I want start contributing to Open Source
This BoF is intended to form a community for a new Open Source project, intended to create a safe space for people new to open source to contribute without fear of negative criticism or fighting the status quo.
With this in mind, we will aim to start a new project, with the intent that next year, someone from the team (not me) will present our progress at the next LCA.
I've given this some thought, and I think the following are prereqs for the project: - It must be useful (or easily modified into something useful) - It must be cross-discipline, this will allow people to contribute in their areas of expertise, and learn how other disciplines work - It must have a low cost of entry - a single board computer and some 3D printed parts are good, expensive components that are hard to obtain are bad
For these goals, I think a DIY Lego sorter that can sort based on the type of brick is a good project, there are a few people who have written blogs on the subject (so it is achievable), but noone has released a project for it that others can replicate or build on. Such a project involves many disciplines, including 3D modelling, machine vision, classification, frontend GUIs, databases and more.
I think there would be a lot we can all learn from such an exercise.
-- Alastair D'Silva
Community link for discussion: https://gitter.im/legosorter/community