Monthly Meeting: Wed. June 25th @ 7pm

Sorry for the late notice!
568 Broadway at Prince St, NE corner
Suite 404
New York, NY 10012
(lobby sign-in required)


At our June Meeting, we will be talking about all of the recent happenings in the Wi-Fi world, including the muni-wireless world.

We’ll also be talking about some new directions for NYCwireless, and are seeing feedback and input from our membership and community.

Be sure to come with ideas for what you’d like to see NYCwireless become, and with subjects you’d like to discuss!

Excellent documentary on Philadelphia/Earthlink Muni-Wi-Fi network

George Rausch has filmed an excellent documentary on Philadelphia’s Muni-wireless Wi-Fi network built by Earthlink. Now that the network has been shut down (as of June 12), its a great time to gain some additional insight into what happened and why (on Philly’s side).

Change is in the Airwaves: A Documentary about the Philadelphia Wireless Initiative from George Rausch on Vimeo.

MNN Hosting OLPC Grassroots Jam

Forest Mars, from Manhattan Neighborhood Network, is hosting a OLPC Grassroots Jam on June 14 & 15. The Jam will be at MNN Headquarters (537 West 59th Street). Come and help build an innovative new service for OLPC users. I’m sure there will be lots of interesting OLPC hardware to play with as well!

Now Recruiting for a Pilot In A Box kit team for the OLPC Grassroots Jam

One Laptop per Child will be holding a Grassroots Jam at the Manthattan Neighborhood Network studio from Saturday June 14 through Sunday June 15. In two days, we’ll be building a Pilot In A Box kit (focused on integrating XO use into specific curricular modules) and testing it with local children in preparation for deploying the Kit at an actual school pilot within 4 months – stay tuned for more on the specific deployment conditions we’ll be designing for. All materials will be provided.

We’re looking for a 50-person team of educators, content-creators, artists, writers, programmers, engineers, and others who can contribute to a Pilot In A Box kit. In addition to coming up for ways for teachers to use the things inside The Box, we’ll need to figure out (and make) what’s in The Box, how schools will repair equipment from The Box, how The Box is transported and stored, how its content can be localized, how The Box can be used for communication over a diverse set of networks, and more. We are also looking for young testers (ages 7-14, with their parents) to come in and try out the finished products on Sunday afternoon, June 15, from 3-6pm.

Registration is free but space is limited, so we have a rolling admissions process. To view more information, including how you or your group can participate, see We hope to see you there!

About OLPC

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is a non-profit organization created to design, manufacture, and distribute laptops that are sufficiently inexpensive to provide every child in the world access to knowledge and modern forms of education. The rugged, Linux-based, mesh-networking-enabled, and power-efficient laptops have begun to be deployed to children by schools across the world on the basis of one laptop per child. OLPC is based on constructionist theories of learning pioneered by Seymour Papert and later Alan Kay, as well as the principles expressed in Nicholas Negroponte’s Being Digital.

Free Networks Podcast

German techno-political blogger Markus Beckedahl, the founder of Newthinking, interviewed me for a podcast, which is available on Netzpolitik.  The podcast is about the failure of municipal wireless networks to identify sustainable business models and lessons that can be learned from community wireless networks such as NYCwireless, Freifunk and Funkfeuer.

IS4CWN 2008 Followup

Laura Forlano, Joe Plotkin, and I went to the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks in Washington, D.C. last week, and (as usual) it was a great experience. We saw FCC Commissioner Adelstein speak, and had lots of great conversations (many over beer) with a number of other CWN folks that came to the conference.

Of particular note was the significant forward progress that is being made to create a simple, unified mesh router (built on OpenWRT, OLSR, and Wifidog). We’ve got a bunch of test units and will be trying it out soon.

Steven Mansour has posted a great slideshow of the conference, and there are plenty of Flickr photos and Twitter posts.