[oshug-announce] OSHUG #23 — Products (Nanode, Industry Perspective, Licensing Update), Thursday 21st February.

Andrew Back arback at computer.org
Tue Jan 29 11:43:03 UTC 2013


Registration is now open for our first meeting of the year, details of
which are below.




OSHUG #23 — Products (Nanode, An Industry Perspective, Licensing Update)

21st February 2013, 18:00 - 20:00 at Centre for Creative
Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NG.

Sponsored by DesignSpark: http://www.designspark.com

  Registration: http://oshug.org/event/23

Coming up for a year ago, at OSHUG #16, we heard three first-hand
experiences of developing open source hardware designs into finished
products. At the twenty-third meeting we'll further explore this topic
through reflections on the Nanode project as it approaches its second
anniversary, and an industry perspective on developing open source
hardware. There will also be an update on developments in open source
hardware licensing, a subject that was explored at the second OSHUG
meeting back in May 2010.

- As Nanode Approaches Two

With the second anniversary of the Nanode project approaching and in
excess of 2,500 sold worldwide, this talk looks at the initial aims,
commercialisation and spin-offs as a typical open source hardware
design. Exploring the concept, start-up phase and challenge of
maintaining momentum in a constantly evolving open source marketplace.

Ken Boak has worked in electronics hardware design for 25 years.
Initially with BBC Research Department where Ken worked on early HDTV
digital picture processing systems. In 1998 Ken embarked on ten years
in telecommunications and volume product production in the Far East.
Recently Ken has worked on scientific and educational instruments, and
open source systems both in the UK and USA.

- Open Source Hardware Licensing Update

It's been a busy time in open source hardware licensing - CERN's Open
Hardware Licence has been undergoing a lot of work behind the scenes,
and a new version is about to be released. There are rumours of a new
version of the TAPR Open Hardware licence, and the debate between
copyleft and academic licences rages on. Andrew Katz has been involved
of all of these activities and will provide an update on the current
state of licensing, and some pointers on the best licence to adopt.

Andrew Katz is a partner at boutique law firm Moorcrofts LLP in the
Thames Valley. He specialises in IT/IP work, and in particular advises
clients on licensing and liability issues around open source
software.He was involved in drafting both GPL3 and the England and
Wales version of the Creative Commons licence as well as all major
open hardware licences. Many years ago, he designed and built a Z80
SS50 bus-based computer system, created a lightweight version of the
Citroen Dyane, mainly by ripping it body off, and hacked together an
air compressor from bits and pieces found in a scrapyard. He is
currently part-time interim COO of the Maria DB foundation.

- Developing Open Source Hardware: an Industry Perspective

RS Components have developed a new platform for which the hardware
design will be published under an open source licence. This talk will
provide an overview of this exciting new development and provide an
insight into the motivations for making the design freely available to
all. The product development and manufacturing process will also be
covered in brief along with some of the challenges experienced, and
the broader project goals and ongoing commitment to the open source

Mike Brojak is responsible at RS Components for the development of
free resources for electronics engineers, and believes in helping
engineers to be more productive in order to achieve their highest
potential. His technical background is in hardware and software for
embedded systems, primarily for mobile automation control. He has an
Electronics Systems Design degree from Oxford Brookes University.

Note: Please aim to arrive for 18:00 - 18:20 as the event will start
at 18:30 prompt.

  Registration: http://oshug.org/event/23

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