Rebecca Toop - Open Source Hardware in India

Monday, 23rd September 2013 at 6:30pm - 9pm

Location: Manchester Digital Laboratory

This event is in the past.

My apologies for the delay in posting the details of this event, I hope that the awesomeness of it makes up for it!

We have a great speaker arranged for our next meetup: Rebecca Toop, a Visual Anthropology student at the University of Manchester who attended our last meetup (I know it’s been a while) and has since been on what sounds like a fascinating journey.

I’ll let Rebecca explain what her talk is about…

“I recently spent two and a half months in India, based predominantly in Bangalore, researching the use of open source hardware such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi in the Indian cultural context. This involved exploring how the DIY movement and maker spaces contributed to innovation, how people collaborated in design, and the different projects that came out of it.”

“I wanted to understand whether the open source sharing of knowledge was democratising the technology, and if by bypassing corporate production individuals are being empowered to become more than passive consumers. The open source hardware concept seemed to do well in India thanks to the attitude of ‘making do with what you’ve got’, something that has been termed Jugaad, as the technology is malleable enough to be moulded to both local resources and unconventional ways of innovating solutions.”

I certainly cannot wait to hear about Rebecca’s investigation, and I hope to see everyone else at MadLab on September 23rd. Please RSVP via GroupSpaces or Facebook (I’ve set the two pages to sync up with the same event).


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at 4:22pm on Monday, 23rd September 2013
Sorry not able to make tonight now. Will try make next one
at 4:23pm on Tuesday, 3rd September 2013
Okay, so the events didn't link up between GroupSpaces and Facebook like they said it would - too good to be true - but feel free to RSVP on either and I'll try and fix it for next time around.

Here's a link to the Facebook event:

Arduino Manchester

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