Crafting through Making - Jayne Wallace interviews Davide Gomba In this interview Jayne Wallace talks to Davide Gomba. Davide is a veteran of the open source hardware scene - being one of the first to work with Arduino and one of the original team that set up the open source house Casa Jasmina which he is an integral part of. We wanted to know what he thought of the relationship between people, places, craft and digital. J - You work a lot with data and hardware. How do you treat those as materials? Do you think of data and hardware as materials? D - I have to say that I don’t see them as a material. I see them as effecting a material. Data and hardware influence the things we do. Yet now that you’ve told me this, maybe I’m going to change my perspective. It’s a very interesting provocation. J - Have you thought about how to make things for a general kind of person and then move to specific needs? D - We’ve done workshops in Casa Jasmina about chatbots and the meaning of the home. It’s one of the deepest opportunities to put your feet in someone else’s shoes. One example is from Rural Hack, which we organized in the south of Italy in a little farm on top of the Amalfi coast. We stayed with the farmers to learn what their expectations were of the technology, their needs and their budgets. Before the workshop, we tried to index the needs of the average farmer, but these were not average farmers, but farmers who were knowledgeable about certain trends and opportunities and were not scared of these. We had to adapt the syllabus during the workshop with inputs from these farmers.
A publication by UnBox in partnership with Mozilla's Open IoT Studio.