Arduino Workshops in March

HackerSpaceBrussels (HSB) is organising a series of workshops around the Arduino, an open source hardware platform.

What is Arduino?

The Arduino is a small board with an 8-bit microcontroller which can be easily programmed. It can operate connected to your computer or in stand-alone mode.

What can I do with it?

Some examples of applications:

  • Switch on and off the lights in your hackroom with cron job
  • Switch on and off your computer from a website
  • Make a LED blink when you have new mail
  • make a glowing and pulsating red heart for your significant other
  • Mind-altering christmas lights


  • Tue 03 Mar@19:30: Introduction: buy an arduino, first steps
  • Tue 10 Mar@19:30: First lessons: blinking leds, examples of C code
  • Tue 17 Mar@19:30: Serial communications & binary data mayhem
  • Sat+Sun 20+21 Mar: Mididuino workshop: arduino to do midi communication(think sound/rythms) with Wesen
  • Tue 24 Mar@19:30: free for experimenting
  • Tue 31 Mar@19:30: there will be a talk&tryout on servomotors (if somebody finds L497&L298 IC's/ or an ULN2004, we can tryout steppers too ) / also a talk on 'state machines' and how you can code them / free for experimenting

Tue 03 Mar

  • get your arduino
  • get it connected to you pc : there's a nice overview here
  • install the Arduino software. Again good info at | ladyada's
  • ow and drop some bucks into our money vault

Sat-Sun 07-08 Mar

  • our friends (anyone named ellentriek is my friend ;-) organize a weekend full of wires, leds, soldering irons at the Compilotheque; we'll join in so come over with your project(-idea) or questions…

Tue 10 Mar

Tue 17 Mar

  • gibberish chatter : serial communication lesson 4
  • inputs floating around: connecting a pushbutton lesson 5

Sat-Sun 21-22 Mar

  • mididuino mayhem: a look into the workings of midi, and how to get it all connected

Tue 24 Mar

  • come up with a nice project

Tue 31 Mar

  • there will be a talk&tryout on servomotors (if somebody finds L297&L298 IC's/ or an ULN2004, we can tryout steppers too ) and also a talk on 'state machines' and how you can code them. The session will also be free for experimenting.

For Beginners

  • If you don't know anything about electronics: we'll get you started. We'll explain how the components work and what you can do with it. We'll show you how to connect them without soldering.
  • If your not a programmer, that's fine. The code to run these things is pretty basic, and a little brain combined with the awesome power of copy/paste will find it's way in this.
  • If you're an accountant, no prob. If you're eager to learn you will be able to manage this.

For Advanced users

  • Those of you who like to take it to another (volume-)level are invited to the two-day workshop on the weekend of 21/22 april.
  • Wesen, the developer of the miduino will be with us to show his stuff.
  • Think: beats and bleeps modified by an remixed arduino.


We ask a little fee for the whole package of sessions: 10EUR (sessions + workshop) in order to pay Wesen's train tickets & cover some material and infrastructure.


av. princesse elisabeth 46
1030 schaerbeek


  • Car sharing: from Ghent, email eb.citanaf|oniudra#eb.citanaf|oniudra


Space is limited, so we ask you to register in advance by:

  1. send an email to eb.citanaf|oniudra#eb.citanaf|oniudra AND
  2. register on Doodle


  • Bring your laptop/computer
  • Bring your arduino


You can buy an Arduino at the 3rd of March meeting for around 25EUR. Pre-order one by sending your name and quantity to eb.citanaf|oniudra#eb.citanaf|oniudra. Apparently a belgian distributor has risen up really recently (feb 2009) they are coming over 3rd of March to void*pointer.


See draft version 19. Edit here.

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