Nov 3 – 5, 2023
Riga, Latvia
Europe/Riga timezone

You Ship, We Ship: Developing Open Source Culture

Nov 5, 2023, 2:00 PM
1h 30m
Beta 2 – Workshops (Radisson Blu Latvija)

Beta 2 – Workshops

Radisson Blu Latvija

Workshop (1.5 Hours) Community


Leo McElroy
Hack Club
Lexi Mattick (she/her)
Hack Club


We will present our work at Hack Club creating a new type of public education centered around building open source creative tools with teenagers around the world. We will share the "you ship, we ship" model where we ship open source hardware tools (like a build it yourself handheld gaming console and robotic drawing machine) to teenagers in exchange for shipping paired software projects as open source contributions. It's our approach to helping people learn by building things they care about, sharing those projects with others, and participating in building something greater than the sum of its parts together.

During our workshop we'll present our model and then walk through how users engage with the work by building games and making generative art in our web-based editors.

Session author's bio

Leo: I'm an open source developer who builds computational creative tools. I work at the EdTech nonprofit Hack Club where I design and lead community open source projects (like a video game console you get by building games for it). I also build digital fabrication tools including circuit board design environments, distributed firmware systems, and alternative programming interfaces.

Lexi: Always driven by curiosity for how things work, Lexi ( fell in love with electrical engineering as an 8-year-old and transitioned from that into a general desire to learn computer programming. She spends her time writing software of all sorts, making music, and studying for her private pilot license (even though she's 17 and doesn't drive a car yet).

Level of Difficulty Beginner

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