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Cambridge Open Technology Workshop

Cambridge Open Technology Workshop

An Open Technology workshop will take place on Friday 20 June 2014, at the Department of Engineering.

Open technologies are becoming increasingly prevalent in many aspects of society. From cell phones' operating systems to high performance computing, open source software provide some of the most powerful tools to tackle today's challenges.

The Cambridge Open Technology Workshop

Presentation

Open technologies are becoming increasingly prevalent in many aspects of society. From cell phones' operating systems to high performance computing, open source software provides some of the most powerful tools to tackle today's challenges. Large scale projects such as Wikipedia have demonstrated that open standards and practice can be applied to knowledge in a general sense and deliver invaluable resources to the general public. The advance of Open Hardware systems such as Arduino, alongside advances in consumer-grade 3D printing technologies, is nowadays boosting the development of Maker communities in most parts of the world, progressively imposing a rethink of innovation and manufacturing techniques.

In this workshop, open to the general public, we will explore through talks and demos many aspects of open technologies and their implications in the context of academic research and education.

The workshop is coorganised by Alexandre Kabla, Jim Haseloff, Oliver Hadeler, Robert Mullins and jointly sponsored by CamBridgeSens, OpenLabTools and SynBio.org.uk.


Programme

Morning session - Short talks

Location: Lecture Room 1, Inglis building, Ground floor

9:00 Introductory notes
9:15 Alex Bradbury, Computer Lab, Raspberry Pi Foundation
9:30 James Scott and Steve Hodges, Microsoft, Gadgeteer
9:45 Damien George, DAMTP, Micropython
10:00 Laura James, Makespace and Open Knowledge Foundation
10:15 Coorous Mohtadi, Mathworks
Coffee Break
11:00 Boris Adryan, Dept. of Genetics
11:15 Jim Haseloff, Dept. of Plant Science, SynBio.org
11:30 Andrew Moore, Computer Lab, netFPGA
11:45 Rachel Rayns, Raspberry Pi Foundation
12:00 Garth Wells, Engineering Department, FEniCS project
12:15 Micro-presentations of the afternoon's demos.

Afternoon session - Demos (1.30pm to 4pm)

Location: EIETL Lab, Inglis building, 1st floor

Current list of demos:

Open Microscope and Mechanical testing rig, Josie Hughes and James Ritchie

Raspberry Pi and Arduino projects with MATLAB & Simulink, Coorous Mohtadi

3D printed platform for microscopy, Richard Bowman

Micropython, Damien George


Registration

Attendance is free of charge and open to the general public.

Participants are also invited to present demos of software or hardware project during the afternoon sessions. Lab space will be made available for this purpose.

Please register on the University of Cambridge eSales system.

Contact Alexandre Kabla for more information.