Design Thinking Ideathon: Hacking the Barcoder and Exploring New Sounds!

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The Design Thinking Ideathon is the launch of a new community of music and maker enthusiasts in Hong Kong, who will reinvent music by hacking old abandoned electronics.

Sat, February 20, 2021 โ€“ Sun, February 21, 2021  UTC+08:00

10:00 โ€“ 18:00

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In this two-day innovation marathon we will explore new ideas for recycling old electronics. Participants will team up and work towards creating new musical instruments using the barcoders developed by ELECTRONICOS FANTASTICOS!ย This design challenge will provide a starting point, but participants are free to explore any material, technology and form. The event will be full of creative ideas, interesting discussions and learning experiences. Every team will make a prototype that will demonstrate their concept. It will be the beginning of a new community of music & maker enthusiasts in Hong Kong!

Who should attend?

  • Music and maker enthusiasts
  • Hackers, Makers, Designers, Inventors, Engineers, Programmers, etc.
  • Students & Professionals
  • Anyone who is interested or feeling inspired.



FabCafe is an open space for innovation explorers who want to learn, share and seek collaboration. Founded in Tokyo in 2012, FabCafeโ€™s global network now serves and fosters creative communities in 12 locations around the world, including Bangkok, Barcelona, Taipei, and many more.

ELECTRONICOS FANTASTICOS! is a creative community from Japan. They hack home electrical appliances and make instruments to play at live concerts. Since the project launched in 2015 they have assembled project teams in Tokyo, Hitachi and Kyoto, and developed numerous instruments such as the CRT-TV Drum, Electric Fan Harp and Barcodic Guitar.


BODW CityProg (CityProg) is a citywide creative business and community activation programme that features 3 distinct platforms: โ€œAnchor Site Festivalsโ€, โ€œDesign EduVationโ€ and โ€œSatellite Events & Offersโ€. The programme activates local creative neighbourhoods by connecting creative units, business and community organisations through co-creation, exchange, matching and partnership. As new alliances and ideas start to flourish, CityProg engages people of all ages with exciting happenings, enhances public spaces, and encourages creativity and design to take wing in the community, fostering the development of local creative ecosystems. As an extension ofย  Business of Design Week (BODW), CityProg spans all year round with its peak in November to December. It was debuted in 2018 by Hong Kong Design Centre, with Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as the Lead Sponsor.

As an accredited event of BODW CityProg:










10:00 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:00

Online Performance

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:00

// Break

14:00 - 14:30

In-depth explanation of Barcoder

14:30 - 17:00

Team breakout #1:
Tinkering with barcoder & creating concept sketch

17:00 - 18:00

Progress Sharing


10:00 - 11:00

Introduction to useful tools & resources

11:00 - 13:00

Team breakout #2:
Prototyping new musical instrument

13:00 - 14:00

// Break

14:00 - 16:30

Team breakout #3:
Finalize prototypes

16:30 - 18:00

Performances & Afterparty


Date & Time

Sat, February 20, 2021 โ€“ Sun, February 21, 2021 10:00 โ€“ 18:00 UTC+08:00


FabCafe Hong Kong
G/F, 10 New Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
+852 70713709

5 minutes walk from Sai Ying Pun MTR Station Exit A1
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