Building and operating a food computer requires various skills, initial and ongoing time commitment and funds at different stages of the project. Consequently, while one person can build and operate a food computer on their own, it may be significantly more time-efficient for a group of people to get together and build food computers in a batch. Five people building five food computers will spend less time and effort, per person, than one person building one food computer.
Use the community forum and search engines to try and find out if a group already exists in your own city or country.
If a group doesn't already exist in your city or country, you may want to start one. Here are some tips on how to go about it:
If there is a local group in an adjacent city or country, consider visiting one of their meetings.
See the OpenAg web site for details of events and conferences where members of the team or other local groups may be exhibiting or speaking about the project.
Building and operating a food computer is an interdisciplinary effort that will involve a diverse range of people. Look for groups like the following in your area:
The initial meeting usually doesn't involve building anything, it is an opportunity for people to get to know each other, so it doesn't need to be held in a workshop space.
One of the other groups you contacted may have a venue. A local pub or restaurant or a university meeting room may be suitable spaces.
The agenda may involve some of the following: