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!

Hardware Hackathon June 4th at OLIMEX training building

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Here is map how to get to us tomorrow. Normal path from Boulevard “6-ti Septemvri” which is being reconstructed more than year is marked with blue.

Do not take this route with car. Walking is possible but adventurous 🙂

The new path is from Boulevard “Tsarigradsko shose”, right turn at “Kemera” street, then left and right to “Prohlada” street and left turn when you cross “Pravda” street.

The Hackathon starts at 11.00 o’clock . The goal will be to Do-It-Yourself this sweet board:

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First we will speak a bit about the different electronic components which are used and how to solder them properly. Then we will assembly 100 kits and learn how to install Arduino IDE and program them.

We will experiment with capacitive buttons implementation – the Kitty nose. Then we will try to compose different melodies and upload them.

The Hackathon will end 17.00 o’clock and we will move somewhere to drink beer.

TuxCon 2017 Open Source Hardware and Software conference will be 3-4 of June in Plovdiv

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Just 70 days ahead is the 4th TuxCon conference in Plovdiv dedicated to Open Source Hardware and Software. For more info watch on conference page at http://tuxcon.mobi/

The entrance is free for all visitors. TuxCon is a community event and it is organized by volunteers.

3rd of June is the day for lectures and lighting talks, if you have something interesting to share please send your request to info@tuxcon.mobi

On 4th of June we invite you to the traditional soldering hardware hackathon in Olimex training building.

HackFMI 6 “Hack the gadgets” Three days long Hackathon is this weekend

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This weekend is HackFMI – three days Hackathon. Olimex will be present these by Stefan Mavrudiev as mentor.

The Hackathon starts in Friday 17.00 o’clock and is named “Hack for gadgeds” and as the name points will be about building and hacking hardware gadgeds.

For all teams Olimex will provide 20% discount coupons so they can order and use all boards and sensors we have, as we have mentor here he will bring all orders with him, so there will be no shipping also.

TuxCon conference – only 10 days left

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Just 10 days left till TuxCon conference in Plovdiv!

For these who didn’t hear yet: TuxCon is a free community event about free and open-source software for Internet of Things, mobile, embedded and wearable devices.

In Saturday 11th of July there will be lectures and Lighting talks. Peter Valkov from Olimex will talk about ESP8266-IoT Firmware and six other lecturers are registered.

In Sunday 12th of July we will have Hackathon at Olimex training building including  IoT workshop with ESP8266 and SMT components soldering workshop.

The Help day for June and July will be combined with this event, so if you have questions how to use our boards or want help from our developers they will be available all day long.

Open Fest 2014 is approaching, get ready for the Hardware Hackathon!

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This weekend is Open Fest 2014 in Sofia! We will be there with table and Hardware Hackathon. This time we will have two new boards to assembly but we will keep this as secret 🙂

Also Olimex will have lecture “Programmable Home” presenting the new boards and solutions we work on for Home Automation.

Here are some pictures of the Hardware Hackathon we did on Open Fest in 2013.

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This time we will have more and different boards to choose from, and of course the Hackathon will be free (as beer, not speech 😉 ), so you can take the board you assembly with you after the Hackathon.

Looking forward to see you there!

TuxCon 2014 Hardware and Software Hackathons 29 of June

 

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On 29.06 in Saturday from 10.00 started the Hardware Hackathon in Olimex’s training building, many people were coming and going until 16.30 oclock, about 60 FOSDEM-85 Arduino clone boards were build from kits by people who come mostly from FOSS world and have never touch soldering iron.

The results were amazing, you can see here TuxCon glasses made with FOSDEM-85 kit:

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some pictures from the Hackathon are here

 

The Software Hckathon was about programming of Interractive table:

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The setup was: 8×8 matrix of 64 pcs RGB LEDs connected with four US-020 Ultra sonic distance sensors connected to OLIMEXINO-328 (Arduino DueMilaNove clone) then connected via USB to A10-OLinuXino-LIME with WIFI running Debian.

LIME was registered in the local WIFI and everyone could log in through SSH and to write his own code.

The project goal was to make something interesting and interactive.

Unfortunately we found bug in our Arduino code which prevented the Hackathon to complete correctly, so we decided to do as follows:

Radoslav Kolev presented his patch work to AVR dude which allow any Linux computer with GPIOs to write code to AVR processors via GPIO fs.

What we are going to do this week is to connect some of the LIME GPIOs to Arduino ICSP so Arduino could be pre-programmed by LIME.

Also we are going to setup web camera which to point to the interactive table and to open access to the LIME in the table from internet. Then we will give 1 week time to everyone who wants to develop something on this table and test his code to may do so.

We will put detailed instructions how to login, how to program the AVR and how to program the RGB/sensors, so the Hackathon will no longer be limited to local area. Anyone from anywhere in the world could participate.

To prevent problems made by the parallel login and programming we encourage the developers to enter in #olimex IRC channel and coordinate the programming and table use.

The prize for the most interesting program will be A20-OLinuXino-MICRO.

We hope the table to be ready for hacking by the end of this week!

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