Brighton Maker Faire 2014

Brighton is not only home to the sun, sea and sand but also where the annual maker faire takes place.

This year’s instalment Wevolver were lucky enough to get their hands on some tickets and head down to see all the makers in action.

This being our first time at Brighton Maker Faire we didn’t know what to expect but as soon as we arrived we felt right at home! We were welcomed to an immense community of makers many who have started their own projects for others to contribute to and learn from. We even managed to have a little chit chat with some of the makers and learn more about their making processes and inspirations you can check out the video here.

The variety of the faire was what really made this year’s instalment so special, from walking Daleks to Underwater robots Brighton had it all.

12 Sep 2014 / 0 notes

Life 3D Launch

This Friday we are taking weather balloon launching to new heights. 

We are excited to announce that we will be launching the Life 3D Capsule. Developed over the year by the guys over at Life 3D, the capsule consists of 8 components which come together to create a weather balloon payload designed to reach the stratosphere.

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Fully equipped with a camera mount you can hook up your action cam sized camera, to capture all the excitement. The Wevolver team will be heading down to the renowned Elstree Studios, home to where some of your favourite films were created to meet the guys behind the idea and witness Life 3D take flight. 

We will be posting a live feed of the day, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and check out the project file to get involved!  

1 Sep 2014 / 0 notes

Share your knowledge and make a difference

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Last few weeks we got a lot of amazing new open source projects on Wevolver varying from 3D Printers to great projects like the prosthetic ENABLE hand.

Help great projects and people
What all these projects have in common is that the people who started them need help. Help in all sorts of fields, from design or modelling to software. 

And that’s where you come in. A project without a community to help out will take forever to get of the ground and make a real impact. That’s why we’re asking you to help the project owners with your talent, skills or network.

All projects on Wevolver have their own unique community that work on the project.

Take for instance a look at the Inmoov robot network, these guys could still use a lot of help in the field of the software to control the robot. 

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inmoov project

Win your own robotarm!
The MeArm project is lightweight robotic arm which is fully open sourced. This team would love to get feedback and are inviting you to think about new ways to improve the gripper. Actually they would like it so much that we’ve got 2 kits of the MeArm to hand out to those who have ideas they want to prototype!

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meArm

Stay updated
Go check it out, see what you can do. Can’t think of anything to add to a project right now? No worries, just start following one of the projects on the site and we’ll send you a weekly update of the projects and the questions that arise.

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follow function: get updates in your mailbox

Want to become a part of the fast growing Wevolver community and contribute to projects, or just stay in touch with disruptive technology? It’s easy, just sign up, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook

Let’s build technology together. Richard from Wevolver.

Wevolver COmmunity Growing

Since the launch of our BETA version of the website people have been spreading the word about what Wevolver does for the maker community: provide a place where everybody can explore and contribute to great open source technology.

For the last month we’ve seen an enormous grow in our Facebook and Twitter followers and we, the people at Wevolver couldn’t be more happy and proud. Slowly the Wevolver community we always dreamt of is forming. We see amazing people signing up. People from all walks of life with all their unique knowledge to bring to a project.

We believe this group of inventors, designers, tinkerers and people just interested or skilled in software or hardware are gonna make great impact in the near future once connected.

Last weeks the first wonderful projects have been put online. Inspiring projects like the Inmoov robot, the Open Wheels project, based on a Segway and an Open Source Nest thermostat.

What all these projects and people have in common is that they need help in all sorts of fields. Go check them out, see what you can contribute or who you can connect them with. Who knows to what it might inspire you to make.

Let’s build technology together! Richard from Wevolver.

Hey Python dev! Do you want to make real impact with your work?

At Wevolver.com communities collaborate on open source robotics, 3D printers and drones. The website is growing and we are looking for Python developers to join our enthusiastic team in Amsterdam or London!

Open Hardware is an exciting movement where makers share open source technologies such as robotics, and grow communities to collaborate with. Wevolver wants to grow the impact of this important movement and enable more people to develop high-tech.

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At Wevolver:
We work with the best technical and creative people, who have a lot of autonomy. A qualitative working place is super important to us, as is the social aspect after work when we have food or drinks together.

At Wevolver we highly value collaboration, ‘getting things done’ and owning responsibility. We are an open company with a flat hierarchy and your ideas can have a big influence.
Wevolver is located in a super creative office among design and tech companies in the heart of Amsterdam.
Wevolver has recently won the Social Tech Challenge from Nominet Trust, and is supported Founders Forum.


Is Wevolver something for you?
-Work with the best in the field and become part of a dedicated team.
-Push technology forward! Work on an exciting project with latest technologies.
-Make impact in the Open Hardware movement!

Your Technical Skills:
-Django skills
-Javascript skills, ideally knowledge in any of the libraries we use: AngularJS & D3 
-Experience with REST APIs

And of course you are as excited by open source as we are!

You must be available to work within the Amsterdam area or London.
Interested in this adventure? Send a C.V. with a motivation to info@wevolver.com!

Wevolver accepted for BGV Accelerator

Last week we heard we have been selected for the Bethenal Green Ventures accelerator. This London based investment company offers a programme for people who want to change the world using technology. BGV invests time and money in teams with new ideas to help build solutions to social and environmental problems through an intensive three-month program.

Since Wevolver is based in Amsterdam, and thats where our office is and our team of coders is based this has a big impact since it would mean at least the co-founders Bram Geenen and i will have to move to London for three months to become part of their intense training. It didn’t take us long though and we decide to move for 6 months. This way we can not only fully focus on the program but also get to know the maker, and tech scene better in the UK.

Our new office will be based in the wonderful and inspiring Summerset House at the Thames river. Below our office is the home base of Makerversity. This means our community will be right under our nose. We are looking forward to a great time and great progress of Wevolver as a whole. We’ll keep you guys posted!

We can’t wait. Let’s build technology together!

Richard.

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Moving on in the world

Since two weeks we have a great new place to be working on Wevolver!
We share a large space below a railway track with a group of creatives, techies, journalists and others from hard to define categories.
Literally a few meters straight above our heads are the trains to Amsterdam Central station passing over. Luckily we have good faith in Dutch engineering works, yet you might hear some distant rumbling when calling with us from now on.

We are super happy to be here. Somehow this place (called Workspace 6) feels very right. It could be like an offline metaphor for the vibrant interconnected place we want Wevolver to be.
People from various backgrounds mingle here, get inspired by each other’s work, find ways to collaborate or help others out. A mixture between productivity and fun.

And it is not only this single space. This whole area, including a few hundred meters of converted railway tunnels, is buzzing with activity.
Makers, designers and artist from all trades, analog to digital, are working here. When the weather is nice you’ll see carpenters sawing and milling on the pavement, and a folks behind their laptops on the terrace.

This too reflects what we see happening online. Wevolver is part of an ecosystem, both analog and digital, and bridging various trades. And the sum of that ecosystem is bigger then the parts. There are the offline workspaces like Fablabs and Hackerspaces. There are the Open Hardware companies that build a business around selling open products or services, like Ultimaker, which creates affordable high quality 3D printers, or like Arduino which provides a platform for prototyping electronics. There are the open source software programs that you can use for 3D modeling and there are technologies like wikis and forums that allow you to connect and share information.
And here too, this ecosystem as a whole, provides a place to meet people, to learn, make and do stuff and turn ideas into reality. And besides enabling you to be productive, this ecosystem is above all a very inspiring and fun place to operate in.
You can hear we are pretty excited about what is going on; it is great to be part of that world with Wevolver. 

And we are very happy to be working on that in an appropriate space.
Looking forward to see what adventures this will lead to!


25 Apr 2014 / 0 notes / office move movement 

The warm afterglow: A great launch, and exciting new things!

Two weeks ago we officially launched the beta-version of Wevolver and started issuing early access codes to our community. The response has been great and has given us a lot of energy. Thank you all for making our launch successful!


Wevolver was launched at the Arduino Day Amsterdam. An event that we co-organised with Ifabrica. It showcased many inspiring Open Hardware projects, many of which are hosted on Wevolver. Furthermore there were lightning talks by some great speakers such as Jonathan Carter from Sensemakers, and 3D printer and Arduino workshops.

For us this was the perfect environment to bring Wevolver to life! An energetic offline event that mirrors the atmosphere we are creating on the Wevolver website. A combination of technology, creativity and passion. People connecting, learning, and having a good time.

Yes, we will do this again so stay tuned!

We have also had great response to the beta-version of Wevolver. Many of you willing to share their Open Hardware projects and many others visiting the site for accessing the blueprints of Open Hardware such as the InMoov robot.
In coming time many more of those inspiring projects will be put online giving any one access to valuable knowledge for creating high quality products.

In the mean time we have been continuing development to keep pursuing our values of clarity and ease of use. You can expect extended functionality on the mindmap soon.

Richard has been working hard to share all footage from the launch event with nice movies and images. He also finished two nice interviews with people that keep pushing the boundaries of Open Hardware: Gael Langevin, founder of the InMoov robot, and Jonathan Carter from the Sensemakers community. We’re happy to see the enthusiastic reactions to Richards work, and to be featured by our heroes of Adafruit and Arduino on their blogs.

I hope you have gotten as much energy and inspiration from our launch as we do! Now back to work, I’ll keep you posted!

 

17 Apr 2014 / 0 notes

So what is Open Hardware?

Good question with an answer that is not set in stone, so it’s a topic I’ll get back to occasionally.
Many people have slightly different interpretations of the term and it is also used in conjunction with he term ‘Open Design,’ just to add to the confusion.

So as a starter here is how we at Wevolver view Open Hardware:

"Open Hardware is the term used for physical products that are released under a license that allows anyone without asking permission, to use, change and spread the information needed to create them. This means
anyone can recreate the product, improve it or adapt it.
Open Hardware allows for collaborative development. The term describes a wide range of objects; from electronics such as Arduino, to complex products such as robotics, simpler objects like furniture and large objects
like architecture.

The Open Hardware movement is inspired by open source software and how it generated innovation, created an invaluable pool of accessible technology and became a passionate occupation for many people.
We believe in the benefits and potential of Open Hardware and hope to contribute to its spread, and to the development of a significant body of knowledge and technology for anyone to use.”


Now there is a group called the Open Source Hardware Association which has created an Open Source Hardware Definition. It’s introduction starts like this


"Open Source Hardware (OSHW) is a term for tangible artifacts — machines, devices, or other physical things — whose design has been released to the public in such a way that anyone can make, modify, distribute,
and use those things.”

-and then goes on to address criteria which licenses placed on Open Hardware must comply to. These criteria regard documentation, scope, attribution etc, and you can read the full definition at their website.

Researcher Massimo Menichinelli has lead efforts supported by members of the Open Knowledge Foundation to create an ‘Open Design Definition.’ It is still in development and its current state can be found on Github
The Open Design Definition states:

This is an open source and collaborative project that aims to create a formal (and open!) Open Design Definition, a crucial and missing step towards developing all the other important aspects of Open Design. Please note that we are developing a definition […] and not a license 

I expect that over time these different and still evolving views will crystallize into a mainstream view on what Open Hardware exactly is.
And probably there will also remain discussion around definitions. In the end what people do with it is the most important.

Arduino Show & Tell

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During the Arduino Show & Tell, inspiring Open Hardware projects that involve Arduino technology are being demonstrated and there will be a number of short presentations.

Projects are for example in the field of robotics, Internet of Things devices and interactive installations. Individual Makers and teams can apply to take part as long as their project involves Arduino and is open source.

The Arduino Show & Tell takes place during the worldwide Arduino Day.
Arduino Day is a celebration of Arduino’s first 10 years. It’s 24 hours full of events – both official and independent, anywhere around the world – where people interested in Arduino can meet, share their experiences, and learn more.

Program:

  • 13:00 Opening Show & Tell
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Talks
  • 16:00 – 17:30 Workshops
  • 17:00 Finish

Apply to show your project by sending an email about your project to info [at] wevolver.net

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5 Mar 2014 / 0 notes