[Open Design + Hardware] International Hackathon on Open Source Lab Hardware (Summer 2015)

NIEZEN G. g.niezen at swansea.ac.uk
Wed Oct 15 16:04:27 UTC 2014

Hi Jenny,

I think this is a great idea! I’ve recently started the Openpump project (http://www.openpump.org) to build an open source hardware syringe pump.

The mechanical design is based on work done by the research group led by Joshua Pearce (that you cited in your post). The focus of the Openpump project is to build a standalone syringe pump with a user interface that’s simple and easy to use.

Kind regards,
Gerrit Niezen

Postdoctoral Researcher

Future Interaction Technologies Lab
Department of Computer Science
Swansea University
Singleton Park

On 15 Oct 2014, at 15:52, Jenny Molloy <jenny.molloy at okfn.org<mailto:jenny.molloy at okfn.org>> wrote:

Dear All

Open Knowledge hosts both open science and open hardware and design working groups and one area where our interests cross is in open source lab hardware, which is a growing field of interest internationally both within academia and within broader society, for example through maker spaces and DIYBio groups.

A group of us in the UK would like to propose an open lab hardware weekend in Summer 2015 that could take simultaneously in different locations, in the same manner as the Open Data Day hackathons [1].

It would be a great showcase for some of the amazing hardware already out there [e.g. 2,3,4] and a chance to get people solving real lab problems and demonstrating the power of open designs and manufacturing.

Would you be interested in hosting (or asking someone to host) a weekend event in your city/institution/space? I've booted up a really basic planning pad you can contribute to if so: https://pad.riseup.net/p/la<https://pad.riseup.net/p/labhack2015>the events bhack2015<https://pad.riseup.net/p/labhack2015>

Please do add other potential event hosts and suggestions, we could work together on funding and advertising if you think it is a good idea. This is a soft call for participants but if we manage to get a few spaces on board we will make a larger announcement next month.

Thanks very much everyone and I look forward to hearing from you! Do get in touch with any comments or suggestions.


[1] http://opendataday.org/
[2] http://www.appropedia.org/Open-source_Lab
[3] http://store.elsevier.com/Open-Source-Lab/Joshua-Pearce/isbn-9780124104624/
[4] http://www.synbio.org.uk/hardware/diy-lab-equipment/diy-lab-equipment.html
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