The biggest FOSS/OSHW event in Bulgaria – Open Fest is 3-4 of November

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Our favorite Open Source event – OpenFest is approaching. Every time I go there I do wonder how small Bulgaria attracts so many people there – thousands of people meet together. Probably the answer is that IT is developing very well and lot of people in Bulgaria work in IT industry.

I’m really pleased to announce that my proposal to talk about LoRa/TTN/LoRaWAN myths, possibilities, applications and limitations is approved! I will try to compare all popular LPWAN solutions, why LoRa is leading there (hint: open source 😉 ) and how you can calculate your power requirements, link budged etc to make sure your application will work with years on battery.

Open Source / Free Software for Effective Industry 4.0 Meetup by Nexedi GmbH and Fraunhofer IAO on November 12th, 2018 in Stuttgart with Amarisoft, Linutronix, Olimex and Télécom ParisTech

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On 12th of November in Stuttgart at Fraunhofer IAO (Nobelstraße 12, 70569 Stuttgart, GERMANY) will be held “Open Source / Free Software for Effective Industry 4.0 Meetup”  organized by Nexedi GmbH and hosted by Fraunhofer IAO.

Olimex will present there Open Hardware solutions for Industrial Automation.

 

 

More Tuxcon activities in Plovdiv

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Tuxcon is non for profit organization run by volunteers, with goal to promote open source technology in Plovdiv.

Once per year this organization make Tuxcon conference, but this year they didn’t stop with just this event.

In May they made with the help of Smarty Kids workshop for kids, where introduction to programming of Arduino and ESP8266 boards was present :

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TuxCon 2018 was in June and had so many proposals for talks this year, that the two halls couldn’t accommodate them all.

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So in July one separate event for Home automation was made with Miroslav Petrov.

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Miroslav talked about Domoticz and how to install it on A20-OLinuXino-MICRO:

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Special tanks to the good people from Siteground for hosting this event.

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This event attracted many people not only from Plovdiv:

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For those who didn’t manage to come here is the Miroslav’s workshop web page.

What I hear is that the success of these events encourage the Tuxcon organizers to think about to make such every month 🙂 Keep the good work!

Tuxcon 2018 videos are now online

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If you missed this event now you can watch all presentations and workshop in TuxCon Youtube channel.

BurgasConf is this Saturday 30th of June (of course in Burgas) looking forward to see you there

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BurgasConf is part of IT Tour – traveling IT events organized with the help of the local Burgas hacker space BurgasLab.

This Saturday it will start at 10.00 in Flora Expo Center.

Usually IT tour is focused more on Software than on Hardware, but this time we will try to change it a bit with Hardware related talk about the Flash memories.

These who come to the talk will learn about who invented the Flash memories, who are the major players and what are the trends. How the different Flash memories work, what we should know about how they wear and what precautions to take to minimize this, also are there security risks involved with their use.

We will not go in deep technical details, but enough to people learn what Flash memory is best for their application.

So looking forward to see you there!

TUXCON FOSS and OSHW conference 2018 in Plovdiv is just 18 days away, so plan your visit properly ;)

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TuxCon 2018 conference about Free Open Source Software and Open Source Hardware will be June 9 and 10th in Plovdiv.

This is community driven event done by volunteers with the support of local IT companies and it’s totally free to participate.

In Saturday 9th of June in the Technical University building there will be two rooms, for lectures and workshops.

Hacking Risc-V core, implemented on iCE40 FPGA and playing with it’s instruction set and making small “monitor” program which allow you to enter programs written on machine code and executed on iCE40HX8K-EVB + iCE40-IO will be demonstrated, so if you want to touch and make your first program on RISC-V “computer” with VGA monitor and keyboard you may find Rangel Ivanov lecture interesting.

Plamen Vaisolov is retro computer maniac and keep working on them, implementing modern floppy disk emulators and other peripherials. He will share his experience with all these who miss Karateka and Load Runner 🙂

Neven Boyanov will talk about his experience with LoRA network and how to start on low budged.

Dimitar Gamishev has two interesting talks, one is for the Open Source Hardware and Software GPS car navigation he made. In the  second he will speak about the home assistants like Google Home and Alexa, how to implement them with small Linux computer like OLinuXino and even with ESP32-Lyra and how to impress your girlfriend by switching on and off appliances and lights with your voice.

There will be KiCAD workshop where everyone (even with no knowledge) will learn how to install, configure and make small robot PCB with KiCAD. Then some general knowledges about PCB materials and how to prepare all files and send to PCB board house for manufacturing. How to select the components, footprints, good routing practices, DRC/ERC checks, Gerber generation and tips how to design your PCBs in way to be produced at lower cost. At the workshop will be our design engineers and you can talk to them directly about issues you encountered when worked with KiCAD or other CAD product.

 

In Sunday 10th of June we will have traditional Soldering workshop at Olimex training building, where we will assembly and program with Arduino small robot which can follow line or escape from labyrinth. This will be the same robot which PCB we will design in the KiCAD workshop in the previous day. We will go detailed through the program and study how modifications affect it.

The workshop with end with barbeque in Olimex backyard 🙂

 

We are looking forward to see you in Plovdiv soon!

Arduino Day 2018 in Plovdiv


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Arduino Day is on 12th of May and celebrating at near 500 locations all around the world.

TuxCon and Smarty Kids foundation are participating in this initiative and organize event in Plovdiv in Grand center from 15.00 to 17.30.

The event is free and anyone can participate and learn how to program ESP8266-EVB boards with Arduino and to control servo motors remotely.

The original Arduino map is wrong, so if you want to participate please do not go to Saedinenie but to Plovdiv 🙂

The room has limited seats so we advice you to register in advance. If there are more people interested the organizers are ready to do it again for all these who can’t manage to register on time.

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