Arduino Basics Workshop


1 Feb 2013

More and more people are discovering this little miracle board, but only a few know how to use it. That's where we come in! In this workshop you'll learn everything you need to know to get started.


Arduino Basics Workshop - At Mediamatic Fabriek


Arduino boards are small physical computing platforms, consisting of a simple I/O board and an integrated development environment. Arduinos can be used to develop stand-alone interactive objects and can be connected to software on your computer as well.

The workshop starts from scratch - What is an Arduino, how does it work, how do I program it, how can I integrate it into my own projects? The day starts with a general introduction, and moves on to the hardware aspects of the Arduino, followed by a crash course on programming.

Please note that you are not going to work on your own project in this workshop, but you will learn all the basics you need to continue at home.


Arduino Basics Workshop at Mediamatic Fabriek -

For who?

Artists, art students, computer scientists, hardware hackers, product developers, nerds, dancers - everyone is welcome. Some experience in programming (C, C++ or Processing) is mandatory and affinity with electronics will come in handy as well.


Arjan Scherpenisse is a programmer and tinkerer who likes working on challenging projects in a wide spectrum of technologies. By trade, he has been doing web development for over 10 years, but the jobs he finds most interesting always have a physical component in them. Web-connected art installations, RFID interfaces, hacked ipods, etc. He works as an independent software developer under the name MiracleThings.

What to bring?

You'll have to bring your own laptop to do your coding. We advise you to download the Arduino software and have a good look at it. Perhaps you can even start practicing a bit at home. You'll find all you need to know on If there is a specific sensor or actuator you would like to use during the workshop, we advise you to bring it yourself.

Workshop price and Arduino kit

The workshop without Arduino kit costs €125 incl. VAT. Click this link to buy your ticket. If you are a freelancer, student or work for a cultural organisation we have a 30% discount on the workshop participation price available. Type 'c-korting' in the discount code field if this applies to you. The price will then be €87,50 incl. VAT.

Of course you need a kit to participate as well. This means you have to buy the Arduino kit in advance. The handiest place to do that is at Antratek. The inventors kitis the most complete (it includes a book and some other parts to make working with the Arduino easier). This kit costs € 79,74 inc. VAT. But in case that's too pricey you can also buy the starter kit flex for € 48,28 and buy a loose small servo-motor + download the PDF.

With these two options you'll have enough parts to participate in the workshop. You have to make sure you have the kit before the workshop starts as we don't sell parts or Arduino's here at Mediamatic. Without the kit you can't participate!

If you already have an Arduino at home, then you can order all the loose parts Antratek.
You can also buy the parts in one of these stores in Amsterdam: Radio Rotor, Hecke or Muco. The following list on Sparkfun's website mentions all the parts you need. Just add a servo-motor into the mix and you are ready to roll!

Information and registration

The workshop will take place in our adventurous exhibition-and project space Mediamatic Fabriek, VOC-kade 10 on the Oosterburgereiland in Amsterdam. This space is a beautiful example of Dutch industrial heritage and also our new HQ. It can be a bit cold so please make sure you wear an extra warm jumper. The workshop is from 13.00 till 18.00. Please buy your ticket by clicking this link. Click here for the route to Mediamatic Fabriek.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Deborah Meibergen.

Cancellation / workshop policy

If you can't come to the workshop, notify us at least 48 hours in advance and we'll give you a refund.