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Day 0 – Pre-Event

TimeLocationPresenterTitleDescription Link
TBAConcordia Center for Creative ReuseJanna Frenzel, Christine White, Juan Gomez, Cyrus L-Khalatbari 
TBATBAAmanda Levendowski Promoting Justice with Open Source Perfumes


Day 1 – Talks & Tables @ Concordia University

TimePresenterTalk TitleDescription
10:00-10:10 Welcome!
10:10 – 10: 55Keynote: Danielle BoyerFrom Bytes to Bright Futures: The Robots Changing the WorldDanielle Boyer, a youth robotics inventor, is deeply committed to promoting educational equity within her Anishinaabe community. The Anishinaabeg, an Indigenous people group that has resided in the Great Lakes region of Canada and the United States for millenia, have faced systemic oppression resulting in the erosion of cultural heritage, diminished resources, and limited opportunities. Drawing from her experiences and passion for robotics, Boyer shares her innovative approach to addressing these challenges. Through the creation of personal robots, she weaves together elements of cultural education, language revitalization, and technical proficiency to bridge critical knowledge gaps and elevate her community’s prospects — all for free of cost. From adorable (and wearable) droids dedicated to language preservation to affordable robots costing less than $10, discover the power of using technology for good. Having impacted the lives of 800,000 youths and disbursing tens of thousands of robots, Boyer highlights the transformative potential of community engagement and grassroots initiatives in effecting enduring change.
10:55-11:05Erik ContrerasOpportunities In ObsolescenceThis work focuses on creative approaches on repurposing obsolete tech and electronic waste using open source hardware. The hypothesis behind this work is that “true” ownership comes from the modification and repair of personal tech.
11:05-11:25Ashwin WhitchurchTaking open source medical devices to production for consumer use: The open & closed wayThis is the story of two open source projects and how we took them from idea to a marketable product. One project is still open source and the other one was brought to market with venture funding. This talk focus on the experience, mistakes made and what worked during this process.
11:25-
11:40
Phil LamTales from the shop: running an open source hardware companyOpen sourcing a hardware product is just the first step; unlike software, relatively few users have the resources to build directly from designs. Sourcing and manufacturing infrastructure is thus key to hardware being meaningfully open, and in this talk we present a collection of anecdotes about what that looks like day-to-day.
BREAK
Lightening Talks: 11:50:00 AMZeyu YanSolderlessPCB: Empowering Electronic Component Reuse in PCB Prototyping with Detachable 3D Printed HousingsWe introduces SolderlessPCB, a suite of techniques for solder-free PCB prototyping, designed to encourage the recycling and reuse of electronic components. Central to this approach are custom 3D-printable housings for mounting SMD components onto PCBs.
11:55:00 AMRodney TrustyManufacturing E-Textiles that survive machine washSewn soft circuits are often highly vulnerable to mechanical stress and typically result in unreliable connections between components. This vulnerability is completely exposed during machine wash. I will cover a few design rules that drastically increase reliability.
12:00:00 PMJason PrinceMakers of the Built Environment: OpenHVAC and the TradesLearn some Building Science, discover a community bringing Open Source to building mechanical systems ( https://openhvac.io/ ), and consider a career near you to make buildings healthy, energy-efficient, and resilient.
12:05:00 PMIvo EmanuilovPatent pledges and open hardwareBack in 2014, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk famously pledged that ‘all our patent are belong to you’, effectively removing the ‘wall of Tesla patents’, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology. Despite the pledge, however, Tesla has recently engaged in patent infringement litigation with an Australian supercapacitor company. This has raised concerns among the uninitiated about the actual legal effect of patent pledges. This talk focuses on the questions about the nature and limitations of open patent pledges as cross-licensing agreements, and what they mean for open hardware companies’ freedom to operate.
12:10:00 PMJorvon Moss (Odd_Jayy)Illusion of life, making robots lifelike/sociable for modern day society
12:20 – 12:40Guy DupontThe gift that keeps on blinking: how (and why) to design bespoke, open hardware for your loved ones.The best gifts are one-of-a-kind, personal, and make recipients’ lives better. As technologists in 2024, we have never been better equipped to create custom devices to delight and/or assist our loved ones. This presentation will lay out some guidelines for designing bespoke hardware, as well as a collection of my favorite tools for getting things made quickly, affordably, and beautifully.
12:40-
1:00pm
Eurus TeamEurus: Emergency Use ResUscitator SystemEurus is an Emergency-Use Resuscitator System (EURS) developed in response to the global call to action to engineers while the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to exhaust the available ventilator supply in most hospitals around the world. This system was designed by repurposing hospital supplies by automating an Ambu bag with a blood pressure cuff actuated by a pneumatic valve system operated by a microcontroller and other simple parts.
Lunch
2:00-2:15Ellen PoeFewer, Smaller, Simpler: Addressing Pollution in Hardware ProductionThe production, use and disposal of electronics wreaks havoc on the planet and the plants and animals we share it with. This talk explores some of the ways that our projects pollute, and covers some concrete strategies for reducing the environmental impact of a design.
2:15-2:25Finn HaftingModularize your electronics with BREAD [Broadly Reconfigurable and Expandable Automation Device]
2:25-:2:45Cedric HonnetFiberCircuits: Miniature Flexible PCBs with MCUs & Sensors for Interactive Textile FibersFiberCircuits explore the miniaturization of electronics to be woven into textiles like fibers. With both scalability and DIY approach in mind, the presentation details design and fabrication details about high density PCB challenges, miniature component selection, encapsulation for embedding in fabrics, and (embedded) software tips. Finally, some applications are proposed to speculate about a future where electronics devices are seamlessly integrated into our clothing. https://fibercircuits.github.io
2:45-2:55Thea FlowersHow the Voron community embodies peer productionThe Voron team doesn’t sell any 3D printers, instead, they have an incredible community of people and vendors working together to create all of the parts, kits, and mods they need. You don’t just buy or build a Voron, you participate in a distributed ecosystem of peer production. This talk takes a look at how this open hardware community has thrived through their unorthodox means of production.
2:55-3:55TABLE TIMEView all tables here
Kari Love, David Rios, Shuang Cai, Becky SternRepurposing Disposable Vape Batteries: The Why, The How, and the Vape SynthWe will go over practical steps required to repurpose disposable vape batteries, as well as the economic and political history responsible for the proliferation of these “disposable” devices. Then we will share one example project, an electronic wind instrument Vape Synth, inspired by both the salvaged parts and the form of a discarded vape.
4:00-4:20Fiona Bell & Leah BuechleyDeveloping Sustainable Biomaterials for 3D PrintingWith rising concerns about sustainability, materials that are renewable and readily biodegradable (known as biomaterials) have become an increasingly important area of research. In this presentation, I will discuss how to develop sustainable biomaterials specifically for the purposes of 3D printing.
4:20 -4:35Mark WuWhy I forget to add test points and why I never will again: Test Equipment Interface Project for YOUAs makers, we start projects with excitement and build quickly! Thinking about requirements, validation, and testing kills the vibe so we often forget to add traditional test interfaces. This project is a customizable framework I personally use which transformed my testing experience.
4:50-5:15Jasmine LuecoEDA: Recycling E-waste During Electronics DesignWith rising concerns about sustainability, materials that are renewable and readily biodegradable (known as biomaterials) have become an increasingly important area of research. In this presentation, I will discuss how to develop sustainable biomaterials specifically for the purposes of 3D printing.
5:15-530Gracy WhelihanPsuedo Random Number GeneratorThis project originated from a curiosity about the generation of random numbers by humans and computers. While randomness has diverse applications, creating it poses a significant challenge. Computers generate pseudo-random numbers through deterministic processes, appearing statistically random, while nature can produce true randomness. Leveraging this concept, this project aims to develop a “closer to truly random” number generator by employing environmental sensors to collect data from the natural surroundings. The richness of this random number generation process lies not only in the diversity of the data and the variety of sensors but also in community contributions.
5:40-6:00Community Checkin

Day 2 – Discussions, Workshops, & Unconference @ LeSpaceMaker

Workshop Room 1

TImeNameTitleDescriptionSignup Link
10 30- 1130Léa Boudreau & Galen MacdonaldDead Bugs and Other Electronic CrittersThis workshop proposes a simple and playful approach to freeform circuitry through a build-a-long activity and an exploration of creaturehood.Signup Here (tickets for the conference required)
1130 to 1:00James Craig, Kyle Chisholm, Alex WarnerHow to Make a Sex Toy with an Embedded PCB Strain Gage, and talk about other uses for sensors.The focus of the workshop will be exploring the electronics and design of a strain gauge based paddle. We will cover the hardware and software of the paddle. Additionally we will discuss other sensors that have been used in the bedroom.Signup Here (Tickets for the conference required)
2:00 – 3:00 Candide UyanzePocket Portal Power Play: Crafting Wi-Fi Access Points with a Twist In this hands-on workshop, you’ll turn a WEMOS D1 Mini board into a portable access point that can broadcast custom web pages to nearby devices (without actually connecting to WI-FI 😉). Join us as we explore the potential of captive portals for unique, unconventional, and subversive site-specific interventions.Signup Here
(Tickets for the conference required)
3:00 – 4:00 Erin RobotZwrrlMake a Robot ButterflyDo robot butterflies dream of electric snails? ✨ 🦋 🐌 Find out in this hands-on workshop! Make a Robot Butterfly that adoringly flaps its wings and sparkles its lights in response to sensors. In this workshop you will be guided through soldering the electronics and assembling the pieces, all while learning interesting facts about nature along the way!Signup Here
(Tickets for the conference required)
4:00 5:30Darcy NealSensing the world around you with EMFSolder your very own EMF sensing board and discover the hidden world of Electromagnetic Frequencies around you. By listening to the ‘hidden’ frequencies that various electronics emit, you can begin to gain an understanding of various electronics functions. Listen to wifi, outlets, light switches, bluetooth, and anything that uses power! This workshop is accessible to all skill levels, and requires the use of a soldering iron. Participants will assemble their very own EMF sensor board, which comes with an illuminated design that can be worn on a lanyard for extra bling.Signup Here (tickets for the conference required)

Workshop Room 2

TimeNameTitleDescription Signup Link
10:30 – 11: 30Becky Button, Jason GarwoodDIY Music Effects: How to Build a Guitar PedalSign up here (Ticket for Summit required)
Alyshia Bustos, Nanibah Chacon, Leah BuechleyDesigning Interactive Murals: Blendind traditional mural-making practices and ubiquitous computingThis workshop will start with an overview of Interactive Murals, a traditional mural with embedded electrical components. Although, we can’t make a mural during the workshop we will be able to create a mini interactive painting that follows the same process we use in our interactive mural projects.Sign Up Here (Tickets for Summit required)
Alex LyndBuild Your Own Cat-Themed Wardriver with DevKitty!In the first part of this workshop, you’ll be familiarized with soldering tools & techniques, and guided through assembling a “DevKitty” – your new cat-themed hacking companion! The kit comprises a cat-shaped PCB, screen, WiFi microcontroller, and 3D printed enclosure. In the second half, you’ll learn about Wardriving – a popular WiFi sniffing technique that involves driving past networks while performing automated scans – and how you can use your DevKitty to capture wireless intelligence! You’ll be introduced to reconnaissance techniques, and will also try some basic data visualization in Python! This workshop is beginner friendly 🙂Signup Here (Tickets for the conference required)
Tricia EnnsHandmade Paper as an Amorphous Material for ExperimentationIn this workshop we will discuss the ancient technology of paper making and how paper can be created in countless ways with countless materials. We will approach the concept of open source with regards to not only technique but also materials, digging into the numerous organic and human made matter that can be used to create pulp and be embedded within the paper. And of course participants will have the opportunity to try their hands at paper-making themselves, get to take home their own newly formed creations and learn accessible methods to continue their paper adventure beyond this workshop!Signup Here (Tickets for the conference required)

Un conference

NameTopicDescription Time
Brianna Johns, Pen-Yuan Hsing, Frank Bentum, Nano CastroHow communities are working across the globe to democratize science hardwareOpen Science Hardware (OScH) applies the principles of open source hardware to scientific instrumentation and is becoming increasingly recognized within open science and open source hardware movements. The emergence of several communities has coincided with the creation of these open technologies, and it has become clear that the need to build, maintain, and connect these different communities is critical to sustaining the global OScH movement. This talk will discuss the importance of engaging OScH communities spanning many disciplines and geographic regions by delving into three key OScH communities: the Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH) Community, the Africa Open Science and Hardware (AfricaOSH) Community, and the Red Latino-Americana de Tecnologías Libres (reGOSH). These cases demonstrate how communities have formed around democratizing access to scientific equipment, addressing some of their community engagement achievements as well as the challenges to supporting the development of open source scientific equipment globally and appropriately.TBA
Future Organisms. Pedro Galvao Cesar de OliveiraOpen-Source ResilienceA discussion on the concept of “openness” in scenarios with constrained access and limited resources. Centering around an appreciation for open source hardware and planetary ecology through alternative, non-eurocentric ways of knowing, and design praxis of the Global South. 
More to come and to be decided day-of!

Discussion Space

TBA

Day 3 – Post Event