July 26, 2020

Last week we had the opportunity to share some of the ideas behind Open Know-How at the FabXLive conference. Open Know-How is a metadata standard envisioned by Andrew Lamb from Massive Small Manufacturing and developed by a neat group of open hardware enthusiasts.

From the session’s description:

The COVID-19 pandemic was addressed by a surge of open source projects made by makers around the world. As a result of these decentralized and hasty efforts, users have been overwhelmed by a variety of redundant ideas, as well as a lack of complete and standardized documentation. This will be mainly a documentation workshop on which we will explore the Open Know-How Standard.

During the workshop we will learn how to make OKH Manifest files and use it to document and evaluate medical designs for COVID-19 around the web. We will use this information to learn how to effectively discover, compare and select the best projects from a list of devices. As a final activity, we want to discuss the possibility to apply Open Know-How for a wider variety of applications in the maker community.

Check the workshop documentation here.

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AWEsome Competition Keynote

April 25, 2020

Last month, I had the incredible opportunity to visit Arcata CA to speak about Latin American experiences in technology and community development. The keynote was part of the Awesome Business Competition, an event focused on agriculture, energy and water projects in California.

This was a great personal experience due to the fact that it gave me the chance to reminisce on my personal work over the past five years, as well as the great things that my colleagues have done in this time. The main thread of my professional experience is, basically, that you don’t need to be successful from a personal perspective in order to create impact in the world; perhaps that is even better.

Please take your time to enjoy the keynote and let me know your thoughts over Twitter.

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FABLAT: Tecnología digital en El Salvador

March 12, 2020

Recientemente tuve la oportunidad de compartir espacio junto con Kako Valladares para contar un poco sobre nuestros proyectos colaborativos a partir de nuestro trabajo en la red Fab Lat. La presentación fue facilitada por Benito Juárez, de Fab Lab Perú.

Aproveché la oportunidad para hablar un poco sobre el trabajo que he tenido la oportunidad de hacer en la línea de estandarización y documentación desde hace algún tiempo.


Hand-made Electronics Workshop with Fab @ CIC

October 11, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, Mario Gómez from Hackerspace San Salvador and I we had the opportunity to run a workshop that focused on making Reacción Colibrí kits by hand.

The workshop was made as a side event from the OSHWA Summit 2018, and organized in collaboration with Fab@CIC who kindly hosted the event, and with the support from Fab Foundation.


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Maker Culture and Youth

April 27, 2018

On April 25th, a new book featuring an article I wrote in collaboration with Kako Valladares and Kate Samson was published by Fundación Ceibal from Uruguay, with support from Digitally Connected. The book, Jóvenes, transformación digital y nuevas formas de inclusión en América Latina (Youth, digital transformation and new forms of inclusion in Latin America) contains pieces on the subject of youth and digital culture, experiences and platforms for education and inclusion.

Our article tackled the question of traditional knowledge and maker culture as a way to enhance the educational capabilities of children and youth. We explored the initiative of an educational program design by Kako Valladares (Fab Lab El Salvador) and Kate Samson (Creativity Labs). This initiative spanned several iterations in different regions of Mesoamerica (El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico) to be joined in by different fab labs and to impact youth from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

You can download the book here.

Analysis of collaborative project behavior

November 23, 2017

This past August I presented alongside Isaac Robles a paper that analyzed the work of members of the Latin American Fab Lab Network on regional collaborative projects, through their engagement with Google Drive project folders.

A few months later, I have worked on the solution of some technical dificulties on the mining of data (I am in debt with Mario Gómez and Joksan Alvarado for all thier support in making the script) and I have worked on an R script to clean and graph some of the data, for future analysis. You can see the script here.

Some of the interesting findings of this analysis is the lack of connections between number of participants and levels of engagement for certain periods, and the inconsistence in the participation of some project participants, which may mean that certain types of incentives must be necessary for these types of projects.

Due to the constraints of this study, however, it is difficult to compare the findings with other types of initiatives.

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Maker Faire Miami

April 18, 2017

Thanks to MANO Americas, the University of Miami School of Architecture and Dade College, last week I had the chance to visit Dade College to showcase open projects from Latin America at the Miami Maker Faire. Projects from all over Miami presented, as well as others hailing from Colombia, Perú, Argentina and Costa Rica, among other countries.

This also marks the first international showcase on behalf of OSHWA El Salvador and other communities in the region that are creating hardware to share.