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Building Food Computers as a team

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.

Finding an existing group

Use the community forum and search engines to try and find out if a group already exists in your own city or country.

Starting a group

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:

Consider visiting a group in another location

If there is a local group in an adjacent city or country, consider visiting one of their meetings.

Look for an OpenAg presence at events

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.

Make a list of people and groups to contact in your area

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:

  • hackerspaces and maker spaces, especially with workshops and tools
  • free software enthusiasts, local groups representing projects like Debian, Mozilla, Ubuntu, Fedora, etc
  • student groups, local student unions may keep a directory
  • environment and sustainability activists, you may find them at the local university, groups like Friends of the Earth or Critical Mass bike rides
  • gardening groups
  • cooking groups

Identify possible venues and times for an initial meeting

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.

Plan the agenda for the initial meeting

The agenda may involve some of the following:

  • watching Caleb Harper's TED video again, this is a good idea as there are usually some people at the meeting who haven't seen it before
  • a speaker for 10 - 20 minutes
  • round table discussion of some of the following topics:
    • skills of the participants
    • local suppliers of the parts
    • budgeting for the purchase of the parts
    • places for building the food computer
    • places for operating food computers
    • the first recipes you will grow
    • fixing a date for the next meeting(s)
  • social activity, drinks
community.txt · Last modified: 2018/10/19 14:08 by hildrethengland