OpenWRT summit 2015, Dublin recap

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OpenWRT summit 2015 was in Dublin on 8 October right after ELCE so we took the chance to stay one more day and participate, this was right decision.

OpenWRT summit was organized by Prpl Foundation, the event is the first one to get together all OpenWRT developers and it become very interested event .

Few talks took my attention:

1. Adding new SoC to OpenWrt presented by Hauke Mehrtens
Hauke went through what you should consider when add new SoC to OpenWRT. It was brief without complex and boring stuff.

2.Project Turris – open router with OpenWrt presented by Bedrich Kosata
This was one of most interesting lecture at least for me as it talks for project Turris – build of completely open source hardware router for traffic monitoring and DDoS prevention.

3. Securing the Internet of (broken) Things present by Cesare Garlati
Now this was scary thing and show how the aim to connect everything to Internet without proper security measures could be dangerous. Showing how people can take over control on your car which is connected to Internet, or how they can change the volume of medicine which go in your veins by manipulating your internet connected medical pump – stuff which could kill people!

4. Introducing the sunxi target – Your next IoT gadget presented by Zoltan Herpai the Allwinner SoC maintainer in OpenWRT.

Let’s hope Prpl Foundation or OpenWRT people will set page and put the slides online, many people will be interested!

OpenWrt Summit 2015 will be in Dublin, Ireland on October 8th

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This year LinuxCon Europe and Embedded Linux Conference Europe will be in Dublin, Ireland from October 5th to October 7th.

Olimex is bronze sponsor to ELCE for second year.

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What we learn is that this year after LinuxCon/ELCE in the same place on October 8th will be FREE to attend OpenWrt Summit which is sponsored by Prpl Foundation.

You can learn more details here.

Open Source Hardware Summit 2014 Roma, Italy

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I’ve always wanted to go to OSHW Summit but it was held only in USA and this rises some difficulties for me like having entry visa to visit the country of the unlimited opportunities, so I skipped.

When I learned that this year it will be here in Europe I put it in my calendar for “must visit” events.

I always though this is big event with thousands of people to participate like FOSDEM where around 8-10000 Open Source Software enthusiasts come together, but I was surprised to see it’s a rather small only around 100-200 people were there. For comparison OpenFest the local Open Source Technology Event in Sofia last year had about 3200 unique IPs logged to the wifi routers, so we guess at least about 3000 people from small Bulgaria (population less than NY) attended this local event.

Open Source Hardware is still not so popular like Open Source Software, but do not get me wrong, this is not underestimation of this event, where else you can see on the same place and talk to Massimo Banzi, David Cuartielles, Jason Krinder and Adrian Bowyer?

The weather in Rome was sunny and nice, food is great, so the organizers picked up the right place 🙂

What I found really odd is that the organizers has locked the access to the WIFi at the OSHW Summit with some strange long registration procedure involving you to call with your phone some other phone in Italy in order to “verify” you, well I couldn’t complete this procedure no matter how many times I called this phone, so this really suck. I’m still puzzled why do you close your WiFi access when you make Open Source event and you are in the middle of nowhere (the event was held in big complex of Museo del Musica Auditorium) i.e. in 100-150 meters around you there is no one who could eventually use your WIFI access from outside.

The most remarkable lecture was the one from Mr. Adrian Bowyer – the father of RepRap and 3D printing. This man is real visionary and thinks out of the box. It was pleasure to follow his thoughts of mapping RepRap to Living organism which could reproduce itself. “Bees pollinate plants and help them to reproduce because they have benefit -> Bees get nectar from the plants – we made RepRap which can re-produce itself, but people wouldn’t re-produce it if there was no benefit for them -> they can print objects which is equal of the nectar for the Bees”

One other odd thing is that the lectures were very short and with no time for discussions and interactions on the lecture topics. Some of the lectures were totally out of Open Source Hardware topic (for instance the lecture of two Israeli architects which share how they put on public discussion some of their project which may be related to “open” but not to electronics hardware) and could be skipped to leave more time for discussions to the lectures which were really interesting and could provoke discussions.

In the second summit day there were interesting discussions like: choosing Open vs Closed, which Licensee to choose, Documentation, Education, all of them interesting topics, too bad people were separated in groups so you can’t attend more than one group at the same time while these are all interesting topics to discuss. I will try to post my opinion on these in few blog posts to follow.

So to summarize the Open Source Hardware Summit is very interesting event with great potential. What OSHW does to popularize the Open Source Hardware ideas is great and should keep going.

What I would like to see is such event every year held here in Europe, as traveling at 5000 km and spending EUR 1000 for plane tickets is not within the budged for the many small startups and students I’ve seen this year in Rome coming from Greece, France, Germany etc and who make their first steps in OSHW. I believe the same apply for the US and Asia, so why there is no yearly OSHW Summits to be held in US,EU and Asia?

Open Source Hardware Summit 2014 starts tomorrow in Roma, Italy

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Open Source Hardware Summit this year is in Roma, Italy.

There will be lot of interesting lectures on the first day 30th of September, here is the list of the speakers.

The second say will be workshops day.

See you there!

Open Hardware Summit 2014 will be in Rome, Italy September 30th to October 1st

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Open Hardware Summit is yearly event. This year it will be two days event from September 30th to October 1st.

This is also the first OHS event in Europe!

First day will be with talks, second with workshops. The participation is completely free of charge.

The talks will cover a wide variety of topics ranging from electronics and mechanics to related fields, such as digital manufacturing, wearable technology , devices quantified self, art and bio-hacking.

The workshops will focus on issues such as education, manufacturing, engineering, business, and legal issues and more. The Summit provides a meeting place for people who share open source ideas.

Among the speakers are Gabriella Levine, president of OSHWA, Becky Stern, Tomas Diez, Adrian Bowyer,father of the RepRap project that has revolutionized the 3D printing.