My name is Besar Zasella (WeChat: besarzasella). I am currently interning at SZOIL and I am also part of the GOSH 2018 Committee. I am currently living in Shenzhen, so feel free to ask me any questions via WeChat or the Forum. I have a deep interest in open-source, and for my personal research, I am exploring the ways in which Shenzhen’s unique ecosystem facilitates both innovation and collaboration in hardware and IoT, in both local and international circles, and how this potentially fits into the wider narrative of the Belt and Road Initiative.
As for my background, it may be very different to many of you! I graduated in 2017 in History, and spent one year in the financial sector in London and Jersey (UK), before realising my interests did not lie there. I would say my skills are more social and lie in disciplines like research and organisation, but I think that is what makes this gathering so special, as it combines so many differences in skill sets, disciplines and life experiences under a set of common values that we all hold dear.
I think our vision of open hardware is both a noble one and an acheivable one. Just yesterday, I saw a Shenzhen summer school with loads of young adults both from China and abroad creating the most amazing things with basic hardware for the benefit of science and humanity. It is the youth of today that will benefit the most from an open hardware world, who would have the freedom to realise their visions that would consequently benefit the humans of tomorrow. This is my hope for open hardware and I believe the spirit of open source in general; I know I am in the company of people who hold the same values of diversity, collaboration and openness.
I am available pretty much all the time on WeChat or on the Forum, so give me a shout
Peace, love and blessings,