On Tuesday  9th of February the second event of the Predictive Materialities Workshop took place at TU Delft. The workshop was facilitated by Chris speed and Debbie Maxwell.
The event evolved around the topic of blockchains,alternative currencies and data as value.  he event included an introduction to the Blockchain and the Bitcoin by Stichting Bitcoin Amsterdam.

The programme

  1. Reflections on the participant’s progress
  2.  Introduction to the Bitcoin/BlockChain for Designers by Stichting Bitcoin
  3. Workshop.1: Blockchain for Designers by Debbie Maxwell & Chris Speed
  4. Workshop.2: Discussion and Design Implications

Part 1: Reflections on the participant’s progress

The participants had the task to pretend to be an algorithm that finds patterns in other participants online data. Based on this data they designed an object for another participant. The object was 3D printed and send to the participant it was intended for. Here are some pictures of the results.

 

Part 3 : workshop – Blockchain for Designers

The goal of this workshop was to get the participants familiar with the usage of bitcoins and the blockchains. Lego pieces were used as bitcoins, one piece represented one bitcoin. All participants had a set of stickers in their own colour, which were sticked on the lego bitcoins in order to track the transactions. Participants had to trade different materials with lego bitcoins. In three different rounds they had different trading tasks. In each round two participants functioned as minors, who had to calculate all transactions and announce when a block is closed. In the first two rounds goods such as water, sheep, grains etc. were used as values to trade. In the  third round the participants were asked to use their own values.

Some examples of the values they were trading were: a kidney, a moral compass, DNA modification treatment, a clean slate, time, dinner, holiday, advice, different insurances, multiplyer, a free out of jail card…

 

Part 4: workshop – Discussion and Design Implications

In the last part the participants formed teams and came up with service ideas.

ABC  Anner, Marcel, Gaspard by

ABC2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Educoin  by Teun, Nazil, Dana
educoin2

 

 

Assasinator by Iskander, Giulia

assassinator2

undispiable value

 

Life Coin  by Dries, Emily, Tomasz 

life coin

lifecoin

 

Hammer  by Fako, Jelle, Matthijs

hammer

 

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