I’m helping to organize a modest “Wireless Tuesday” event at ASCII here in Amsterdam. ASCII is an Internet Workshop in a squatted shop in the “Indische Buurt” area of Amsterdam. I will write more about ASCII soon. For now, ASCII’s address is Javastraat 38hs. If you are interested in wireless stuff, or if you just want to hang out with fun geeks, then by all means drop by.
The future is wireless! … Introducing Wireless Tuesday …
Starting this Tuesday, the 7th of February 2006, ASCII will host a bi-weekly wireless afternoon/evening called ‘Wireless Tuesday’. The event will, inshallah, take place every first and third Tuesday of any month. Although Wireless Tuesday is an unofficial meeting of people
involved in the Amsterdam Wireless project, topics will vary.
Tentative schedule for all Wireless Tuesdays:
15:00 ASCII opens
16:00 There will probably be some people here by then, and as the afternoon progresses groups of people may sit/stand around and discuss stuff, sometimes even on-topic.
17:00 Something tasty. Free for all (while supplies last).
18:30 Many of those hungry will go and get some really fast, cheap, delicious and extremely fattening Surinam food to take over to ASCII and eat there. Nothing beats the dinner-time romance of noisy freaks, lousy table-manners, plastic cutlery and Styrofoam containers. Heck: we’ll even light a few candles.
20:00 The speaker(s), demonstration, or whatever the main attraction is
23:00 After a drink (or two), some people will be going home
24:00 ASCII closes. Go home!
For Wireless Tuesdays, we hope to present speakers from other wireless initiatives, people developing for OpenWRT and/or OLSR, people building antennae/nodes, people doing wireless in developing countries, people into newer things (such as 802.11n, WiMAX, etc), ‘other’ kinds of wireless such as GSM/EDGE/UMTS and anything else the assorted organizers and visitors can come up with. When quality is equal we favor hands-on stuff over demonstrations over lectures.
This upcoming Wireless Tuesday (February 7th 2006)
In the evening (starting at 20:00), Rop will talk a bit about the current (much new and improved!) state of his software (called What-a-Mesh). What-a-Mesh is simple and easy-to-configure software for setting up mesh networks.
Because that is planned not take a huge amount of time, we can hopefully sit around with a largish group and think a bit about directions in which we’d like Amsterdam-Wireless to develop. I’m hoping many new antennae will blossom this spring, and I will hopefully get What-a-Mesh to a point where many more initiatives start using it.
During afternoon and evening, we’ll probably also talk about this new Wireless Tuesday initiative, see where those present would like it to go, who else we’d like to be there and figure out what on earth we’re going to do with all the generous offers of volunteer labor, huge cash
contributions and general signs of affection thrown our way.
Because it’s the first time, the “something tasty” for this Tuesday will be a supply of Belgian chocolates and bonbons, all guaranteed to be gone not long after 17:00.