GOSH talk at Tech4Dev 2018? (UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: Voices of the Global South 27-29 June 2018 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)

Hi All

@luchenry.voyage, Kate Ettinger and possibly others with links to the GOSH community are involved in organising sessions at Tech4Dev 2018, 27-29 June at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. Is anyone else planning to be there and would you be interested in submitting an abstract and paper on the GOSH Roadmap? The deadline is 5 Jan 2018 and more information is here:

Below is the session that @luchenry.voyage is leading and seems very relevant, although there are others to consider:
SE13-CCT: “Open science: an opportunity for the global south?”
Session leader: Luc Henry, Scientific Advisor, EPFL
Session Co-Leader (s): To be determined
Open science could be considered a two way process. How can we put mechanisms in place to allow scientific
discoveries to travel from high-income countries to low-income countries, but also vice-versa, in an open and
fair way? What can be learned from technologies developed in the Global South, that could often be relevant
to other places? What are promising initiatives enabling access to global knowledge through open science?
What are the main obstacles? How do language barriers hinder the benefits of open science?

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Thanks Jenny for spreading the word!

hei jenny et al,

we were there in 2014… i think it’s where we first met, @jcm80 ?
here some reviews:

i wasnt so impressed that time, too many grey old men in suits dirnking expensive wine…
and in the end they sent us an invoice for renting the room for our workshop/hackathon. tstsss.

but it would be great to promote OScH there.

good luck, i’ll be in indonesia during that time of thte year.


oi! you should have a look at this post (not exactly open hardware but related in terms of southern knowledge/practices): https://data-activism.net/2017/10/bigdatasur/

I would like to contribute, I studied materials engineering in Venezuela, and later I did my masters and phD in Germany / Israel. It took me many years to process this experience. Now I feel more calm to open up conversations about how “international programs” felt.

My personal answer to this dilema was Art. “What happens is that people’s imaginations get colonized”. “If you can’t imagine it, you can’t make it”


how can I contribute to the session SE13-CCT?

“As soon as you bring imagining a future into this context, it can be a very powerful thing because then we have the ability to imagine different futures other than what was literally programmed and predetermined for us,” Goulet says.

“And as soon as you can dream about the future, you have hope as well instead of despair.”

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Dear Alexis,

You can send us your proposal for the session using the template and then submission through this system: https://www.conftool.com/Tech4Dev2018/

Deadline is January 5th

All important information available here: https://cooperation.epfl.ch/2018tech4Dev/Call2

I hope that helps.


Hello Luc,

thanks for the links provided. I am having a look and trying to understand the process.
I might come back to you with some questions.

much appreciated,

Hi everyone!

I was planning to submit some work related to my thesis (where GOSH is certainly involved), but besides that I’d love to submit an abstract on the GOSH Roadmap, with collaboration from people who attended the meetings, like @gpereyrairujo @Alexis_Johnson??

Hola Julieta!

We met with @Alexis_Johnson and @paz over Skype last week, and we already started drafting something for an abstract. Rather than presenting something “on the Roadmap”, we would like to write from our own personal ‘southern’ experiences, in relation to open science and open hardware. We are planning on having another call later this week, or the next one, maybe you can join us and chat about this if you want!

Nos vemos!

Cool! Let me know if there’s anything I can help with!

Great Idea @Alexis_Johnson @gpereyrairujo @paz it will be good to hear your voice in this panel.

@jcm80 this panel is very relevant to share our Roadmap, I don’t know if there is one Goshers near Lausanne who can present it. I reallly want to do it, but I will co-chair the panel with Luc Henry…

@thomasmboa I can attend myself so that’s one extra person to present the roadmap. @jarancio do you want to work on an abstract together?

It will maybe be good to have an intro to the roadmap and then hear personal experiences from @Alexis_Johnson @gpereyrairujo @paz. You and @luchenry.voyage can decide as the Co-Chairs once you get the abstracts in :smile:


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I like the idea, it’s a nice balance. Sure, let’s work on the abstract @jcm80!

I can come to Laussane, I am based in Germany

Dear GOSH-ers,

As some of you may know, the GOSH roadmap will be present at the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development’s 5th International Conference, Tech4Dev 2018: Voices of the Global South.


It is hosted by the Cooperation and Development Center (CODEV) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne-EPFL, 27-29 of June 2018, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Early bird registration is open until 25 May 2018 for reduced conference fees.

Tech4Dev 2018 offers an exciting opportunity to:

  • Participate in one of the world’s most important platforms for promoting the development, deployment, adaptation, and scaling of innovative solutions to pressing development challenges.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration with diverse stakeholders – academics, students, engineers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, practitioners, and social scientists- interested in technological innovation in the Global South.
  • Visit the Lavaux Vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the venue for the social event of the Conference on the 28th of June.
  • Build capacity among students and young professionals to engage in multidisciplinary problem solving for social impact.

So if you are interested, get in touch with me, or simply sign-up!

I hope Open Hardware will get the recognition it deserves during this important meeting.


I’m interested. Are there any grants available?

Will there beg again some fun un-conference event like the awesome water hackathon in 2014?
Because apart from the hackathon, my memories of TECH4DEV 2014 are similar to @dusjagr 's…

I wonder why this event wasn’t held in the actual global south… :thinking::face_with_raised_eyebrow: