Tuesday, February 17, 2015

#OpenInnoWkLB aims to support a growing community around open source software, hardware, disruptive and creative art, and inspire young developers, university students, and creative people of all ages to build networks with the open source community. This effort was initiated by the joint effort of the World Bank and the Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications to support progress towards launching the MiHub (Mobile Innovation Hub) in Lebanon, incorporating open innovation principles.
AltCity is Lead Organizer of OpenInnoWkLB.
Key Community Partners include: HBR, Naharnet, LebGeeks, Bader Young Entrepreneurs Program.

The Challenge

We are launching a competition for great open source/open innovation solutions to critical challenges in Lebanon that can scale to the world. The Challenge areas will be announced in January 2015, with the final pitches during #OpenInnoWkLB. Top teams will get funding, startup support, plus the opportunity to travel to key conferences and startup programs in Europe and MENA.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

OPEN Hardware design

With the rise of distributed manufacturing of 3D printing, hardware designs released under open source licenses are increasing exponentially. These designs—for everything from phone cases to prosthetic hands for children—can have an enormous value for those who need and want them.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Open hardware

Hardware design and development traditionally have been shrouded in secrecy, with companies desperate to keep their designs for internal use only. But in a world where sharing and transparency have become the norm, and global collaborative development is no longer just a phrase used by marketers—at least in software engineering—it’s time for things to change.
Hardware engineering needs to take the same open source path as software to enable rapid innovation and progress—but will only be possible when engineers aren’t wasting time reinventing the wheel.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Open Source in the class

Open source is sitting at the head of the class in a growing number of schools with all levels of education. Its no-cost starting point and use-it-your-way flexibility gives open source technology an advantage over proprietary solutions with its no-license and no-fee lesson plan. For many education outlets looking to bring a fresh approach to technology, open source is an easy selling point. Don't think so? LinuxInsider spoke with several technology administrators around the country who gave their open source experiences a solid A+.
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