Please Introduce Yourself!


Hi Sharon @sharmarval,
I would love to connect. As I am new to community forums and OSCEDays, I don’t know anything about the reporting sessions and how they are handled. We were introduced to OSCE and OSCE Days by silvia @Silvia. She is the organizer here in Indiana. We are one of the hosts. I will defer to her expertise on whether or not to use the reporting sessions on the day of the event to connect. I look forward to talking with you more. I am especially interested in hearing how youth and makerspaces are being engaged in the circular economy. Thanks for reaching out to us!


Hello Everyone,

I am Kumaran Mani, from Chennai, India.
I love open source. In the tech industry for 20+ years.
I run a small beautiful open source IT company named Tenth Planet since 2002.
After 7+ years, in 2009, launched Tenth Planet Open Source Foundation.
Wanted to contribute to society, community back with open source.

Started to provide free training for unemployed job seekers.
Trained 20000+, aim to reach 100000 by 2020. 1200+ employers [small companies] hire them.

Realized NGOs need technology to reach/grow/serve. IT for Society.
Started contributing to them at free / low cost wordpress, drupal, android, elgg to enable great NGOs which are already serving the society for environment, education, disabilities, energy, health related causes to have the best social platform powered by open source to promote their cause, raise donations, spread the goodness.

I love experimenting, launched a small startup club for open source startups which has social impact with internet/mobile. Have been learning, having fun working with many local startups and actively participating, contributing to startup communities here in chennai.

Now, Seeking open minded people to build a true open source co-working space, which will bring people from all over the world to unite, create, contribute to open source, circular economy and all other beautiful things that really matter.

However, the thing I would like to do now in this community is to work with like minded people to really solve some key challenges here in place like chennai and other parts with design thinking, basic thinking and come out with real solutions.

Two challenges I am talking up with my colleagues this year at OSCE

  1. In chennai, there are open drainage in so many places. People throw their waste, things get locked. This dirty water also merges into the ocean. Recent floods just brought all these water to everyone’s home. I am really looking for simple solutions to clean this water and avoid/remove the garbage out and may be a low cost thing to close the open drainage areas. It is my biggest ambition to close a long drainage canal in my home town before I die :sunny:

  2. In chennai, the traffic is heavy at all times. Everyone horn each other, it is a big noise pollution. How to solve this and yet give the people some other way to let each other get out of their way? It is an addiction, even at RED signal, they horn each other.

NOTE: also I will be documenting a wonderful case study about a house here in which everything is recycled - “two cows, gets fed, gives milk, cow dung taken to vegetable garden, the house lady cooks using those vegetables, drinks the milk, the shower/drainage water all looped, gets cleaned with a tablet, becomes good water, poured in for the garden, there is no A/C in that home, but very cool temperature” … This story we are going to capture and may be figure out a way to scale this model for many other homes with all your inputs…

Sorry lengthy intro :slight_smile: Your feedback is welcome.



I’m Massimiliano Cavallin, Systemic Designer from Politecnico di Torino. At this moment working abroad in Spain but I never stopped learning new things! :slight_smile:
I’ve been introduced in the world of OS quite a lot of time ago when I first heard about OpenSUSE, and I’ve discovered there’s much more behind corner. I’ve been involved multiple times in Linux Days in my city (Torino, Italy), Hackspaces (Nottingham, UK and popped in at Noisebridge in San Francisco, CA) and online communities.
I’m looking to be involved more and more in the community and contribute actively; my interests are sustainability, systems (from a systemic design perspective), and research.
I love research but I have do most of my research on my own; getting reviewed is very difficult and often you can’t get feedback ontil the very end when you try to produce final results. I apologize beforehand for some incorrectness, and thank you already for future inputs - looking forward to work more in this field!



Hello everyone!
nice to meet you!
I’m Stasia from St. Petersburg, Russia, currently I live and teach English in a middle school in a small town Yangxin, China. I am in the projects of non-formal education and environmental education, social entrepreneurship. Also I am a mentor in a language challenge and in the non-formal educational program Bridge it! . I have an experience in collaborating with ngo in NGO Development center in my hometown.

I would like to be a multipassionate learner. Now I can’t stand still and I keep making small projects in the school. I would like to make a learning place where school children may join projects and make their own initiatives, provide their ideas on circular economy and smart design.

See you!


Hi, I’m Christian, edupreneur, edumaker, author and language trainer for German as a foreign language, founder of living in Hanover and Berlin, left my heart in Paris. I have a background in economics.

I’m designing

  • open blended learning solutions, especially in language learning

I’m an expert in

  • Open Educational Resources (OER)

I’m interested in:

  • building and sharing knowledge and skills
  • open structures, open design
  • open hardware (Arduino etc.)
  • open software
  • meeting open minded people

Find more about me on


I am Duygu. I am an academic and fashion and textile designer from Istanbul. I have been working on sustainable fashion and circular design since 2010. After completing my PhD focusing on craft centred design in developing countries, now I work on collaborative design, and experiment it with my students at Beykent University. As far as I know there haven’t been any events in Turkey yet. I hope I can be a part of it in the future. I would like to thank Sharon Prendeville @sharmarval for informing me about this forum whom I met at a conference held at TU Delft :slight_smile:


Hi Duygu,

…fantastic to see you on here! Welcome! :smiley:

As I mentioned before it would be great if you would like to write a short blog about your work to-date in Turkey. We can post it on our blog and I think it would be a great way to learn and share about what is happening in Turkey! I think the open source aspect is really interesting! :slight_smile:


Hi, My name is Ester and I live in Montevideo and work in a proyect that aims to generate value with agroindustrial waste called Biovalor (
We are launching a call to finance local entreprenuers and businesses that want to go more circular and hosting 5 events to map opportunities.(
I am looking forward to learn more about circular economy in general and about initiatives happening around the world.


Hi everyone
I’m new to the forums and to OSCE.
I’m an independent professional proofreader, technical writer and French to English translator, as well as volunteering with local animal and wildlife conservation organisations.
I’m looking forward to meeting like-minded people and learning more about the open source circular economy. I’d love to contribute by offering my skills in proofreading, translating and writing.
Bye for now


Hi Ester, Welcome !
Great that your looking at the finance aspect as well. THis is a particular area that new, innovative, alternative and open business models around the circular economy often need more support!.


hi All, I’m Silvia from this year’s Rome team, first time I join OSCEdays. I have participated in projects on collaborative economy with Ouishare and our current focus is on building local solutions for sustainable development together with citizens, small businesses and local administrations.
there is a lot of work within Ouishare around platform design which we would love to draw inspiration from with a focus on circularity - possibly start from this year’s event to develop training paths for our participants.
very curious about the financing aspect that Mariaester brings up, I’m sure there’s a lot to learn about that! and also keen to learn how opensourcing tools and practices can help different organisations of local “changemakers” work together better.