Short Course

Digital & Physical Play

In a two days workshop we will learn about the importance of digital & physical (hybrid) play and the empowerment of creating your own toys. We will also look at some tools that can facilitate the creation of these toys, we will brainstorm with the participants about the needs and interests of children. More importantly, we will build toys and develop our own games. At the end we will show the results of this session in an interactive presentation where everybody is invited to play! Kids from 8-12 years old can also join here!

DAY 1 – Friday, November 16, 2018 10:00 – 17:00

We will start the first day working from the MakersLAb in the Benno Premselahuis building (Rhijnspoorplein) of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam

  • Why Hybrid play and why making your own toys?
  • Tinkering and exploration of the tools: Nintendo Labo, LittleBits and Makey Makey.
  • Brainstorming
  • Planning and materials
  • Making, making, making!

DAY 2 – Saturday, November 17, 2018 10:00 – 17:00

We will work at the OBA Oosterdok, 1st floor

  • Experts testing!
  • What did we learn?
  • Iteration on the Design
  • New prototype
  • Test and Play!


Jake Henderson (Instrument Developer at DSS)

Felipe Escobar (Instrument Designer at DSS)

Tamara Pinos C. (PhD Candidate & Instrument Developer at DSS): With a background in computer engineering, research, making and coaching I like to explore the possibilities of using mixed mediums and prototyping solutions.


€ 15 – Students

€ 25 – Digital Society Community

€ 50 – Professionals