Introduce yourself GL GOSHers!


Hello Great Lakes GOSH participants,

This is a space for us all to learn more about each other before the event, and to find each other afterwards.

I’ll introduce myself to get the ball rolling -

My name is Greg Austic and I’m an open technology advocate. I am a member/owner of Our Sci, a US-based company which supports communities who want to answer hard research questions. We mostly build software to help large groups collect, share, and analyze data, and hardware (example) to collect high quality scientific measurements in the field and in labs. I’m also a GOSH cofounder, and am so so excited about the community and the vision. I’m really excited to collaborate on other people’s projects, find ways to lower costs and improve our shared resources, learn new stuff, and most importantly meet awesome people.

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My name is Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou. I am the co-founder of the MboaLab in Cameroon. The Mboalab aims to provide a better life to local populations through Openness, DIY, Hacking, Making, and digital technology. I am also the AfricaOSH cofounder, a sister event of the Great Lake GOSH. I cannot wait to share experience, collaborate and meet old and new friends.


Hello everybody, I am Leandro Mastrantonio, from Mendoza, Argentina. I teach GIS and research about natural resources in the National University of Cuyo. Also I am cofounder of Open Technologies Lab in the Agrarian Science Faculty. We are learning and working about several projects of open science. Also we collaborate with farmers in soil chromatography. I am very excited to stay in Great Lakes GOSH!


Hi, I’m Matt Rogge from Seattle, Washington. I’m the technical director for Techfortrade, an NGO working in Kenya. Our work focuses on 3D printing in low resource settings. We have been developing low cost open source equipment for recycling PET bottles into 3D printer filament which we use to produce digital microscopes for schools. I’m excited to meet the group, find new collaborations and learn. This will be my first GOSH event.


I’m Mike Dryden. I’m a postdoc in chemistry at the University of Toronto. I am the developer of the DStat open source potentiostat and my interests lie mainly in electronics and optics related to instrumentation. This is my first GOSH event and I’m looking forward to sharing my expertise and learning from everyone else.


Hi everyone! My name is Adam W. Smith, and I am chemistry professor at the University of Akron in Ohio. My research interests include the development of open source smartphone spectrometers for analytical chemistry applications. I am excited to meet others interested in open source hardware and citizen science projects especially with respect to environmental sensing. Below are a few links to projects I’m involved in.


Hi Everyone! My name is Danielle Rose. I am a member of SynBio Canada and Founder of my own biotech software startup. I am also associated with the Waterloo incubator Velocity. I am very interested in Synthetic Biology and how to help startups in this field. I love open source hardware and its ability to spread science to those who would normally be unable to access this type of technology.


Hello from Montreal! :blush:

I am Fabio. My interest is to see how we can put in commons our experiences to address challenges such as poverty, access to education and water.

As an example, my colleagues at Breathing Games develop an open source device that transforms the breath into data, among others to self-assess one’s lung capacity. Did you know that 91% of the population breathe polluted air? :sneezing_face:

Now, could we enhance this device - adding GIS (@leandro.mastrantonio), chemical sensors (@asmithw @Danielle.Rose), testing it with DStat (@mkdryden) and PET filament (@MattR) in Cameroon (@thomasmboa) - to encourage communities to take care of their respiratory health, and map the air quality in their region? :yum:

I feel that kind of projects could help us build belonging, and inspire people across the world to join OSH. :grinning:


Hi, I’m Francis Esmonde-White, from Ann Arbor, Michigan in the United States.

I am an analytical spectroscopist, and have developed spectroscopic instrumentation in both academia (mostly biomedical) and private industry (petrochemical, medical, pharmaceutical). I also have a good bit of experience with calibrations.