Meet.26: Open Science, Hardware and Environment

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The 26th ODHK gathering was a “meet the Open Science working group” special, with Cesar Harada as guest speaker on the topic of “Open Hardware for the Environment”. Cesar’s work covers many many flavours of open: open hardware, citizen science, open education, open environmental data collection, crowdsourcing, biohacking and more. Open Science probably is probably a good catch-all for many of these activities, so Scott Edmunds (the ODHK Open Science working group lead) started proceedings with an introduction (or rant) about where these areas fit in the Open Data pantheon, and what the “open” situation is in Hong Kong.

Cesar Harada (31 French-Japanese) is an inventor, Environmentalist and Entrepreneur working in Hong Kong.
Cesar is the CEO of Scoutbots, recently listed by Fast Company as one of China’s top 10 most innovative companies, is building shape-shifting sailing robots to collect ocean data. Cesar developed this new sailing technology on the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, after resigning from MIT where he was a Project Leader. Cesar will speak about his expeditions in Fukushima Japan to collect seabed radioactivity data, his teaching activities, working with young students in Hong Kong to develop plastic pollution sensors, DIY water contamination spectrometers and spectrofluorometers. Cesar is currently busy building Hong Kong’s largest makerspace MakerBay.org: a shared workshop / lab for Artists, Designers, Engineers and Scientists. Most of Cesar work both academic and commercial is Open Hardware, and we were fortunate to get a #101 on that topic, as well as hear about the other amazing work he has been doing. You can see Cesar’s slides here.


For more see this profile on Cesar in SCMP, as well as his TED talk on shape shifting robots and Protei.

Whether you’re already familiar with Open Data or just want to find out what it is, we welcome you all to come to our regular meetups. No technical skills required. Come out and meet fellow Hong Kong Open Data enthusiasts. Meet.27 will be on 31st March at Delaney’s Wan Chai, so watch this space for more details.

Date:

Monday, March 9, 7:15pm
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Meet.16: R stats programming language & energy data

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This event we’re finding out about R and energy data.
Event is BYOB (bring your own beer / alcohol).
Date:

Wednesday March 5, at 7pm

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Energy data
Waltraut, Guillaume and Eric are hacking energy data, and they’re getting it open. Find out what is the state of energy data – public and private – in Hong Kong. Energy data is critical for sustainable urban development, smart city planning and climate change mitigation. Both private and public organisations collect data related to energy generation and consumption, some of it, e.g. utility consumption data, is held by private companies.

R stats programming language
R is very useful for journalists and data scientists to crunch sets of data to find trends and run scenarios. Guy Freeman and Fuk Chan of the Hong Kong R User Group will be giving us a practical overview of the R programming language that’s been getting people buzzing finding trends in statistical data and big data. They’ll be brazenly honest about it too – no pitches, just the low-down – how to use it, what to use it for, the shortcomings, the aggravations, and the awesome potential.

Open announcements
Then we open up to the floor to announcements:


LOCATION

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DIFFERENT Location : Good Lab @ Prince!
5th floor of Le Prabelle Hotel, literally a 2-minute walk from Exit C2 of Prince Edward MTR. LITERALLY (click here for a Google Map location)
Thanks to The Good Lab 好單位 for sponsoring the venue at their new co-working space! 




Whether you’re already familiar with Open Data or just want to find out what it is, come to our regular meetup (happens every 3 weeks). No technical skills required. Come out and meet fellow Hong Kong Open Data enthusiasts.第16次例會了!無論你已很熟悉Open Data,或只是想多認識Open Data,歡迎參加我們每三個星期的定期聚會,跟其他Open Data關注者碰面。
 

Open agenda

Collaboration

Connecting trees (Connie – FB)

+Resources

rOpenGov: ropengov.github.io (Rob)
NIPS/MLOSS workshop on Machine Learning Open Source SoftwareNIPS/MLOSS workshop on Machine Learning Open Source Software Written By Leo Lahti — December 10,…

+Apps / Sites

Fresh Hikes In the last Open Data Hong Kong hackathon, Stephanie and I started making The Fresh Hikes Finder, a mobile app that combines gov data on air quality and user-generated hiking data to recommend the “freshest” routes on any given day. You can now see a prototype on:http://freshhikes.herokuapp.com/

Meet.16: R stats programming language & energy data

meet16_03_FB Cover Photo

This event we’re finding out about R and energy data.

Event is BYOB (bring your own beer / alcohol).

Date:

Wednesday March 5, at 7pm

Add to: 

See this event on:

Event low-down:

Energy data
Waltraut, Guillaume and Eric are hacking energy data, and they’re getting it open. Find out what is the state of energy data – public and private – in Hong Kong. Energy data is critical for sustainable urban development, smart city planning and climate change mitigation. Both private and public organisations collect data related to energy generation and consumption, some of it, e.g. utility consumption data, is held by private companies.

R stats programming language
R is very useful for journalists and data scientists to crunch sets of data to find trends and run scenarios. Guy Freeman and Fuk Chan of the Hong Kong R User Group will be giving us a practical overview of the R programming language that’s been getting people buzzing finding trends in statistical data and big data. They’ll be brazenly honest about it too – no pitches, just the low-down – how to use it, what to use it for, the shortcomings, the aggravations, and the awesome potential.

Open announcements

Then we open up to the floor to announcements:


LOCATION

See this in Google Maps

DIFFERENT Location : Good Lab @ Prince!
5th floor of Le Prabelle Hotel, literally a 2-minute walk from Exit C2 of Prince Edward MTR. LITERALLY (click here for a Google Map location)

Thanks to The Good Lab 好單位 for sponsoring the venue at their new co-working space! 



Whether you’re already familiar with Open Data or just want to find out what it is, come to our regular meetup (happens every 3 weeks). No technical skills required. Come out and meet fellow Hong Kong Open Data enthusiasts.第16次例會了!無論你已很熟悉Open Data,或只是想多認識Open Data,歡迎參加我們每三個星期的定期聚會,跟其他Open Data關注者碰面。

 

Open agenda

Collaboration

Connecting trees (Connie – FB)

+Resources

rOpenGov: ropengov.github.io (Rob)
NIPS/MLOSS workshop on Machine Learning Open Source SoftwareNIPS/MLOSS workshop on Machine Learning Open Source Software Written By Leo Lahti — December 10,…

+Apps / Sites

Fresh Hikes In the last Open Data Hong Kong hackathon, Stephanie and I started making The Fresh Hikes Finder, a mobile app that combines gov data on air quality and user-generated hiking data to recommend the “freshest” routes on any given day. You can now see a prototype on:http://freshhikes.herokuapp.com/

Meet.15: Open Steps

When: Thursday February 15
Where: Dim Sum Labs, 14/F 100 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
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Open Steps is an initiative from Margo Thierry and Alex Corbi, two young Berliners travelling around the world meeting activists and organisations working in the field of Open Knowledge. Their research covers, among others, the promotion of the principles behind Open Source, Open Data and Open Government, or the use of data and technology for digital activism and journalistic purposes.Starting in July 2013 in Berlin and after touring Europe, India and Southeast Asia, Open Steps will now pass through Hong Kong before heading to South-America. 
On their session, they will do a recap of the most exciting projects they have discovered: the release of real-time transport data in Austria, how hackerspaces are taking the initiative to promote Open Knowledge in the Balkans, or how organisations in India are helping administrations to make efficient social improvements by analysing data. These are just a few examples of the numerous initiatives they have documented on their website so far.

Also, as featured in previous workshops, an Open Debate will be the opportunity to discuss together about the status of these topics in Hong Kong and to explore relevant projects presented by the participants.