Thanks to Nico Danan. Video of Nils Mattisson and Bianca Cheng Constanzo made in Barcelona of Protei_10.5
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.
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 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.
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.”
Today we got cool mentions in Bloomberg Business Week :
Special thanks to Max Raskin, Bloomberg.
and in an interview of Daniel Epstein by Venture Burn “Startup News for Developing Markets
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.
Protei ecosystem for plastic sensing and collection
Operating many sailing robots instead of one large oceanographic vessel.
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 :)
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
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.
Great article thanks to Kristin Luna.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Original post and video : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21583593
25 February 2013 Last updated at 22:23 ET
A group of entrepreneurs have taken to the high seas for a trip around the world in 100 days.
Embarking from San Diego in the US, they’ll go from port to port including Shanghai, Bangalore and Rangoon.
At each place they hope to raise money from investors and scale up their businesses.
Thanks to Saira Syed who joined them for part of their trip.
We’re in WIRED Japan ! http://wired.jp/2013/03/11/definition-of-success/2/
Cesar Harada | セザール原田（右）
Gabriella Levine | ガブリエラ・レヴァイン（左）
I am very excited to announce that Protei will be presented January 28th, from 10:30 to 11:30 at Tokyo University, Department of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Engineering/Faculty of Engineering. Building No. 6, Faculty of Engineerng, Hongo Campus
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656
TEL: +81-3-5841-6800 FAX: +81-3-5841-6803
Great thanks to Prof Alvaro Cassinelli for setting up this event.
Protei technology will be presented by both Cesar Minoru Harada and Gabriella Levine in english, some short part may be in Japanese, followed by Q&A. Free entrance.
Great article of Paul Molga in Les Echos, one of France leading newspaper.
URL : www.lesechos.fr/entreprises-secteurs/innovation-competenc…
Screenshot : protei.org/download/20121113Les_Echos_Protei_Paul%20Molga…
Pdf : protei.org/download/20121113Protei_Page.pdf
Image : protei.org/download/20121113Protei_Page.png
The City 2.0 page : http://www.thecity2.org/
TED Page : http://www.ted.com/tedx/
Stream : https://new.livestream.com/tedx/TEDxYoungstorget
Slideshow here : http://protei.org/download/20121013TEDxYoungstorget.key.zip
I am presenting Protei and Open-H2O at TEDxYoungstorget in Oslo.
VENUE AND DETAILS
October 13th, 2012
8:00pm-9:30pm (GMT 2hrs)
Photo by Marie2403
Event Type :TEDxCity2.0
This event is invite-only. Tickets are available.
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