diy* is an event that specifically addresses a creative and joyful approach to technology and fosters public discussion at the nexus of art, science and society. It is also a showcase for innovations in music and media art. The organizers value international collaboration with universities and art institutions as well as individual interesting artists and technologists.

This year’s theme is "do it together!". So we will be encouraging collaborative and creative activities, as well as the sharing of knowledge in the areas of electronic art, handmade electronic music, digital art forms, new media art and mechanics/robotics. The diy* program has both a technological and an artistic focus.

SGMK is curating an exhibition of artworks, that consider "do it together" from a variety of angles. Playful approaches alongside conceptual art works by young Swiss and international artists will feature: robots, interactive installations, games, noise-toys and many more. The exhibition will be open to the public until Sunday, drawing visitors to explore the astonishing world of diy*.

Stage performances on the evenings of Friday 5th and Saturday 6th December will deliver insight into the variety of soundscapes achievable using handmade electronic tools and musical instruments.

A series of talks and workshops on Saturday 6th December provides an opportunity to learn and share knowledge about the transdisciplinary topic of "do it together!". We invite artists and the public to join and create an open discussion to exchange their know-how and experience.

Sunday 7th December is family day, with interactive, fun experiments designed to present scientific and technical topics in a style to which children and adults of all ages can relate.

This year marks the inauguration of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society’s prixdiy* prize, with award criteria in line with the "do it together" motto of the 2008 festival. The prixdiy* is subdivided into three categories: "diy art", "diy music" and "diy engineering". A jury of invited artists and scientists will judge the exhibited artworks and make critical, unprejudiced choices based on their artistic and technical merits.