Here at the Pervasive Media Studio, we try to combine the best parts of the tech and arts worlds. Sometimes that means trying to work with the latest technology, but on an “arts budget”, i.e. no money.

In this talk, the Studio’s Creative Technologist, Martin O’Leary, will talk about some ways to get the most out of a limited tech budget. We’ll take a tour through the world of Chinese drop-shipping websites, look at free alternatives to expensive software, and explore how far you can get with a glue gun and a trip to Wilko. If you’ve ever been put off trying out new technology because of the cost, or if you just want to find ways to save money while doing interesting things, this talk is for you.

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do. After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to: to book your place on a tour.