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Open Source Junction 4: Open Source Hardware meets Open Source Software
14-15 March 2013, Trinity College, Oxford
Please Note: Main Registration is now "closed". However, since the event is free and we still have capacity available, you are welcome to sign up if you are interested, with the caveat we will be unable to provide lunch and refeshments.
OSS Watch is delighted to announce a new event in the Open Source Junction series aimed at facilitating knowledge exchange between industry and academic innovation. Open Source Junction brings together the best business and academic minds to explore how the two sectors can jointly innovate, develop and exploit open source software in conjunction with open source hardware.
Open Source Hardware
Open Source Junction 4 focuses on open source hardware.
Open Source Hardware (OSH), like Open Source Software (OSS), is an open approach to technology where the information needed to create hardware artefacts – such as schematics, drawings and bill of materials – is distributed, allowing others to produce artefacts, and to modify and improve on the design. Open Source Hardware has a wide range of applications, including medical appliances, lab equipment, surveillance drones, and toys.
Moving into the mainstream?
With the rise of affordable desktop 3D printers, OSH is moving closer to the consumer, as artefacts can be designed that suit desktop printing and require less specialist skills to build. Generic electronic components such as the Arduino microcontroller, and the Raspberry Pi single-board computer also provide common platforms for programming and controlling devices, and lower the barrier to entry for creating novel artefacts.
Open Source Hardware meets Open Source Software?
While the definition of Open Source Hardware does cover “dumb” artefacts, when we talk about OSH we're especially interested in artefacts that have some degree of programmability. Open Source Software is a natural complement to programmable devices, allowing innovators to customise or improve upon the capabilities of open source hardware by modifying their behaviour and upgrading their intelligence. This enables a synergy of hardware innovation and software innovation.
Open Source Junction 4
This two-day workshop will showcase a selection of successful academic and industry projects featuring open source hardware and open source software, and will provide delegates with the relevant knowledge and networking opportunities to help them build sustainable partnerships in this field.
Benefits of attending
Find out about successful open source hardware projects
Become familiar with issues concerning concerning the development and exploitation of open source hardware and open source software
Understand the benefits and opportunities associated with building the OSJ community
Network and explore partnership opportunities with past and present OSJ attendees
R&D managers, senior strategists, software and hardware developers
Open source hardware creators, hackers and tinkerers
Principal Investigators, research staff, project managers in Higher Education and Research with an interest in open source hardware
Funding bodies with an interest in open source hardware technologies
The programme for OSJ 4 currently stands as follows, but may be subject to change.
Thursday 14th March
|0900||Coffee and Registration|
|1045||Paul Tanner, OSHUG|
|1345||Javier Ruiz, ONAWI|
Friday 15th March
|1015||Andrew Katz, Moorcrofts LLP|
|1315||Richard Hughes, ColorHug|
|1515||Feedback and Next Steps|
Accommodation at Trinity and other colleges may be booked online via Oxford Rooms.
Alternatively a number of nice hotels are available in Oxford, some of which are listed below.
17th century building. Four poster rooms. Limited parking (additional charge). Continental breakfast (cooked breakfast available at additional charge). £85 - £140. Independently owned. Special diets catered for with prior notice. Car park. Child-friendly. Pets welcome. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi access.
4* hotel in Broad St, set above shops including The Buttery cafe. No designated parking, but it is as central as you can get. Broadband cables available on request. £55 - £120. Independently owned. Vegetarian. Room Service. Child-friendly. Cooked breakfast available. Wifi access.
Stylish luxury conversion of the former Oxford Prison, in the city's most recently refurbished old quarter. All mod cons plus excellent restaurant. 94 rooms. £150 - £385. Special diets catered for. Room service. Conference facilities. Garden. Child-friendly. Cooked breakfast available. Pets welcome. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi access.
Spa in the basement, featuring Thermal Suite: rock sauna, bio sauna, aroma steam therapy room, steam room, ice room, and hydrotherapy. Plus 4 treatment rooms. £100 - £700. Special diets catered for. Room service. Conference facilities. Car park. Child-friendly. Cooked breakfast available. Pets welcome. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi access. Hotel parking, for residents only, must be pre-booked. £20 per 24 hours.
49 rooms; 1 mile to Oxford centre. £65 - £260. Independently owned. Special diets catered for. Room service. Conference facilities. Garden. Car park. Child-friendly. Cooked breakfast available. Wifi access.
30 rooms in luxury small hotel hidden in central Oxford. Excellent restaurant sources ingredients locally where possible. £135 - £200. Special diets catered for. Room service. Conference facilities. Garden. Car park. Child-friendly. Cooked breakfast available. Pets welcome.
If none of these is appropriate, you could look on Oxford's Daily Info site for more recommendations.
Alternatively, you can make use of Oxford's excellent visitor information services.