Arduino Basics Workshop

Your chance to learn everything you need to get started

21 Apr 2012

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.


ArduinoUnoBack - Picture taken from the Arduino website:


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.

For who?

Artists, art students, computer scientists, hardware hackers, product developers, nerds, dancers - everyone is welcome. Some experience in programming (C or C++) and electronics is mandatory.


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 € 75 incl. VAT. But of course you need a kit to participate. This means you have to buy the Arduino kit in advance. The handiest place to do that is at, the Arduino starter kit flex is the one you need. The kit costs € 49,95 incl. VAT. excluding postage. Another place where you can also buy this kit is Antratek. 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 at 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.

Information and registration

The workshop takes place on Saturday April 21 from 10.00 - 17.00. Doors open at 09.30. We serve coffee, tea, soft drinks and cookies. Lunch is D.I.Y. Please buy your ticket by clicking on the magenta button at the top of this page.

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.

Slides of the workshop

On the trainers website.