Update, 2019: We have a new competition for this year! It’s called Paint Tinkerer, because we ran out of names. Find out more at http://tk.sg/painttinkerer.
2018 article follows:
A year ago, we wrote about Getting Singapore making with micro:bit and the Digital Maker Programme. Since then, we’ve been busy creating new micro:bit kits and writing tutorials for our micro:bit Tinker Kit— and we’ll tell you more about these soon!—but here’s an exciting project we’ve been working on: designing our very own micro:bit competition.
For this year’s National Infocomm Challenge, we wanted to do something different from the “usual” micro:bit hackathon…
Hello! We take on interns. Here’s some information on that.
We’re a small company of curious, easily-distracted folks. What this means is that someone will say, “hey, lets build this!”, and we’ll all go, “that’s awesome let’s do itttt!”, and we’ll all get to work, forget about our day jobs, and the company will run out of money.
Oh, umm, right. We hire interns to try and fill in these gaps: awesome little projects that everyone wants to get done. These can be(and often are) technical in nature; some are essential to the company, some are very nice-to-haves, some are…
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been working with the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore to launch the Digital Maker Programme. The programme aims to take thousands of BBC micro:bits, fling them at anyone with a pulse, and see what awesome things people come up with. (We might have paraphrased a little here.)
In all seriousness, we do feel very strongly about the programme, and care deeply about what it’s actually trying to achieve, which is to introduce a new, meaningful kind of creative digital literacy in the public. It’s the feeling that learners get when they start…
After I left a five-year stint in the Ministry of Education, I started Tinkertanker in 2011 with two of my closest friends.
We created our very first invoice for teaching a programming class, did some software consulting, made a couple of apps, hired our first full-timers, started teaching a boatload* of programming classes, started an online store, hired a boatload* of technical interns, worked with IMDA on projects, exhibited at events, designed some hardware, and now we can’t describe what we do in a sentence any more.
So we’re starting a blog:
We started Tinkertanker in 2011, and haven’t written much about the company and what we do. As a result, we now regularly get emails from people who think we run an actual tanker.
Maritime recruiters, please stop sending us crew member CVs! We don’t run a ship! We’ll let you know when we buy one okay, but COEs are expensive
So, here we go:
Who we are. Tinkertanker is a technology and education company. We’re coders who enjoy teaching, teachers who enjoy coding, and coders who enjoy teaching, and people who repeat themselves. (Did we mention we’re teachers who…)
Review of Medium’s “publish from app” feature: I’ve spent the last 20 minutes tapping and swiping all over the damn screen trying to find where I can type a title.
Maybe if I tap the top empty space? Nothing.
Maybe if I swiped the text down? Nope.
Maybe an option will come up if I hit “Publish”? Argh no.
What’s that icon in the middle above the keyboard, maybe it — oh, it dismisses the keyboard. Wait, what is that even for? So I can admire my text better?
Is it the “Tt” button? Tap and hold on one of the buttons? Swipe from left? Swipe right! Double finger tap! Double finger swipe? AAAGH
Do you enjoy wondering why, in the near future, scientists can program artifically intelligent robots, but can only control them using DOS-like low-resolution command prompts? Because, oh boy, you’ll love this movie!
Here are some typical things people in this movie type into their VAIOs (which run DOS):
I listen to a lot of nursery rhymes nowadays:
… so throughout the movie, I just kept wondering, “Why the hell couldn’t these guys put Humpty together again? They seem perfectly capable.”
The movie itself was fine, I guess.
Co-founder and Social Media Intern at Tinkertanker