Sentient Light wins VDI competition “Mensch und Technik”

And the winner is…

VDI Winning Team
VDI Winning Team – Prof. Hausburg with Matthias Bock, Florian Schwanz, Thee Vanichangkul & Long Pham

The team designed and built sensors into the Baumhaus main room floor to detect the presence and movement of people in the space and a control a system that allows people to influence the lighting in the space (the tree, Orchid Lamps and other installations) in purposeful and emergent ways.

The Baumhaus Sentient Light project convinced the jury and was awarded with the first price. None of us expected this kind of success. Even more we are all happy receiving this appreciation for our work.

In a brief speech Prof. Hausburg summed up the project as the integration of a technical solution in a social environment which directly reflects people’s dynamics and interactions.

Like the year before the Association of German Engineers (VDI) called for participation of engineering students from Berlin an Brandenburg on challenge Mensch und Technik (people and technology). Until 30 September 2016 teams of up to three students could hand in a poster and a brief description of a project having a strong connection to both people and technology.

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Mid November VDI announced that our team is invited to the award ceremony – yeah! On 25 November the award ceremony took place at Ludwig Erhard Haus near Berlin Zoologischer Garten.
Team Sentient Light and prof. Hausburg
At the beginning of the event the most successful graduates of technical classes in Berlin and Brandenburg were honored. Speakers of the VDI emphasized the challenges to address and solve challenges of the modern and connected city. Presindet of Technische Hochschule Brandenburg (University of Applied Sciences) – Prof. Dr. Wieneke-Toutaoui – also outlined today’s possibilities as an engineering stundent to make the world a better place. In this context she also mentioned the increased but nonetheless low amount of female students in engineering.

Other speakers appealed to the students’ entrepreneurial spirit. One quote by Reid Hoffman stayed in memory

„If you are not embarassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched to late.“

– Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn

After that the top three award-winning teams were announced. At this point we did not yet not know which place we would be.

In reverse order the teams were asked to come on stage: third place went to a team of two students who made use of an Aldebaran Nao robot in order to translate spoken language into sign language. The second price went to one student who developed a technique to reduce airplane noise by using liners.

Finally all the three teams had the opportunity to present their concepts and posters in details and were able to answer questions. The increased interest in our project motivated us to present the different aspects in more detail.


Let us know if you are interested in joining our award winning Tech Team and help finish installing elements of our sentient lighting system or interesting projects we are developing.

Sentient Light Helper Poster


Sentient Light: project vision

Sentient Light is a generic system which reactively controls LEDs. Using parameters from the surroundings, such as the presence and motion of people moving in the space, the system can change the color and intensity of light installations throughout the room. This makes the room is ‘intelligent’ in the sense that it can react to the behaviour of people in the space.  We hope is that this technology can be used passively and actively by visitors to inspire more sentient and emergent behaviour.

The project is currently being realized in Baumhaus Berlin. Das Baumhaus is a project and event space in Berlin Wedding where people can meet, collaborate and work on social and ecological projects and other topics related to sustainable development and making the world a better place in general.  Baumhaus also offers services from a sustainable solutions collective of over 100 interdisciplinary freelancers.

Dataflow

The general idea is to measure environmental parameters using sensors and to transfer measured values to a central processing device. There all the values will be aggregated and transformed by a mapping engine.

Transformed values in turn will be sent to actors which will use them as input values.

Bluetooth Smart

Sensors, actors and the processing device communicate via radio signals using Bluetooth Smart and span a network of things. It features a simple protocol stack and low energy consumption and is supported by most smartphones and tablets.

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Getting Back Active :: Transformation 2017

IMG_5352Just before Christmas, I over stressed my back while moving things in the Baumhaus and ended up activating an old painful injury.  The good news is that despite the physical pain, I had the best Christmas and New Years I have had in a very long time!  My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who stopped by to help out, hang out, cook, celebrate, play, dance, clean, build and plan.  While I am not 100% recovered from my injury, I am improving daily thanks to the sensitive and precise body work done by Collin and Nicole in combination my renewed sense of discipline towards self maintenance and transformation. -Sb

Join us in the spirit of getting back active:
Th/Do 5 Jan
• 13:00 – 17:00 light organising & building
• 17:00 – 19:00 open house chill, socialise, plan
• 19:30 – 22:00 rescued bio-buffet, announcements and news, connect
Fr 6 Jan (NOT AT BAUMHAUS)
• 19:00 – 21:00 Getting Unstuck – come play Reka Livits’ unsticking game
to get you on track for starting the year out right
Sa 7 Jan
• 19:00 – 22:00 Experimental Acoustic Electric Jam Session
Feat: Şafak Velioğlu improvising live Tar and the traditional eastern instruments while being dubbed into dj tracks
https://www.facebook.com/events/730571913768699/
So 8 Jan
• 13:00 – 19:00 art, design, building and decoration session
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Last Collaborative Building Sessions in 2016

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Come by and join us any day (schedule below) – no special skills required but you must have basic health insurance for our to cover you as well. Everyday is an opportunity to transform the space and yourself…

We will be having fun:
• general finishing using upcycled / recycled wood and other ecological building materials
• constructing and decorating organic interior facades
• painting surfaces – general & decorative
• building and installing small finishing details with wood, clay, ceramic mosaic, textiles and lighting
• cooking for the team
• general cleaning
• documenting and sharing the process

SCHEDULE
* if people volunteer to cook we can have meals each day

Sa 10.12.
14 – 20:00 general WORK session
21:00 – chill and soiree – stop by for a nice candle light hang out

So 11.12.
15 – 20:00 general WORK session
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Di 13.12.
11:00 – 21:00 general WORK session

Mi 14.12.
11 – 21:00 general WORK session

Do 15.12.
11 – 17:00 general WORK session
17 – 19:00 Baumhaus Community Day, open speaking hours
19:15 project updates and quick pitches
19:30 rescued bio food buffet by The Real Junk Food Project: Berlin & Foodsharing Berlin
20:30 Improvisational Groove Orchestra (voacal improv jam)
https://soundcloud.com/scott-bolden/ebb-and-flow-p2-edit-2

Fr 16.12.
12:00 – 19:00 general WORK session
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Sa 17.12. Economadia Day from 9:00 – 18:00 :: Building sustainable communities for people who can or would like to work from anywhere…

Sa 17.12. Sustainable Gift Making :: Active Art Salon from 19:00 – 23:00  come make your own gifts with the help of one of Santa’s workshop helpers, enjoy snacks, cookies and Glüwein

check Baumhaus calendar for other events
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Mo 19.12.
11:00 – 21:00 general WORK session

Di 20.12.
11:00 – 21:00 general WORK session

Mi 21.12.
11 – 21:00 general WORK session

Do 22.12.
11 – 17:00 general WORK session
17 – 19:00 Baumhaus Community Day, open speaking hours
19:15 project updates and quick pitches
19:30 rescued bio food buffet by The Real Junk Food Project: Berlin & Foodsharing Berlin
20:30 Improvisational Groove Orchestra (voacal improv jam)
https://soundcloud.com/scott-bolden/ebb-and-flow-p2-edit-2

Stop by any day after 11:00 to join in the creative fun while there are still some installation opportunities open!

 

The Art of Process… & all the activity swirling around us…

Stop by any day after 11:00 to join in the creative fun while there are still some installation opportunities open!
 
Over the weekend Murielle Gandre​ and Scott Bolden​ worked to get the bar top finished enough so that it will not get damaged. Just a few more steps left to really make it glow! (although, both the wood and copper look radically different depending on the lighting conditions – its a color changing bar!)
 
Throughout the process, there were several events happening and the process turned into a bit of a side show during a women’s meet-up and many happenings from our Zero Waste event series with Transition Town Pankow​, The Real Junk Food Project: Berlin​, Open Source Circular Economy Days Berlin and a few more surprises….. like:
 
Our tech team just won 1st prize for our sentient lighting project in the Baumhaus! The contest had something to do with technology that benefits humanity… more on that soon!
 

The Next 2 Week Push! :: Building A Shared Vision

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October 25 – November 7

Two weeks of intensive building work ahead – let’s get together again for the final push to make the Baumhaus space legally functional so we can keep the project alive and moving forward!

Come by and join us any day (schedule below) – no special skills required, and we’re happy about everybody helping out for a few hours!

We will be:
• installing and finishing a wood mosaic bar using upcycled / recycled wood and other ecological building materials
• constructing and decorating organic interior facades
• painting surfaces – general & decorative
• attaching branches to installations
• building and installing small finishing details with wood, clay, ceramic mosaic, textiles and lighting
• cooking for the team
 general cleaning
• documenting and sharing the process

SCHEDULE
(after work events will be added as they come, feel free to offer an experience worth sharing…)

Di 25.10.
13 – 19:00 general WORK session
19:00 – dinner and social session
21:00 – Konstantin Mercks (acoustic guitar and vocal)

Mi 26.10.
11 – 19:00 general WORK session
19:00 – dinner and social session

Do 27.10.
11 – 17:00 general WORK session
17 – 19:00 Baumhaus Community Day, open speaking hours
19:15 project updates and quick pitches
19:30 rescued bio food buffet

Sa 29.10.
13 – 19:00 general WORK session
19 – Chill session with musical guests
21:00 – the all-nighter 24 hour participative design challenge & special session:
Join and support Scott in creating the design for the next major mosaic installation in the Men’s toilet room. Bring drinks, snacks, games, music and creativity to share. The Baumhaus will be be transformed into a creative lounge… bring your own projects to work on or join in the ones we have here, take a break on the dance floor… All support is welcome

So 30.10.
14 – 19:00 general WORK session
19 – 21:00 last 2 hours of 24 hour design session (celebrate, eat, sleep)

Di 1.11.
11 – 19:00 general work session

Mi 2.11.
11 – 18:00 general WORK session
18:30 – Baumhaus Zero Waste Meeting (BUND)

Do 3.11.
11 – 17:00 general WORK session
17 – 19:00 Baumhaus Community Day, open speaking hours
19:15 project updates and quick pitches
19:30 rescued bio food buffet
20:30 Improvisational Groove Orchestra (voacal improv jam)
https://soundcloud.com/scott-bolden/ebb-and-flow-p2-edit-2

Sa 5.11.
13 – 19:00 general WORK session
19 – Chill session

So 6.11.
14 – 19:00 general WORK session

Mo 7.11.
11 – 19:00 general WORK session

Thursdays are going to be busy at the Baumhaus…

Thanks to everyone who came out to help prepare for and participate in our first regular community day! Great vibes, good ideas, a yummy rescued bio buffet, a zero waste panel discussion, a workshop painting with colors made from plants, a meeting with a local Wedding group, a clothing exchange complete with a sustainability lottery/quiz plus a whole lot of fun gettign good thing done! Check our facebook timeline for all the event details past , present and future.

p.s. We still really need people to help us finish the space before November so we can get legal and stay open! We are here every week day from 10 until 20:00; just stop by and help with one of our projects…

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Emergent Berlin Festival 2016 *Emerging Baumhaus*

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Join us for a weekend of informal exchange, co-creation and celebration…

Which initiatives and ideas for social and ecological change are emerging in our city? How can we support each other? What can we do together to bring forward positive change? What do we want to make happen in the emergent Baumhaus project space?

Introduce yourself / your project in 2-3min (write us an email to info@baumhausberlin.de to secure a spot)

SATURDAY 24.9. *EMERGENT BERLIN*

BARCAMP 12-7pm
11am walking meditation
12am project presentations
2pm lunch
3pm themed discussions
6pm round-up

OPEN BAUMHAUS 3-10pm
7pm: Join us for DINNER – a buffet with rescued organic food in Baumhaus, organised and prepared with love by The Real Junk Food Project: Berlin

PARTY @ Panke e.V.
www.facebook.com/events/337093600014312/

SUNDAY, 25.9. *EMERGENT WEDDING*

OPEN BAUMHAUS 3-10pm
BARCAMP Wedding 4-7pm

A festival for bottom-up transformation towards sustainability in Wedding and Berlin – and the kick-off event for our emerging Baumhaus project space here in Gerichtstraße 23 in Wedding.
www.emergentberlin.de

Special thanks to special people

We are back to working every weekday from 10 until 10 unless we have a gathering in the evening… Like this Monday and every Thursday when The Real Junk Food Project: Berlin will cook another bio rescued food dinner feast for helpers and visitors.

We still need more hands each day this week to jam the next finishing work out. Skilled and unskilled help is welcome! Everyday something in the space is transforming.

Another heart-felt big thanks go out to all the generous and wonderful people who have helped to build the space and event program so far!