This e-petition to HMG asks to have programming taught in schools
It is only tangentially related to the interests of OSHUG. However in
general if you learn programming it will bring you into a range of tools
and application that are open source. The understanding it brings also
helps awareness of open source. And of course one of the best ways of
learning real programming is with Arduino.
If it reaches 100,000 signatures, then it may be considered by
parliament. Given the number of programmers in the UK that should be
I believe that any member of the public can sign e-petitions, not just
adult voters. In particular if you have children who care about this
issue (mine do), then they can sign as well.
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From: Jason Field <jason(a)jasonfield.com>
Date: Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 3:18 PM
Subject: [oxfordgeeks] Hacker Day @ Oxford Instruments - 3rd December
To: list(a)oxfordhackspace.org.uk, oxfordgeeks(a)googlegroups.com
My quest to open up Oxford Instrument's doors to the local hacking
community has succeeded, and we're planning to hold an event on the
3rd of December for all who are interested!
The theme for the first event will be 3D printing since it brings
together a lot of different aspects of the open source hardware
movement, but we'll be happy to welcome anyone who has a project
they'd like to work on. On site we have;
* Professional soldering stations
* General tools
* Miscellaneous electronic bits 'n bobs (SMD resistors & caps, wire etc.)
* Refreshments & lunch
* First-class bodging skills
See the attached flyer for address details. If you're interested in
coming along then please let me know (either email or @iamjasonfield)
so we have a rough idea of numbers.
PS. Apologies for the cross-posting, and date conflict with the
excellent-looking Random Hacks of Kindness. Maybe we can look at some
random hardware hacks of kindness at OI?
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Details are now online and registration is open for the November meeting.
OSHUG #14 — Open for Change Pt.2 (Hexayurt, O + S Project, Onawi)
24th November 2011, 18:00 - 20:00 at Centre for Creative
Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NG (51.529049,
Back in May at OSHUG #10 we heard about three projects concerned with
effecting positive change. At the thirteenth meeting we'll be
continuing with this theme, and hearing about the Hexayurt disaster
relief shelter, documenting Appropriate Technology for the needs of
others, and open renewables.
- Free and Open Source Housing
The Hexayurt is an award-winning replacement for the disaster relief
tent which provides shelter at 20% the cost of a tent. It is designed
to be manufactured anywhere in the world at any scale, from local
materials, as Free hardware, to house humans in need. The Hexayurt
Project maintains the designs and makes them freely available. An
estimated $250,000 worth of Hexayurts were built at Burning Man this
Vinay Gupta is one the world’s leading thinkers on infrastructure
theory, state failure solutions, and managing global system risks
including poverty/development and the environmental crisis. He works
at both the theoretical level, building models and mapping tools and
at the practical level, as the designer of the Hexayurt, he helped
start the US National Defense University STAR-TIDES program on
humanitarian assistance, consulted on urban resilience for Arup, and
is an associate fellow of the UCL Institute for Security and
- The Needs of Others
One of the areas seeing heavy influence from the Free and Open Source
Software (F/OSS) movement is Appropriate Technology, and the O+S
Project is working from the perspective of its documentation. It is
investigating the difficulty in translating from F/OSS to Appropriate
Technology at both a practices and principles level, and how we must
go further to meet the goals with the world’s poorest people.
Al Razi Masri is a recent Manufacturing Engineering graduate and
founder of the O+S Project. In addition to which he is working on
documentation for the Hexayurt Project and instructional documents for
other Appropriate Technology.
- Open Hardware and Renewable Energy
Onawi is a non-profit organisation promoting open hardware for the
development of non-domestic wind energy systems. Open hardware is
becoming increasingly popular, as we can see in the recent initiative
by Facebook to open up the technology behind their data-centres.
However, most open hardware projects are targeted at hobbyists or
those looking for custom do-it-yourself alternatives to mass market
products. While this is a very positive aspect, at Onawi we believe
that open licensing and collaborative development could have a far
reaching impact on industrial production. In particular, Open Hardware
could provide the horizontal technology transfer of renewables
required to fight climate change in developing countries.
Javier Ruiz is a UK based digital activist and social entrepreneur
promoting open data, open standards and open licensing as the basis
for a better future based on transparency, participation and
collaboration. His practical work cuts across various spheres ranging
from citizen journalism, archives to renewable energy. His background
is in anthropology and technology management, and you can normally
find him at the Open Rights Group.
Note: Please aim to arrive for 18:00 - 18:20 as the talks will start
at 18:30 prompt.
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.
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)
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
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
- 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
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
* 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 //