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.
I was happy to support Mothers choicecharity 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.
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.
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.
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.
Venez fabriquer des robots a voile basés sur micro-controller Arduino, Raspberry π, servo-motors, DC moteur et autre senseurs pendant une journée inoubliable d’électromécanique, de code, de test dans l’eau, 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 (technologie libre et gratuite).
Protei 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.
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, Ancien 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 (Marocco): Fondateur de SaharaLabs / Tarfaya Hackerspace, premier hackerspace au Maroc.
Come for a 1-day intense hands-on workshop we will build remote-controlled sailing robot based on arduino microcontroller, raspberry π, servo-motors, DC geared motors, and the available parts. We will build boat hulls, mast, rudders, sew sails, assemble electronics, write code, build circuits, test-sail our boats the water, and document it online. While doing so, we will also discuss some of the concepts of DIY & open hardware movement.
Protei is an Open Hardware Shape Shifting Sailing Robot to explore and clean the oceans. In order to address the scale and complexity of the issues in the ocean – Oil Spills, Plastic pollution, radioactivity, overfishing, Coral reef mapping, red tides and climate change- we must develop scalable, hence, Open technologies.
The hands-on workshop open to experts and beginners will be facilitated by :
- Cesar HARADA (France-Japan): Inventor of the Protei Shape-shifting system, Ex MIT Project leader, TED Fellow.
- Gabriella LEVINE (USA) : Hardware Designer & Hacker, Top women in Tech (Adafruit), Master from ITP Tisch New York
- El Wali El Alaoui (Marocco): Founder of SaharaLabs / Tarfaya Hackerspace, first hackerspace in Morocco.
Nous cherchons un espaces avec ces critères suivants:
pour 50 personnes, tables, chaises
proximité de l’eau (lac, grande piscine, mer)
capacité de faire de la poussiere et travailler tard le soir
We have a great Media Team on board of the MV Explorer. They are following us pretty much everywhere.
We are living a very privileged experience and we have to share it with the entire world, because the core belief of Unreasonable at Sea is that Entrepreneurship is changing the world ! Thanks for travelling with us!
Today, 2012 October 6th, Cesar Harada will represent Protei at TEDxParis, hosted by the Olympia.
The presentation in french will be recorded by Canal+ and broadcasted shortly on youtube.
The day is sold out, but you can attend a longer Protei presentation in Paris for free, October 10th at the ENSCI Paris.