Open Energy Micro Camp 2014

Avoccado° was featured at the Open Energy Micro Camp. The cozy event was a prototype for POC21 – a five week camp that will take place in Paris during August and September this year. The event aims to patch up society with Open Source technology, rather than engaging in political debates on whose fault it is that the climate is degrading. The Open Energy Micro Camp was hosted by Open State in the offices of 10hoch16 and WigWam in Berlin.

20141213103409ETU__avoccado.cc__Dominik from Open State summed up the event:

Everybody understood the amazing potential: empowering open source engineering and coding with the designers perspectives on product and communicational aspects of the projects.
But it wasn’t only cozy, we got an amazing amount of work done, too and this was only possible because everybody involved was open to this experiment. People really tried to let go of the workflows they were used to, to take advantage of the unusual combination of skills around them. Curiosity defeated fear and an honest interest in each other lead to a very positive group dynamic in no time.

The Open Energy Micro Camp was a designer’s den, filled with nerd-designers who were speed dating and clashing. It was a great opportunity for me to collect feedback on Avoccado° and to sketch some logo ideas with designers Sonja Heinen, Kari Wolf, and Max Lisewski.

However, what I did note was a lack of classic designers (graphic, web, product, and communication designers) who aim for aesthetically pleasing and functional work but who can also stand toe-to-toe with hackers, makers, and other open source hardware developers – and vice versa.

In the end it was a great success and a great start: everyone who participated is looking forward to POC21.

Middle: Avoccado° receiver with RGB LEDs in a branch, right: Avoccado° transmitter in a small wood/aluminium enclosure.
Avoccado° receiver with RGB LEDs in a branch, right: Avoccado° transmitter in a small wood/aluminium enclosure.

 

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Amongst the other participants: Lars Zimmermann, my colleague from the OPENit Agency working on IPO tables: How to document hardware fit for circular economy and rich collaboration?
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The studio was divided into agile work groups.

 

Dominik Wind moderating in front of a group.
Dominik Wind moderating.
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Discussing open documentation standards.

 

The organizers did a wonderful job from start to finish. At the end of the day participants gathered for chats and were served a candle lit dinner.
The organizers did a wonderful job from start to finish. At the end of the day participants gathered for chats and were served a candle lit dinner.
Alex Shure

Alex Shure

Shure is a skilled craftsman and inventor active in the field of Open Source hardware within many different projects, trying to push free, libre and Open Source way beyond the world of software - to infinity and beyond, starting with the OPENiT Agency and Shure Open Technologies.