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How do you make money with Open Hardware?

Protei 011.1 test in Lamma Island Hong Kong
Photo by Meng Lau [blacksheep.com.hk] Cesar Harada, holding Protei 011.1 in Lamma Island, Hong Kong.

I should say as a preface is that I am far from being rich (in money) but I am rich in ideas about how one can make money from Open Hardware. Just a few minutes ago I sent this email to an academic friend of mine who is trying to convince his senior University staff how Open Hardware can be profitable. I am sharing this for myself as research note, but also because it might help other people doing Open Hardware work to explain what they do, and how they might sustain it. The technology I am commenting about is Protei, the Open Hardware, Shape-Shifting Sailing robot to explore and protect the ocean.

A/ how you make your profit based on open source hardware and software?

On top of my head writing in the MTR (Hong Kong train system) I can give you a few short term ways to profit from an open source technology.

Open Hardware does not mean free :

  1. We make and sell boats. Either on demand, small scale, middle or large scale manufacturing
  2. We can operate boats and replace multi-million operations
  3. We can sale software, on the boats and server side
  4. We sell services at sea (communication, sampling etc)
  5. We collect data that we can sell
  6. We can analyze data and sell that to policy makers or other labs
  7. We can do consulting work to improve other boats
  8. We keep inventing new things thanks to the community inspiration
  9. We get money from donations because people understand this is an amazing technology and what it does for the world
  10. We get funding from private sources, like sponsorship
  11. We get funding from the public state, because we do it for the general interest
  12. We get to teach about the new tech
  13. Oh! … And we can get paid to do the research :)

On the long term open source could mean that other people fork your technology – transforming your technology / product into a market.
Product -> Market. So suddenly you would benefit from people improving on your work, and you can improve of theirs.

I like to think about it this way :
You can become a leader by taking an unfair advantage and keeping it
You stay a leader by fairly inviting everyone to enjoy the advantage you found.

So it is not about developing a cool technology but also about building a vibrant community around the technology. In fact even if you started it, the community will overtake the technology and make it its own. That is particularly true about science and innovation. The more people would cite you, extend your work, improve it the more valuable you will be recognize as the source.
In the industrial context the more people copy, the more influence. The history of Arduino is a great example of that, now you can find hundreds of copycat, their brand is thriving more than ever. Your competition becomes essentially your best advertising. And they automatically become part of your community and you can learn from their improvement. It is not about control, it is about having access and making sense of the information. Building the intelligence nexus, is how you stay the leader in your area. We cannot control the boat makers, but we can become the resource where everyone goes to, and share their improvements and new ideas.

Two closing references

And, yeah, let’s explore and protect the oceans with Open Technologies!

20140422 Gamers controlling fleets of robots at sea? Protei at Polytechnic U. Hong Kong, Game Design Department

It’s a great pleasure for me to present Protei at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and brainstorm how Protei could be used by gamers.

  • Time : 19:00 – 20:00. Tuesday April 22nd, 2014
  • Location : V1124, School of Design, The Jockey Club Innovation Tower. Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Below are my slides : http://goo.gl/7j6Evt

 

Thanks to Prof Gino Yu and Hanna Wirman for the invitation.

Protei TED talk slides

Here are the slides of my TED talk in a Google presentation format. Thanks so much for watching it.

http://goo.gl/fX2yC8

The TED Talk (from the TED official website)

www.ted.com/talks/cesar_harada_a_novel_idea_for_cleaning_up_oil_spills.html

If you want to embed THE SLIDESHOW :

<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WCa1dMLxcjMtT10lkLF0rWp4TdEFnFF1yJLCLn4Af-Q/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”500″ height=”404″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>

If you want to embed the THE TALK VIDEO :

<iframe width=”500″ height=”281″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/iNDXvJjSniI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

GOOD 100 + you

It is my great honour to be selected as GOOD 100 of 2014.
GOOD 2014, Cesar HARADA

http://magazine.good.is/projects/the100/profiles/cesar-harada

“There is an emerging identity crystallizing on our planet. People are increasingly considering their personal impact in a global light. We call this identity the global citizen. The 100 people you will learn about here capture what it means to be a global citizen in 2014. They belong to a community of doers that you too can be part of. But where to start? The first step is asking yourself what kind of doer you are. Inspired by the 100 members of the fourth annual GOOD 100 and the personality test published 52 years ago by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers, we’ve created a 100-question quiz that will align your work with one of 16 “doer personality types.” Thus, as you make your way through the site, you won’t just be learning about 100 global citizens—hopefully you’ll be learning about 101.”

GOOD 100 selection
To celebrate and share the best of us with the GOOD community in Hong Kong, we are holding a free workshop :

  • Time : May 3rd, 15:00 – 17:30
  • Location : Paperclip co-working space, 3/F, Nam Wo Hong Building, 148 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3586 2888
  • MTR Sheung Wan, Exit B

https://www.facebook.com/events/1498747023680499/

The workshop leaders will be Rachel Chan (also GOOD 100) and myself, on the invitation of GOOD HK chapter representative Maggie Lin.
“Cesar will lead the life-mapping exercise. Using himself as a case study, he will guide you to draw your entire life on a piece of paper: connecting your personal goals to that of others, and to what the world needs. Then Rachel will share tips and resources as to how your aspirations can be realized with her rich experience in doing good and doing well.”

I just met with Rachel Chan and I can guarantee she’s amazing. From GOOD 100 page :
“Rachel Chan is on a mission to light a fire beneath Asia’s business sector. In the growing landscape of social entrepreneurship in Asia, Chan is leading the charge to inspire young people to build innovative and socially positive startups. She believes that businesses should embrace the competitive and sustainable advantages of doing good, rather than acting out of social obligation or regarding it as a necessary burden. In 2007, Chan founded InnoFoco, a holistic social-branding agency in Hong Kong that helps startups maintain both their competitive edge and their commitment to social good. In 2010, InnoFoco partnered with the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture to found Make a Difference, or MaD, an annual conference that brings together 1,500 young people who come from all over Asia to listen to talks by leading computer scientists, educators, artists, and business leaders. This March, Chan will launch Let’s Make a Difference HK!, an initiative to foster collaboration between high-impact startups and corporations in Hong Kong.”

We are looking forward to see you at the workshop! it’s going to be tons of fun!

20140312 Protei in Liberation, French Newspaper

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Great honor for us to be featured yesterday in the well distributed French newspaper Liberation alongside our distinguished sailing robots VAIMOS, Wave Glider, Emily and Saildrone. Thanks to Herve Marchon for the great article.  Full article on-line for the subscribers  here.

 

20140305 Lecture : School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong

Today I presented several works at the  School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, on the invitation of the brilliant Takuro Mizuta Lippit ak DJ Sniff. It was interesting to present to a young designer crowd and connect older art / design works I did to my current robotics research Protei- all creative to my point of view. Here are the slides. I highly recommend to pump up the volume and turn off the lights for the 2 first videos on Vimeo.


http://goo.gl/PpUjJM

Thanks to all who came to attend the lecture.

 

20140303 How to draw your life on one paper. Past, present and future.


http://youtu.be/EprRmmLyOd8

Yesterday I was grateful to be a keynote speaker at the GIN852 conference. It was the very first time in my life I was asked to speak about my life path. Am I that old already? :)
I was  overwhelmed to share so much about myself, I never felt so vulnerable. I hope that was helpful for the students and inspired them to find the courage they have in themselves to pursue what they believe is worthwhile.

In the 45 minutes presentation I explained about  how to “Draw your life in one page” – which is explained in details in the video above. Over the past few years I developed and simplified a visualization method to map what you have done in the past, where you are now, and how to move on forward. The whole drawing exercise generally take about 30 minutes to do – maybe a little more the first time you do it. For me, it’s been a life changing experience that helped me :

  • gain clarity
  • improved my confidence to take hard decisions and
  • make my life more meaningful for myself, others and hopefully the world (I mean Nature in my case).

I hope it will help you make sense of it all.  As of today 2014 March 3rd, this is my life drawing. Please share your life drawing with me.

The “Draw your life in one page” slides are here:


http://goo.gl/eVUy8s

The GIN852 slides are here (many are similar slides):

http://goo.gl/9Vy3X5

About GIN852 : Sustainable Planning, Immediate Action: Hong Kong-wide Global Issues Network conference will be hosted by ICS on March 1- 2, 2014. Follow us @GIN_852 Description For the past years, the Global Issues Network (GIN) has been an ambitious worldwide event that brings schools around the world together, with the goal of empowering young people to collaborate and create solutions for global issues. However, we believe that international solutions should begin locally. 852 is the area code and also a colloquial term for Hong Kong. Hence, GIN852 both embodies the original international focus of GIN conferences and our unique local context. International Christian School will be hosting the 2nd GIN852 conference on March 1st and 2nd, 2014. The theme for the conference is “Sustainable Planning, Immediate Action.” It is our hope that the conference will provide a great opportunity for students all over HK to work together, learn, and build valuable relationships. Follow us on Twitter @GIN_852 Subscribe to us at youtube.com/user/gin852

Association pour le Progrés du Management APM Marseille, France

A few days ago, I was lucky to be invited to speak in front of about 3000 leaders at the bi-annual APM gathering in Marseille on the topic “Renaissance & Entrepreneurship, New Ways». The organization was seamless, the stage and screens gigantic, the audience smart and enthusiastic. I loved it. I was there as a young tech / green entrepreneur using innovative methods to reach an international audience. I was honored to share the stage with amazing intellectuals such as Jacques Attali, Serge Soudoplatoff, Pierre-Marie Lledo, Axel Kahn, Florence Servan-Schreiber, Cynthia_Fleury, Jean-Francois Noubel and more.
My 3 key themes were :

  1. Innovation, the shape shifting hull and modular sailing drone
  2. Open Hardware for the Environment, inviting company leaders to change how they approach intellectual property
  3. Global collaboration, to solve world pressing problems

I presented more than 200 slides with many videos and several people asked me to post my presentations : they are below. You can flick through the slides and simply click the links on connected articles / sources / videos.


Pleinière (12 minutes, ˜3000 people)


#1 Entreprendre pour l’environnement (45 minutes, ˜90 people)


#2 Crowd Sourcing (45 minutes, ˜90 people)


#3 Open hardware pour l’Environnement (45 minutes, ˜90 people)


#4 Océans espace d’Opportunités (45 minutes, ˜90 people)


I really enjoyed sharing my experience during this event, the many smart & difficult questions, the great conversations. I want to send a special thanks to Marc Tirel (for introduction), Fleurke Combier (from APM), Marion Chapsal (coach http://ideasonstage.com/) Yves Rajaud and all the workshop animators – you have been amazing. Also great thanks to my agent who has organized all the logistics of the event, the magic Lavin Agency.

It was my first time in Marseille, I loved the classic small yachts in the Vieux Port.
work in Marseille old port.

Even If I must admit, I did not take much time out of my hotel room :)
work in Marseille old port.

I will come again. The adventure continues!

Creativity Lab CUHK

Today I was very happy to make a first meeting with the great people of Creativity Lab in CUHK.
The lab is not opened yet, so everything is still to be done ! How exciting! Thanks for your warm welcome!

CUHK Creativity Lab [ in progress ]

Original file with videos : http://cesarharada.com/download/20131019Creativity%20Lab%20CUHK.key

MCing Dorkbot HK October 2013

I was very happy to MC Dorkbpt Hong Kong October 3rd 2013 at the K11 “Art Mall” in TST Hong Kong.
Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/429894030449595/
K11 page : http://www.k11concepts.com/en/news-events/art-details.aspx?id=104

life in Hong Kong

Dorkbot HK Panel, October 2013

Dorkbot HK Panel

An inspirational Dorkbot-HK event, co-presented by Videotage and the K11 Art Foundation. The programme consists of four intriguing talks by local as well as international artists. Their seemingly diversified spheres are united seamlessly by Dorkbot, as they all design with electricity. Creative design ideas from coding vs. non coding, animation design works, interactive multimedia design to experimental digital music design will be presented by gurus from each field. The programme is guaranteed to open up new horizons for friends who want to experiment designing in a new dimension!

Standing up on stage : Dr. Bryan CHUNG, Regina Zhang (K11), Wong Ping, Ellen Pau (Videotage), Art Clay, Takuro Mizuta Lippit 水田 拓郎|| aka DJ SNIFF, Cesar Harada wearing Makin Jan Ma design.

Internship with Protei : deadline extended October 7th

http://www.slideshare.net/cesarharada/protei-internship-en-cn

Product Development Internship. Design and Engineer Ocean Robots / 產品研發實習生:海洋機器人設計及製造  >> Download PDF

Web Community Development Internship. Development of a collaboration platform for ocean roboticists  / 網絡社區拓展實習生:建立一個海洋機器人的協作平台.   >> Download PDF

Social Entrepreneurship Internship. Ocean robots, marketing and strategy / 社會企業發展實習生:市場營銷策略 >> Download PDF

Protei in the New York Times today

A Cruise on the S.S. Brainstorm

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/fashion/a-cruise-on-the-ss-brainstorm.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Delighted to read about Protei in the New York Times today. Special thanks to Melena Ryzik for the article. Archive as pdf here (1.5mb).

A version of this article appears in print on September 29, 2013, on page ST1 of the New York edition with the headline: A Cruise on the S.S. Brainstorm.

Protei is recruiting 3 interns to explore and save the oceans

Protei, the Open Hardware, shape-shifting sailing robot,  is about to come out to the world.
We are looking to grow our team to take part into this great adventure.
We are looking for 3 smart, hard working good people  for

If you know people in Hong Kong, or people passionate about the oceans, robotics, Open Technologies for the Environment, please share – Thanks!

 

 

2013 Lamma Island Oil Spill needs more Research & Cleaning

On July 14th, my girlfriend and were hiking on Lamma Island (Hong Kong) for her birthday. I was told there had been a small oil spill recently, but I did not expect to see it when we arrived in Tung O Wan, Shek Pai Wan (22.196649, 114.139827).

“June 21, a 10m x 15m slick was reported in waters off Tung O Wan, and a 100m x 15m slick was seen on Tung O Wan beach. The department cleaned small oil patches off Tung O Wan on June 22 and 23, and will send samples of the oil to the Government Laboratory for analysis.”
http://www.news.gov.hk/en/categories/environment/html/2013/06/20130624_180438.shtml

Video


http://youtu.be/9zncIy8exLQ
We made this video with our mobile phone that day, thanks to Nadege Nguyen.

Dissection of a crab

Crab Lungs affected by Oil Spill

Panorama & Photos

Lamma Oil Spill 2013, Panorama, Shek Pai Wan 2013 07 14

Oil Spill at Shek Pai Wan, Lamma Island
That’s how we saw the beach on the July 14th 2013. All the black slug you see on the rocks is oil.

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I guess that’s the oil as it was reaching shore a fews days after June 21st 2013 (Aerial photography).

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That was before the oil spill. It would be good to get back to this state.

Proposal for further Research & Cleaning

Shek Pai wan site needs more research and more cleaning.

  1. Biological analysis. Sampling crabs, fishes, turtles, shells and study their respiratory, digestive, endocrine and reproductive systems. 
  2. Aerial Photography & Mapping with visible and infrared spectrum.
  3. Underwater photography and mapping with visible and infrared spectrum
  4. Water sample Spectrography to detect traces of oil  (and perhaps other chemicals) in water

All research would be done using Open Source technology and the findings published as we go.

I am looking for Hong Kong residents to collaborate, please get in touch : contact@protei.org

Protei at ARS Electronica Alhóndiga Bilbao

It’s our great honour for Protei to participate the exhibition “Artists As Catalysts” was curated by Ars Electronica Linz GmbH in partnership with Alhondíga in Bilbao/Spain. Find all pieces and artists on export.aec.at/bilbao2013
Artists As Catalysts - Alhondíga, Bilbao, 2013

Teaser on the EXPORT-site: http://www.aec.at/international/de/
Exhibitionwebsite: http://export.aec.at/bilbao2013/
Blog: http://www.aec.at/aeblog/2013/07/02/artist-as-catalysts-interview-mit-kuratorin-manuela-naveau/
Fotoalbum: http://www.flickr.com/photos/arselectronica/sets/72157634426025262/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/arselectronica
Press: http://www.aec.at/press/2013/07/02/artists-as-catalysts/
Alhóndiga Bilbao: http://www.alhondigabilbao.com/919?last-page=/en/programacion/proximamente