This page contains a simple weekly progress log, so you can follow along what is happening and we keep things open and transparent.

  • I: indicates a general item relating to the Institute as a whole
  • M: indicates an item relating to the Makerspace
  • R: indicates an item relating to Report

Week of 14 January 2019

  • Had a meeting with teachers of Rotterdam University about providing humanitarian design challenges for industrial product design students to work on.
  • Sent out a Call for Challenges to a wide range of Humanitarian NGO community bodies and on Social Media.
  • Participated in a Humanitarian Makers Public Call, to have a dialogue about the future direction with other community members.
  • Participated in an online video call with the Infrastructure Working Group of the MakerNet Alliance, to explore which digital communication tools can support the ongoing work of the Alliance.
  • Participated in an online video call with designers interested in working on humanitarian design for Latra.
  • Created a template for online collaboration on Empathy Maps for Humanitarian Makers using OnlyOffice, as alternative for Google Docs.
  • Created a room on Riot.im for direct messaging between the Latra designers, as alternative for Slack.

Week of 7 January 2019

  • Participated in the DIN SPEC OSH Legal and Definition conference calls.
  • Had extensive call with Humanitarian Makers on how to move them forward in 2019.
  • Continued dialogue with Latra about potential collaboration.
  • Started dialogue with Made In Shoes about potential collaboration.
  • Reviewed draft logo for Re:INVENT by Indo.

Week of 31 December 2018

  • Contacted Waterscope, Made In Shoes and Glia Project offering help on testing or otherwise from the Fab Lab Mariahoeve community.
  • Continued dialogue with Humanitarian Makers on joint efforts.
  • Reviewed draft documents of the DIN SPEC Open Source Hardware initiative.
  • Had a phone call with Latra about potential collaboration.

Week of 17 and 24 December 2018

No activity due to holidays.

Week of 10 December 2018

  • Organized Humanitarian Makers Meetup at Fab Lab Mariahoeve in The Hague, The Netherlands

Week of 3 December 2018

  • I: Participated in a meeting with Mercy Corps.
  • I: Participated in 2nd conference call about the DIN SPEC Open Source Hardware standardization.
  • R: Had a conference call with a representative of Open Source Ecology Germany about their OSH search engine initiative.
  • I: Arranged upcoming Meetup at FabLab Mariahoeve with tele-presence of a representative of Humanitarian Makers.
  • I: Continued dialogue on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid on Telegram

Week of 26 November 2018

  • I: Participated in 2nd conference call about Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid, which is actually more about “Humanitarian Makers” in general.
  • I: Gave a presentation and workshop on Open Innovation and Open Design for The Spindle at The Hague Humanity Hub for amongst others Oxfam, Terre des Hommes and CHOICE.
  • I: Talked with a representative of Wunderpeople and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences about a possible collaboration for a ‘Dutch Makers for Frugal Innovation’ program.
  • I: Continued dialogue on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid on Telegram

week of 19 November 2018

  • I: Continued dialogue in the Fairchat channel about the DIN SPEC Open Source Hardware standardization initiative in Germany.
  • I: Continued working on the Future Session for The Spindle.
  • I: Scheduled 2nd conference call with people from Fab Labs and Humanitarian Makers about Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid.
  • R: Reached out to people at TU Berlin working on the Open Source Hardware Observatory 2.0.

Week of 12 November 2018

  • R: Sent update after pitching the report initiative at the REMODEL Conference to the odmag mailing list.
  • I: Continued dialogue in the Fairchat channel about the DIN SPEC Open Source Hardware standardization initiative in Germany.
  • I: Talked to a representative of the MakerNet Alliance about a possible collaboration.
  • I: Talked to a representative of BRCK.com about a potential collaboration.
  • I: Started working on a presentation and workshop for The Spindle about “tech trends” with Open Design as major theme.

Week of 5 November 2018

  • R: Connected to Open Design experts at the REMODEL Conference of Danish Design Center and agreed on a joint initiative for a new edition of the Journal of Peer Production, new version of the Observatory, report and new book with working title “Open Design Still” as a follow-up from Open Design Now.
  • I: Rescheduled call with BRCK.com.
  • I: Rescheduled call about Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid.
  • I: Rescheduled call with MakerNet Alliance.
  • M: Tried contacting Wunderpeople about the Making Initiative in The Hague.

Week of 29 October 2018

  • I: Reviewed plan of Humanitarian Makers about Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid.
  • I: Scheduled call with small group of people from Fab Labs and Humanitarian Makers about Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid.
  • I: Scheduled call with BRCK.com about potential IoT challenge.
  • I: Scheduled call with representative of MakerNet Alliance.
  • M: Tried contacting Wunderpeople about the Making Initiative in The Hague.

Week of 24 October 2018

  • R: Finished post with my ideas on the Report.
  • M: Contacted RDM Makerspace about participating in a local Making Initiative.
  • I: Cross-posted the Reinventing Startups post on think-innovation.com and shared on Mastodon and Twitter.
  • R: Communicated with hosting provider Greenhost about fixing the broken odmag mailing list.

Week of 15 October 2018

  • M: Made telephone calls and exchanged e-mails with Humanity Hub and Wunderpeople about the Making Initiative in The Hague.
  • I: Continued dialogue on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid on Telegram, now waiting for a Humanitarian Maker for first version of plan/approach.
  • R: Started writing post with braindump of my ideas on the Report.

Week of 8 October 2018

  • M: Received 3D Printer parts from China: electronics, heated bed and solder iron
  • M: Participated in meeting with representatives of The Hague Humanity Hub and Wunderpeople for a “Making initiative” in The Hague aimed at Humanitarian work.
  • I: Continued dialogue with Fab Lab community members and a representative of Humanitarian Makers about the EU’s Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid prizes.
  • I: Wrote post about reinventing startups and started a thread on the Zebras Unite forum asking for feedback.

Week of 1 October 2018

  • I: Finished 3D Printing giveaways, wrote post about them and made connections at Impact Startup Fest
  • I: Sent link about EU’s EUR 5 million for Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid to various networks to explore opportunities together
  • I: Created Fab Lab Network side channel on Telegram to explore the Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid challenge, join the channel (you need Telegram)
  • I: Added list of example Open Design initiatives to website as inspiration

Week of 24 September 2018

  • M: Rescheduled meeting with Humanity Hub about their ideas for a ‘Humanitarian’ Makerspace, now set for 10 October
  • I: Updated the reinvent.cc website
  • I: Preparing presence at Impact Startup Fest 2 October with a 3D Printed giveaway
  • M: Had a dialogue with the creator of LaserDuo about a build workshop

Week of 17 September 2018

  • M: Continued purchasing parts for the first 3D Printer: aluminium profile and electronic parts
  • I: Migrated the reinvent.cc website from GitHub Pages to GitLab Pages
  • I: Struggled a lot getting TLS to work on GitLab Pages, completed with help from FSFE NL
  • R: Sent an e-mail do Danish Design Center asking to add as a proposal to the REMODEL Conference early November
  • R: Continued dialogue in the Mailing List
  • M: Continued research for potential open designs

Week of 10 September 2018

  • I: Set up first version of the reinvent.cc website using GitHub Pages and Jekyll
  • I: Set up Taiga, for keeping track of work items
  • M: Researched potential designs for a CNC Mill and Lasercutter

Week of 3 September 2018