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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.

 

20140219 Cesar Harada at Media 360, Mothers choice invitation

I was happy to support Mothers choice charity dinner at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong.
In my 45 minutes presentation, I tried to make the audience connect to their life network of events, and to their own social network. The underlying idea being to understand oneself better to leverage all the people around you to achieve great projects. Below are my slides.

http://goo.gl/m0b7PQ

Mothers Choice is a Hong Kong based charity that makes a big difference in the life of teenage mothers and addresses many issues connecting to parenthood in Hong Kong. Please support.

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.

20130706 Protei on the TED Blog

Thanks to Karen Eng, Protei is being featured on the TED Blog.
http://blog.ted.com/2013/07/05/unreasonable-at-sea-fellows-friday-with-cesar-harada-who-circumnavigated-the-globe-with-protei/

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20130525 Protei in Marinexplore

Protei in Marinexplore

http://marinexplore.org/blog/cesar-harada-protei-open-source-sailing-robot/

Thanks to Nico Danan. Video of Nils Mattisson and Bianca Cheng Constanzo made in Barcelona of Protei_10.5

Protei by Cesar Harada on BBC Horizon 2013

http://youtu.be/UCvS2d9LYZY
This is a rough cut of the BBC program, keeping only what’s about Openness and Protei or Cesar Harada. Great thanks to Graham Strong, all the BBC team , Toni Nottebohm for allowing some of her material to be shared, all the Protei team in the video and Tom Higgs. Also below a related article.

http://osswatch.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2013/04/17/is-tomorrows-world-an-open-source-one/

Is Tomorrow’s World an Open Source one?

Last week BBC’s Horizon put out a special episode looking at the next generation of technological advances. Two of the stories they reported caught my eye as they suggest that the future of innovation lies in an open way of working.

Liz Bonnin Horizon BBC

Liz Bonnin presented the show from one of The Science Museum’s storage hangers. Photo Credit:BBC

The first story looked at the work of Professor Bob Langer at MIT.  Professor Langer has received the Draper Prize and National Medal of Science for his work in biomedical engineering.  Langer’s approach to research is to bring experts from a range of fields together to create an interdisciplinary team.

Previous approaches to designing medical devices were designed by doctors based on existing materials.  Langer sought to design new materials to operate inside the body and be safely absorbed once their job was done.  To make this possible he assembled a team including engineers, chemists, neurosurgeons, pharmacologists and a number of other disciplines.

The approach of applying one expert’s knowledge to the problem posed in another’s primary field has many parallels with open innovation, and led to advances never thought possible by those working in single fields.

The second story reported on the Protei project which we heard about recently at Open Source Junction.  Protei was founded by Cesar Harada, and seeks to produce sailing drones which can be used to clean up oil spills.

Harada released his initial designs online and set out forming a community of scientists and engineers to collaborate on the project. Supported by a kickstarter campaign, over $33,000 dollars were raised allowing him to hire a work shop and invite his community to work together on the open hardware project.

The programme then focused on the contrast between the model of inventors patenting an invention which Harada characterised as “good for the manufacturer but not very good for the people”, to the “new culture of openness” shaping what we invent.

One comment that piqued my interest came from Gia Milinovich, who spoke of a “tension between the open source movement and business”, and a “battle between these two worlds”.  While this paints an exciting picture for a science documentary, I think the language used here was slightly disingenuous.

While we hear of stories where one company attacks another company who backs an open source project, these bear little distinction from companies litigating against each other over issues with no relation to open source. It’s fortunately very rare that we see a “battle” between a business and an open source community, and the examples of this are greatly outstripped by the examples where the two work together in harmony, indeed furthering one another’s goals.

Designer Wayne Hemingway then described how he “loved the idea” of an environment with no patents and no copyright, which while certainly a valid goal doesn’t do well to represent the way open source works.  The most common open source licences all at least require that the the original author be credited for their work, which in a copyright-free world wouldn’t be enforceable.

These criticisms aside, It’s great to see open source and open hardware getting airtime from a mainstream broadcaster like this.

20130420 Protei + SaharaLabs Sticker!

For those who like to cover their laptops with stickers, here’s the “new must-have one :)”.

Protei + Sahara Labs
Collector, collector!!!

http://protei.org
https://www.facebook.com/SaharaLabs

20130420 PROTEI HACKATHON !!! April 20th in Casablanca Morocco

Protei Hackathon Poster !

Custom PROTEI HACKATHON Website : protei.org/hackathon
Facebook Event : https://www.facebook.com/events/592168350801583

DATE: Samedi 20 Avril 2013, 10:00 – 23:00
LOCATION: ESITH  Eole Supérieure des Industries du Textile et de l’Habillement. Route d’Eljadida, km 8, BP 7731 – Oulfa, Casablanca, Maroc. Plan
LANGUES : Francais, English, Arabic

 

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Above from right to left : “Make, Code, Sail, Share”.

SUMMARY
Venez fabriquer des robots a voile basés sur micro-controller Arduinoraspberry πservomotorsDC moteur et autre senseurs pendant une journée inoubliable d’électromécanique, de code, de test dans l’eau, de Kinecthacks, de rencontres. Nous fabriquerons des coques de bateau, des mats, des voiles, des boitiers de contrôle mécanique, assemblerons des circuits électroniques, programmerons, testerons nos machines sur l’eau, partagerons sur les réseaux sociaux. Nous discuterons aussi les principes du mouvement DIY et Open Hardware (technologies ouvertes et gratuites).
Protei (page facebook) est un navire autonome Open Source a coque articulé developé pour explorer et nettoyer les océans. Les océans souffrent de marées noires, de pollution plastique, fuites radioactives, surpêche, mort des récifs coralliens, changement climatique, montée du niveau de la mer. Nous devons developer ensemble des technologies àtants la hauteur de ces défis.

 

Cesar Harada Gabriella Levine El Wali El Alaoui Darren Bennett


INSTRUCTEURS

Le Hackathon est ouvert aux experts comme au débutants sera facilité par :
Cesar HARADA (France-Japon): Inventeur du system Protei de bateau à coque articulé, Ex-Project Leader au MIT, TED Fellow.
Gabriella LEVINE (USA) : Hardware Designer & Hacker, Top women in Tech (Adafruit), Master de ITP Tisch de New York.
El Wali El Alaoui (Maroc): Fondateur de SaharaLabs / Tarfaya Hackerspace, premier et unique hackerspace au Maroc.
Darren Bennett (USA): Directeur créatif, Microsoft Studios, Membre de groupe a l’origine de la Kinect.

 

PROGRAMME 

  • 10:00 – 11:00 : Introduction du mouvement Open Hardware. Protei, robot naviguant. Introduction du Workshop. Questions. Formation des groupes.
  • 11:00 – 12:30 : Prototypage rapide. 3 cycles rapide de design en petits groupes.
  • 12:30 – 13:00 : Dejeuner leger.
  • 13:00 – 14:45 : Fabrication de bateaux robotises en petits groupes. Revue par les instructeurs.
  • 14:45 – 15:00 : Presentation interne entre groupes.
  • 15:00 – 16:30 : Construction des prototypes.
  • 16:30 – 17:00 : Nous marcherons avec les prototypes de l’ISETH au lac le plus proche. http://goo.gl/maps/Z5opH
  • 17:00 – 18:00 : Test dans l’eau, photos, video, documentation.
  • 18:00 – 19:00 : Diner
  • 19:30 – 23:00 : Sceance d’approfondissement pour celles et ceux qui veulent aller plus loin, améliorer les prototypes, documenter et partager sur les réseaux sociaux.

 

RESPONSABILITE CIVILE | LICENSE | DROIT A L’IMAGE

Chacun des participants du workshop est libre, responsable et ne peux poursuivre les organisateurs, l’hote, les partenaires, les sponsors, les medias presents en cas d’accident corporel, de vol ou de perte des biens ou de donnees.
Tout ce qui sera produit lors du workshop est publie sous license open source : Hardware (CERN OH), Code (GNU GPL) Documentation (dessin, photo, video, diagrames, textes) sousCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Chaque participant permets aux medias presents d’utiliser les photos et videos capturees pendant la duree du workshop.


AGE MINIMUM : 18 Ans, ou accompagne par les parents. 

FRAIS D’ADMISSION : 150 DH a l’entree. Boisson et nourriture inclus. Amenez des outils, des composants et des materiaux.
INSCRIPTION OBLIGATOIRE :https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HPJYWniY3YFLlcMmlz-2puLsYvO-QKSnlToYnfX0VIs/viewform
REJOIGNEZ LE GROUPE “PROTEI HACKATHON” SUR FACEBOOK : Joindre le goupe Facebook n’est pas une inscription formelle. Pour participer au Hackathon il est obligatoire de s’inscrire.

 

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20130330 Protei wins SAP pitch event in Cape Town, South Africa

20130330 Protei wins SAP pitch in Cape Town, Human IPO

http://www.humanipo.com/news/4889/Protei-announced-as-SAP-winner-on-SA-shore

Thanks a lot to Nanine Steenkamp of HumanIPO for covering this event at the One&Only in Cape Town, South Africa.

“Protei, an open source oil spill cleaning robot startup from the United States was appointed as the winner at the SAP conference for Cape Town’s Unreasonable at Sea shore stop today (Tuesday).

The panel of judges was impressed by the principles of biomimicry, the open source environment principles and the “massive impact” the innovation can have worldwide, Simon Carpenter, director of Strategic Initiatives at SAP in Africa said.

The idea originated from the concern of damage to nature because of harmful oil emissions in the ocean, spread by the currents.

Protei provides the solution through a shape shifting robotic sailing boat which cleans up oil while moving in the water.

Although different motoring technologies are applied according to varying sizes, wind power mobilisation and solar power can be implemented to be even more environmentally friendly.

Further possibilities posed by the invention include upscaling of open source hardware, provision of ocean data, playful educational science-focused activities and tablet games associated with the control of the sea-bound robots.

Gabrielle Levine, chief operations officer and Cesar Harada, chief executive officer, are the two founders of Protei.

Judges included Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress.

The Unreasonable at Sea initiative carries 11 startups from across the globe to destinations around the world in a ship where the selected entrepreneurial seafarers are sharpening their skills and business ideas for market success through a program designed by Daniel Epstein, founder of the Unreasonable Institute.”

20130329 Protei mentions in Bloomberg Business Week and Venture Burn

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Today we got cool mentions in Bloomberg Business Week :

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-03-28/drone-makers-get-help-from-the-open-source-diy-crowd#r=tec-s 

Special thanks to Max Raskin, Bloomberg.

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and in an interview of Daniel Epstein by Venture Burn “Startup News for Developing Markets

http://ventureburn.com/2013/03/sailing-startups-to-market-qa-with-unreasonable-institutes-daniel-epstein/

 

20130320 “Think Beyond Plastic” Application

http://www.slideshare.net/gabriellalevine/think-beyond-plasticprotei

We just completed this application for Think Beyond Plastic for plastic debris sensing and mapping in the ocean. It is a really rough proposal for now, for the first step of selection.

We made those new images to push the concept forward :
Protei ecosystem for plastic data and collection in the ocean

Protei ecosystem for plastic sensing and collection

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Operating many sailing robots instead of one large oceanographic vessel.

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A Protei with sensors at the forefront to avoid disturbing flow. A vertical stack of optical plankton sensor (laser optical particle counter) to capture the image of plastic debris, not plastic samples.

Let’s see how it goes :)

 

20130320 Daniel Epstein on TechCrunch about Unreasonable at Sea, from the sea

http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/19/halfway-through-its-100-day-voyage-checking-in-with-the-unreasonable-at-sea-startup-ship/

20130320 Daniel Epstein on Tech Cruntch

By COLLEEN TAYLOR

When we first heard about Daniel Epstein‘s plan to bring his Unreasonable Institute startup accelerator to the high seas with a 100 day, around-the-world sailing expedition called ‘Unreasonable At Sea,’ it frankly seemed like a pretty crazy idea. Let alone the risk of pirates (thereal kind, not the entrepreneurial kind), there are so many possible things that could go wrong for the 11 startups aboard the ship — bad Internet connections, seasickness, homesickness, and the like.

Unreasonable At Sea's around the world voyage

Unreasonable At Sea’s around the world voyage

So now that Unreasonable At Sea is more than halfway through its voyage (it started January 9th in San Diego and ends April 25th in Barcelona) we decided to check back in with Epstein for a TechCrunch TV talk yesterday morning to see how everything is coming along. For starters, the Internet connection is actually pretty solid, as we were able to see in the quality of our Skype chat as he was aboard the Unreasonable At Sea ship in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Mauritius. He told us that everything else is going just as swimmingly (sorry, I can never resist making some kind of water pun when writing about this endeavor.)

Watch the video embedded above to hear Epstein talk about the perks of the journey so far, how the startup folks are mingling with the Semester At Sea students aboard the ship (and getting some work out of them too), what the biggest lessons and surprises have been so far, and what’s in store for the rest of the journey ahead.

20130227 Unreasonable at Sea: An Update From Cesar Harada of Protei on Young Entrepreneur .com

20130228 Unreasonable at Sea on Young Entrepreneur.com

Great article thanks to Kristin Luna.

Editor’s Note: This post marks the second in a short series we’re featuring on the Unreasonable at Sea program. Check out the first installment “Entrepreneurs Take on the World — By Cruise Ship“ 

Call it an aquatic update.

It’s been six weeks since the mobile-accelerator program Unreasonable at Sea set sail on the MV Explorer for a four-month trip around the world, and as we promised, we’re checking in with our intrepid entrepreneurs. First up is Cesar Harada of Protei, who dropped us a line as he was departing Singapore.

Through Protei, Harada hopes to make an open-source sailing robot, or drone, that cleans up environmental waste. But he still has major challenges, which he hopes to tackle throughout the voyage. Not only is he aiming to crack the engineering puzzle that is building a shape-shifting hull, he wants to create a global community that develops the technology. He’ll also need to fine tune his technology, which has multiple applications — from cleaning up oil spills to plastic pollution and more.

“It is hard to think of a better place as the middle of the ocean with some of the world’s most notable entrepreneurs to reinvent how technology can connect us back with the environment in a meaningful and sustainable way,” he says.

Related: The 3D Printing Craze Hits Young Entrepreneurs

Thus far, the CEO and his colleague Gabriella Levine have visited Hawaii, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and they’re currently are in Burma. Given Harada’s Japanese heritage — and the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that spurred a level seven nuclear crisis, the worst since Chernobyl — he was most eager to revisit his roots and start to apply his technology, which can also be used to clean up radioactivity.

“Half of my family lives in Niigata, and I was horrified [when the tsunami hit]. Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated,” he recalls.

When the Unreasonable ship docked in Japan, Harada and his team built underwater radioactivity sensors in Tokyo. They then drove to Fukushima and immersed the instrument at the border of the exclusion zone to measure significant amounts of radioactivity on the seabed.

Related: Limor Fried on Making DIY Look Easy

They also were able to meet with FuRo (Future Robotics Laboratory of Chiba University) that provides TEPCO, Japan’s national energy company, with “Quince,” the remotely-operated robot that was sent inside the damaged reactor for remote sensing and operations. “We are now integrating FuRo Electronics in Protei design and hope to come back as soon as we possibly can to deploy a fleet of Protei in Fukushima surrounding waters,” Harada says.

The community environment that the academic host company Semester at Sea fosters has been beneficial to Protei’s development, notes Harada. The term “We’re in the same boat” has taken on a whole new meaning, he adds. “We share meals. We work together. We celebrate our small victories together. We cheer each other up in hard moments.”

He’s also learning more about himself. “I like people, but it’s actually hard for me to really like people — until this trip,” says Harada. I usually focus on work. Yet, I’ve connected quite intensely with the mentors and the organizers.” The program also boasts 50 faculty members and 600 Semester at Sea students, with whom the traveling treps interact.

Related: Crisscrossing the Globe In the Name of Entrepreneurship

While prior to the voyage, Harada was focusing on Japan, it’s China that may have proven most impactful to Protei’s future so far. “We found amazing manufacturing partners in Shenzhen. We have seen that our technology is relevant for environmental measurement there, and we have found a place where we can scale Protei production.”

Following the voyage’s completion in May, Harada now plans to relocate Protei from his native Paris to Shenzhen, one of the world’s centers for electronic manufacturing.

Kristin Luna is a Nashville-based journalist who has written travel and news features for Newsweek, Forbes, Redbook, Self and countless others, as well as several guidebooks for Frommer’s. Kristin previously sailed with Semester at Sea in 2011 as the assistant field office coordinator. You can follow her global exploits via her award-winning blog Camels & Chocolate.