NMI Year Book 2013 Now Available for Download: "When it comes to this industry’s challenges and opportunities, NMI is in the thick of it. We know our industry is competitive internationally and a vital part of every industrial sector you can think of. For us in the industry, it’s inconceivable to think of a world without electronic systems or imagine solutions for future societal challenges that don’t rely on the technology and products we’re all involved in developing."
Sean Dodson, Markus Kirsch and Rob van Kranenburg (all in Council) wrote a contribution concluding Top-down will suffer, bottom-up will thrive:
The blurring of cheap electronic devices and platforms and large industry opens up new spaces in between. These have been filled in the past
20 years by digital festivals (such as Future Everything, Picnic, Isea, Transmediale, Lift, Future Scrapyard Challenges) and local dorkbots – all of which have greatly accelerated the playful adoption of open source software (Processing) and hardware (Arduino – an open-source electronic prototyping platform) and have facilitated debate and discussion on smart objects and environments among hackers, designers, thinkers and tinkerers, and start-ups.
sophie.ericson at nmi.org.uk