Building Ecological Houses with Open Source and IoT

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This is a virtual Meetup occurring at 8AM Pacific time (11am Eastern, 5pm Central European Standard Time). For help with your timezone calculation, refer to this (

The meetup will be held on Google Hangouts and you will be able to watch the live stream directly on YouTube.

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Open Building Institute (OBI) ( was launched to make affordable, ecological housing accessible to everyone—using a library of engineered modules and a series of rapid-build procedures. We are developing a design/build toolkit of modules, software, machines, materials, and monitoring that is completely open source. Join this Virtual IoT session to learn more about the OBI initiative, how it relates to the Internet of Things, and how you can get involved.

Speakers: Catarina Mota and Marcin Jakubowski

Catarina Mota is an open source advocate. She founded the Open Building Institute, co-founded Open Materials ( (do-it-yourself smart materials) and AltLab ( (Lisbon's hackerspace). Previously, she co-chaired the Open Hardware Summit 2012, served on the board of directors of the Open Source Hardware Association, taught as an adjunct faculty member at ITP-NYU, and was a fellow of the National Science and Technology Foundation of Portugal. Catarina holds a Ph.D. in communication sciences and her research work focuses on the social impact of open and collaborative practices for the development of technologies. She is a founding member the Open Source Hardware Association and a TED fellow (

Marcin Jakubowski is a Polish-American who came to the U.S. from Poland as a child. He graduated with honors from Princeton and earned his Ph.D. in fusion physics from the University of Wisconsin. Frustrated with the lack of relevance to pressing world issues in his education, he founded Open Source Ecology ( 2003 in order to make closed-loop manufacturing a reality. He began development of the Global Village Construction Set ( (GVCS)—an open source tool set of 50 industrial machines necessary to create a small civilization with modern comforts. His work has recently been recognized as a 2012 TED Senior Fellow, in Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2012, as a 2013 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and a White House Champion of Change in 2013.