First Roglab Creathon: Hit the Den!

First Roglab Creathon: Hit the Den!
Photo: David Krančan

Remember how we used to play tag? You shouted “Den!” when you wanted to stop the game for just a while, to catch your breath in the safe zone of the home base. Do you ever find yourself wishing you could just say “Den!” to stand up to the hectic daily routine, grab a bite without rushing anywhere, walk your dog, study or read, do something you don't need to do or simply revel in doing nothing? At the first RogLab Creathon we’ll create urban dens together, modular pavilions or spatial designs for activities that we want to do outdoors, a bit removed, but not completely isolated.

If you have an idea what your den should be like or if you simply want to spend a creative weekend in good company, join the international two-day Creathon with your friends, or develop your idea on your own. Throughout the process you’ll have a professional team of mentors working in 3D fabrication and modelling, architecture, biotechnology, electrical engineering and the art of spatial interventions to support you and offer some of their valuable advice. We’ll also enjoy the company of master fabricators from the European FabLabNet network.

When and where?
Saturday, 9 December (we begin at 09:00 am) and Sunday 10 December (until 5:00 pm)
Museum of Architecture and Design, Pot na Fužine 2, Ljubljana

What kind of dens can you create?
There’s a reading den, for example, or a love den. Why not a hungry den, lazy den or even a dog den? Some can't resist a sound den and many might well go in for a bio or climate den. In short, you can make any unique den to your own liking.

Who can apply?
You can apply individually or as a team. We are looking for transdisciplinary individuals and teams. No worries if you apply alone – we’ll find the team for you!

What knowledge do you need to join?
None. Make sure you indicate your areas of interest in your application, stating what you do, either professionally or as a hobby.

Golden team:

  • Realisation of the idea in 1:1 format, temporary installation in a public place in Ljubljana and funding of up to EUR 1,400 to cover material costs.
  • Free attendance at Maker Faire Vienna with organised transport and accommodation in Vienna.
  • Presentation of the project and prototype at Maker Faire Vienna.
  • Free training for the laser cutter, CNC milling machine and 3D printer at RogLab.
  • Annual RogLab membership fee.


Silver team:

  • 1 Arduino Uno microcontroller board per person.
  • Free training for the CNC milling machine and 3D printer at RogLab.
  • Six-month RogLab membership fee.


Bronze team:

  • 1 copy of The Makerspace Workbench book per person.
  • Free training for the CNC milling machine and 3D printer at RogLab.
  • Three-month RogLab membership fee.

Equipment and material available during Creathon
Equipment: 6 3D printers, 1 laser cutter, 1 vinyl cutter, 1 heat press, 1 embroidery machine, 1 sewing machine, many Arduino microcontroller boards, basic electronic components and sensors, manual tools, glue, colours and more.

Materials: 3D printing filaments, wood, plexiglas, wood, styrofoam, fabrics, rubber, plants, soil and more.

What should participants bring: laptop, small tools, a sleeping pad, a sleeping bag, earplugs.

Food and lodging
We’ll take care of the food and drinks, and an improvised sleepover will be organised in the same hall where the night owls will be working (so bring your earplugs).


Saturday, 9 December

9:00 - 9:30 : Registration, welcome coffee
9:30 - 9:45 : welcome address
9:45 - 11:30 : Short lectures with mentor introductions
Architecture of urban dens
3D rapid prototyping technologies
Internet of things and smart cities
Art of spatial interventions
Biotechnologies, biohacking
11:30 - 13:00 : Formation of teams, setting up the work space, brainstorming
13:00 - 14:00 : Lunch
14:00 - 19:30 : Creathon – planning, prototyping with the support of the mentor team
19:30 - 20:30 : Pizza time
20:00 - 22:00 : Creathon – night prototyping with the support of the mentor team
22:00 - 7:00 : Creathon – night prototyping with the support of the RogLab team

Sunday, 10 December
7:00 - 7:30 : Breakfast
7:30 - 8:00 : Summary – 4-minute presentations of projects, work process and problems
8:00 - 13:00 : Creathon – Improving prototypes with the support of the mentor team
13:00 - 14:00 : Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 : Creathon – Finishing the prototypes and final presentation with the support of the mentor team
16:00 - 16:30 : Creathon – Completion of work and project submission
16:30 - 17:00 : Award ceremony and presentation of award-winning teams
17:00 : End of Creathon


Tomo Per, 3D fabrication (RogLab)
Tomo Per is a self-taught graphic designer and computer enthusiast. His professional career started at the printer's and continued in marketing. He gradually got involved in mentorship in culture and technologies as well. Since March 2016 he has been employed at the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, making sure that users of the digital fabrication laboratory RogLab receive project counselling and technical support, and running training programmes in 3D technologies. He’ll be your support in using 3D printers, the laser cutter and the vinyl cutter.

Cveto Kunešević, 3D modelling (RogLab)
Cveto Kunešević is a 3D designer / creator with 15 years of experience in 3D modelling with Rhino and Fusion 360 programs in architecture, mechanical engineering and industrial design. Together with Intri d.o.o. he runs RogLab’s 3D KITCHN programme – a coworking space where he offers one-to-one support in project development, from the idea through a virtual 3D file to the prototype and the final product. He’ll be your support in 3D modelling and will guide you through the preparation of files for 3D print and laser cutting.

Kristijan Tkalec, biotechnologies (Zavod Kersnikova - Biotehna)
Biotechnologist Kristijan Tkalec has been working in informal science and art education for years and actively participates in art-related projects. Even though his mentoring activity extends to programming, robotics, sensory evaluation and energy engineering, his pet interests include most things bio – plants, microorganisms, fermentation and similar. He’ll be your bio-assistant.

Miha Čebulj, architecture (studio MCA)
Miha Čebulj graduated at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana, where he also worked as a teaching assistant. He completed his postgraduate studies in parametric architecture at Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. His collaborations include acclaimed bureaus such as Rem Koolhaas’s OMA and Sadar+Vuga in Ljubljana, where he was in charge of the Stožice Sports Park Arena project and collaborated on many award-winning projects. He went on to found the architecture studio MCA, focusing on different scale projects aimed at creating open, critical, daring and poetic architecture. His projects and other contributions have been published in domestic and international professional journals, and he has organised and participated at conferences and exhibitions in Slovenia and across Europe. In the scope of his PhD he explores the phenomenon of responsive architecture. He has mentored several international architectural workshops on the subject of innovative activation of public space in Ljubljana, Tirana and Zurich.

Luka Mali, electronics, Internet of Things (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, UL - Makerlab Ljubljana)
Luka Mali is head of MakerLab, the first open laboratory based at the University of Ljubljana. He is a senior research associate and lecturer at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Ljubljana and an expert in wireless communications, applications and services provided by the Internet of Things, and smart cities. Through his 15 years of professional work he has gained experience as a developer and project manager in a number of small and large companies and is a passionate advocate of lean product and service development. He works as a mentor in several startups, is the co-author of two successful crowdfunding campaigns and an alumnus of two European startup accelerators. A member of several international product development associations and a member of the team establishing the Slovenian national FabLab network, he is also frequently invited to professional conferences as guest lecturer and gives lectures for young entrepreneurs and mentors them at different events.

Polonca Lovšin, art of urban interventions
Polonca Lovšin is an architect and interdisciplinary artist working at the convergence between architecture, art, urban anthropology and sociology of space. She received her PhD in contemporary art in 2015 at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Her projects tackle self-sufficiency, alternative energy sources, urban beekeeping, futuristic plant pollination and the relationship between the urban and the rural. Focused on DIY and recycling her projects lay special emphasis on the importance of cooperation between different fields, both with amateurs and professionals. She is the author and co-author of various publications and recipient of student grants, awards and artist residencies. Polonca Lovšin presents her work in solo and group shows in Slovenia and abroad. She co-founded the KUD Obrat arts and culture association and together they’ve been developing the community garden project Beyond the Construction Site in Ljubljana, 2010-present).

Technical support:
Tanja Gawish (RogLab)

Organizer and partners

RogLab - Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana

Museum of Architecture and Design – Centre for Creativity
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, UL – MakerLab Ljubljana
Zavod Kersnikova – Biotehna

Communication partners:
Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, UL
Network FabLab Slovenia

The project is part of the European FabLabNet project financed by the Central Europe Programme.



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