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.

I’m going to speak at Hackaday Belgrade 26 of May.

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My proposal:  Hacking soldering robot with TERES-1 DIY Open Source Hardware Laptop was just accepted!

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I will speak about how we hack Soldering Robot and make it intelligent with additional camera, which makes possible use of fiducials. Making programming easy and post soldering quality check with OpenCV.

More about this event you can read (when available) on Hackaday Belgrade conference page.

Embedded World 2018 is next week in Nürnberg

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Embedded World is next week in Nürnberg. It’s good place to see many semiconductor vendors at once.

This year is interesting to see Chinese companies like Espressif Systems and Rockchip to  exhibit there. I look forward to meet there face to face people I have communicated only by e-mail!

Some interesting booths I put in my “to visit” agenda:

  • Analog Devices GmbH 4A-629
  • Arm Limited 4-140
  • ASIX Electronics Corporation 3-310
  • ATMEL – Microchip Technology 1-500/510
  • Broadcom Limited 3A-135
  • Espressif Systems 3A-623
  • Intel Corporation 1-338
  • NXP 4A-220
  • ON Semiconductor 4A-260
  • Qualcomm 4A-330
  • Realtek 3-341
  • RISC-V FOUNDATION 3A-419
  • Samsung 3A-438
  • Silergy 2-458
  • Silicon Labs 4A-128
  • SIMCom 3-531
  • STMicroelectronics 4A-138
  • Xilinx 3-311

Olimex used to exhibit at Embedded World three years 2014-2016, but in 2017 and this year we are just visitors. The reason for this decision is that Messe Nürnberg obviously has so much work and can’t offer good service for the smallish exhibitors. They make agreements then break them whenever they want and bear no responsibility. In our case February 2016 we made booking for exhibiting in 2017, Messe Nürnberg offered us booth plan and we choose booth with good location. We made agreement and then in July 2016 someone offered them to pay more for the same location and they assign this booth to them and notified us to go whistle. They offered us to choose from what’s left not booked or we can break the deal and we will not PAY COMPENSATION to them! This really pissed me off enough to decide to not exhibit there anymore. For the three years while we were exhibiting it was always one and same story: we order booth and arrangement and when we go to the show we see that they did something different, we complain then they do last minutes updates to fix the problems… For me it was shock to see things like this in Germany, which everyone praise for punctuality and precision. First year I said to myself oh well things like this happen, second year I though ok we just have bad luck, but when the third year the situation didn’t improve I though something is not right.

Otherwise Electronica, Productronica, Embedded World are among the very small amount of still very active exhibitions in EU. All local electronics exhibitions in our Balkan area like the Fair in Plovdiv, Thessaloniki, Belgrade, Istanbul are with declining functionality. They used to be very important events where people learn about new products and can make contacts, now internet made them less useful.

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