Maria Frangos M.S. Design and SENSORICA affiliate, presented at Open Design of E-very-thing, part 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:
Paul Bardini, PhD student from Brisbane, Australia also presented work on open source hardware, along with Maria. Aside 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.
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 McGill, Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal 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.