Elevate is free event made by non-for profit organization for Political discourse, Music, Art and technology.
The motto for Elevate is “Elevate – Open Everything”. Open Source fits well Elevate focus, as there were lectures for more Openness in everything around us.
I was invited to participate in Elevate 2014 which was in October 2014 with lecture about Open Source Hardware.
More about Elevate festival you an read on Elevate site: https://elevate.at/en/home/
Video from the event is online.
It worths to watch it, as you can see how NSA spying on us is revealed:
Or learn about attempt to manufacture computer mouse with ‘fair’ technology.
By fair technology is understood technology which do not uses child labour, bad working environment and pay fair price for the labour.
Above is picture which NagerIT made in attempt to check if they can manufacture total Fair mouse. The green blocks are companies which use Fair technology, the other colors are companies/suppliers under investigation with unknown info.
This process is quite complex, for instance: if you use CABLE in your product to check the company which make cable and it’s supplier, in this case these are companies which make the plastic cable sleeve and the copper wire, then these new companies have to be check – the company which makes the plastic sleeve have suppliers for raw materials which came from oil industry and the company which makes the copper wire have supplier who make the copper and the supplier who make the copper wire laquer, then the company which rafine the copper ore, then the company which dig the ore. You can see what chain this is just for one component.
Nevertless this is good initiative and we wish NagerIT good luck. It’s step in the right direction.
During the Elevate festival I got invitation to visit Graz Hackerspace named Realraum and speak about what we do in Olimex.
Realraum is small and very well organized Hackerspace, where people run many interesting projects. You can read more in their wiki http://realraum.at/wiki/doku.php and G+ blog posts https://plus.google.com/+RealraumAt/posts.
We met in Graz lot of friends of Open Source Hardware.