[oshug] Open Source Hardware Camp, Thursday 27th October.

Andrew Back arback at computer.org
Mon Oct 3 20:39:22 UTC 2011


Hello,

Registration is now open for the inaugural Open Source Hardware Camp
which will take place on Thursday 27th October. Further details should
be added to the event page in due course.

Cheers,

Andrew

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Open Source Hardware Camp

27th October 2011, 09:30 - 18:00 at Centre for Creative Collaboration,
16 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NG, (51.529049, -0.116436)

http://oshug.org/event/oshcamp

Join us at the inaugural Open Source Hardware Camp for a hands-on day
of three parallel workshops, with short plenary sessions in the
morning and afternoon.

- Practical 3D Printing

A hands-on session in which we will use OpenSCAD (an open-source,
code-based, 3D parametric CAD software system to design simple
3-dimensional objects), and other freely available tools, to turn the
resulting designs into files that can be used to drive a RepRap 3D
printer, or similar rapid prototyping device. Further details TBD.

Graham Klyne has been a software developer since the late 1970s,
during that time having been involved in projects and products ranging
from industrial process control, 3-D motion capture, network
infrastructure, home automation, semantic web technologies and
research data curation. He has also been involved in the development
of IETF and Web standards. More recently, he has been pursuing a
personal interest in 3D printing - which neatly complements his
earlier work in motion capture - and has constructed a RepRap machine
(which he hopes to use for making specialist parts for model aircraft)
and has been learning a little about 3-D parametric CAD.

As a member of the pif3D project, David Flanders helps coordinate the
parts, materials, tools and skill required for people to build their
own 3D printers. This is all done for free, so long as you promise to
help someone else build their own printer as well! David enjoys
hacking code in his spare time and working on designing new 3D models,
currently he is working on prototype 3D models for: a rollerblade
frame (for off road inline skating), a flowerpot that has a water
reservoir (so it doesn't dry out when you are on holiday or forget to
water it) and lighting fixtures (including translucent lamp shades,
candelabras and chandeliers). David's day job is working with
technology innovation projects in Universities throughout the UK.

- Building the Internet of Things with Nanode and Pachube

In this workshop we will be given an introduction to Nanode, the low
cost open source Arduino-like board that has built in web
connectivity, and Pachube, the web-based service "built to manage the
World's real-time data". Following which the workshop will split into
two groups and build a real world IoT application for the Centre for
Creative Collaboration. With one group focusing on Nanode development
and the other using Pachube to develop the online part of the
application.

Ken Boak joined BBC Research Department after graduating and worked on
digital picture processing of HDTV images, and coding algorithms for
video distribution around studios. Since then, Ken has worked in
laboratory instrumentation, telecommunications, low power wireless and
consumer electronics produced in the Far East. With an interest in
renewables, Ken now develops laboratory instruments to teach
undergraduates the principles of photovoltaic and wind power. Outside
of work, Ken is interested in smart wireless sensors, open source
hardware and low cost solutions for the Internet of Things.

Paul Tanner is a consultant, developer and maker in wood, metal,
plastic, electronics and software. His day job is IT-based business
improvement for SMEs. By night he turns energy nut, creating tools to
optimise energy use. Paul graduated in electronics and was responsible
for hardware and software product development and customer services in
several product and service start-ups, switching to consulting in
2000.

- Collaboration in Open Source Hardware

Whilst the development practices associated with open source software
are now reasonably mature and understood by many, the same cannot be
said of open source hardware and with it come specific challenges. For
example, in terms of collaboration across design tools, managing
contributions, licensing and project presentation. In this workshop we
will be given an introduction to Electronic Design Automation (EDA)
tools and the process of documenting a project, licensing and other
challenges, before looking at the current options available for
presentation and collaboration. Further details TBD.

Paul Downey is a doodler, a maker and a veteran communications
software developer. He has been hacking embedded systems since the
late 1970s. Formerly BT's Chief Web Services Architect, and lead W3C
representative, he was until recently a member of Osmosoft — a small
team building open source Web collaboration systems. Paul is
co-founder of SolderPad, a place to share, discover and collaborate on
electronic projects.

Andrew Back is an artist, electronics hacker and open source advocate.
He acted as BT's Open Source Strategist, establishing company-wide
open source policy and process and representing them at a number of
bodies including The Linux Foundation and ATIS. Andrew co-founded the
Electron Club in 2006 — one of the UK's first hackerspaces, and is
co-founder of SolderPad, a place to share, discover and collaborate on
electronic projects.

Note:

* Please aim to arrive for 09:30-09:45 as the event will start at 10:00 prompt.
* A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please ensure that
you make any dietary requirements clear when registering.

// With thanks to sponsor DesignSpark — http://www.designspark.com //



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