CPU Kicks Off Annual Celebration of Open Hardware with O.H. My World
No, this is no joke – last Saturday, April 1, IT group Computer Professionals’ Union held its first ever day-long celebration of open hardware entitled Open Hardware May World! RasPi Jam Pilipinas + Open Hardware Celebration.
The free, whole day event, hosted graciously by the Lyceum of the Philippines University – College of Technology, featured exhibits of open hardware projects, an opening program that introduced free open source technologies and the open source movement to attendees, and a hands-on seminar on using the Arduino board.
A total of 113 attendees representing twelve different schools, companies and even a local government unit was present for this pioneering event. Special thanks to event sponsor, CR-V Embedded System Design, for helping make the event possible!
The program, which was hosted by Albert Yumol and Kim Vargas from UP Diliman, was opened with a rousing song number by LPU’s own Samantha Capistrano. Welcome remarks were then given by LPU College of Technology secretary Prof. Erlito M. Albina.
The first plenary input was given by Mac Yanto from the Computer Professionals’ Union (CPU), who briefed attendees on open source software and hardware and their real-world applications. He also introduced the history of the open source movement globally as well as in the Philippines.
Mr. Yanto’s input was followed by a lively game using the Arduino and a proximity sensor. Contestants were challenged to illuminate a series of LED lights in the fastest time possible. Mr. Job Rodrigo, an IT professor from the Cavite State University – Bacoor campus, won the challenge for his school.
Rick Bahague, national coordinator of CPU, followed with an introduction to open hardware. He started by defining open hardware, and focused on open hardware devices and their real-life applications. In closing, he challenged attendees to use open hardware to solve real-life problems of the most marginalized sectors of society, ie, farmers who will benefit from automation.
The last to speak for the morning was Mr. Cezar Rodeo V. Calayo, Chief Technology Officer for Hardware Design of CR-V Embedded System Design, who was the event sponsor. He discussed open hardware and the opportunities it offered for technopreneurship. His input was livened by actual open hardware projects that were developed and implemented by CR-V.
The morning program, which ended a bit past lunch, was ended with a Q&A with the different plenary speakers.
Hands-on Arduino seminar
After lunch, mentors from CR-V took over with a hands-on seminar on Arduino for beginners. Special thanks to Arvin Mandap and Engr. Mark Cahinde for facilitating this seminar and to the CR-V family for lending their Arduino kits for the seminar!
Open Hardware Exhibits
Throughout the day, open hardware projects and platforms were on display for attendees to interact with, use, and learn more about.
Event Organizers, Partners and Sponsors
Computer Professionals' Union (CPU). CPU is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization of workers, professionals, students, and advocates of ICT united in a common goal of working for an ICT that can assist and serve the real development needs of the people. This means the development of an ICT sector, in the Philippines as well as globally, that is just, environmentally sustainable, and socially responsible.
The Junior Computer Professionals’ Union (JCPU). JCPU was launched as the youth arm of the ICT advocacy organization CPU in 2010. It aims to bring CPU’s principles on Freedom of Information, Privacy of Information, ICT Sector Welfare, and Open and Appropriate Technology in the halls of the academe.
Lyceum of the Philippines - College of Technology (LPU-COT). The College of Technology is a newly recognized unit of the Lyceum of the Philippines University - Manila and it offers programs that range from Computer Studies to Engineering.
CR-V Embedded System Design. We are a distributor of Arduino, sensors, Raspberry Pi, and IoT devices. We offer programming, circuit design, PCB fabrication, consultancy, and laser cutting.