Open Source Hardware User Group
Goes to Canterbury!
(Collaboration, building communities,
surface mount adventures)
For our 11th meeting, we are visiting the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent. Trains run regularly to and from central London and take approximately an hour. For anyone wishing to stay overnight please see the list of accommodation.
Open Source Hardware Collaboration
An assessment of the current state of the art in hardware collaboration through a tour of a series of Open Source Hardware projects. How easy is it to discover projects, view and understand their designs, build your own version and contribute changes back?
Paul Downey (psd) is a doodling software hacker, former member of Osmosoft--a small Open Source software team--where he represented BT at the W3C, a co-organiser of OSHUG and a co-founder of SolderPad, a collaboration platform for electronic design.
Building open, communicating communities
The hardware engineering community is typically seen as fragmented, closed and conservative, shackled by the dependency on restrictive closed-source tools. Thankfully, we are now at a time where this is changing. In this talk, Saar Drimer will discuss his efforts to bring the FPGA community together so we can reach the level of sharing and project integration that the open source software community currently enjoys. The end goal is to reach a state where projects are integrated in a similar way to what Linux's package mangers enable: "sudo apt-get ddr2-controller". [Background reading].
Saar Drimer is an experienced hardware engineer. In the past he's hacked the UK's Chip and PIN payment system, and advocated reproducible research practices in the engineering sciences. Now he's working on boldport, an "IndieEDA" company that aims to make HW/FPGA easier.
Adventures in working with surface mount devices
An ambitious open source hardware project--Amino--recently called for Alan Wood to uplift his home lab to support prototyping, testing and basic production using surface mount devices. Alan will be sharing with us some of the things he has learnt, and giving us a run through what you might require in order to tackle working with surface mount devices yourself. Rather than using expensive off-the-shelf tooling, Alan will be covering a number of affordable approaches that make this possible without breaking the bank.
Alan Wood originally trained in systems engineering, got lost in software engineering and open source for a decade, before returning back to his hardware roots via the open source hardware and makers movement that has gathered momentum over the last few years.
Note: Please aim to arrive for 18:00 - 18:20 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt. Parking is available at the Jennison Building, however, please ensure that you are parked within a bay.
When & Where
OSHUG and School of Engineering and Digital Arts
The primary goal is to provide an environment in which those with an interest in open source hardware can meet, share experiences and learn from each other. It is hoped that events will be shaped by the wider user group membership, and whilst meetings are initially being held in London, they could be held anywhere.
The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has an excellent reputation for both its teaching and research. Based in the Jennison Building on the Canterbury Campus, the School has 27 academic staff members, with both academic and industrial experience, as well as a number of specialist visiting lecturers. With strong industrial links, much of our research is supported by commercial organisations; there is also a range of industrially sponsored prizes for best students in each of our years. We are a forward-looking School and our courses are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are always up-to-date.