We are approaching the beginning of our new Adventure as an online community in Morocco, more specifically in a small village near Sidi kaouki. Basically we are going to co-live and co-work together in one beautiful space near the beach. This is kinda prototype for the wider openvillage network of houses.
In order to have a more productive and enjoyable time, here is a Summary of whats happening so we can coordinate and move ahead to realize the projects and live in the openvillage.
Opensource Coffee sorter
We are developing a small-scale, cheap optical sorter for green coffee beans. It would use image classifiers ("artificial intelligence") and work on a Raspberry Pi 3 computer or similar.
check this write up by @matthias to know more about the project and the technical planning for it.
Project task list : here in Progress
Project timeline : the project is going to last the full 3.5 months in order to develop a prototype by the end of the Residency.
Project Team :
2- Opensource Furniture [ BitCut ]
Bitcut – Bitcut is a design lab for open furniture, .... Bitcut was their solution for the qualification and overpricing and shallow design in the Egyptian Furniture market
check this write up by @m_tantawy to know more about the project.
Project Plan : here in progress
Project timeline :TBD
Project Team :
3- OpenInsulin workshop. /Biohacking
Still In Development.... Mainly Experimenting with mushrooms to be used in urban farming + other biohacking activities
Project Timeline : 10 -25 February ( To be confirmed )
Project Team :
4- Surf Boards making
I insist on doing things ethically for the futur of our Amazigh coast, eco designed and easy to repair. Behind this idea is to educate tourist on how to respect our environment and create the best experience for travelers and for us amazigh surfers (but also berberes, europeens, and all arab tourists of all nations.
check the whole post by @Maatoug here
Project Plan This project and the BitCut project requires working with a local carpenter in the village
Project Timeline : Estimated 1.5 month starting mid January ?
Project Team :
5- Storytelling /Documenting
The storytelling issue is mentioned more than once in the community discussions, Read the discussion on @anique.yael 's post on the dilemma of storytelling or @baderdean 's post on the risks of a too beautiful storytelling. so during our stay in the village we can experiment with documenting our process, and the stories of the local community.
Project Timeline : the whole stay
6- Independent Radio / Mesh Network
Project still in planning,but is quite connected with the previous project. The idea was mentioned in several topics and during the last community call, the discussion grew from storytelling to creating media platforms and came to finalize as a mesh network to build radio and other media on.
still quoting @gregoiremarty :
I see it more efficient if it's small and local, at the beginning. That's the best way to avoid issues, but also to let the project itself and the (local) community in the best conditions to conduct it the best way for THEM (wich is more important than for anybody in particular).
Read the full write up here
Project Plan in progress
Project Timeline : initially starting mid February ( To be confirmed )
Project Team :
7- Wudu' water cycle [ Not Confirmed ]
Read about the project here and leave your comment if you are interested.
Other potential project is to reduce our impact, not necessarily reaching zero waste, but at least reducing our waste, depending on local resources and not to over consume anything. this we can coordinate in between ourselves as the normal house rules, this could develop to calculate our impact and waste and document it, This might be interesting to someone like @MonicaZacharia or Mamoun Ghallab
We have already some applicants for the academy and Residency, Besides the above mentioned people. Plus we need to be flexible on site if we needed to host local people ( coming from a nearby town in Morocco for example ) for some workshop or any pop-up activity.
so we need to coordinate this where people can stay for a while then others come and work on the project.
I will follow this post with a timeline/ Calendar where we can divide the whole process into phases. and everyone can fill in the spot that he/she feels that they can fill.
any suggestion with a shared calendar that we can use instead of Google calendars ?
Let's not forget that we will be living together so, we can have lots of fun doing morning activities/sports/rituals and nights as well. Besides the fun of cleaning/ cooking ....and other essential stuff.
We are also going to have lots of interaction with the local community with the above projects and maybe some other pop up projects/activities to be organized with the local community there such as language exchange.
so As default we can open up the working processes to the interested people who wants to get involved. by having a weekly or bi-weekly open day, movie screenings,.....etc
As for the internal projects development, weekly peer to peer consultations sessions would be nice as well.
from the projects and skills in hand we can already provide
- raspberry pi workshops
- Open Source hardware principles
- prototyping workshop
- video editing
- how to set up a local radio
- furniture design
- water quality testing ?
- Intro to AI and machine learning
- Intro to Blockchain
- Art workshops for kids ?
- an opensource business model consultation/ workshop
To be filled with materials needed depending on the work plan of the different projects.
For bitcut and the surfboards projects as mentioned we need to work with a local carpenter.