One Button Challenge

Photo by Audrey Penven ( of Jonathan Moore’s Doubt Button exhibited as part of One Button Objects curated by Kokoromi ( and Create Digital Motion ( at GAFFTA (, SF, 12 March 2010.

Cybersonica with Openlab Workshops and Abandon Normal Devices
Manchester Workshop
Monday, 4th October, 11am-5pm
Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH
with an optional second day Tuesday, 5th October, 11am-5pm
Fab Lab Manchester, Chips, 2 Lampwick Lane (off Old Mill Street), New Islington, Manchester, M4 6BU
8 FREE places now available (on a first come first served basis)
£45/£35 students (both days)/£35/£30 students (first day only) – book and buy your ticket via Eventbrite
London Workshop
starts Wednesday, 8th September, 7-9.45pm for five sessions (4 Wednesdays + one or more Tuesdays)
SPACE Studios, 129—131 Mare Street, London E8 3RH
£160 for the whole 5 weeks – check Openlab Workshop site for booking details

A combination workshop and challenge to see who can build the most creative device using only a single button for user interaction.

In a world where our interaction with technology is dominated by qwerty keyboards, multi-functional hand-held devices, motion-detection controllers and touch screens what becomes of the lowly, single button? Is it still possible to find inventiveness in simplicity?

The One Button Challenge attempts to answer the question – setting this simple limitation as both a physical and creative boundary.

This October, Openlab Workshops and Cybersonica present a One Button Challenge as part of the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival, Manchester, UK.

In the run-up, we are offering both a 5-week workshop in London and an intensive two-day workshop in Manchester on how to design and build your own One Button Device.

We trust in your imagination to create things which will amaze, surprise, entertain, inform, humour and perhaps even offend. So go on, ask yourself what your button would do… and take up the challenge!

For more details and background to the project check the One Button Devices Workshop at Openlab Workshops.

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