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Connective Playthings - An interdisciplinary workshop

In cooperation with the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT), Tel Aviv, the University of Innsbruck launches an interdisciplinary workshop, which aims at creating interactive play objects to connect children with and without disabilities. Students get to know the essentials of game design, psychology, mathematics, and programming and will later put their knowledge into practice in group projects. Selected students will be able to participate in the joint hackathon in Innsbruck, where five multi-national and multi-disciplinary teams will work together to ideate, conceptualize, design and implement new solutions for the given brief. 


The workshop aims at creating new technological solutions for children with and without disabilities. Participants in the workshop will combine design and engineering skills for the implementation of game objects, offering children a joyful play experience, as well as new means for connecting to each other.


In the first part, students are introduced to the basics relevant for the PR, including mathematical modelling, machine learning, electronics, and programming as well as game design, disability studies, and psychology. Lectures start on 14st of March 2019 and will take place weekly (for detailed information see below). Lectures are held by either HIT or LFU and are streamed to an from Israel. Throughout the lectures, students wil develop their own concept and pitch it. Based on pitch presentations, ten students will be selected to represent the University of Innsbruck at a joint hackathon taking place in Innsbruck. The workshop lasts four days and will culminate in a presentation event. The workshop is organized by AIANI (Austria-Israel Academic Network Innsbruck).

Expected Outcomes

In course of the lectures, students gain an insight in the fundamentals of game design, psychology, sound engineering, psychology, mathematics, and programming and develop ideas for creating novel interactive play objects. 

The joint workshop will produce a number of working prototypes - new physical obejcts connecting children with and without disabilities. Selected projects will be considered for a trial integration within the partner institution in order to evaluate their potential as real-world products. All projects will be documented for PR purposes, and press will be invited to cover the workshop and its outcomes.

Dates & Registration

Lectures take place on Thursdays, 9.00-12.00, starting on March 14th. For detailed information on dates and to register for the lectures, please visit LFU:online.

To check whether you receive course credits for attending the "Enabling Music" lectures, please contact the respective supervisor.


VU Preliminary Schedule

2019-03-14: Introduction; Game Design & Special Needs

2019-03-21: Intro to Electronics

2019-03-28: Machine Learning & Recommendation Systems

2019-04-04: Synchrony & Connectiveness

2019-05-02: Presentations

Lectures take place from 09:00-12:00 at HS11 (Campus Technik). The hackathon takes place from June 2nd to June 6th 2019 in Innsbruck.



Previous Projects

Enabling Music - Creating musical games for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


For more information on the Enabling Music project, please click here.


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