The countdown is on… the first Design Night Switzerland is being held at la Case a Chocs in Neuchâtel on October 20th, 2016 to celebrate Autodesk Switzerland’s 25th anniversary. (It’s actually very timely, as la Case has celebrated its own 25th birthday, this year).
The theme for the event is robotics: as I’ve mentioned before on this blog, some of the first automata – in fact the ones that inspired the movie Hugo – were invented in la Chaux-de-Fonds (also in the canton of Neuchâtel), so there’s a long history in the region. And with the world about to embrace digital fabrication and Industry 4.0, I believe it’s a very timely theme.
Beyond the cool theme, it should be a really fun evening...
Professor Dario Floreano from EPFL will take the stage to talk about Robogen – a robotic system that reminds me a lot of the work Autodesk is doing with Dreamcatcher.
You’ll be able to take Birdly for a spin, flying through the streets of SF or NYC.
F&P Robotics will be serving coffee using their P-Rob personal robotics system.
If coffee isn’t your thing, you can get candy floss, lollipops and fruit from Robosphere’s Robosnack.
Rollomatic’s Humanoid Power division will be there, showing off their use of the Kawada Industries NEXTAGE humanoid robot.
Our local FabLab and the Haute Ecole ARC Ingénierie will be there 3D printing robots for people to take home.
We’ll have robotics-inspired tunes from DJs Genevan Heathen & Oliver Mental Groove.
And my virtual robot will be dancing along to said tunes, with a couple of HoloLens headsets available for people to try out.
All in all it should be a great night. Tickets are available here, if you’re interested in coming.
As with all Design Nights, food and drink is provided, so I have no doubt you’ll come away feeling you’ve had great value for the nominal ticket cost.