Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Welcome New EDGE Lab Collaborators

August 17th, 2011

Jaime Woo is a writer, game designer, and co-founder of Gamercamp, Toronto’s festival celebrating the art, creativity, and fun in games. Gamercamp is now in its third year and has recently spun off Gamercamp Jr, an experimental project to help guide the next generation of game designers and developers. Jaime’s first game Gargoyles premiered at Toronto’s Recess.TO meet-up and was featured in the magazine Grid. Jaime has spoken about his love of video games on television programs Electric Program and interSPACE and on the CBC radio program Metro Morning. In addition to a passion for video games, Jaime has a deep interest in how technology affects culture and his work has been published in Financial Post, Vancouver Sun, Now Magazine, Torontoist, and Xtra. He has been a speaker on technology and social media at the prestigious SXSW Interactive and NXNE Interactive conferences, and for the Rotman School of Business.


Danny Bakan‘s research is focused on music education, song, social networking and technology. He has an interest in arts-based research and a/r/tographical methodologies. Danny holds an MA in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from OISE/UT, has taught music and creative arts pedagogy at Ryerson University’s School of Early Childhood Education, been a lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has taught music, theatre and creative arts to children and adults in school and non-school settings for over 20 years. Danny is holds a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and is working towards his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Pedaogy at the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columba in Vancouver. Danny is also a songwriter, banjoist and performer. His artistic portfolio includes two albums of original songs, performances across North America, and appearances on CBC and NPR. (htp://

We can has visitors

July 19th, 2011

EDGElab was a hub of tinkering, learning and play today with visits from a variety of VSPs (Very Special People) including classroom2.0 pioneer and author Will Richardson, Tinkering Club’s Andy Forest, and Mohan Nadarajah, founder of the non-profit PlayLab.

Will Richardson’s visit was especially resonant to the teachers in our lab, who are working towards a brighter, more playful and inclusive vision of education. It was fun and inspiring to visit with Will, which made us all feel more optimistic about what is possible. There will always be a beanbag and a game controller for Will at our lab :)

Connecting with our work in adaptive design, Andy Forest was by to talk about his Tinkering Camp, a small Toronto-based project for inner city children inspired by Gever’s Tulley’s Tinkering School ideas. In a few weeks, we’ll be hosting a visit with kids from his club to our Adaptive Design Studio where lab RA Noah Kenneally will be teaching them about cardboard construction.

Finally, Playlab’s Mohan Nadarajah was interested in knowing how to apply our research into practices that support child-directed, open-ended autonomous learning and make his PlayLab space available to more children. Mohan and the lab are exploring ways to support his work and share ideas. » manuality and craft

June 15th, 2011

[ has some nice comments on the lab’s presentation at the Subtle Technologies conference this month. Great work Alison and Noah!]

I should probably not separate what I consider “manual” from “craft”. however, there was something very ingenuous,  concrete and…well evoking the  “working with hands” in the projects presented by the EDGE laboratoryI was very impressed by the material being produced at the EDGE adaptive lab at Ryerson university. Led by artist /pappetteer and early child education student Noah kenneally, and early child educatiion professor Alison Gaston , the lab is committed to adaptive design, that is to fornitures, toys and chairs that can be used by children with disability. in fact, the problem with these children is not just the inability to do certain activities that other “normal” kids can participate in, but it also lies on the forced isolation and invisibility these kids are condamned to. By building ad hoc tools that will allow these kids to actually participate in the same activities as the other children, the EGDE lab noted an increased awareness and acceptance of chldren with disabilities by the rest of the children. having the right tool then means also facilitating interaction between differently able children as well as acceptance and inclusiveness, which would be otherwise denied.

via » manuality and craft.

Toronto Star: How a cardboard chair can change a life

May 14th, 2011

Henderson: How a cardboard chair can change a life

Helen Henderson wrote a wonderful article on the EDGE Lab’s Adaptive Design studio in the Toronto Star. Please go have a look.

Ryerson Today: Lt.-Gov. helps open Adaptive Design Studio

May 4th, 2011

Ryerson TodayThe Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (left) shakes hands with Ryerson University EDGE Lab Director Jason Nolan at the official opening of the university’s new Adaptive Design Studio, while researcher Alison Gaston and her “research partner” three-year-old Zoe look on. His Honour was on-hand to cut the ribbon opening the production space where researchers will create customized, affordable adaptations and communication tools for children with disabilities. In his address preceding the ribbon cutting, the Lieutenant Governor spoke of Ryerson’s leadership in the innovation space and commended the University for demonstrating and actively working on how technology can make lives easier instead of more complicated. He spoke at length of the appreciation he has for the Digital Media Zone and the contributions the incubator is making to Canada, including advancements in the area of accessibility.


. April Playdate

April 25th, 2011 April Playdate was run at the EDGE Lab by Atmosphere Industries is a new forum for experimental games in Toronto. We’re a small band of designers interested in seeing what happens when you take games off of screens, and plant them in the everyday world. This is just as much about exploring the possibilities of interconnected mobile & ubiquitous devices, as it is a reinvention of playground games and make-believe. We run a series of sandbox events, with the aim of getting people to play, create, and discuss games.

Attendees came from the following orgs: The Labs, Ryerson University, Forest Games, Gamercamp, and Effects-Based Analytics

We’re looking to see more events in collaboration with the Atmosphere Industries crew in the future.

Adaptive Design in Japan

March 17th, 2011

Kono-san, an instructor at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University is running a continuing education course “step up with cardboard: volunteer action class” starting May for 12 sessions every thursday for $150 for 15 people.

Kono-san visited us at the EDGE lab last summer to learn about adaptive design, and she was very excited to learn about what can be done with cardboard, and she is now hoping to bring what she learned to japan.

Konno Sensi visiting the ELC and EDGE lab to learn Adaptive Design

After the earthquake, we’ve not heard from Kono-san. She lives in the Japanese earthquake zone, and we’re hoping that she’s safe, and look forward to hearing from her soon.

Update. Konno-san is fine. The tsunami got within 1km from her house, but the house survived.

Privacy CampTO

March 11th, 2011

From News & Events: Privacy CampTO

PrivacyCampTO is back for a second year! This year, the one-day unconference will focus on children, youth, people with disabilities and privacy. Everyone is welcome: educators, techies, policymakers, students, academics, librarians and anyone else interested in digging into these issues. As an unconference, the day will be planned organically, online, partially in advance and partially live at the event, by all participants.

Privacy CampTO is funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Mozilla Foundation and hosted by the EDGE Lab at Ryerson.

WHAT: Privacy CampTO
WHEN: Start date/time: Saturday , March 19 at 9:00 AM
End date/time: Saturday , March 19 at 5:00 PM
WHERE: Rogers Communications Centre, 80 Gould St. 3rd floor

As well, there will be a 2 hour virtual chat session at the GimpGirl Community’s sim in Second life at GMT 7-9; EST 2-3; PST 11-1 (second life time). It will be hosted by the GimpGirl Community’s associate director Lucy MacDonald. The Second Life URL (surl) for the event is and for more information about the GimpGirl Community:

Gone Gitmo joins the EDGE Lab in Second Life

February 10th, 2011

Gone Gitmo: Keep Gitmo Open campaign on fully funded!.

We are thrilled to announce that our pitch, KEEP GITMO OPEN on the community funded supporting site,, was a success!

In fact, it went way beyond our modest goal of funding the SL maintenance fee for a year, as among the 33 supporters (thank you!) was an angel:EDGE Lab at Ryerson University in Toronto has agreed to host the site.

Along with Jason Nolan, the director of the Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab, we hope that opportunities arise to not just archive the project, but find people to help make it thrive in the EDGE research environment. Many thanks to Jeremy Hunsingerfor making the match! Watch this space for announcements of the move and future activity.

Symposium “Exploring the Future of E-mail, Privacy, and Cloud Computing at Ryerson.”

February 7th, 2011

Dimitri and I are involved with this, and I’m really looking forward to it.

Online registration is now available for the Symposium “Exploring the Future of E-mail, Privacy, and Cloud Computing at Ryerson.” The Symposium is on February 24.

You can register online at:

Speakers will include:

* Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
* David Fraser, Canadian privacy lawyer with McInnes Cooper
* Jim Turk, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers
* Representatives from Microsoft and Google

We encourage students, faculty, and staff to attend as the Symposium is part of a larger consultation process regarding the future of E-mail and Collaboration tools at Ryerson. The Symposium should be especially informative for anyone interested in evaluating the risks and benefits of outsourcing Ryerson’s E-mail and collaborative services.

The Symposium is being hosted by the Advisory Committee on Academic Computing and Computing and Communications Services in conjunction with Ryerson’s Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute.

Yours truly,

Dimitrios Androutsos, Chair, Advisory Committee on Academic Computing
Brian Lesser, Acting Director, Computing and Communications Services