation - with Dr. Anuradha Reddy

If heritage crafts were computational things, what would you make with it?

We are excited to announce our next speaker series session with Dr. Anuradha Reddy. This talk on ‘AlgoCraft’ or Algorithmic Craft will showcase several projects where craft, culture, and computation come together in fun and inventive ways. With the help of key concepts like patterns, grammars, and symmetries, Dr. Reddy describes her creative process of translating between heritage craft and computing languages. Her outputs often result in one-off knotty (and naughty) things that put computation to very unexpected uses.

Her projects include QR code crocheted towels, a period tracker based on Islamic geometry, folk-embroidery-inspired two-factor authentication, private encryption using crocheted keys, and more!

Please join us on Thursday, February 16, at 1:30 p.m AST. Students, Teachers and parents are encouraged to join independently or in groups. This session is most relevant for Grade 6 and above.

More About Our Guest

Dr. Anuradha Reddy is an interdisciplinary design researcher based in Sweden. Her practice cuts across interaction design, data technologies, heritage craft, creativity, making and hacking. Anuradha is passionate about open-source design and collaborative technologies. She continues to explore new ways to bridge professional and informal technology practices through crafts-based and critical design approaches.

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Brilliant Labs is committed to empowering youth, adults and families to fuel their passions, take creative risks and construct a sustainable future for themselves and their communities. We explore fun ways to introduce novel technologies to catalyze positive social and ecological change within communities.

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JOIN HOST Alisha Collins as she welcomes global speakers from diverse backgrounds to spark conversations on technological innovation, humanity-centred design, ethics, creativity, and leadership. We host talks each month, inviting experts to bring new aspirations and perspectives through their stories.

ABOUT Alisha grew up in India & studied at MIT MEdia Lab Cambridge, MA U.S. and Sristi Institute of Art Design and Technology, Bengalura, India. Learn more about Alisha in Brilliant Labs Magazine: Digital Hope.

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