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Technology Sandbox workshops

Raspberry Pi 101: Cat selfie machine

Close-up of an opened computer file cat6.jpg showing an orange cat's face appearing sideways on the screen

Speaker: Jasia Stuart, Coordinator - Digital Technology, Concordia University Library

A Raspberry Pi is a very small computer; so what can you do with it? Lots of things, but once you experience the magic of your cat (or dog, or goldfish) sending you selfies you will start to get a feeling for how to put this tiny, inexpensive computer to work in both practical and fanciful ways. This is a good workshop for starting with a Raspberry Pi. No pet ownership is actually required. Laptop recommended.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Thursday, July 4, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Intro to Linux

Drawing of a penguin's face representing Tux, Linux's mascot

Speaker: Sean Cooney, Technology Sandbox Technician, Concordia University Library

Have you heard of Linux and want to know more, or you haven’t heard of Linux but the words “free operating system” spark your interest? Maybe you already know a little bit about Linux and want to learn the basics of how to use it; everyone is welcome at our Intro to Linux workshop! In this workshop we’ll cover a bit of background of who, what, when, and why, and then go into some details on the ways in which using the operating system differs from Mac and Windows. Raspberry Pi computers for using and experimenting with Linux will be provided.

Tuesday, July 9, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Online privacy basics

Raccoon with scrunched up nose munching down on a Cheeto held between its two front paws

This introductory workshop on online privacy will explain basic concepts of privacy on the internet and use the real concerns and questions of workshop participants to walk through the process of creating and using a privacy threat model. Emphasis will be placed on concrete steps participants can take to reduce their risk profile through their browsers and smartphones. Everyone is welcome regardless of experience or comfort level with technology – just bring your questions and interest!

Tuesday, July 16, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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My first Twitter bot

baby birds in nest with their mouths wide open to sky

Speaker: Mottel Zirkind, Technology Sandbox Volunteer

Mottel is interested in bots because he likes making silly things that end up teaching people while they laugh.

Have you heard of Twitter? Have you ever seen what happens when an AI tries to speak human? We can combine those two!

In the Twitter Bot workshop, you’ll go from knowing nothing about programming to knowing how to access Twitter’s API, what an API is, how to use packages to make cool programs fast, what packages are, and so much more. By the end of the workshop you should have code that generates 'natural' sounding tweets in the style of your choosing. The skills learned in this workshop could easily be extended to platforms other than Twitter. This workshop is for people at any level of programming skill.

Please have the twitter handle that you want your bot to tweet from available for the workshop. If you don't have one, sign up to twitter here. A laptop is also required, bring your own or sign one out from the Webster Loans and Ciruclation desk.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Thursday, July 11, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-207

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