Speaking at the Summit of Newthinking, 15th November

[Video] Checking in with Claudia and Andreas to see how the summit preparations are going

Next Thursday the Summit of Newthinking kicks off, and I’m going to be giving a talk about my first 100 days of trying to live open source – some of the successes and struggles, and my plan for the rest of the year. It’s also a great opportunity to tell some of the stories which I have experienced but haven’t had a chance to publish yet. I’ll be discussing the various different ways in which free / libre / open ideas are spreading into different areas, and some inspiring projects, some bizarre ideas, and some unusual approaches I’ve come across. Come by and say hi!

Newthinking has been around in the Berlin open source scene for almost 10 years, so over the last few months Andreas and Claudia have been introducing me to people with cool projects – and they’ve been extremely busy organising the summit as well! I went down to Newthinking HQ to talk to them about how all the preparations have been going and what to expect from the event next week.

There will be plenty of presentations, in both English and German. Check out the full schedule and speaker list here, and hopefully see you at the summit!

A GitHub for physical things: Knowable

[Video] Simon and Emanuel from Knowable talk about documenting DIY & open hardware projects

Claudia and Anna-Lena from newthinking are helping me get to know the Berlin scene of open source, makers, and hackers, and last week they got me in touch with Simon Höher and Emanuel Schwarz from Knowable.org, a new website which aims to facilitate documentation of projects, teaching new skills, providing space for feedback and catalysing collaboration. I went down to my local maker/hackerspace, Open Design City to chat to them:

Have a play on knowable.org, and you can also find out more about Jerry, the DIY open source server.

The beta schedule for the SUMMIT OF NEWTHINKING is online now, there’s only a couple more weeks to go, already there’s plenty to get excited about. This week I’ve been to visit Fabienne and her textile workshop, there’ll be a video soon – if you’re in Berlin on the 15th & 16th, check out her talk on open hardware!

Others I’m looking forward to are RepRap legend Josef Prusa‘s talk on 3d printing and decentralized development, and Phillip Marr’s look at open energy data approaches, “How much energy is needed to toast a slice of bread?” Keep an eye on the schedule, there’s more to come!