Delusions of Grandeur @CERN

CERN is surely one of the most exciting places on earth for those who share any interest in science and the vision of international collaboration and openness. And besides that it is also well known for some sort of megalomania, hosting the largest “thing” in the world – the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). So when you want to think big, this is a good place to be.

The participants to the GOSH! 2016 meeting gathered in IdeaSquare.

In March 2016 CERN hosted the Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH! 2016) to lay the foundations of the open-source hardware for science movement. It was a gathering of very enthusiastic (and also very smart!) people, many of them presenting their incredible scientific tools, which they published as open source hardware. It turned out that one repeating theme within the wide variety of devices was about measuring the quality of water and being related to oceanography.

Image by Tuomo Tammenpää

Spreading the word about the vision of building a zero emission ocean vessel and sea lab as an open source hardware project itself resonated perfectly in this environment. So the time and place seamed right to really get too big for one’s boot’s and to present the utopian plan to actually build OHANDA ONE

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