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Post-HLab14 Dissemination Session at Tech4Dev International Conference, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, 4-6 June 2014

The UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development hosted by the Cooperation and Development Center (CoDEV) will hold the third International Conference on Technologies for Development and asks "What is Essential?" How to alleviate poverty in this world? Innovative technologies? What is appropriate technology?

See here for Official TECH4DEV homepage.

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Promises and Perils of Open Source Technologies for Development: Can the “Subaltern” Research and Innovate?

Sachiko Hirosue, Denisa Kera, Hermes Huang

Download: File:2015_HirosueKeraHuang_OpenSource_forDev.pdf

Article by Jenny on OKFN:

Panel Discussion (Part of the official Conference; 4 June)

TH2-SE02-11 The Openness Paradigm: How Synergies Between Open Access, Open Data, Open Science, Open Source Hardware, Open Drug Discovery Approaches Support Development?

Panel Chairs:
Sachiko Hirosue, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Denisa Kera, National University of Singapore

Water Hackathon (Parallel Event; 6, 7 June)

Water Hackathon 6-7 June 2014Open Source Technologies for Rivers, Oceans and Lakes - Explore the Possibilities of Open Hardware for Open Science Projects
co-produced by BIO-DESIGN for the REAL WORLD and

Gabriella Levine Tisch School of the Arts New York University, and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design
Nur Akbar Arofatullah Lifepatch, UGM



External registration for Friday during the day is officially closed - if you would like to join us on Friday night or Saturday, come by univercité

For those who registered for the hackathon, online prior to the event will have a Friday day pass to the Conference at the Convention Center.

People are required to pick up their badge on Friday morning (open starting 8:30am) at the Conference Registration at the Swiss Tech Convention Center on EPFL campus.

If you are already attending the Conference, and you would like to sign up, please look for us in the main hall, where we will have a sign-up sheet at the exhibition space during the conference.


1) Exhibition table at entrance hall of the Swiss Tech Convention Center conference venue

4-6 June, During the whole conference, place to show some prototypes, discuss, welcome people, last minute on-site enrollment etc.
/ setup the day of
At the ground floor of the conference center there will be "poster sessions"

2) Hackathon Lab Space within the Swiss Tech Convention Center conference venue ROOM 3A

6 June 10 am to 5pm / setup the day of

3) hackuarium @ UniverCité 5 Ch. du Closel, 1020 Renens

6 June after 5pm, and full day Saturday 7 June. (24/7 access)
New biohacker space, launched by Luc Henry, Yann Heurtaux

4) Fablab Chene20 Chemin du Chêne 20, 1020 Renens

as needed

how to get there

You can find a google map with the venues pinned here.

EPFL campus can be easily accessed by public transport. The new Swiss Tech Convention Centre is on EPFL campus.

UniverCité is at 5 Ch. du Closel, 1020 Renens.

  • From the CFF station Renens, take bus no. 17 at the north of the tracks, stop: Renens VD, village.
  • From Lausanne (Bel-Air, St Francois), take bus no. 17, stop: Renens VD, village.
  • Last public transport out of univercite on Friday night:
* to Renens, bus no. 17 at 00:07
* to EPFL, bus no. 17 at 11:59, get off at av. du 14 Avril; walk to Renens station, CFF; get on metro m1 at 00:17 to EPFL
* to Lausanne
* bus no. 17 to Lausanne (Bel-Air, St Francois) 00:06
* bus no. 17 to Renens 00:07, get off at av. du 14 Avril; walk to Renens station, CFF; get onto train platform 4 at 00:21 to Lausanne

What happens When?

Official Program

Friday 6 June DAY PROGRAM

During the day, we are part of the tech4dev Conference. The full conference program can be found here.

08:30 onwards, Walk-in Registration
10:30 - 12:30 Hackathon - short introduction and get-to-know-eachother make a float / water sampler / sensor
12:30 - 13:30 dumpster diving @ EPFL for materials for floats/boats
13:30 - 15:00 Hackathon -
15:30 - 17:00 Closing Session - (our report of the day's activities will be part of the Return of Day 3 conversations)


After the Conference, we will move the hackathon to univercité in Renens

We will first make a trip to the river or the lake, after the conference to float boats and collect water.
Eat: we will skip the BBQ for more hacking. Food will be picked up on the way...

@ univercité
- show and tell
- minipresentations

late night hacking.
Music by Stähl

Saturday 7 June

We will spend the day at univercité for the hackathon.

INDEPENDENT ACTIVITY early in Lausanne, flea market at Pl. de la Riponne.
11:00 - Hackathon @ univercité

Preparations, Post-session Program

Thursday 5 June

Drinks at...bourg plage. Pont Bessières (Rue Pierre-Viret), 1005 Lausanne
weather permitting

Sunday 8 June

for those still in town...some ideas

wine festival in Lavaux

Planned Side Events

- Thursday@9pm, drinks at Bourg Plage in Lausanne. map (Hint: the bar is under the bridge)

- Discussion on UNESCO Bioethics declaration
"unique capacity of human beings to reflect upon their own existence, to perceive injustice, to avoid danger and to assume responsibility, to seek cooperation"

- Dumpster diving @ EPFL
- Flea market trip @ Pl. de la Riponne in Lausanne (Saturday morning)






Core Team

making sure we have a nice program and sufficient materials available for the waterhackathon:

- Gabriella Levine (June 3rd to June 7th (or longer))
- Nur Akbar Arofatullah (June 3rd to 15th)
- Urs Gaudenz (June 4th to 8th)

In collaboration with:

   UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development
   biodesign for the real world
   Swiss Mechatronic Art Society SGMK
   FABLAB Chene20

With support from:

   Migros Kultur Prozent
   seeed studio
   Swiss National Science Foundation 


   Open Source Hardware Association
   Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0
   Open Hardware


- Marc Dusseiller
- Denisa Kera
- ...
- about 30 hackaton participants


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Guest: For those of you coming from out of town, and requested housing in the sign-up form, we will try to pair you up with a local host.
Host: For those of you who signed up for hosting, we will contact you shortly

Suggested Topics

- building and testing boats and floats
- water snail robot
- water sampling methods and containers
- water filtration
- build and test water sensors
- DIY nanodrop
- experimenting with daphnia-sensor
- test for antibiotic resistant microorganisms in water samples by PCR Samra et al. Biomed Environ Sci 2009



Recommended to Bring

- laptops (not everyone has to bring one, but useful)
- change of shoes/ clothes you don't mind getting wet in the river/lake
- or boots, or waders
- depending on the weather, bring your swimming clothes + beach towel!

- something special that floats
- sensors
- tools

- blank T-shirt

Anything you will bring and you want to make sure to take back with you, it is your responsibility to LABEL YOUR MATERIALS and TOOLS.
See below for what kind of things we will be working with - anything you feel you want to add to the list, please bring along.

Provided by Organizers

Provided by SGMK
Electronics lab equipement
- soldering irons - ok (min 6)
- solder - ok - order more
- helping hands - ok
- tweezers - ok (min 6)
- side cutters - ok - order more
- cutters - ok
- lamps - ok (min 6)
- aligator clips - ok
- electric plugs - ok (min 4)
- screwdrivers - ok (min 2 sets)
- scisors - ok (order more)
- multi meeter - ok (many)
- drilling machine - ok
- drills and bits - ok
- saw - ok

Electronic Parts
- wires - ok
- breadboards - ok (min 6)
- arduinos - ok (min 6)
- batteries 9V / 1.5V - ok
- batterie holders 2x, 4x - ok
- switches - ok (many)
- set with transistors, various chips - ok
- hot glue - ok - order more
- hot glue sticks - ok
- board material - ok - get some more
- solar cells small - ok
- set with resistors - ok
- DC motors - ok (many)
- wencams - ok (min 4)
- motor driver - order

Provided by EPFL (Biodesign)
- Wetlab materials
- pipettes
- sample tubes
- microscopy slides, coverslips
- tubing, connectors
- fabric for sails
- freeze dried PCR mix
- agarose and buffer for gel electrophoresis
- dessicator
- ...

Provided by Hirokouri
- silicone for sealing
Provided by GaudiLabs
- Silkprinting materials - ok
- OpenPCR - ok
- WebCam Mircoscope -ok
- DIY Nanodrop -ok
- DIY GelBox -ok
- Silicon
- vaccuum pump
- ..

Provided by LifePatch
- micam v.2 kits
- From seeed studio:
- 3 lipo rider
- some xadow board
- DC-DC converter
- temp-humidity sensor
- webcams

Provided by Gabriella
- sneel
- toy boat components
- propellers

Provided by UniverCité
- 6 tables with corresponding 6 chairs each
- electrical outlets, and extension cables
- running water/faucet
- good sound system
- projector
- fridge
NEW to be requested
- wet lab tables (apart from dry lab tables)
- wifi
- white board or some other forms of brain storming surface

Current Shopping List as of 18 May 2014, revisiting on 21 May 2014

- DC motors (small)
- DC pumps
- servos
- r/c controllers
from Adafruit
- universal motor board
- 1 way radio

- PVC pipes (likely in dumpster, will check)
- balloons
- kiddy inflatable pool -OK Sachiko
- real boat on the lake

Items to be sold at the conference

  • micam3.0 kit by Akbar
  • T-Shirts by Marc


Press and other Documentation


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RTS-Info: VD: un laboratoire de biologie ouvert à tous prend ses quartiers dans la région lausannoise
SciDevNet: Are robotic snakes ‘essential’ for development? by Joshua Howgego
SciDevNet: Hackers aim to reboot development with DIY mentality by Joshua Howgego


OKFN: Open Science at Tech4Dev 2014, by Jenny Molloy from the Open Knowledge Foundation by Jenny Molloy
DIYbio Singapore goes to Switzerland Water Hackathon in EPFL
hackteria reviews waterhackathon
UNESCO Tech4Dev OpenQRS in the Openness Paradigm Panel by Kate Ettinger


Instructables: Augmented Water by tamberg
Flickr EPFL waterhackathon set by Gabriella
Video on univercité site
Video by GaudiLabs