This blog post concludes the work I did during the Google Summer of Code 2016.
We created a new nodewatcher module as a part of this year's Google Summer of Code program. The module is responsible to store survey data about neighboring wireless nodes into our database.
I will contribute to one of the Freifunk projects – nodewatcher – via Google Summer of Code this summer and I wanted to keep you updated on my progress as well as exchange thoughts about my ideas.
In the wlan Slovenia We were invited to participate on Day of an inclusive information society in 2016 event where we will have a lecture The open information infrastructure - Open Wireless Slovenia. If you are interested to know more about us, or about any other of the events we invite you to join us on Tuesday 17 May, from 16 to 19 hours to RAMPA Laboratory, Kersnikova 4, Ljubljana.
The program of the event is located below the additional information on the following link: http://www.nevladni.info/dan-vkljucujoce-informacijske-druzbe- 2016 /.
This year wlan slovenija is again participating in Google Summer of Code. If you are a student and you search for programming summer work for this summer, you can apply to work on wlan slovenija projects and get $5500 for a successful contribution.
wlan slovenija is a open wireless network initiative from Slovenija, building a common, open and independent network for everybody. It is participating under Freifunk umbrella so you have to formally apply there. Prepare proposal of your contribution and submit it until March 25. We suggest that you submit the proposal draft immediately and then work on improving it until the deadline. In this way you will be in the system soon and will not miss the deadline. Furthermore, mentors will be able to comment and work with you through the system on your proposal. Moreover, we suggest that you join our chat and connect with the community and get help with your proposals.
You can check the list of ideas for proposals to get a feeling of what we are looking for. But of course, you can propose also something completely yours.
This year's Wireless Battle Mesh will be in Porto, Portugal, May 1-7 2016.
The Wireless Battle of the Mesh is an event that aims at bringing together people from across Europe and beyond to test the performance of different routing protocols for mesh networks, like Babel, B.A.T.M.A.N., BMX, IEEE 802.11s, OLSR. It is a tournament with a social character. If you are a mesh networking enthusiast, community networking activist, or have an interest in mesh networks and related technologies, this event is for you.
The traditional goal of the event is to set-up hands-on testbed for each available mesh routing protocol with a standard test procedure for the different mesh networks. During the event, similar hardware and software configuration is used based on the OpenWrt and packages for each protocol implementation. The event is also a great opportunity to develop testing tools for PHY/MAC radio layers (drivers, scripts and PHY analyzers). Alongside the testing of routing protocols, a number of talks, workshops, and hackathons are held on various mesh-related topics, all from technology to community and social aspects of mesh networks.
We in wlan slovenija were contacted by volunteers in refuge center Vrhnika to establish Internet connection for refugees living there. Using our technology we enabled them communication with loved ones back home and access to much needed information about what is happening and how to continue their travel.
If you are a volunteer and interested in organizing something similar in a center near you, or you a neighbor to one of the centers, turn to our chat channel and maybe we can do something together also there.
wlan slovenija open wireless network has started deploying open WiFi access points for refugees on border crossing with Slovenia where they are regularly stranded for days while waiting to cross the border. Without access to information and ways to communicate with friends and family their situation becomes even harder.
Thank you everyone who helps. The response is enormous. We are now in process of preparing a connectivity kit which could be easily duplicated elsewhere.
You can help us as well. If you have 3G or LTE USB modems you can donate, contact us. Also if you live near border crossing or other areas where refugees are stationed, consider sharing part of your Internet connection in a safe way with refugees by deploying a wlan slovenija open WiFi node. We can help you.
It is really impossible to recap the latest Battlemesh event. So let's simply share some photos and facts and let them speak.
Let us share a few photos from the first days of Wireless BattleMeshV8 with you. The participants were arriving at Pekre, started assembling the equipment that will help them do the testings in the coming days, while they were also mingling and lecturing about their findings at the same time.
Again, the event is open and free for all, lectures are on every day after noon, find more about the agenda and timetables here. Check the timetables regularly, since lectures are also added subsequently. Lectures can be viewed live (and also those already finished) on Ryan Taylor's Livestream channel. The event is not limited to lectures, though, participants are mixing and exchanging knowledge in interesting debates every day. Come. =)
BattleMeshV8 Team is busy with the last preparations. :) Lovely T-shirts have arrived, the posters are ready and Musti has made some awesome signs and waymarks! Maribor, here we come!
While we're eagerly awaiting participants of the BattleMeshV8 conference, we went to check on the venue. All got green and beautiful, spots for contemplation won't be scarce. Come, let's close ranks, put our heads together and connect into a mesh of new acquaintances, let's transfuse knowledge, findings and thoughts. =)
We are opening a call for sponsored travel to attend Battlemesh for anyone living outside Europe and would like to invite you to send your application! Battlemesh is the annual conference/gathering/hack event on community wireless networks and routing protocols will be between 3rd-9th August in Maribor, Slovenia. As Battlemesh is in the week before the Chaos Communication Camp in Germany, this is an excellent opportunity to be able to travel to both.
Event is free to attend and we still have organized accommodation available at low cost.
wlan slovenia participated in the presentation of the project "Computers for the socially disadvantaged" SL
wlan slovenia participated at the presentation of our partners project "Computers for socially vulnerable" and we presented a concept, philosophy and operation of the wlan slovenia network at the Main Square in Novo mesto on 22 April 2015.
Partner Association Zeitgeist (Društvo Duh časa) deals with recycling and reuse of old computers from businesses, individuals and other organizations and their hand over to socially disadvantaged segments of society. In this activity we observed a lot of synergy, the Society Zeitgeist enable disadvantaged groups access to computers and we as wlan slovenija provide access to the Internet. This technique brings usability of the computer to the whole new level because with us users get access to all the data of the Internet and hence the entire world's knowledge.
The event was particularly inspiring for younger users to use/install of our nodes and to start educate towards the development of network technologies. After the event, we had a small reception in the restaurant Gostišče na trgu, managed by students of the Catering school Novo mesto (by the way, the food and service were excellent;) ) and went home. We are inviting you to stop by at the following events which will be held:
- On Friday, 29/05/2015 in Sežana municipality premises
- Tuesday, 06/09/2015 from 13 to 15 on Prešeren Square in Ljubljana.
You are welcome to stop by. :)