Weekend long Art & Technology Exploratorium in Baltimore, MD.
September 22-23



9:00AM - 9:30AM Registration & Breakfast, Brown Center
9:30AM - 10:30AM Lightning Talks from Kawandeep Virdee, Todd Blatt, Arthur Young-Spivey, Sallye Coyle, Phyllis Klein, Brown Center
10:30AM - 11:15AM Keynotes from Nathalie Miebach and Hod Lipson, Brown Center
11:30AM - 1:00PM Lab Session 1: See individual lab schedules for more information.
Data Visualization, Digital Fabrication, Physical Computing
1:00PM - 2:00PM Lunch catered by MICA, Brown Center
2:00PM - 4:00PM Lab Session 2: See individual lab schedules for more information.
Data Visualization, Digital Fabrication, Physical Computing
3:30PM - 6:00PM Happy Hour at Joe Squared


9:00AM - 9:30AM Registration & Breakfast, Brown Center
9:30AM - 10:30AM Keynotes from Marco Perry and Nervous System
10:30AM - 1:00PM Lab Session 1: See individual lab schedules for more information.
Data Visualization, Digital Fabrication, Physical Computing
1:00PM - 2:00PM Lunch catered by MICA, Brown Center
2:00PM - 4:00PM Lab Session 2: See individual lab schedules for more information.
Data Visualization, Digital Fabrication, Physical Computing

Locations for Betascape

Brown Center

Registration, Talks, Breakfast & Lunch
1301 West Mt. Royal Ave

Main Building

Data Visualization Lab
1300 West Mt. Royal Ave

Bbox/Gateway Building

Physical Computing Lab
1601 West Mt. Royal Ave

Mt. Royal Station

Digital Fabrication Lab
1400 Cathedral St

Keynotes & Talks

The keynotes and lightning talks aim to inspire by providing ideas and concepts to consider as well as detailed and specific information on projects. Lightning talks are provided by some of the Lab Facilitators from each lab.

Day 1 – Lightning Talks

Kawandeep - "Making art we can do together - designing objects to manipulate interpersonal interactions and physical environments."

Todd Blatt - "The Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer"

Arthur Young-Spivey - "What you thought you knew about what you didn't know about Digital Fabrication. This will cover some of the far out fringes of what all of this technology will bring 20 years out from today."

Sallye Coyle - "Expand your view of 3D printing: sample the breadth of things possible by artists and artisans using subtractive digital fabrication in their work."

Phyllis Klein - "Global Fab ~ Learn how Fab Labs connect changers and makers around the world and about opportunities to collaborate here, in the Greater Metropolitan area."

Day 1 – Keynotes

Nathalie Miebach

Bio: A sculptor based in the Boston, MA whose work focuses on the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations. Nathalie has recently presented her work at world-renown forums such as Eyeo Festival and TED. Her work translates scientific data related to astronomy, ecology and meteorology into physical woven sculptures. Weaving provides a grid through which to interpret data in three-dimensional space. Her sculptures tread an uneasy divide between functioning both as sculptures in space as well as instruments that could be used in the actual environment from which the data originates.

Hod Lipson

Keynote Summary: Programmable matter: The present and future of 3D printing.

Bio: An American robotics engineer. He is the director of Cornell University's Creative Machines Lab, at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, where he is also an Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Lipson is the creator of Fab@Home, the open source personal fabricator project, which was awarded a MacArthur grant. Lipson is well published and recent publications include, Factory@Home, The Emerging Economy of Personal Fabrication, a report commissioned by the Whitehouse Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Day 2

Marco Perry

Keynote Summary: 3D Printing works very well to print volumes, but not forms made of lines in space. To address this need, Pensa created the DIWire - an open source CNC wire bender that is as easy to use as a 3D printer, and is small and affordable for the enthusiast. Marco will show what the DIWire can do today, a future vision for its capabilities, and a peak at the potential for mass adoption of rapid prototyping.

Bio: An industrial designer and co-founder of Pensa NYC, a strategic design consultancy composed of multidisciplinary team, and the creator of DIWire Bender, a rapid prototype machine that bends metal wire to produce 2d or 3D shapes. DIWire bender is essentially a 3D printer that describes lines instead of volumes in space, and it could be used for anything from prototypes to customized products.

DIWire Bender is attracting interest from many varied disciplines from dentistry and medical fields to artists and product designers.

Nervous System

Bio: A design studio at the intersection of science, art and technology. Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg focus on generative design writing algorithms based on processes and patterns found in nature. Unique patterns and forms generated and applied to an array of products, which are created utilizing digital fabrication technologies. Engaging the Creative Commons movement, applets are available online for anyone to experiment and learn with.

Digital Fabrication


11:30AM - 12:30PM Intro to 3D Modeling and Modo with Arthur Young-Spivey
11:30AM - 12:30PM 123D Catch with Angelo Tartanian
12:30PM - 1:30PM Creating Tool Paths for CNC Routing with Sallye Coyle
12:30PM - 1:30PM Meshmixer with Todd Blatt
2:00PM - 3:00PM Open Source 3D Printing with Marty McGuire
2:00PM - 3:00PM Intermediate Manipulation and Transformation in Rhino with Joshua DeMonte
3:00PM - 4:00PM 3D Printing Talk with Arthur Young-Spivey
3:00PM - 4:00PM Open Lab: 3D Printing


11:30AM - 12:30PM Introduction to Computational Tools with Jesse & Jessica of Nervous System
11:30AM - 12:30PM DI Wire Bender Demo with Marco Perry of PensaNYC
12:30PM - 1:30PM Intermediate Modeling with Modo with Arthur Young-Spivey
12:30PM - 1:30PM 123D Catch with Angelo Tartanian
2:00PM - 3:00PM Introduction to Rhino/More with Rhino with Joshua DeMonte
2:00PM - 3:00PM Meshmixer with Todd Blatt
3:00PM - 4:00PM Open Lab: 3D Printing

Digital fabrication is a process that includes the digital creation of 2D and 3D content whose manufacture is, in part or in whole, realized through the use of computer controlled machines. The process begins with computer modeling. This can be something as simple as a planar (2D) line drawing or as complicated as spatial models (3D). There are various techniques and methods of creating these digital models.

The next part of the digital fabrication process is to generate physical translations of the digital models. When the physical object is created (output) the digital models are sent to a computer-controlled machine as a set of instructions so that the duplication process may begin and be repeated. There are many different types of technologies and methods for creating the physical objects. This lab will present an advanced and intro overview of the leading computer modeling and 3D printing technologies.

Digital Fabrication Lab Facilitators

Arthur Young-Spivey

New York based, VP of Design and Engineering at Tru-ID, a consultancy specializing in digital fabrication from 3D scanning and imaging to modeling and prototyping, and faculty at Parsons New School of Design. Trained as an industrial designer, Spivey is an expert in applying these technologies to many fields including medical, architectural, product design and engineering.

Jan Baum

Director and founder of the Object Lab, a state-of the-art rapid technologies and digital fabrication lab. The Lab and Professor Baum’s programs are training the next generation of makers. Baum is a leader in bringing the advanced manufacturing agenda to the greater Baltimore region through the establishment of the Object Lab, leadership roles in conferences such as NextGen M, Rapid Tech for Make and Manufacture and network groups such as Rapid Tech Leaders and Learners, and the integration of rapid technologies and external partnerships into the curriculum. Baum is a full professor and the head of the 3D programs at Towson University.

Joshua DeMonte

Assistant Professor in the 3D programs at Towson University, Joshua is an expert in 3D modeling and digital fabrication with a master’s degree in CAD-CAM. DeMonte is interested in seeking ways to integrate the digital with traditional and industrial processes/ways of making. His work/research ties architectural form to adornment while invoking the relationship that the human figure has to both of these structures. His work is currently included in the Smithsonian Art Museum’s Forty Under Forty: Craft Futures.

SparkLab’s SparkTruck sparktruck.org

SparkTruck, is an educational build-mobile! They are traveling across the USA with cool 21st-century shop tools, spreading the fun of hands-on learning and encouraging kids to find their inner maker. As a part of their stop in Baltimore, SparkTruck will be at Betascape on September 22nd from 11AM-4PM to share with attendees and also educators who are interested in educating youth on making.

Todd Blatt toddblatt.blogspot.com

New York based Maker/3D Modeler at MakerBot Industries with years of experience designing and selling digitally manufactured products via 3D printing.

Marty McGuire

altimore based web developer at MakerBot Industries. Marty spends most of his time working to make Thingiverse the best place to share open designs for 3D printing.

Angelo Tartanian

Angelo handles quality assurance for MakerBot's Web team and has been with the company since April of this year. He is self-taught in 3D modeling and his favorite tool is Blender 3D, which he's be using for about 7 years. On the side Angelo works on designing video games and cooking delicious confectionary treats. He loves to learn new tools and teach others how to make awesome things.

Phyllis Klein

Founder of FABLAB DC.

Sallye Coyle

ShopBot CoFounder

Physical Computing

This lab will focus on building interactive physical systems. Attendees will explore how humans and environments engage with computers via sound, heat, motion, light, and other inputs using sensors. This lab will push participants beyond standard human-computer interaction devices such as the keyboard, video and mouse.

Taking a hands-on approach, participants will have a collaborative space to build circuits, solder, code programs and build structures to hold sensors and controls that interact with people and space. A variety of workshops will be offered throughout the weekend including 'Introduction to Arduino', 'Overview of Arduino Shields' and 'Hacking your Toaster to the Internet'.


The Physical Computing Lab is BYOA – BRING YOUR OWN ARDUINO.

Otherwise the lab will be equipped with the following:

  • Soldering stations (irons, helping hands, hand tools, breadboards, leads, multimeters)
  • Components & Consumables (caps, resistors, hookup wire, pots, buttons and LEDs)
  • Sensors (range finders, temp sensors, photoresisters, etc)

What to bring

  • Projects you've been hacking on and need help with
  • Your own tools
  • Your own components


11:30AM - 1:00PM RELATIONAL COMPUTING Kawandeep Virdee & Keith Simmons
11:30AM - 1:00PM Intro to Arduinos with Mike Subelsky
2:00PM - 4:00PM Wind Field: motors, interrupts, and a/c phase control in service of indoor weather Kyle Fritz & Becky McLaren


11:30AM - 1:00PM RELATIONAL COMPUTING Kawandeep Virdee & Keith Simmons
2:00PM - 4:00PM Intro to Arduinos with Mike Subelsky

Physical Computing Lab Facilitators

Kawandeep Virdee whichlight.com

Kawan is an artist and mathematician, currently working at the New England Complex Systems Institute. His work in physical computing is at the intersection of complexity and design thinking, and focuses on empowering individuals in a way that allows them to express themselves creatively within their environment. Kawandeep’s Boston installation “Lighthouse” is a recent example of his work.

Keith Simmons ksimmulator.com

Keith Simmons is an interactive software developer at the Museum of Science in Boston working on the Hall of Human Life project. For the exhibit he builds systems that incorporate a variety of fun sensors including foot pressure mats, balance boards, eye trackers and FLIR cameras. He works primarily in openFrameworks that interfaces with said sensors to give his audience immediate and interactive feedback.

Mike Subelsky subelsky.com

Mike is a Baltimore-based entrepreneur, web programmer, and dev-ops guy. His tools of choice are Ruby and JavaScript but he considers himself a jack-of-all-trades. Lately, he has been developing physical products based on the Arduino platform.

Kyle Fritz kylefritz.co

Kyle Fritz is a people-centric technologist living in Baltimore and working as the VP of Engineering for LocalUp. He has a B.S. in Biomedical Technologies and spends his weekends hacking on Arduino gadgets to make the world more accessible for his brother.

Becky McLaren twitter.com/beckymclaren

Becky McLaren is studying environmental sustainability and health while working on projects to make the world more beautiful and liveable.

Data Visualization


11:30AM – 12:30PM (Cancelled) Intro to Visualization with Python with Paul Smith
1:30PM – 4:00PM Rescheduled to Sunday Morning


11:00PM – 11:30PM Open Source Projects in Medical Visualization with Dr. Yair Rajwan
11:30AM – 1:00PM Intermediate Scraping for Data with Jonathan Julian
2:00PM – 4:00PM Intro to Data Viz Design with Bryan Connor

This lab is for those interested in learning more about data visualization techniques and tools at intro and advanced levels.

This workshop will take you from the first steps of data extraction all the way to advanced concepts in analysis, design, and presentation of your datasets with the aim of providing a starting point for a general approach. For more advanced, the workshop will delve deeper into data, add to the complexity of visualizations, and introduce concepts of interactivity while presenting an opportunity for collaborative work.


The data Visualization Lab will be equipped with a projector, white board(s), large tables, Wi-Fi, and a large photo printer.

What to bring:

Please bring your laptop and a mouse suitable for graphics work if desired. Please prepare your laptop by installing Adobe Illustrator (a trial version or open source equivalent will suffice), Python and an editor or IDE, Ruby and RubyGems (Intermediate Session, can follow along with python/perl), as well as any materials for any projects you have started or would like help with.

Data Visualization Lab Facilitators

Paul Smith everyblock.com & pauladamsmith.com

Current Deputy Director of Technology at the Democratic National Committee. Before moving to the Baltimore-Washington area, Paul was the developer of Every Block in Chicago. Paul has given talks on spatial data and web mapping with Python at PyCon US 2012 and on Mapping with Location Data at Refresh Baltimore.

Dr. Yair G. Rajwan visualmatics.com

Managing partner of analytics visualization research and development at Visual Science Informatics, LLC with degrees in computer science and health sciences informatics. His research focuses on medical and health information visualization and the capabilities of this technique to facilitate patient engagement, shared decision making, and collaboration with clinicians and care providers.

Bryan Connor bryanconnor.com

Freelance data visualization and user experience designer, MICA professor and graduate.

Jonathan Julian jonathanjulian.com

Lead developer at 410 Labs by day, passionate software hacker by night. Jonathan is a co-organizer and familiar presenter at B'more on Rails and BMoreJS, and he has also presented at national conferences such as RailsConf, BohConf, and JSConf.