Closing the loop: Innovation for a Circular Economy

On Wednesday 6th December, 2017, Paul Bristow represented Pangloss Labs along with 5 other startups with innovations in the circular economy in Brussels .  We were chosen from across all of the EU to participate in a high-level policy discussion at the European Parliament, hosted by Nespresso and the EU40.

MEPs Franc Bogovic (EPP, Slovenia) and Davor Skrlec (Greens/EFA, Croatia) hosted the roundtable debate preceded by six start-ups that pitched their innovations and spice up the discussion.

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Internet of Things Lab

IoT Lab

Designing and creating objects that connect to the Internet and each other. Mostly based around raspberry pi, openhab, mqtt, and Arduino variants. Includes programming, hardware design, and our smartlab based on openhab allows experimentation with more than 300 different IoT protocols!

Recent additions to the lab include LoraWAN for remote IoT sensors, NFC and RFID tag technology and more.

This is the place for AI, bots, dataviz and things generally interacting with the internet and the real world.

Lab Managers

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Introduction to 3D Printing

Learn about the world of 3D printing from one of our fablab experts.  In this introduction course you will learn the basics of 3D printing and how to use a filament-based 3D printer, including the all important first print.

Bring a laptop computer or tablet if you can.

This is a two hour course including hands on exercises with a Pangloss expert.

At the end of it you will be able to use the Pangloss Labs 3D printers, and be much more expert with your own 3D printer at home or work.

Check our events calendar for the next 3D printing course date.

This course is available in both French and English languages.

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Conferences and Training Courses

Conferences and Training Courses

Pangloss collaborates with specialists to organise and host a variety of conferences and courses, with the aim of supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the greater Geneva area.  For example:

  • Business and technology conferences about innovation in the Leman area
  • Business Courses on company strategy and entrepreneurship
  • Courses on the machines in the Fab Lab: how to operate 3D printers, 3D scanners, laser cutters and CNC mills and how to design in 2D and 3D.
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Shared workspace

Shared Workspace

The shared working space is a professional, yet inviting spaces that acts as a catalyst for professional exchange and collaboration consisting of:

  • Contemporary office furniture
  • Multiple work station
  • A relaxed and convivial space
  • A conference room
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Pangloss @ #UNHCRNGOs

On June 14th 2017, representatives from Pangloss Labs were invited to participate to the UNHCR annual consultation with NGOs.  From the sustainable development innovation lab, Paul, Charlie & Gianluca decided to dedicate one day to this.  With our partners from the Global Humanitarian Lab (based at the Palais de Nations), we exhibited some of the things that digital fabrication – and more importantly the entrepreneurial, problem solving mindset around it – could enable in refugee environments.   

It was an eye-opening day for all of us, and each of us decided to tell the story in our own words.

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Générer du beau

Vous vous êtes certainement posé les questions suivantes sur la beauté

«Qu’est-ce qui est beau ? »

«Comment être beau? Existe-t-il une méthode, une recette pour faire du beau ?»

«Pourquoi moi je trouve ça beau mais pas les autres ? »

Un proverbe arabe dit : « la beauté est dans l’œil qui regarde ». En fait la réponse de notre être à l’esthétique, est purement personnelle, et dépend de nombreux facteurs culturels et émotionnels.

La beauté d’un visage par exemple peut être appréciée comme une absence de défaut. C’est la beauté qui rassure quant à son vécu personnel. Mais au contraire cela peut être une aspérité qui étonne au lieu de susciter notre rejet.

Dans la réponse esthétique, on trouve le plus souvent une émotion qu’il est difficile de comprendre pour soi et encore plus d’expliquer aux autres.

Un jour j’ai découvert l’univers de l’espace mathématiques de Mandelbrot. D’abord subjugué par la richesse des images produites à partir d’un simple zoom sur un point particulier de cet espace, où les formes se répétaient avec des variations étonnantes, je me suis fait expliquer ce qui générait ces formes.

La réponse était étonnante. La fonction génératrice était l’étude de suite, dans le simple plan des complexes, dont on étudiait la vitesse de convergence.

On donnait une couleur au point à partir duquel la suite était calculée, en fonction de sa vitesse de convergence.

Un élève de terminale peut comprendre le problème posé, cependant la question est bizarre, originale. La réponse à cette question est, elle, époustouflante.

Si Benoit Mandelbrot avait gardé pour lui le secret de cette génération en ne divulguant que le résultat artistique de ses recherches, jamais on aurait compris le principe générateur de ces formes d’une richesse infinie.

 

Cela choque beaucoup de personnes, mais de nombreux mathématiciens pensent que tout est nombre. Le réel physique d’existerait pas et l’univers  ne serait que le résultat de perceptions diverses.

En décomposant, la complexité on arrive à de simples fonctions primitives, finalement assez pauvres.

Jeune étudiant j’avais été choqué par l’énoncé du théorème de Fourier.

Ce théorème dit que tout signal cyclique, aussi complexe soit-il, peut se décomposer en une somme de vibrations à différentes fréquences.

Une vibration est une simple vague qui fait monter et descendre de façon continue, répétitive et monotone.

La vibration en tant que cycle rassure, car on sait qu’après être redescendu, on va remonter, puis redescendre. Ça ne finit jamais et c’est sans surprise.

La fonction mathématique qui porte cette vibration est la fonction Sinus.

N’ayant comme talent artistique que celui du contemplatif, j’ai imaginé des formes qui ne seraient que des sommes de vibrations, dans tous les sens, dans plusieurs dimensions. En les combinant, on génère des formes douces, organiques, qui rappelle des muscles, des viscères, un squelette. On repère quelques répétitions signant la simple vibration, la simple vague, la simple fonction sinus, mais ces répétitions ne se répètent pas complètement à l’identique et surprennent un peu dans leur rendu parce qu’elles sont simplement combinées avec d’autres. On entre progressivement dans le domaine du vivant, ou dans l’illusion du vivant.

 

Mon œil est surpris par le résultat. J’espère que le votre aussi.

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Pangloss Labs in Geneva

On the 12th of January a small, determined group met at Pangloss Labs in Ferney-Voltaire to discuss why there isn’t yet a Pangloss Labs Geneva site and what to do about it.
In a nutshell, although we have found some spaces in Geneva that meet our original half office / half workshop criteria, they are very few and far between.  With the rent costs being much higher in Geneva than neighbouring France, to replicate directly what we did in France would need 45 people willing to pay a proportion of the rent, before we have the space.   In addition, leases in Geneva tend to start at 5 years.  With some of the offers we have, on projects under development, we’d need 45 people willing to commit to contribute to a collaborative association for 5 years, starting in 1-2 years time.  That’s almost impossible to do.

So, with the facts on the table, and with the aid of some decent French wine, we brainstormed on the possible ways forward.  With lots of whiteboards, and different experiences and backgrounds we came up with the following plan:

  1. Make a list of all the spaces and similar initiatives around innovation in Grand Geneva.  Create working partnerships where possible.
  2. Simultaneously, use co-creation to decide amongst our Pangloss Labs community in Geneva, which set of Innovation Labs make sense for them.  This may well be a very different set from the 10 chosen in the Pays de Gex.
  3. Build up the space requirements for each Innovation Lab.  See if each Lab can start using time and space in existing physical spaces around Geneva.  If so, partner with the appropriate physical space, and do that, resulting in a win-win for Pangloss members and existing physical spaces, along with cross fertilisation between communities.

This doesn’t solve the problem of a large maker space in Geneva, but it does solve the problem of how to get the other Innovation Labs really working for those members unable to easily get to Ferney-Voltaire and it provides something concrete as a partnership with our other innovation space friends around Geneva.

Once things are up and running, we can decide if we need another physical space in Geneva, or if working collaboratively with existing spaces is sufficient.

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solar hydrogen generator

Solar Thermal Hydrogen Production – An Adventure

Fifty million tons of hydrogen are used every year mainly for making fertilizers and for refining petroleum. Today, it is also explored as an energy storage medium because electricity storage at large scale is costly and inefficient. Hydrogen can be used as a chemical, in particular to make hydrocarbons, so it can replace petroleum, and it is a source of clean power –for transportation for example- because its use results in water only and nothing else.

Wouldn’t it be great to make hydrogen in a clean and sustainable way?

The history of H2P began in 2001 on the premises of Creative Services s.a.r.l. with contemplations about what to do with acetylene. From a coffee table discussion the subject evolved into patent applications and the search for funds to realize the idea.

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Design Thinking (Introduction)

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One hour course Syllabus:

One hour to know if Design Thinking is for you.

In one hour, we will share with you the mindset and the key things for you to know if design thinking can help you.

We believe it will ! Come and see us to find out how this will boost your ideas and meet other autonomous and independent entrepreneurs.

Our next course will take place on September 8th from 2pm to 3pm and for future events, please check the Pangloss online event calendar.

To register please click on this link.

To express interest for a different date, please email Yves Zieba (yves@panglosslabs.org) or call 0041795611054 or 0033952118168

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The Business Benefits of Open Source Modular Design

The modular design of technology, facilitated by an open source approach, could be a key feature of a circular economy – and it could open up significant business advantage in the process.

This article was written by Pangloss Lab’s own Paul Bristow and published at Circulate News, the news website of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Read it there:

 

open source modular design: the business benefits

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Business Benefits of Open Source Modular Design

The modular design of technology, facilitated by an open source approach, could be a key feature of a circular economy – and it could open up significant business advantage in the process.  This article was written by Paul and published at Circulate News, the news site of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

open source modular design: the business benefits

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Making things for a good cause

One of the great things about being based in Geneva is the interesting people you meet. While working on innovation for “International Geneva”, I met up with the ICRC’s innovation team. They have been working on a global makeathon for humanitarian causes. One thing led to another, and I ended up giving a webinar on rapid prototyping and following that up with a long blog post which you can read on the Enable Makeathon’s site

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Is Lake Geneva ready to make stuff again?

Globalisation only flows one way. At least that’s the experience of the last 30 years. Manufacturing fled Europe, looking for more and more economies of scale, making millions of identical objects for the cheapest possible price.

Mass manufacturing has changed the world, but every process comes to an end. When something becomes “the only way to do things”, innovation kicks in and find a alternative.

Open Source distributed manufacturing is that alternative. New, open source technologies have reduced the costs of machinery by a factor of tens to hundreds. Things that were complicated and expensive, like accurate positioning in 3D space, have become trivially simple and ridiculously cheap. The result is that it has become much less expensive to make individual customised objects – something that mass manufacturing cannot do at all.

FabLabs, like this one, are described as a place when you can make “almost anything”. We know what the things we cannot yet make are, and many of the projects in these spaces are open source machines to overcome these limitations. Just in the last two years we have seen machines for knitting clothes, printing fabrics, printing concrete, and laminating wood/carbon fibre composites, as well as DNA sequencers, projects to grow bricks, produce all sorts of energy efficient vehicles, and build your own energy efficient houses.

These projects are not developed by individual geniuses in their garages. The internet was designed as a collaborative tool, and has delivered magnificently. Local communities of people interested in making things have found each other online, and joined together to create physical spaces where they can collaborate together. These projects, in turn collaborate online in globe-spanning open source projects, creating amazing collaborative answers to problems that might not be solved in any other way.

Right now it’s not for replacing the things you can buy in the shops, more for replacing the things you cannot buy in the shops. How often have you searched and not found the thing you were looking for? Simply not been able to buy a spare part, or not found a table the right size in the right wood. Those are the sorts of things maker-spaces can produce using parametric design and shared resources.

In twenty years the very idea that you would buy something that is the same thing that any of your neighbours have will seem quaint, like Henry Ford’s “any color you like as long as it’s black”. You will be able to easily customise the object you want to suit your exact needs and have it quickly manufactured in your local fabrication centre. Or have a brand new thing designed just for you from scratch using open source tools, technologies and techniques.

Around Lake Geneva, this is a work-in-progress. On the 27th of June 2015, the makers of the Lac Leman region unified for the first time to put on the “Leman Make” Festival. At the start, we knew of two hackerspaces in the region. One year later we had dozens of local fabrication spaces involved in the festival, all of whom were making stuff right here.

Technology should be a slave, not a master. It’s time it stopped being exclusive – something for other people far away to master – came back home, and was made accessible to everyone. As children we were all taught to share, and it turns out that sharing really can change the world for the better.So the answer to the question “is Lake Geneva ready to make stuff again?” is definitely a resounding yes. We hope you’ll join in.

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Art & Design Lab

Art & Design Lab

The Art and Design lab proposes a place for creatives, graphic and web designers and artists where you can exchange knowledge, learn about other people’s projects and anything towards the creative thinking.

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Sustainable Development Lab

Sustainable Development Lab

The Sustainable Development lab searches to fulfill the needs of the present without compromising the future. We believe in a connected world in space, time and quality of life.

From an entrepreneurial perspective, if you’re looking for problems to solve, the UN has co-created a list of seventeen goals that they are trying to achieve by 2030.  It will need most everyone in the world to actually do this, so there are plenty of opportunities.

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Business Lab

Business Lab

Our Business Lab connects individuals in search of business opportunities. It is also for learning about tools and methodologies for management, sales, marketing and business strategy. Discover everything about our Pangloss Business Academy and the great line up of conference we have prepared for you.

Business Lab Leaders

Yves Zieba

Business strategy consultant

Yves Zieba is a Multicultural Top Executive with strategy, business development, creativity, innovation and change management experience.

*Client business development strategist with track record in Education, Sustainable Energy, Media, Defense, Aerospace and the SMAC stack (social media, mobile first, analytics and cloud computing) with leading multinationals and innovators:
- Business model elaboration
- Value Proposition and pricing for nascent technologies.
- Sales and Customer Service Training programme development and execution
- Market assessment, market entry and market launch, especially for wearables and internet of things.

Franck Riss

After a fairly diversified career: sales engineer in hydraulic pumps, creating a Cyber Café in the Caribbean, creating and selling web space, responsible for Call Center VOIP, trainer and computer maintenance, responsible for customer service for machine tools, creating a service company to the person … and now the next steps are in preparation!

An eclectic journey, but full of rich experiences and very human encounters.The common point throughout: the “service” to people, whether professionals or individuals.

  • One ambition: always keep learning
  • One goal: sharing knowledge

One wish: that the human is no longer the center of the “world” but that the “world” becomes the center of the human.

Klaus Röhrich
Klaus Röhrich

Physicist and Entrepreneur

My vision is solar, hydrogen, sustainable peace and tolerance.
Hi. I'm European, phycisist and entrepreneur. After my PhD I worked in research and eventually ended up at CERN. After eleven years there together with six friends I started in 1995 Creative Services sarl in St. Genis-Pouilly of which I am still managing director (co-gérant). Creative Services is a consulting firm assisting in product development and doing small research tasks. An off-spring of the company was H2 Power Systems ltd in Dublin where I was director as well as working in the development of a solar thermal hydrogen generator. Well, there's a lot more to tell about my experience in research, business, teaching, financing and even with fraud. Don't hesitate contacting me if you are interested.

Yannick Laignel

Looking for problems, trying my best to make a lot of mistakes

My main goal in life is growing, so learning new things, skills, living new experiences and trying to get the most wisdom out of those.

I've done many different jobs and I'll probably do many more. I enjoy writing , both code and actual words, most of it is on my blog

Currently working on a personal project that's eating a LOT of my time : www.democracia.fr

I like trying to understand how we work through psychology, social psychology, neurosciences, meditation and everything in between.

From my past jobs and hobbies, I've learnt different skills like improv theater, electronics,  stage lighting, project management, coding ( PHP, Javascript ) and a few more things.

Pangloss Labs is a team of productive, creative, smart people which is exactly who I like to hang around with.

Business Initiatives

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Media Lab

Media Lab

Our media lab covers all forms of media projects, ranging from mobile first website development (CMS WordPress, Joomla!, Strikingly) to augmented reality and virtual reality developments.

We also create wikis and contribute to local and specialised knowledge management platforms.

Our lab includes the making of videos, podcasts, infographics and photographs, from a practical and creative angle.

We also work with radio stations and web radios.

Last but not least, our activities include gaming clubs (Minecraft, Fortnight, Overwatch), and game development learning (Unity 3d).

Think Tank M&A Show

Media Initiatives

Media Champions

Yves Zieba

Business strategy consultant

Yves Zieba is a Multicultural Top Executive with strategy, business development, creativity, innovation and change management experience.

*Client business development strategist with track record in Education, Sustainable Energy, Media, Defense, Aerospace and the SMAC stack (social media, mobile first, analytics and cloud computing) with leading multinationals and innovators:
- Business model elaboration
- Value Proposition and pricing for nascent technologies.
- Sales and Customer Service Training programme development and execution
- Market assessment, market entry and market launch, especially for wearables and internet of things.

Patrick Jacquet

Photographer and President at Mise Au Point

Patrick Jacquet is a self-taught photographer enjoying his passion for photography for more than 30 years.
Over these decades, he learned and mastered complex photography techniques he’s using as based tools to release his creativity. For 20 years, he’s been sharing his experience and passion through “Mise Au Point”… a photographic association specialized in training and photo coaching.

“Mastering photo techniques doesn’t make a good photograph… but without that, your heart is silent”

From hyper macro photography to gigapixel panoramic views, from architecture to sport, from fashion to Fine Art, Patrick is able to play successfully across various domains, coming up with outstanding series being exhibited in International photo festivals.

Mise Au Point web site : http://www.miseaupoint.org

 

Mélie Genet

I am an HR and business administration specialist, with 15 years of experience working for business consultancies with international reach.

Passionate about the functioning of human beings and systems, I have a huge default: my curiosity is equalled only by my entrepreneurial drive. I have followed three training paths: psychology (specialized in new technologies applied to education and human computer interactions), entrepreneurship (Master HEC entrepreneurship from Grenoble school of business) and human resources (Swiss Advanced Certificate in HR management).

In 2011, I have co-founded a company in the field of HR services outsourcing (recruitment and payroll mostly). Today, I share my time between different projects operating as freelance.

I have a relatively rich associative life, which I strive to foster. I am committing in fields related to company creation support, education and humanitarian projects.

My beliefs regarding the corporate world are clear: I am promoting human-centred management and collective intelligence leveraging.  I am also a fan of the lean startup movement.

I am passionate about reading, writing, music and travels.

I offer my services to project holders and advise them in following fields:

  • Strategic consulting: business canvas, business plan, market survey.
  • HR and finance consulting: talent and key resources acquisition. HR and finance backoffice, process optimization, training, ERP implementation, audit, outsourcing.

I speak French, English and German.

Erika Crastz

Graphic and Web Designer

I am an American/Panamanian graphic designer with more than 7 years of experience in print and digital media. My body of work has been focused in creative visual communication solutions and brand identity design. I have worked for the design agency industry and for the corporate in-house departments.

I'm also a passionate web designer (HTML and CSS for advanced static websites) and CMS WordPress.

I has been member of Pangloss since 2015 and I currently volunteer with the print, social media, website and other digital communication efforts.

 

Doris Edwards

Permaculture Designer | Business Owner | Lean Startup Fan

I am a Permaculture Designer and Teacher.

I want to enable busy professionals like you, and families and communities, to cultivate urban and rural spaces in the permaculture way, so that you too may enjoy the delight of fresh, tasty, nutricious and healthy home-grown food.

Permaculture is a way of designing an ecosystem that works for the small urban backyard and for the larger rural garden. No need to break your back or become a professional gardener!

If we were to talk in terms of innovation, Permaculture is disrupting agriculture in the way Apple's MP3 player disrupted the music industry!

As a busy entrepreneur, running my own digital transformation services company since 1987, I was struggling with an unruly and needy vegetable garden for many years, almost to the point of giving up.

But then I discovered Permaculture Design, and it was amazing!

After one year already, my garden had transformed into a haven of abundance, providing high yields of nutritious fruit and vegetables, at a fraction of the labour needed before.

During 2015, I have obtained the internationally recognised PDC - Permaculture Design Certificate. Certification which has validated my practical experience.

In a parallel life, I am the founder of the Geneva Lean Startup Group. And back in 2009, I founded SoYouWantAChange.com, a Web Content Boutique.

I am proud to be an early supporter of Pangloss Labs, a radiant Greater Geneva-based online Platform with a mission, and a thriving local community.

Fernando González Cortés

I am an independent software developer. My main interests are open source, geographical information systems, statistics and artificial intelligence.

As a software developer I care about:

  • What the client tries to achieve and how best software can help.
  • Finding simple solutions that avoid adding complexity to the codebase.
  • Automating tests and other development best practices, so that the software is stable and the development pace does not fall.
  • Studying how project goals and requirements relate to tasks a software team needs to execute on.

Works

You can take a look at my daily activities in my blog.

A list of my personal projects (to be completed!):

  • Border rampage: Work in progress. A map that shows the speeds of the public transport in the border between Geneva and Saint Genis-Pouilly and Ferney Voltaire and allows to browse the last 24 hours of this data.

I have been part of these development teams:

I have done (small) contributions to

I am a founder member of geomati.co

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Fab Lab

Fablab

Hands on building of (almost) anything. Prototyping, finished products and repairs. With digital fabrication machines from 3D printers to lasers to large format CNC machines.

A Fablab is a space for learning new skills and sharing your skills.  We do not have resources to fix things for free, but will happily show you how you can learn to repair and make things. To find out more, visit us on one of our regular open days.

You don’t have to start from zero.  Come and learn how about the world of digital fabrication with our regular training courses.  Our introduction courses are suitable for everyone, with reduced prices for Pangloss members!

We have a range of different machines in the fablab, suitable for different types of project, from hobbyist to professional.  To use one of our machines, you will need to be a member of the association.  We do not (yet) sell material for making your projects, but may have small scrap/leftover pieces for testing.  Before reserving a machine, you will need to be trained in one of our training courses. Use of machines is on a first come first served basis and requires payment.  Hand tools, table saw, scroll saw, drill press etc are available in the space and are free for members to use.  Fees are displayed in the fablab and, for members, on the appropriate web page.

Saxifrage Mini CNC

The Saxifrage 3 axis Mini CNC machine is a small, solid 1610 CNC using GRBL firmware and OpenCNCPilot control software.  It is specifically for milling prototype PCBs. Machine Status: Working

Forget-me-not 3D printer

The Forget-me-not 3D printer is a robust, solid Printrbot Simple Metal with heated bed, extended X axis and an Octoprint-based Raspberry Pi controller. Machine Status: Working

Treffe 3D printer

The Treffe 3D printer is a Makerbot X2. Machine Status: Working

Comfrey CNC

The Comfrey 3 axis CNC machine is a robust, solid Badog X2 CNC using Mach3 control software. Machine Status: Working

Pico-2 DLP 3D Printer

The Pico-2 DLP 3D printer is a resin-based 3D printer using light to print. Machine Status: Working

Designjet Printer

HP Designjet 5500 Printer The HP Designjet printer is suitable for printing posters, roll-ups and other creative things. Machine Status: Working

Vinyl Cutter

Vinyl Cutter The Roland GS-24 Vinyl Cutter is a desktop cutting machine able to cut vinyl, card and paper, precisely. Machine Status: Working

Baobab 3D printer

Baobab 3D printer The Baobab 3D printer is a giant custom designed 3D Printer designed and built here at Pangloss Labs. Machine Status: Working

Primula 3D printer

The Primula 3D printer is a modified open source iTopie design with a diamond head triple mixing extruder for providing full-colour FDM printing. Machine Status: Needs Z axis calibration

Blue Lotus Laser Cutter

The “Blue Lotus” Laser Cutter is a largish 80W CO2 laser cutter with a cutting bed of 1000x400mm, capable of cutting wood, plastic, card, paper and fabric, and engraving more materials. Machine Status: Working

Oak CNC

The Oak 3 axis CNC machine is an open source Openbuilds OX CNC using a smoothieboard as it’s control system. Machine Status: Working

Calendula 3D scanner

The Calendula 3D scanner is a printed in the lab rotating scanner, based on the ATLAS 3D open source project, and using a Raspberry Pi to derive full colour point clouds and STL meshes from the object being scanned. Machine Status: Working but needs frequent calibration

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Salmanazar Light

Presentation of the creation: “Salmanazar Light” is both a decorative lamp and a stand for 35 champagne flutes. “Salmanazar Light” transforms the set of champagne flutes into a luminous and harmonious work of art. This creation dynamically changes its appearance and gives an everchanging ambience with lighting effects coming through the champagne flutes.  As each […]

Custom puzzle for Crowdfunding campaign

You are looking goodies or products to package your crowdfunding campaign…Panglosslabs can do it for you. This is the story of a book creation for young children. It’s describe the lemur life and the ecosystem protection that are need this animals to survive. This example is demonstrating :  how to design and to produce a custom puzzle at […]

Manufacturing for Colucci Design’s light

Introduction of the work Pentagon lamps by Claudio Colucci Set of 9 lamps based on the replication of openwork aluminum pentagons. Its were positioned in the center of the red carpet at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva for the Geneva Charity Ball 2016. All guests were able to admire every element that light came to [...]

The 3D “Ovoid” Ring

Presentation of the art The ring "Ovoid" is an original creation based on the cut of a fuselage of airliner. It can be set with 3 stones lodged between the two arches. It was made of polymer resin using a 3D printer (DLP).   Designer Guillaume CABRIÉ Production Fablab Pangloss in Ferney-Voltaire with a DLP [...]

Violin 3D HOVALIN vs Pangloss

Presentation The Hovalin violin is a 3D printable violin. This three-section acoustic violin has been enhanced to provide better sound and a higher volume than the previous version. Close collaboration was established between the members of PanglossLabs, "Fablab" installed at the Marmousets, and Johnny Zefferini and Martine De Boisjolly, violin teachers. A first (red) prototype [...]

Lab Managers

The Fab Charter

What is a fab lab?
Fab labs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access to tools for digital fabrication

What’s in a fab lab?
Fab labs share an evolving inventory of core capabilities to make (almost) anything, allowing people and projects to be shared

What does the fab lab network provide?
Operational, educational, technical, financial, and logistical assistance beyond what’s available within one lab

Who can use a fab lab?
Fab labs are available as a community resource, offering open access for individuals as well as scheduled access for programs

What are your responsibilities?
safety: not hurting people or machines
operations: assisting with cleaning, maintaining, and improving the lab
knowledge: contributing to documentation and instruction

Who owns fab lab inventions?
Designs and processes developed in fab labs can be protected and sold however an inventor chooses, but should remain available for individuals to use and learn from

How can businesses use a fab lab?
Commercial activities can be prototyped and incubated in a fab lab, but they must not conflict with other uses, they should grow beyond rather than within the lab, and they are expected to benefit the inventors, labs, and networks that contribute to their success

Useful Fablab Links


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Culture & Education Lab

Culture & Education Lab

 

Discovering cultures through language conversation, correcting language mistakes in a friendly manner, improving capacity for everyone to communicate towards larger markets.

Culture & Education Projects

Culture & Education Community

Yves Zieba

Business strategy consultant

Yves Zieba is a Multicultural Top Executive with strategy, business development, creativity, innovation and change management experience.

*Client business development strategist with track record in Education, Sustainable Energy, Media, Defense, Aerospace and the SMAC stack (social media, mobile first, analytics and cloud computing) with leading multinationals and innovators:
- Business model elaboration
- Value Proposition and pricing for nascent technologies.
- Sales and Customer Service Training programme development and execution
- Market assessment, market entry and market launch, especially for wearables and internet of things.

Denis Mongin

Scientist, experimental physicist, data scientist

I am a experimental physicist and data scientist.

I worked in laser physics and condensed matter labs for some years, and I am currently working as a data scientist in the University hospital of Geneva.

I love designing scientific experiment for teaching or education. I participated in the creation of "t'es sûr", and I develop at pangloss new scientific experiments. I therefore use most of the fablabs tools, play with arduinos and electronics, do some python Qt.

Mélie Genet

I am an HR and business administration specialist, with 15 years of experience working for business consultancies with international reach.

Passionate about the functioning of human beings and systems, I have a huge default: my curiosity is equalled only by my entrepreneurial drive. I have followed three training paths: psychology (specialized in new technologies applied to education and human computer interactions), entrepreneurship (Master HEC entrepreneurship from Grenoble school of business) and human resources (Swiss Advanced Certificate in HR management).

In 2011, I have co-founded a company in the field of HR services outsourcing (recruitment and payroll mostly). Today, I share my time between different projects operating as freelance.

I have a relatively rich associative life, which I strive to foster. I am committing in fields related to company creation support, education and humanitarian projects.

My beliefs regarding the corporate world are clear: I am promoting human-centred management and collective intelligence leveraging.  I am also a fan of the lean startup movement.

I am passionate about reading, writing, music and travels.

I offer my services to project holders and advise them in following fields:

  • Strategic consulting: business canvas, business plan, market survey.
  • HR and finance consulting: talent and key resources acquisition. HR and finance backoffice, process optimization, training, ERP implementation, audit, outsourcing.

I speak French, English and German.

Zsuzsanna Varga

Woodknocker extraordinaire

Co-founder of Knock On Wood Geneva
We are a team of wood hobbyists who are in the progress to validate the idea of a wood makers' space in Geneva

Cristina Olivotto

Co-founder Pangloss Labs Geneva

A physicist by training, Cristina Olivotto started to work in the field of science communication and formal and informal science education during her PhD at the University of Milan. She has an extensive experience in working in international contexts and with European organisations. She is the founder of  Sterrenlab and currently collaborating with Addictlab.

 

Fernando González Cortés

I am an independent software developer. My main interests are open source, geographical information systems, statistics and artificial intelligence.

As a software developer I care about:

  • What the client tries to achieve and how best software can help.
  • Finding simple solutions that avoid adding complexity to the codebase.
  • Automating tests and other development best practices, so that the software is stable and the development pace does not fall.
  • Studying how project goals and requirements relate to tasks a software team needs to execute on.

Works

You can take a look at my daily activities in my blog.

A list of my personal projects (to be completed!):

  • Border rampage: Work in progress. A map that shows the speeds of the public transport in the border between Geneva and Saint Genis-Pouilly and Ferney Voltaire and allows to browse the last 24 hours of this data.

I have been part of these development teams:

I have done (small) contributions to

I am a founder member of geomati.co

Doris Edwards

Permaculture Designer | Business Owner | Lean Startup Fan

I am a Permaculture Designer and Teacher.

I want to enable busy professionals like you, and families and communities, to cultivate urban and rural spaces in the permaculture way, so that you too may enjoy the delight of fresh, tasty, nutricious and healthy home-grown food.

Permaculture is a way of designing an ecosystem that works for the small urban backyard and for the larger rural garden. No need to break your back or become a professional gardener!

If we were to talk in terms of innovation, Permaculture is disrupting agriculture in the way Apple's MP3 player disrupted the music industry!

As a busy entrepreneur, running my own digital transformation services company since 1987, I was struggling with an unruly and needy vegetable garden for many years, almost to the point of giving up.

But then I discovered Permaculture Design, and it was amazing!

After one year already, my garden had transformed into a haven of abundance, providing high yields of nutritious fruit and vegetables, at a fraction of the labour needed before.

During 2015, I have obtained the internationally recognised PDC - Permaculture Design Certificate. Certification which has validated my practical experience.

In a parallel life, I am the founder of the Geneva Lean Startup Group. And back in 2009, I founded SoYouWantAChange.com, a Web Content Boutique.

I am proud to be an early supporter of Pangloss Labs, a radiant Greater Geneva-based online Platform with a mission, and a thriving local community.

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Pangloss at Leman Make

We attended the LemanMake Festival in Nyon, to go and meet the hackers, makers in the region and to see how to democratise what can be done with fablab machines. Workshops for kids, impressive demo, conferences, everything was there to discover what the future will look like.

LemanMake.

Also a great opportunity to meet with our friends from all parts of Switzerland.

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Tech at the Geneva Motor Show

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from March 10th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

From the Mobile World Congress we had the LG Flex2 self-healing phone…

But this week is mostly about the Geneva Motor Show, which runs from the 5th to the 15th of March

The ED Design Torq – Electric Driverless Racing Car – which apparently could have a racing driver inside, but who’d want to without windows?

Bentley EXP10 Speed 6 with 3D printed parts

The Quant F and Quant Quantino Nanoflowcell cars have a range of up to 1000km between refills with ionic electrolyte fluid.

The EDAG Light Cocoon (for the blinky light fans)

The Aston Martin all electric DBX concept

The Swiss Rinseed Budii that will hand the steering wheel to you if you feel like driving

There is also the completely bonkers Koenigsegg Regera “hybrid” which does 0-400km/h <20 seconds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWm8xEapjuQ There are 76 cars at the motor show which emit less than 95g of CO2 per kilometer, and most of them are in production

Oh, and this week Apple launched the most personal computer ever designed. This goes on sale in France on April 10th, and in Switzerland “sometime in 2015”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-waTi8BPdk

See you next week!

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Mobile World Congress (hah!) and Virtual Private Networking

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from March 3rd, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

For the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge:

The Virtual Private Network (VPN) comparison site I mentioned is https://www.bestvpn.com

Just to be safe, I suggest you use either Paypal or an e-card (one time use card number) from your bank to make the payments to these companies. It’s not that they aren’t safe, but I’ve noticed that they come and go over time.

Open source routers will allow you to VPN to your own home, but I won’t give you a link. If you don’t know how to find these, you shouldn’t be attempting it. Surf safely!

And remember – a VPN is just a pretend (really long) network cable.

For details of the next Pangloss events click here.

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Internet of Things

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from February 24th, 2015:



Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

The Internet of Things market is expected to be huge, with pretty much all market forecasts in the high billions of dollars. By 2020, there are expected to be more than 100 billion devices connected.

The home monitoring (air quality, temperature etc) system I have is from Netatmo My little drone is the Parrot Minidrone Rolling Spider, available from 1000ordi in Geneva for 135-7 CHF. They also have a range of Connected Objects and speak English (not a lot, but enough!).

The lighting system from Philips that’s getting towards what I’d like

And of course, the build it yourself option with the Arduino Micro from Sparkfun and the Femtoduino

We held the first Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.   For details of our next events click here.

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Flying free like a bird

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from February 17th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

If you’ve ever wanted to fly like a bird you need to catch up with the BIRDLY bird simulator.

And the amazing EPFL telescopic contact lense is here.

The Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup will be held on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.  You don’t need to be an expert – just bring an object and tell us how you’d like it to be connected (or not!)  For details on this and all our events click here.

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LIFT to Space

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from February 10th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

The totally brain-resetting LIFT Conference web site so you can see what you missed.  The presentation from my workshop on Designing Alternative Currency Systems can be found on the Pangloss Labs site.

The BikeCityGuide can be found in the app stores for iOS and Android, or take a look at their web site.  The Geneva map basically goes from the Jura to the Saleve.

You’ll need to use google translate or the Chrome browser (which has google translate built in) to read the Norwegian findmysheep.com website, but it’s worth it to find out how to get those 21st century cowbells.

Being more serious, the European Space Agency Technology Transfer program is designed to bring space applications into our daily lives, so if you are a startup company, you’ll want to take a look.

You know about the awesome Solar Impulse project, but have you heard of Solar Stratos – using solar power to get to the edge of space?  Another local project, as is Swiss Space Systems – who are hiring.

The Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup will be held on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.  You don’t need to be an expert – just bring an object and tell us how you’d like it to be connected (or not!)  For details on this and all our events click here.

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Robots!

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from January 27th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

Our list of Pangloss Labs events so you won’t miss our next robot workshop

The Open Source (hardware and software) Thymio robot from EPFL and it’s programming environment

The NAO robot

and the much more serious and large ATLAS robot from Boston Dynamics:

And one of my favourite French open source robot projects, InMoov:

Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Have a good week, and remember that according to the original Terminator movie humanity should have been destroyed by now, so we are definitely not in that future.

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Social Innovation talk at Impact Hub Geneva

Paul was asked to speak at Impact Hub Geneva‘s crowdfunding launch event yesterday.  The round table was about Social Innovation.  With such people in the audience as representatives from the UNHCR and the ICRC he talked about the impact of crowdsourced open source hardware.

Projects described included Data Canvas Sense Your City real-time environmental monitoring,  Publiclab – the citizen science portal, the Open Source Beehive project, Local Motors and the awesome E-NABLING the  future project, providing low-cost customised prosthetic limbs all over the world and making people smile.

 

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French – English translation on the go & a giant robot suit

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from January 20th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of  links from the show:

The Google Translate app for iPhone and iPad

The Google Translate app for Android

The Kuratas Giant mech suit from Suidobashi Industries in Kyoto on Amazon for $1million

Why would you want one of these?  Just watch…

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CES Roundup 2015

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from January 13th, 2015:

Here’s some links from the show:

More information than you ever wanted about CES.

A round up of wearable technology from Engadget.

How to get and avoid tech neck (hint – lift your phone up).

The Belty smart-belt is easier to see than read about.

and the Sharp freeform display technology, so I can get my hexagonal screens 🙂

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Paper Crafting Projects samples

Crafting Projects for Makers

IlovePangloss Crafting Project

I love Pangloss

I recently acquired a Cricut electronic cutting machine and it has been glorious since then. It has given me the freedom to create crafting projects or to use the images from the Cricut Design Space to practice making different paper or cardboard-based projects. Cutting is one of the techniques that makers like me love to fiddle around with their hands. And with the help of the machine, cutting becomes more precise and less tedious.

Cutting has never been this much fun ever! 

I didn’t realize that you could spend a whole day so wrapped up with your crafting projects. To the point that my craft room always ends up really messy with papers, stamps, stickers and all. I even joined a small crafting group to experience how it would be like to craft with fellow enthusiasts. It is really amazing because I learned new techniques from them and I met new friends too.

Why Paper crafting?

I went on to educate myself with different paper crafting activities and I found out that you can create personalized and embellished cards to give away (or to sell). You can design beautiful scrapbooks. You can even design and create t-shirts (like the one I made below). Furthermore, you can also decorate almost anything at your house, including your walls with your vinyl.

Personalized Pangloss Tshirt - Crafting Project

Personalized Pangloss Tshirt as one of my crafting projects

Crafting projects - boxes

Christmas boxes for give-aways

Paper Crafting Projects samples

Paper Crafting Projects – Cards, 3D cubes, page marker, boxes

Cricut Thank You Card Crafting Project

Thank You Card design by Cricut.com

Future Crafting Projects and Plans 

With Pangloss Labs, I hope that we could also create our own crafting group who love to catch up, learn and co-work with each other. Then we could plan on joining or initiating Craft Events in our Pays de Gex region. That would be absolutely awesome.

So, if you’re interested to learn more about how to make this paper or cardboard crafting projects or if you wish to join a crafting session with me, send me an email at carmz@panglosslabs.org. I’d love to know what you already know or show you what the cutting machine can offer you.

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MOOC on Methods of Generating Ideas – Iversity

Have you wished that you could easily come up with a new idea that is really great, awesome and at the same time practical? Or just come up with some crazy idea to help save the world? How do great thinkers do that? What techniques do innovators use in idea generation? Would you like to learn how they do that? Then this MOOC is right for you!

Dr. Daniel Koch leads the team of 3 presentors in the MOOC on the methods of generating ideas.

Dr. Daniel Koch leads the team of 3 presentors in the MOOC on the methods of generating ideas.

Join Dr. Daniel Jeffrey Koch, Dr.-Ing. Dominic Buchholz and Felix Teufel of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as they present and expound the different methods in generating ideas in this Iversity MOOC.  This free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will begin on the 21st of January 2015 at the Iversity website. The course is presented in English. This course aims to explain techniques for the goal and process oriented generation of ideas. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocr8ACuf5y8

 

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New Years Resolutions and Fitness Tracking

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from January 6th, 2015:

A few links from this show:

If your new years resolution is to get fit there’s no better way than eat less and move more. Technology can’t (yet) stop you eating but it can help with the moving, so here are some of the fitness trackers you can get from Fitbit, Withings and Jawbone.

Prices start from around 65 CHF. Or you can just use an app for your smartphone like Moves but then you must carry your smartphone all the time. If you put it down it won’t track your steps.

If you want to hack your life then If This Then That is the site you need. Make the internet work for you doing things that usually only coders can 🙂

If you want a heads-up on CES there is a useful CES preview at TechRadar. Plenty of wearables.

My VOIP provider that lets me have a UK incoming phone number is LocalPhone but there are others, including Skype. As expats living on an international border having multiple incoming phone numbers in different countries can be useful.

Here’s the Octopus:

and here’s the four-finned robot cuttlefish:

Next week we’ll look at the output from CES.

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Christmas Gadgets, the Santa Tracker

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from December 23rd, 2014:

A few links from this show:

3D Printed cookie cutters can be downloaded from thingiverse or you can design your own.  The best place to try 3D printing is your local hackerspace.

Post Tenebras Lab in Geneva has an open evening each Tuesday.

Fixme in Lausanne has an open evening each Wednesday.

FabLab La Cote in Nyon has it’s open evenings on Mondays.

The Christmas Shopper Simulator from Game in case your shopping was too easy this year

The Norad Santa Tracker

The cool magnetic levitation hoverboard

and the noisy one that you can make yourself

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