This group was born out of conversations about how to get tech-savvy individuals like yourselves to think about how your skills can be repurposed for social good. Essentially, how to find and engage in projects with a purpose. For me that boils down into this idea of active altruism. So this month we're going to move past talking about what we could do and get hands-on on specific projects. Here's a list of some of the projects we're going to discuss. - Open Source Beehives, started by the folks from Open Tech Collaborative (spiraling off from the Open Ecology team), is set on creating a intelligent, simple-to-assemble beehive to fight hive colony collapse disorder.
e-NABLE, a global distributed team of designers and fabricators creating a low-cost 3D printed prosthetic
- Solar Flower, DIY solar concentrator and wind turbine design Communitaire, creating and connecting makerspaces and resources around the world.
- GitHacker, site designed to enable remote collaboration on open source hardware
- Drones, drones, and more drones! There's a variety of topics here from using drones for agricultural processes, conservation, detection of land mines ... which I'd love to discuss some more. And if we're lucky, we'll hear more from the teams that were awarded with prizes at our first meetup. We'll start having more regular meetings to actually do some engineering and move some of these open source designs forward.
All attendees and members of this community will be encouraged to share their interest and expertise so that we can match you up with a project to work on. If you have any projects that you would like to work on or recommend please contact me directly. As designers and engineers we have tremendous talents and assets to make a difference in the lives of others. Each month we will get together to meet, speak and dine with one another. Whether you are leading international development projects or looking to get involved we will give you the opportunity to speak up, be heard and get involved.
Come by the TechShop on May 13th at 7pm, to discover the a world of open source hardware. Arrive 30 mins early to receive a tour of the space - just drop by the front desk. You can also sign up for Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/groups/381807521873298/) and RSVP via eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/engineers-and-designers-for-international-development-tickets-11497837341).
We will be holding an unconference style event. In the first 30mins we will have several speakers give short 5mins talks about their experience designing for international development. After the talks those who want to stand up and describe the projects that they are working on can do so, and then the group will open up to casual discussion. Special thanks to the TechShop for letting us host this event. Techshop is a community-based workshop and prototyping studio on a mission to democratize access to the tools of innovation. It's packed with cutting edge machinery and computers loaded with design software. They teach Design Software, Electronics, Laser Cutting, CNC, Machining, Metal Work, Welding, Woodwork, Textiles, Fabrication, 3D Printing and more ...