2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Elevating Everyday DIY to the Tech Level

#sxsw #DIYwithTI

ATTENTION: You must signup in advance to attend this workshop. You will need to have a valid SXSW badge, and an activated SXsocial account. To reserve your seat, please go here: https://sup.sxsw.com/schedule/IAP20303

So you have a ready-to-go idea for a gadget that will surely change the world…or you’ve dreamt up a fun, creative way to solve an everyday nuisance. Until recently, developing your own device seemed rather daunting. With the DIY tech/Maker revolution underway, learning how to turn inventive ideas into reality is more accessible, and easily customizable. Want to steer light to create a portable 3D scanning system or the start of a high-res 3D printer? How about tweaking electronics to trigger LED lights or ring buzzers in complex sequences? Texas Instruments and industry partners enable such creations through innovative products and deep roots in the tech industry.

This 4 hour workshop (for up to 30 participants) will focus on bringing together the TI MCU LaunchPad and TI DLP-powered development kits to kick-start innovations and create a special 3D printer. With the first ~45 minutes for introductions, setup, etc., each of the approximately next 3 hours will layer together for an easier build. Join industry influencers and expert engineers, see finished products across industries, and join the modern DIY revolution.

- Participants should have a basic understanding of microcontrollers.
- Experience with Arduino and Processing is valuable but not necessary.

What to Bring:
- As this is a hands-on workshop, participants must bring their own laptops with the latest version of the Processing IDE and Energia IDE installed prior to the workshop.



Adrian Fernandez

Microcontroller Customer Experience Mgr

Texas Instruments

Adrian Fernandez is the Microcontroller Customer Experience Manager at Texas Instruments. In his role, he is responsible for defining the microcontroller development ecosystem and augmenting the ways developers interact with TI’s microcontroller portfolio, with heavy focus on growing and improving TI’s LaunchPad Rapid Prototyping Development Platform.

Adrian holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, concentrating on embedded systems and digital signal processing. He lives with his girlfriend Ellen & pug Ollie in Dallas, TX.


Gerard Sequeira

Embedded Software Engineer

Boston Engineering

Gerard Sequeira is the founder of 43oh.com, a resourceful community where hobbyists and professionals share views, new projects and provide feedback based on the popular MSP430 micro-controller. 43oh was launched in 2010, and at three years old, it has grown to a 20,000+ strong user community with a strong open-source mentality. His other three community sites include Stellarisiti.com, C2Ccentral.com and BeagleFu.com which cater to ARM, C2000 and BeagleBoard audiences respectively.

Gerard works at Boston Engineering as an Embedded Software Enginner with projects ranging from precision motion control robotics to wireless projects.

While not working he flies and keeps crashing his multirotor.


Kipp Bradford


Data Sensing Lab

Kipp Bradford is an entrepreneur, technology consultant, and educator with a passion for making things. He is the founder or cofounder of start-ups in the fields of transportation, consumer products, HVAC, and medical devices, and holds numerous patents for his inventions. Some of his more interesting projects have turned into kippkitts.

Kipp is the author of Distributed Network Data (hardware hacking for Data Scientists, with Alasdair Allan) and is one of the cofounders of the Data Sensing Lab. Kipp also co-founded Revolution By Design, a non-profit education and research organization dedicated to empowerment through technology, and co-organizes Rhode Island’s mini Maker Faire. He is one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s “Nifty Fifty”. Kipp was the Demo Chair of the 2013 Open Hardware Summit and has been recognized as a leading innovator at Frost & Sullivan’s GIL 2013. As the former Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer at the Brown University School of Engineering, Kipp taught several engineering design and entrepreneurship courses. He serves on the boards of The Maker Education Initative, The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art, The Providence Athenaeum, and the community arts organization AS220. He is also on the technical advisory board of MAKE Magazine, is a Fellow at the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University, and is an Adjunct Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design.


Pascal Nelson

DLP Applications Support

Texas Instruments DLP

DLP Applications Support
Bio): As a member of Texas Instruments' award-winning DLP (Digital Light Processing) division, Pascal promotes and supports the adoption of DLP technology beyond traditional projection solutions. As a member of the applications support team for the DLP Catalog group, Pascal works with industrial, medical, scientific, and innovation customers to develop customer solutions based on the unique qualities of TI DLP MEMS devices. Pascal’s physics background and decades of engineering experience give him broad insight and effective tools to bring value to TI DLP customers.

Qualifications Pascal has represented TI DLP at many venues around the world – Europe, Asia, South America, and North America – with demonstrations of DLP technology, technical presentations, and training events. These include Photonics West, Laser World of Photonics, DLP Symposia, TI Tech Days, as well as other events. He is a prolific contributor to the TI E2E forums in support of DLP. Pascal has also contributed to the documentation and technical literature for DLP.

VOWEL: Pascal has worked closely with a range of partner and potential partner companies on behalf of his team at Texas Instruments, and brings a strong awareness of the fields he engages, and a vision of where these fields can go with the adoption of DLP technology. His presentation experience and level of engagement at industry events have positioned him as a vital member of this workshop session.

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