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SymbioticA: Automating Care with Arduino

  • SymbioticA, University of Western Australia (map)

Learn how to semi-automate the process of watering a plant by building your own plant soil moisture sensor with Arduino.

You will be exposed to artworks which have used technology to automate the care of plants and aquatic life, and be introduced to a potential future where robots are used to semi-automate care for aged persons and individuals with autism.

After the workshop, participants will be able to take their own plant soil moisture sensor home with them!

This workshop will:

  • expose participants to artwork and research related to the theme of automating care
  • teach participants the practical understanding required to undertake DIY automation projects.  

This workshop will introduce participants to the theme of automating care from multiple perspectives with the objective to deepen their ability to think critically and speculatively about a potential future in which caring tasks are automated.

Participants are required to bring their own laptop and pot plant to this workshop!


About the facilitator:

Ziggy O’Reilly is currently a Master of Biological Arts candidate. She has experience curating galleries, managing artists and exhibiting artwork. Additionally, she was a student in the Biohack Academy Course hosted at the University of Western Australia (2017) and the Biohacker Bootcamp hosted at Genspace in New York (2016).

She is an alumni from the Yale Bioethics Summer School (2017) where she presented a poster on the culmination of her research detailing ethical concerns of introducing socially assistive robots into residential aged care facilities. She has been interviewed on RTRfm about the current trends in social robotics research and emerging technologies. She has also worked as a project manager for an Artificial General Intelligence Start-Up Company.



WHEN: Wednesday 18 April, 12.00 – 3.00pm
WHERE: SymbioticA (MB309), University of Western Australia


About the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival

Now in its eighth consecutive year, the Youth Week WA KickstART Festival offers young people aged 12 - 26 an extensive range of free workshops, performances, exhibitions, talks, special events, and new initiatives for 2018. 

The Youth Week WA KickstART Festival is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA as part of Youth Week WA, and is supported by the State Government of Western Australia, Lotterywest and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.