My name is Leonardo Sehn, and I am a collaborator at the Center for Academic Technology (CTA) from Porto Alegre, Brazil. I would define us as a group/laboratory/community/center of people who develop free/libre open source technology and who are interested in promoting an emancipation culture, being the technology and scientific emancipation as a departure point. From that perspective, we develop free open source hardware (FOSH) projects which we believe help the community in different areas of knowledge (like environment, health, education, energy), we develop FOSH machines to fabricate other FOSH and promote events (like e-HAL, the first Brazilian free and open source hardware meeting) and discussions to empower people with knowledge about the tools and projects from CTA and to mature and spread the comprehension about different paradigms related to emancipation and technology.
I, my self, am very interested in FOSH and citizen science and the synergy between these two concepts. I try to understand how to make those methodologies reach their practical objectives, that is, to help people, benefit people, empower them and bring them to a perspective of collaborators and developers. I am a vegan gaúcho Physics Engineer and I am in a master program in remote sensing in the area of environment disaster. My project is to promote citizen meteorologic monitoring through the development of a modular meteorologic station that is accessible, well documented, open and free. And also through methodologies of engaging actors in the project. And I think music and art are important allies in our mission. For a beginning, I think it is ok.
Thank you very much.
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