Ivy, a classmate from my Alma mater, is working here in New York at the Columbia Institute of Tele Information. She discovered that I was also in NYC and had me stop by for a lunch discussion with some research assistants, professors, and interns to talk about community hardware, BUG, and the career path. And I got to get out of the office and eat Italian food. Nice.
The group was not familiar with BUG, so it was fun to talk. There was a 'buzz of ideas and discussion' (as Ivy put it) - everything from how BUGs can be used in developing countries, base and module capabilities, working with a community, and bringing a device to market.
I think the group was surprised that Bug Labs would be an active partner with an entrepreneur - helping them create a device to support their idea and get their business started. I think part of this surprise is the traditional proprietary mindset - of owning and being able to sell their product. But just because Bug is open source doesn't mean their end product has to be open source. They can sell and control their gadget and they don't have to share the tools inside (although wouldn't that be nice?).
It was great talking with a bunch of very smart people about BUG! Thanks for having me.
(Eli Noam introducing yours truly)