Wednesday, June 15
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free after registration
Night of the Nerds
On Wednesday, June 15, a live edition of Night of the Nerds took place. People were immersed in the world of technology, innovation and creativity.
There was a packed program for tech enthusiasts. There were experiences, workshops, techtalks and a Night of the Nerds quiz. You learned how to program music, you tested and played new games and you could ask all your questions to the University Racing Team who built their own race car.
This year, Night of the Nerds could be found at several locations in and around Strijp: the Klokgebouw, MU, Fontys Innovation Lab, POPEI and VR Centre Enversed.
MU Workshop OURSPACE
Ourspace is a digital game/experience in which you playfully investigate and live experience your online identity. A quirky social experiment and performance that choreographs the participants and their bodies using an artificial chatbot on WhatsApp. The chatbot shares stories and responds with commands that translate online social behaviour into physical movements. For example, ‘If you think someone looks interesting, tap them on the shoulder’.
The app was developed by dance platform WhyNot, creative coder James Bryan Graves and technology artist Klasien van de Zandschulp.
Technology in Health Care
Technology in healthcare is here to stay. What about people with an amputation or when a limb no longer functions properly? Assistive devices are being developed for these people in which innovative technology is becoming increasingly important. Like 3D printing, 3D scan technology and technology on the edge of robotics.
Discover at Night of the Nerds what this involves. Experience what it is like to walk or work with this specific technology. You can also ask questions to an expert!
The web has a dark side as well as a beautiful one. Every year, more than 100,000 young people fall victim to online sexual violence. Examples are sextortion (extortion with sexually oriented images) or shame sexting (the unwanted distribution of sexually oriented images). The threshold for asking for help is high and victims struggle with feelings of guilt and shame.
WTFFF” focuses on the stories of five young people who have experienced online sexual abuse. Their moving stories are depicted by means of an interactive artwork. The platform explains (the consequences of) online sexual abuse, refers to professional help and offers the possibility (anonymously) to share an experience.
WTFFF?! is a project by Hack the Planet and the Dutch Victim Support Fund. Students from Sint Lucas and Fontys were involved at the start of this project. They developed digital concepts that they thought would appeal to young people. This resulted in the choice to put the experiences of young people themselves central in WTFFF?!
Skills and techniques of a DJ
Which skills and techniques does a DJ master? Certainly he/she does a lot more than just starting up songs! Pioneer DJ will be at Night of the Nerds to explain the basic functions and skills of DJing and the specialist equipment. Lecturers from the ProDJ school will also be on hand to give you practical tips on the DJ profession.
Interested? Check out the Pioneer DJ booth at Night of the Nerds and ask the creative specialists. Or bring your USB stick and come try out the equipment.
The Dark Story – Online Quest
A large part of our lives takes place online. This leaves traces in data, a lot of data. Some of this data is public and can be used to solve crimes or as a source for investigative journalism. How does this work and what is involved?
In this workshop you will learn different research techniques that make use of public data. An exciting online search that gives you a different and more profound view on the internet.
Theme of the online search: the so-called ‘dark stores’, warehouses with taped windows that are usually located in the centre of cities, from where ‘flash movers’ work.
Cybercrime is a growing problem among young people in the Netherlands. Most are unaware of the risks, consequences and punishability of their own online behaviour.
Framed is a mobile game that turns an ordinary school day into an exciting interactive cybercrime adventure. An interactive story in which players are challenged to ‘help’ a fictitious classmate. The players are confronted with their own online behaviour and possibly the serious consequences thereof. The subject thus becomes very personal and comes very close.
New serious game MikroLokaal
Microbes: you cannot see them but they are there. They are inside you, on you, and you alone have over a hundred thousand billion of them. And that is 14,000 x number of people on earth. They are in your nose, ears, under your armpits, in your eyes, your stomach, mouth, your belly, on your skin, under your feet, everywhere actually. And that is a good thing. They protect you and help you stay healthy.
Want to know more about how microbes work to make you healthy or unhealthy? Then play the brand new game MikroLokaal. In this serious game, you work together to fight bacteria and make microbes grow. Do you want to play? There is room for 8 players and it takes about 15 minutes.
MU Interactieve Tour
In MU, artist Jasper Griepink takes you into his fairy-tale futuristic world where technology and nature merge in a unique way. In this interactive tour, you can use the world Jasper Griepink has created in MU to speculate on possible future scenarios yourself.
Switch off your smartphone and switch on your Brainport: the only way to predict the future is to create it!
Generation XYZ, designen in AR
An augmented reality installation in which you get to work as a designer. You learn to look at an object like a designer and analyse what it consists of. At the same time, you will learn how to use technology such as Augmented Reality (AR) to create digital designs in which you can modify the different ‘parts’ that an object consists of. In this way, you make your first steps in digital design and get a glimpse of the code behind it. Like a true digital designer, you adjust the ‘DNA’ of the objects in AR.
VR Game Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars is a 1v1 VR shooter game about the battle between two hostile bakers. Whack, shoot and dodge cakes in this delightful game. The player who hits the opponent the most is the winner! In short fun and laughter!
NFT – Evolution of ownership
The Evolution of ownership is a unique blockchain art gallery in the heart of Night of the Nerds. It will display valuable pieces by renowned artists in the first phase, and valuable non-fungible tokens (NFTs) by promising artists in the second phase. Paired with all the information about ownership and the value of the piece of art.
You can also become the owner of an NFT in the third phase. Here you will find a representation of the Blockchain and you can be scanned as an abstract art piece. At the end, you will be given a pamphlet with instructions on how to Mint the NFT yourself.
Metaverse – Virtual Identity experience
In the Virtual Identity experience, visitors to Night of the Nerds get the chance to meet their metaverse avatar. When you have tried the AR filter, we invite you to enter the metaverse. In the experience you can discover what you might look like in the virtual worlds created by Greenhouse. To make sure you don’t forget this experience, we will give you a postcard with your picture.
Energy of Tomorrow
What will your energy be in 2030? How will you heat your home in 2040? Will there still be cars on the road in 2050? The answers to these questions are not self-evident. The future energy supply is an important challenge for you! In the Jouw Energie van Morgen truck, you are challenged to think about useful solutions for the energy of tomorrow.
The Jouw Energie van Morgen truck is a project of the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Groningen, GasTerra and Gasunie.
TechTalks: deepening & eye-openers
TechTalks zijn minicolleges van een kwartier van super pro’s over actuele Techthema’s. Dan snap je nog beter hoe groot de impact van tech in de wereld is. Er zijn twee rondes en in elke ronde worden twee Techthema’s belicht.
13.30 TechTalks ronde 1
Wat je moet weten over HACKEN – Barry van Kampen, ethisch hacker bij Team High Tech Crime, Nationale Politie
Grote vraagstukken oplossen met TECH – Johan Huijkman, Accessibility Engineer Q42 / Hack the Planet
14.30 TechTalks ronde 2
Hoe trap ik niet in nepnieuws – Anne Lisa Giesen, datajournalist ANP
Digitale detectives en Open Source Intelligence – Heinze Havinga, New media multitasker & docent-onderzoeker hogeschool Saxion
Secret Shuffle – dance game
Secret Shuffle is a party game with headphones. Each player plays with their own phone. Through headphones they hear music and while dancing they have to find the other player(s) who are dancing to the same song. The game can be played with 5 to 60 players. The game has several game modes, including Pairs, Groups, Split and Fakers. In Pairs, two players who hear the same song have to find each other. In Split, half of the players get the same number with the aim that players who hear the same song get together. In Fakers, everyone hears the same song, except a few players; they don’t hear anything at all, but still have to dance to avoid being discovered.
Welding robot and 3D puzzle
Let the VDL welding robot do the work for you! Do you have spatial insight? Puzzle a small ball by putting together six metal parts. Then place the ball in the mould, so that the welding robot can get to work. The result: a sturdy and indestructible ball! How cool is that? The parts are specially cut on a 3D tube laser at VDL.
Become an expert in chemistry with this ChemiKami card game! The game was created by Tengjia Zuo, (Student Industrial Design | TU Eindhoven). In this card game, you learn chemical elements by heart by using Augmented Reality (AR).
Compose music with Robo Maestro
Are you crazy about music games? With Robo Maestro you will experience a whole new way of making music. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology composes the music based on the commands you give Robo Maestro. Make endless music, record songs and share them with your friends. You are the Maestro!
Yokufa: the party game
The game “Yokufa” is an arena brawler party game.The game has an overall theme of spirituality and tribal assets. In the game, 2 to 4 players duke it out in arenas with the goal to deplete their rival’s lives. Yokufa was designed by students Joey Vogelzangs, Joe Hooijmaijers and Max van Diepen. Are you ready to play?
The ASML Brain Teaser: Circuit Maze Game
The Circuit Maze game is a challenging game that gives you insight into how circuits work. In this challenge, will you manage to build a real circuit and light the LED beacons?
The ASML Brain Teaser: Laser Maze Game
Do you have a dose of common sense and are you interested in science? Then come play the Laser Maze Game and navigate the laser through the mirror labyrinth. In this game, the aim is to place the different pieces on the game board in such a way that the laser beam hits the mirror and makes the target light up red. In four different game levels you are challenged to overcome this brainteaser.
Creative Coding with Timo Hoogland
Timo Hoogland is a Creative Coder. He has found the perfect combination for his passions music and technology. As an artist under the name _T.MO_code and sound alchemist Timo shows how cool it is to program music and how you can learn to code music yourself. He gives you practical tips and you can ask all your questions!
Graphic 'Short Stories' with AR
Augmented Reality (AR) adds something extra to an image. Jimi Eichhorn (St Joost student) designed graphic illustrations where an extra story – through an animation or poem – is added. Together with the AR app Eye Jack, these creations are shown to you. This gives his work even more meaning and shows a glimpse into the world of AR.
Testing the latest games in the UX Lab
Are you a fan of games? Then come to the UX Lab and get to work with the latest games developed by game students from the Interaction Design program at Fontys. They have produced a wide range of games for your smartphone, with virtual reality goggles or with augmented reality. While playing, your feedback is very valuable!
Meet the FTC Team The Encrypted Gentlemen
During the First Tech Challenge (FTC) several high school students compete in a global robot competition. The FTC Team The Encrypted Gentlemen of the Sondervick College in Veldhoven has become the Dutch champion with their designed robot. At Night of the Nerds they will be present to show their electrical creation.
Program your own conveyor belt
Every year, more than 23 million passengers travel through the Dutch airports. The transport of all luggage is of course very important. The sorting of this baggage is fully PLC-controlled. During this workshop, you will learn – in cooperation with market leader Vanderlande – what is involved in this system and you will get the assignment to program your own conveyor belt.
Watch URE's high-tech autonomous race car
Each year, the University Racing Eindhoven (URE) student team, in collaboration with partners, designs an innovative electric, autonomous race car. With this race monster the team of Technical University participates in the biggest international design competition for students. The race monster and the participants from the student team will be present live during Night of the Nerds this year. Come see the car & learn more about the team behind this innovative project.
Make your own electronic beats with Ableton Live
Wondering how to make electronic beats? In cooperation with the Creative Tech Academy, you get the chance to get acquainted with the Ableton Push controller through this workshop. Through this software you work with instruments and self-made sounds with effects: you can also record and adjust these. Become a real producer and make your own music!
Save the Earth in the High Tech Escape Room
Get ready for the escape room of your life! In this English-language escape room from SIOUX, you and your other team members must try to stop a hacked drone. Make use of the touch screens, joysticks, a patch cabinet, and VR goggles and conquer the drone. Make sure you save the world, but beware: you only have 10 minutes to do this!
The upside-down world with ASML
With these Upside-Down glasses from ASML you are up to the challenge! Try to complete all kinds of tasks while wearing these ‘Upside-Down Glasses’. Write your own name, avoid obstacles in your path and pour water into a glass in a completely different way than you are used to. Nothing is what it seems: get ready for the challenge!
Dory: the hybrid collaboration game
In this cooperative game you have to communicate with other players, you are presented with different questions and the task is to send a dolphin safely through the polluted ocean to a healthy nature reserve. Thanks to Dory, your understanding of ocean pollution is enhanced and your gaming skills are put to the test.
Programming music in code language with Sonic Pi
Making music has never been more challenging. With Sonic Pi you program beats and sounds, change instruments and add subtle effects to your creations. Based on code, you build a complete track step by step.
Build your own rockets and start a true revolution: Next Space Rebels game
Dutch artist Floris Kaayk is the founder of this new spectacular space game. Together with hacker group Next Space Rebels – which calls on the world to build their own rockets – you work toward a progressive goal: the journey to Internet freedom.
Program your own 3D game
Show your (game)skills: make your own 3D-Game. In collaboration with Fontys Eindhoven you will build the basis of a Unity 3D game during this workshop. Design, personalize and create your ultimate game. Go for an exciting and challenging adventure!