Anouk Wipprecht (above) gave a talk on her work combining fashion and technology in clothes liberally sprinkled with LEDs, microprocessors, and other electronics --including a drink vending machine.
"When I started working with microcontrollers, it really opened my world, so I'd like to give some Sparkfun kits away," she told the children in the crowd. "I hope you do something fun with it. Email me with what you do," she said handing a dozen kits and a business card to each young person, including a girl (below) who came dressed in her own clothes laced with LEDs.
"Basically we are all storytellers -- it's all about using your imagination," said Wipprecht, who has designed costumes for performers at the Super Bowl. "We are the magicians, wizards, alchemists of our time -- don't let anyone stop you. Have fun!"