[oshug] OSHUG #11 — Goes to Canterbury!, Thurs 23rd June (Collaboration, building communities, surface mount adventures)

Andrew Back andrew at carrierdetect.com
Thu May 26 21:12:26 UTC 2011

OSHUG #11 — Goes to Canterbury! (Collaboration, building communities,
surface mount adventures)

On the 23rd June 2011, 18:00 - 20:00 at School of Engineering and
Digital Arts, Jennison Building, The University of Kent, Canterbury,
Kent, CT2 7NT, (51.298383, 1.064172)

Register: http://oshugcanterbury.eventbrite.com/
Lanyrd:   http://lanyrd.com/2011/oshug11/

For our 11th meeting, we are visiting the School of Engineering and
Digital Arts at the University of Kent. Trains run regularly to and
from central London and take approximately an hour. For anyone wishing
to stay overnight please:
http://oshug.org/other/canterbury-bnb-2605.pdf .

- Open Source Hardware Collaboration

An assessment of the current state of the art in hardware
collaboration through a tour of a series of Open Source Hardware
projects. How easy is it to discover projects, view and understand
their designs, build your own version and contribute changes back?

Paul Downey (psd) is a doodling software hacker, former member of
Osmosoft--a small Open Source software team--where he represented BT
at the W3C, a co-organiser of OSHUG and a co-founder of SolderPad, a
collaboration platform for electronic design.

- Building open, communicating communities

The hardware engineering community is typically seen as fragmented,
closed and conservative, shackled by the dependency on restrictive
closed-source tools. Thankfully, we are now at a time where this is
changing. In this talk, Saar Drimer will discuss his efforts to bring
the FPGA community together so we can reach the level of sharing and
project integration that the open source software community currently
enjoys. The end goal is to reach a state where projects are integrated
in a similar way to what Linux's package mangers enable: "sudo apt-get
ddr2-controller". [Background reading].

Saar Drimer is an experienced hardware engineer. In the past he's
hacked the UK's Chip and PIN payment system, and advocated
reproducible research practices in the engineering sciences. Now he's
working on boldport, an "IndieEDA" company that aims to make HW/FPGA

- Adventures in working with surface mount devices

An ambitious open source hardware project--Amino--recently called for
Alan Wood to uplift his home lab to support prototyping, testing and
basic production using surface mount devices. Alan will be sharing
with us some of the things he has learnt, and giving us a run through
what you might require in order to tackle working with surface mount
devices yourself. Rather than using expensive off-the-shelf tooling,
Alan will be covering a number of affordable approaches that make this
possible without breaking the bank.

Alan Wood originally trained in systems engineering, got lost in
software engineering and open source for a decade, before returning
back to his hardware roots via the open source hardware and makers
movement that has gathered momentum over the last few years.

Note: Please aim to arrive for 18:00 - 18:20 as the event will start
at 18:30 prompt. Parking is available at the Jennison Building,
however, please ensure that you are parked within a bay.

Andrew Back
mailto:andrew at carrierdetect.com

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