CAC · Atelier | Plan C: Using technology to practice empathy during Covid-19



14:00 - 17:00


Led by:
Gabriele Ermacora, Jiji Yu




Chronus Art Center, Building No.18, No.50 Moganshan Rd  


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Admission Fee:

Workshop 180RMB

CAC/CAC/Xinchejian Member 145RMB


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Only 15 seats available,

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During this high-technology hands-on activity, we will use our daily life post-pandemic scenario (wearing mask, temperature check, showing QR codes etc) and activities designed to practice empathy and review the whole design cycle.


This course will explore the possibilities that technology provides us to face challenging times like the ones of the pandemy. During these challenging times, the Covid-19 virus outbreak has shaken the paradigms of our society, imposing social distancing and confinement to billions of people. Plan C is an initiative to put creative minds to think solutions that would provide relief to issues brought by the pandemy. We will focus on the mental and physical challenges we are facing as a society, bringing awareness to issues related to our environment and the wellness of our most vulnerable members.


The participants will be introduced to Arduino and interactive applications to apply to the practical case of a face mask. The event will include an open discussion with a focus on analyzing the impact of these activities in the classroom. 



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Workshop Requirements 

图片  Participants need to bring their personal computers.;

图片Suitable for beginners.
We will provide

图片  Power bank 
图片  Arduino        
图片  USB micro
图片  8x8 led matrix   
图片  Cables F/M -M/M - F/F
图片  Microphone  


15 attendants divided into 5-6 teams.


15’ Introduction to Plan C and post pandemics

30’ Introduction to Arduino

45' Building electronics and coding interactive program
30' Learning soldering skills to assemble sensors
40’ Fabricating the mask and testing the program
20’ Reflections & Discussion

About the Facilitators

Gabriele Ermacora,obtained a PhD in Human Robot Interaction from Polytechnic of Turin (Italy) in 2016. Being passionate about education and innovation, he started in 2015 HotBlack Robotics as an Ed-tech company. Currently, he is working as a postdoc researcher at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, with a focus on developing robotic self-driving algorithms. He is the founder of the Chinese branch of Hackability, a project that aims at empowering people with disabilities through technology. 

Jiji Yu, is an artist and designer based in Shanghai. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design (USA) in 2017, she has been making wearable electronics such as LED clothing, LED nails, and LED masks. She has showcased her works both in China and the US, including X Museum (Beijing, 2020), Studio Gallery (Shanghai, 2020), and Postmasters Gallery (New York, 2018). Currently, she is learning about parametric design and experimenting with algorithmic patterns superimposed with interactive hardware.


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