The second annual Open Source Hardware Summit is scheduled for Sept. 15, 2011 in New York City. The summit examines open hardware and its relation to other issues, such as software, design, business, and law. Since I can’t make it out to Factor e Farm that weekend and New York City is only a few hours away from where I live, I thought I’d submit a talk proposal: Biography Mark Norton is a long time contributor to open source software efforts like the Sakai and Kuali Projects (course management and university financial software). Recently, he has shifted his organizational skills and development experience to supporting the Open Source Ecology project founded by Marcin Jakubowski in 2003. Mr. Norton is the project leader of the Open Source Ecology (http://www.opensourceecology.org) Steam Engine Project. Talk Description Leveraging the core principles of OSE including open source, modularity, scalability, repairability, etc., we are seeking to build a small, single cylinder uniflow steam engine based on a bump valve control mechanism. Full plans are being developed that will enable a suitably equipped shop to combine off-the-shelf components with newly fabricated ones to build a working steam engine. The talk will cover some lessons learned as we head towards building the first prototype (likely before OHS). See the Open Source Steam Engine page for more information. Importance The Open Source Steam Engine is one of the 50 tools being developed as part of the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). The GVCS collection provides a basis for local industry capable of producing housing, supporting agriculture, generating power, and providing transportation. The Steam Engine, combined with a solar concentrator and a battery storage system (both part of the GVCS-50) provide a complete power generation and storage system.
Proposals are being accepted until June 24, 2011. – Mark