Bristle Bot at the Hackathon at Dewsbury Market

Over a hundred people visited the first ever Creative Scene Hackathon on Dewsbury market on Saturday 22 August.

The bustling market place played a very vibrant backdrop to robot making, learning about electrical circuits through the Makey Makey Fruit Piano, and placing your self as a Lego piece on a road map of North Kirklees of where you live.

People came from far and wide – Batley, Mount Pleasant, Thorn Hill, Mirfeild, Heckmondwike, Dewsbury, Cleckheaton, Morley, Leeds, and even London. They told us that they wanted more of this kind of ‘thing’, using computers and making cool stuff with circuits, quirky materials and Lego.

Lego map at the Hackathon at Dewsbury Market

“I have never seen this kind of thing on a market stall before, its quite incredible, the kids love it, would like this kind of stuff all the time especially in the holidays as they get bored and its hard to find things to do, especially things that you can afford”

Parent of audience participant.

Hackathon at Dewsbury Market

People also gave us suggestions about places they wanted further activity to happen, such as libraries, pop-up shops, schools, and local community centers.

From our conversations on the day we also have some really great ideas for our weeklong Hackathon in October half term.

Hackathon at Dewsbury Market

Karen Shannon, a Project Manager for Creative Scene, said:

“It was great to see so many people really engaged in using technology creatively. The robot making was very popular and we had all kinds of weird and wonderful ones that showed people’s ingenuity and imagination.”

Lego map at the Hackathon at Dewsbury Market

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