Welcome to the PlugNPlay workshop: Smart Spaces / Boost your lockdown!

During the PlugNPlay workshop you will use technology and creativity to boost your own environment. With the toolbox you will develop an innovative prototype to improve your daily life. A workshop/Lab takes 3-5 days and is built up out of the following phases:

1. Why?

Challenge of the week


2. How?


3. What?

Brainstorm about your project

4. Act!

Let’s start the prototyping process

5. Pitch!

Present your project

The program of the week can be found here:



Who are we? Who are you? What’s on the agenda this week? Join our first zoom session!

Put all zoom moments in your agenda, we would love to have you there! The zoom room for this week can be found here:

Here’s the link to zoom:


How it Works

In this part of the workshop you will get to know the tools, first digitally and then in real life!


The toolbox

Get to know the tools of the box: What’s in the box?


Inputs and outputs

The inspirationtool shows some fun examples of input and output circuits. Already have some inspiration? Send them over through the simulationtool!


Design your First Prototypes

Learn to code your first prototype using the instruction tools


3D Printing and Lasercutting

Do you want to integrate a 3D print or Lasercut into your prototype? In a Fablab in Brussels you will be introduced to sophisticated equipment for making 3D prints and Lasercuts.

Then the GLUON team will teach you how to work with the software to design 2D and 3D models. 


WHAT is your project?

Under the guidance of an artist, we take a close look at all the possibilities of PlugNPlay. We brainstorm about innovative projects within a theme such as climate change.

You will also be introduced to strategies that you can integrate into your project, such as Gamification.

At the end of the day, your head is full of inspiring ideas. Time to think about your own project and share your first project proposal(s) via the Discord platform!


Prototyping: ACT!

After a day full of zoom sessions and information, we can finally start

Select your Project

Now it’s time to decide which project you will prototype. With the advice of ICT experts and an artist you make the best and most realistic choice.

Make a draft

Give your project a provisional name and make a draft.

Organize yourself

A little organization in your planning can’t hurt. Follow the zoom session to get more info about this.

Develop your Prototype

Discord will be your communication tool par excellence in the coming days, here’s the link for more info: Discord Send your final 3D model and/or Lasercut via the dropbox , by Wednesday 23:59


Presentation: PITCH!

A not to be underestimated part of your prototyping adventure is the presentation! Like any good work of art, others should see it, hear it, or maybe even touch it… Show the world your work with pride!

Give your prototype a NAME and DESCRIPTION. Note this on your project sheet and send it via the QR code. There are many ways to present your work: a video with you in the center, a video with your prototype in the center, a PowerPoint presentation, and more. Do you want to make a presentation in Virtual/Augmented Reality or Stop Motion? Here are the manuals:

Weather house - Bart Stolle

Bart’s Weather house is a play on the typical Austrian barometric weather houses that indicate the coming weather with figures. He uses the prototype’s screen to animate certain figures. These figures will animate differently based on the data received from the temperature, humidity and barometric pressure sensor. The screen is housed in a 3D-printed house with a roof that can be placed inside or outside.


is the acronym for Jalyl, Islam, Mourad and Imrane. Together, they came up with an awareness campaign linked to mobility. They wanted to make people aware of how long, on average, people in Africa have to walk to get water. They wanted to install a bicycle in every Brussels municipality and people would have to cycle to get water. This would be a metaphor for how long people in Africa have to walk to get water. They were allowed to borrow a bicycle from Cowboy for their prototype and programmed a system where drops of water came out of a bottle for every x number of kilometres ridden.

Smart Planter

The smart flower pot is a handy tool that shows how much water is still in the plant’s soil. Thanks to sensors and a screen that can be personalised, you can easily programme how your plant ‘feels’. The idea is to remind people in time to water their plants.

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