Balloon & Kite Mapping Workshop

Accepted Session
Long Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 10:00 – 11:45am in B301


Low-budget, no budget, need aerial images fast? Learn to map with balloons and kites.


From site evaluation to map stitching, we’ll do a crash course in aerial imaging on the cheap. Head out of doors to fly balloons or kites (depends on the wind), then head back in and sort and stitch a map on Along the way we’ll touch on open hardware and software in community process and why rubber bands are better than code.

Speaking experience

I've given this workshop before.

Last 5 talks (all 2012):
State of the Map USA
Technoscience as Activism
Village Building Convergence


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    Mathew Lippincott

    Public Laboratory


    Mathew is of the opinion that the future needs better instructions. An artist and designer working in technology development and education, he splits his time between creating low-cost science kits and restroom reform. A founding member of the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab), and MDML design, Mathew’s recent life highlights include his Balloon Mapping Kickstarter being listed as one of the 10 best projects of 2012, MDML’s Sewer Catastrophe Companion being exhibited at the Center for Disease Control and approved by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and developing signage for the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle.