Join the Convergent Media Collective for #CMTalkSeries: Open Hardware, Open Minds
The Convergent Media Collective hosts a wide array of talks, but one topic we hold dear to our hearts is open culture, whether it is open source software, hardware, education or thought in general. We are proud to have Jeremy Zunker and Brandon Wiley, two individuals who have furthered the field of maker and hackerspaces, as well as open source software and hardware implementation speaking to our audience. Both represent and bring a whole hearted persona to their respective spaces and fields that is truly welcoming. So join us to hear about their latest initiatives and projects. Prepare to be wowed!
Date: April 15th
San Antonio, Tx 78210
Theme: To Making and Beyond
Speaker 1: Jeremy Zunker
Title: Creating creative communities in San Antonio
Description: In the 21st century we are faced with creative communities that go beyond traditional art and into the digital realm, both at a hardware and software level. As a young child Jeremy tinkered, both with technology and social norms. His interest in being an explorer of the digital realms has taken him on a journey that his landed him in search of liked minded, thinkers, doers and creators. In his talk Jeremy will talk about his journey of helping make 10bitworks, a local hackerspace, into what it is today, a full functioning space that incorporates multi faceted activities that serves San Antonio’s creative community in ways that few other organizations have been able to.
Bio: Jeremy has worked with hardware since he could get a hold of a screwdriver. His skills range from embedded systems, computer and electrical engineering, telecommunications, software development, and pretty much anything technical you can think of. He dabbles in art, and has participated in Luminaria as an artist and has done a few collaborative pieces with local artists. Additionally he dabbles in neurology, amateur radio, science and anything else that strikes his fancy. He is an electrical engineering consultant, and President of 10BitWorks Hakerspace (501c3).
Name: Brandon Wiley
Title: Open Hardware Design
Description: Historically, hardware consumer electronics devices have been associated with large-scale industrial manufacturing, offshore factories, and multinational corporations. The modern mobile telephone is the pinnacle of consumer electronics culture. The information age is the era of the always-connected portable computer in your pocket, the most intimate of communication, memory, and entertainment devices. We accept as a matter of course that with the miracle invention of mobile phones we accept certain properties of mass-produced goods such as planned obsolescence, bloatware, and the erosion of privacy. This talk will discuss an alternative viewpoint in which an Open Hardware design praxis enables tailored, privacy-preserving, small scale manufacturing of personal computation devices.
Bio: Brandon Wiley is the President of the Operator Foundation, a non-profit that develops and deploys technology to intervene in situations where the privacy, security, or freedom of speech of individuals or groups are threatened.