Toyhouse is a combination of physical and digital spaces dedicated to help creative people practice and develop their joint interests. Toyhouse has a few physical playgrounds around a wide geographical area, currently all hosted in different universities in Asia. Toyhouse serves the creative communities by hosting a social networking website, and conducting international conferences, summer schools, maker camps, and semester-long classes. We also offer planning and design services for technology-assisted learning activities/environments to schools or organizations that needs external inputs.
Toyhouse aims at being an incubation platform that develops social and artistic interests using modern technologies. The short-term goal is to establish a social networking infrastructure across disciplinary boundaries that facilitate the development of playful services and products under resource and time constraints. Operationally, Toyhouse will strategically utilize the physical and human resources of local educational institutions to support global knowledge exchanges amongst artists, social entrepreneurs, technologists and government agencies. The long-term goal is to construct a global network of distributed learning organizations that collaborate in the arts of resolving social conflicts, while competes in the demonstration of technical excellence.
We choose the name "Toyhouse", because toys are creative instruments for people of all ages. Toys are safe and interesting devices that help people enjoy the adventurous processes and skill developments. As an environment for learning, there should also be protective spaces that incubate the liveliness and ensures safety in the process of toy construction and playing. Therefore the "house" term signify the "personable" physical and digital spaces in this organization. The name is in its singular form, due to the naming convention that singular form represents an entire category of similar things.