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SENSORICA at the #CSPC2017 - Canadian Science Policy Center

posted Jan 24, 2018, 8:25 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu

Tibi, Maria and Fabio presented Open Science Practices at the CSPC2017.

Our Panel description

Canada hosts some of the most ambitious pilot projects in open science and open innovation. The problem is that all these initiatives are poorly known and understood, especially those that did not emerge within traditional institutions, which are in fact the most disruptive ones. In this Case Study panel we discuss a few special open science projects that have originated within open innovation networks, and have been conducted in collaboration with forward-looking academic labs. The panelists will present the methodologies, the infrastructure for collaboration and the governance that have been employed, the resulting benefits, and will analyse some of the problems encountered. These cases constitute a great example of how academia can interface with open networks and communities.

Online communities and networks have become environments buzzing with scientific and technological activities. It is nowadays normal for a graduate student to work in a lab by day and contribute to online communities by night, or spend their evenings in open innovation spaces such as fablabs, makerspaces, and hackerspaces. It is also not a secret any more that students turn to their online peers for technical questions and advice, rather than to their lab colleagues and professors. The most prolific students are those who maintain complex relationships outside of the immediate academic circle. The boundaries of academia are becoming very fuzzy, but there is very little effort to formalize these exchanges between academic labs and online communities/networks, and open innovation spaces.

The cases that will be presented and discussed during this panel will show how interfaces between academia and open innovation communities/networks accelerate scientific discovery and technological transfer.
By presenting and discussing these cases we hope to stimulate other labs to experiment with relations with open innovation networks. At a higher level, we also hope to influence Universities to put in place pilot programs to begin formalizing these kind of relations. SENSORICA affiliates can work with different academic players to transfer their knowledge and know how.

The panel on Open Science was split into two sections, The Scientific and Economic benefits of Open Science and Open Science and Innovation (our section). 

During the first part of the session, Guy Rouleau (Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University) spoke about MNI and their bold action to move to open science. The open science concept in the first part was presented as a more open collaboration between academia and the private sector, where no patents were pursued. This is  the institutional view of open science, a more top down approach, supposing that scientific development comes from academia and the private sector puts new scientific knowledge into practice. A representative of the multinational pharmaceutical Merck was part of this first panel, testifying why large companies are interested in open science and open innovation. In essence, for rare medical conditions that don't represent a large market, Merck is happy to work in an open way to reduce the costs of treatment development, while hoping to monetize the solution. 

During our part, we extended the definition of open science beyond open publication and the creation of commons and of open source technologies. These concepts are captured in a presentation that we made for MNI in 2016. We also approached the question from a practical perspective, presenting Breathing Games and some of the SENSORICA's past projects. But most importantly, we established the existence and the importance of open networks (the crowd/people) as new socioeconomic agents with a very important role in science and innovation, proposing private-public-people partnerships. We introduced the button up view, advocating for a better interface between the crowd (open networks) and the public and private sectors.  

SENSORICA at #WFRE2017 - World Forum for a Responsible Economy

posted Jan 24, 2018, 8:19 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 8:25 PM ]

Tiberius Brastaviceanu presented SENSORICA at the World Forum for a Responsible Economy in Lille, France, between 17 and 19 October. 

Our session session: Transitioning to a responsible organisation

This session will hear about real world examples of how companies have transitioned to responsible organisations by focusing on different business models, re-engineering their value chain, redirecting inside out and outside in linkages, highlighting new technologies and other kinds of innovation, fostering future of work practices, and building new bridges of collaboration with peers, partners and civil society. The session will include speakers from diverse sectors who will share deep insights into the topic, shedding light on their own experiences and perspectives. It will help the audience to grasp what are the real requisites of the change towards responsibility as demonstrated through practical cases.


posted Jan 24, 2018, 8:15 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu

SENSORICA was invited to participate in the Gathering of Open Science Hardware (#GOSH2017), which took place between March 22-25th 2017 at the Anacleto Angelini Innovation Centre, Pontificia Universidad Católica, in Santiago, Chile. The event was funded by the Sloan Foundation, with funds dispersed through Public Lab. A total of 90 people (representing both individual work and organisations) attended the event from over 30 countries. This year, Maria Frangos represented SENSORICA at the event. 

The goal of GOSH 2017 was to co-create a roadmap for making Open Science Hardware ubiquitous by 2025 by "expanding the reach [...] within academic research, citizen science and education." 

Another goal of the workshop was to represent a diversity of voices involved in OSH initiatives. Participants from Asia, Africa, South America, Europe and North America attended GOSH 2017, half of whom were women. Achieving gender parity, as well as representing queer and trans voices, were important aspects in ensuring that GOSH 2017 remained open and equitable:

"We strive to make open science hardware open to everybody, regardless of scholarly or professional background, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, economic background, country of origin or employment, religion, and other differences. Because we come from different backgrounds, it is important to be intentional about providing respectful, equitable spaces — both online and in person — for our community to come together and engage in constructive, respectful discourse. As our manifesto states: GOSH is used for peaceful purposes and causes no harm."

In addition to participating in creating the roadmap, Maria led a design skills sharing session as well as collaborated with other participants in planning the 'unconference' sessions, one of which focused on business models (notes from the session will be available online soon).

SENSORICA also participated in a public exhibition on opening day. In addition to creating a poster and flyers highlighting our contribution to Open Science as an OVN, Maria demonstrated the Breathing Games flow meter prototype. 

Approximately 200 people attended the public exhibition, including a school group, university students, professors and GOSH participants. 

In terms of individual specialization, the design skills sharing workshop led by Maria covered the following topics: how designing for connected devices differs from designing for software, creating user stories, designing for empathy, how to create a user flow, and how to create a low-fidelity clickable prototype. More than 10 people attended, none of whom had any design experience. A few were hardware engineers, while others were working in biology, performance art and other disciplines. The feedback Maria received was great and so was what they produced. Workshop participants were able to quickly grasp the design process by applying it to their own ideas, projects and hardware. You can access the design skills presentation here. 

See more on this event HERE

p2pValue conference and Deep Dive

posted Jan 24, 2018, 8:04 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu

... there is a ''crisis of value'', i.e. that the old value regime does not adequately recognize and reward the new value that is created.   Michel Bauwens, Chiang Mai, August 15, 2016

Deep Dive - rethinking value

Berlin, September 5th to September 4th, 2016

A gathering of 20 thinkers and doers, from various disciplines (economy, anthropology, philosophy, activists, ...), locked in a small castle 20 minutes south of Berlin, for 3 days, working up to 12 hours a day to flesh out the basis of a new theory of value

The current world is still dominated by two broad lines of thought: capitalism and Marxism. Our economy is organized based on two major and conflicting theories of value: the capitalist value theory (the value of a commodity is its price, set through market dynamics) and Marx' labor theory of value (the value of things stems from the labor required to create them). New economic practices cannot be understood within these two theoretical frameworks. We need a new theory of value. 

Tiberius Brastaviceanu was invited to share the SENSORICA experience. Here's the report of this gathering.

P2PValue Conference

Amsterdam, September 1st to September 3rd, 2016

Tiberius Brastaviceanu was invited to present SENSORICA, part of the Design Global, Manufacture Local session.

The “design global, manufacture local” (DGML) model builds on the conjunction of the digital commons (e.g. open knowledge and design) with desktop manufacturing and automation technologies (e.g. 3D printing and CNC machines). It describes the processes where design is developed, shared and improved as a global digital commons, whereas the actual customised manufacturing takes place locally. DGML could be a model of sustainable development which recognises the limits and scarcities posed by finite resources and effectively organises material activities accordingly.
Moderator: Michiel Schwarz. Speakers: Vasilis Niaros, Tiberius Brastaviceanu, Lisha Sterling

See more on these events HERE

SENSORICA at Open Design Conference in Hong Kong

posted Jan 23, 2017, 10:50 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated May 3, 2017, 11:57 PM ]

Maria Frangos M.S. Design and SENSORICA affiliate, presented at Open Design of E-very-thingpart of the Cumulus series of design conferences, which was held at the Hong Kong Institute of Design in late November 2016. Our short paper was submitted to the track Open Design for Engagement:

"The novelty, diversity and complexity of current social challenges and the contexts in which they are situated demands similar diversity of interventions to address them. Multiple and diverse proposals are most readily generated via the involvement of many different people, with many different perspectives and resources, contributing to the process of innovation. These are the tenets of “open innovation” – that by “opening up” the innovation process – the process of coming up with, implementing and exploiting new ideas – we can increase the diversity of, and capacity for, innovation within a (eco)system. To “open up” the innovation process to a diversity of actors – to democratise design innovation – a diversity of people must encounter the design process such that they can engage with and contribute to it. This track aims to explore these early stages within the collaborative innovation journey. Enquiring into the strategies that are applied to support the assembly and formation of publics, from which design coalitions may precipitate. We ask “What are the methods, tools and approaches that favour encounter and foster engagement – and ultimately participation - in ‘open’ processes of collaborative enquiry, visioning and production?” From living labs to design performances - we are interested in the platforms and practices that “stage” these encounters and engagements. We also welcome the sharing of examples, as well as reflections and theories as to what works in what contexts - how, why and for whom." 

Short report

Paul BardiniPhD student from Brisbane, Australia also presented work on open source hardware, along with MariaAside from them, most attendees were not versed with open source methodologies. The term open or openness was interpreted more as a general approach to inclusion, rather than a methodological approach. The other presenters showed work spanning from fashion design and making to urban typography and heritage, with a unifying focus on engagement.

Our paper will be published this spring, see below. 

Larger context

SENSORICA has been prototyping relations with academic labs for the past 6 years. The body of these relations form an interface between the crowd and academia. In our opinion, Open Science is a set of practices that reach beyond institutional borders, hence the need of these interfaces. 

The PV characterization project presented at this conference is the most recent iteration of this sort of interface. Past iterations have been built around ENGAGE grants with McGillEcole PolytechniqueMontreal Heart Institute

SENSORICA is the only open (innovation) network we know that has gone so far into prototyping interfaces with traditional institutions, academic, private and governmental - see this document for more. This is still a work in progress. At every iteration we have learned something new and adjusted our OVN model. This 6 years long process has provided SENSORICA with a valuable insight into the meshing between what we call the new economy and the traditional economy, in a period of transition. 

Traditional institutions that are embarking on a path of institutional change need, in our opinion, to start by building bridges with the new type of organisations (connect to the crowd through interfaces like SENSORICA), and through these bridges get infused of new structural elements, methodologies, tools, etc. in order to inform and fuel their own transformation.  

Get all papers here

SENSORICA featured in the documentary "A new economy"

posted Oct 9, 2016, 1:10 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Apr 8, 2019, 7:48 PM ]

A New Economy

October, 2016

A documentary about the collaborative economy, featuring SENSORICA and ENSPIRAL, among other initiatives. 

producer Trevor Meier

Watch trailer


Meeting in Ottawa to help the Canadian Liberal Government understand the participatory economy

posted Jun 24, 2016, 7:48 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 9:58 PM ]

Monday, June the 20th, 2016, 
Jim Anastassiou and Tiberius Brastaviceanu met with the cabinet of minister Bains on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, to inform the Canadian Federal Government of issues related to the emergence of the participatory economy. 
This meeting was organized by David Lametti, member of Parliament from Verdun, who is following SENSORICA since 2013. We invited to this meeting John Macdonald from Robco Inc and Dhafir Burhan from eVision, two vanguard companies that already interface with the SENSORICA OVN and are experimenting with new participatory economy practices, as well as Alexandre Bigot from OuiShare Quebec. The composition of this delegation was designed to demonstrate the relevance of SENSORICA in today's transition economy and its alignment with the future.  

Our message was very well received. SENSORICA was seen as a "very innovative model for innovation", covering everything from open science, open innovation to peer production. The OVN model, its current reality and its potential will be discussed in the Parliament to create new legislation that will foster the development of the participatory economy. We will continue to help the cabinet of Minister Bains by sharing our knowledge, our experiences, and our opinions. 

The invitation to Canada's Parliament Hill comes one year after our meeting at the White House.

Also note that the SENSORICA initiative will support Canada playing a lead role in international standards development on OVN. In this context, it should be noted that the OVN work will input directly into international ISO standards development, namely, ISO/IEC 15944-15 "Information technology - Business Operational View - Part 15: Ope Value Networks(OVN): Integrated perspective on Open-edi, eBusiness, blockchain and distributed transactions". The lead international ISO Project Editor : Prof. William McCarthy, with Jake Knoppers as one of two Co-Project Editors. The international ISO standards committee responsible here is ISO/IEC JTC1/SC32/WG1 (where JTC1 = Joint ISO, IEC = Technical Committee on Information technology, SC = Data Management & Interchange, WG1 = eBusiness)

Presentation used during the meeting

Colloque de mobilisation des connaissances sur les thèmes de la collaboration et de l'innovation

posted Oct 30, 2015, 7:44 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Oct 30, 2015, 8:32 AM ]

SENSORICA affiliates have been invited at "Colloque de mobilisation des connaissances sur les thèmes de la collaboration et de l'innovation" organized by POINT, MOSAIC/HEC and PARTICIP. 

Among guests, two important consortia: CRIAQ/CARIC and NovaCentris (former iNono). 

Our presentation: by Tiberius Brastaviceanu and Fabio Balli


SENSORICA affiliates are invited at Impact Economy

posted Sep 7, 2015, 12:30 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Jun 8, 2017, 5:03 PM ]

25 world leading thinkers and doers have been invited to the Impact Economy Summit in Whistler, BC, Canada, between October 5th and 9th, to design new and cutting edge business models based on peer-to-peer theory and practices. This event is organized by The Citizen Media.

"Inspirations and ideas throughout the week will be recorded through a Systems Diagram, Podcasts produced by award winning Quebec based filmmaker Samer Beyhum, and a Documentary directed by Inspirational Film Artists and New Paradigm Storytellers J’aime Gianopoulos and Ian MacKenzie."

Sound recordings

Open soundtracks

Presentation of SENSORICA


Pictures from the event

In preparation for the event

Impact Economy: Pre-Summit Podcasts

SENSORICA Presents: pioneering open innovation at the White House

posted Jun 14, 2015, 3:39 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Aug 20, 2019, 12:30 PM ]

On June the 11th, 2015, SENSORICA co-founder
Tiberius Brastaviceanu was invited to the White House, Eisenhower Executive Office, to discuss the open value network model pioneered by SENSORICA.

Hosted by Jenn Gustetic, Assistant Director for Open Innovation, the focus of the discussion was around collaborative crowdsourcing models and interfaces between open communities and traditional institutions.

SENSORICA's open value network, or ‘OVN model’, with its network resource planning and contribution accounting system (NRP-CAS), allows collaborative crowdsourcing at large scale. The system allows people and organizations to collaborate on the best possible solutions by rewarding them fairly in proportion to their contribution. This stands in contrast with the XPrize crowdsourcing model (used by NASA), which produces one solution as a result of a competition, instead of capturing the value of collaboration and leveraging the work of the cohort.

The White House is looking into how to make open communities and networks play a more efficient role in our society. Since the advent of the Internet there is a growing role for open communities in culture, education, and innovation. Open source hardware communities are driving industries like 3D printing and consumer drones, which are both groundbreaking technologies. SENSORICA is a working model in the evolution of open source communities, with infrastructure, methodologies, governance and legal structures adapted to bridge the model to traditional institutions. The open value network model makes SENSORICA a viable, reliable, accountable and auditable open source community.  

We used the following slide deck as a visual support for our discussion.

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