Top talks at Chaos Communication Congress 2015 #32c3


Chaos Communication Congress has been organised by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) since 1981 mainly on the topics of Computer Security, Cryptography, Freedom of Speech, Hacktivism. CCC is the largest association of hackers in Europe, the type of hackers believing in openness, sharing, decentralization, free access to computers and world improvement.

Thanks to invitation from Edgeryders and willing to spend some time with them as a warm-up for Opencare project, I attended the Congress for the first time. Costantino and me used to spend the days after Christmas watching the streaming, but it was really worth it to attend it live!

4 Halls with 4 streams of talks from 11.30am to 2.00am in the night made it impossible to follow  them all, plus a lot of self-organized sessions where you could meet working groups and new projects. We also had the chance to meet with Mario Behling, part of the software team of Ayab project, who organized a Knithack meeting during the congress.

Here’s my list of the 5 best talks of the congress. It’s obviously limited to what I could attend or my friends watched and suggested!

Karsten Nohl, Fabian Bräunlein and dexter focus they research on vulnerabilities of technologies we use in our daily life. During this talk they analyze the failures of payment protocols on debit cards.


Daniel during the talk shows how engineering a Electronic Control Unit (ECU) works, and how many people are involved. Then Felix looks at body of evidence that 8+ million people have access to but too few took a closer look. He shared the tricks to extract the firmware from the affected engine control units and the findings he made along the way and when he looked at the plain and honest truth in code.


The world of soft robots is fascinating and promising. Matthew Borgatti, Lead Scientist at Super-Releaser, approaches the problems of robotics from a low-cost point of view, allowing creative solutions and providing tips and info to make it yourself (don’t miss the Q&A session)


  • Unpatchable – Living with a vulnerable implanted device

Marie’s life depends on the functioning of a pacemaker that generates each and every beat of her heart. This computer inside of her may fail due to hardware and software issues, due to misconfigurations or network-connectivity. In the talk, Marie together with Eireann Leverett examine what are the issues of privacy and vulnerabilities of implanted devices and how the hacker community can work on it.


  • Collect It All – Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) for Everyone

M. C. McGrath is the founder of Transparency Toolkit, an organization that investigates surveillance and human rights abuses by collecting open data and making free software to analyze it. In the talk he discusses techniques for collecting Open Source INTelligence on surveillance and human rights issues. Q&A session reveals how M.C. started to be involved in this form of hacktivism at MIT.

If you have a bit more time and want to catch some perspective on CCC I’d also suggest to watch We lost the war, ten years later:  Rop Gonggrijp (one of the founders of XS4ALL) and Frank Rieger (spokesperson for the Chaos Computer Club)  present the sequel of the talk made at Congress ten years ago, causing quite a stir.

Enjoy and explore more talks on the 32c3 channel on CCC tv!

Make it sharable – Bits of my talk at Interactivos 2015



At the beginning of December 2015 I was in Madrid for “Objects in common” seminar session at Medialab Prado. Here’s the summary of my talk and below the slides:

Open source projects are focused on involving a community of users and engaging them in different ways. It’s not only a matter of uploading a file, or some code. The process of sharing is a complex effort of internal and external communication: it’s about understanding the immaterial value that can be exchanged among the people participating but also the limits and obstacles you encounter on your path of growth.

In the last 10 years, the debate around open source has been growing in unexpected areas of the socalled “creative industries”. From software, code and computer’s operating systems (like Linux), open source moved to content creation, knowledge, art, journalism, photography, music.

Thanks to the power of the web and the accessibility of personal computers and mobile phones connected to it, it became easier to share and re-distribute immaterial culture at zero cost.

Later on, practices related to open source software, moved to hardware.

Open design and digital fabrication are showing us new ways for designing and producing things. But it’s not only a matter of searching for something new.
We have also a different problem. Traditional ways of producing objects and devices is often limiting innovation. Old monopolies are creating barriers for real innovation to happen.The same word “Innovation” is not a straightforward word, it has a different meaning depending on who’s saying it.

Innovation for most of the mainstream and powerful companies is about something better than their competitors or better than the previous version of their product. Innovation for me and for you and many other around us is about creating a product or a project disrupting the way a specific service or object has been traditionally conceived.
For example millions of tonnes of e-waste are generated by our devices which are generally difficult to upgrade, fix or repurpose, how come there’s not a yet a totally upgradable device? We have all the knowledge to build such a device.

In the domain of open source technology, novel paradigms emerge in which customization is combined with personal fabrication, product development is expanded by users’ co-design, open licenses replace the traditional patents system.

Many creators and innovators are assuming that the impact of those paradigms activate opportunities for developing new design approaches that consider products as platforms calling people to participation and activation.

Open source artifacts: what are they? They are objects and projects users can modify or build upon thanks to an ecosystem of shared documentation, services and licenses.

Because openness and commons are about sharing. Sharing is about communication and the ability to be found by who’s got the need you are fulfilling.
Communication is about care. Care is about allowing people to step-in easily and step-up properly without the need of becoming specialists.

Slides on Slideshare

The Culture Dress – Experiments during Makers in Residence


“The Culture Dress” series is a collaboration between media artist Afroditi Psarra and architect Dafni Papadopoulou that aims to combine electronic handicrafts with parametric design and digital fabrication on an ongoing research on wearables.

The project was developed during the Maker-In-Residence program at WeMake, Milan´s Makerspace that I’m curating. Dafni and Afroditi spent with us two weeks in our guest-room at the second floor of the makerspace. I’ve been following the work of Afroditi for a couple of years and it was great to have her with us, meet with Dafni and make our community know about their practise.
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Participate to Reshape15 – Wearable Technology Competition


I was invited to be part of the Jury to evaluate the submissions for the Wearable Technology Competition together with Ronen Kadushin, Alessio Erioli, Anastasia Pistofidou, Elizabeth E. Fraguada, Niccolò Casas, Martìn Rodriguez Montoya. Read the brief and get ready to participate (submissions deadline 31st May 2015)


Reshape focuses on the definition of this language, proposing a new challenge to makers and designers: RESHAPE15 | wearable technology competition.

Proposals will focus on the possibilities of wearable technology without any design limitation. Once again Reshape leaves to designers freedom and responsibility of their own choices. Nonetheless, all submissions must reflect the mission of Reshape: merging ideas with fabrication processes and market viabilities. Fabrication strategies must be clear and reasonable, demonstrating a real control of the production process.

The distributed network of fabrication of Reshape includes Fab Labs and Maker Space, all equipped with digital fabrication machines such as laser cutters, 3d printers, milling machines and robotic arms. Entries are required to rely on those machines as main tools for the fabrication process. Assembly method and production costs will also be taken into consideration in the evaluation process. All winning proposals will be awarded according to the prize pool.

In addition to the economical prize, Reshape offers a unique e-commerce platform * where the best design proposals will be presented and launched into the market. Designers will have then the possibility to sell their own products promoting their design on the international platform of Reshape.


Reshape is a digital competition; hard copies of the proposals will not be accepted. Please notice the exact requirements below:

  • The official language of the competition is English. Any other language will not be accepted.
  • The registration fee is 50,00 €
  • Participants could be groups or individuals.
  • Entry identification code (which is generated during the registration) must be placed in the upper right corner of each A3 board, with required dimensions of 40 x 10 mm. No other form of identification is allowed.
  • Each submission should include:
  1. A3 boards in landscape format. Do not exceed 3 presentation boards. Each board should be a vectorial (not raster) pdf file of 150 dpi and RGB color mode. All the boards should be combined in one single pdf file (maximum 25MB) named as: “Reshape15_Identification code_ title of the project”. Each team has to use its own identification code (which is generated during the registration) and title of its project.
  2. A description of approximately 500 words has to be delivered separately in a word document.
  3. A physical prototype must be documented with pictures in one or more of the submission boards.
  4. A video of maximum duration of one minute has to be included. The video should be one mp4 file, maximum 25 MB.
  • Each entry (pdf, word document, video) should be submitted online to in a .zip or .rar format named as “Reshape15_Identification code_ title of the project”.
  • All entries must be submitted via email on/or before midnight (23:59) May 31st, 2015 Barcelona Time (UTC/GMT +1 hour).

Disqualification of entries may occur if the guidelines are not met.


  • 15th of January – 31st May 2015_ Online registration and submission period
  • 15th of January – 30st April 2015_ Questions and answers available online at
  • 31st of May 2015_ submissions deadline 23:59 (UTC/GMT +1 hour)
  • 1st of June-30th of June 2015_ Evaluation of projects
  • 6th of July_ Announcement of prizes
  • To be scheduled_ Awarding ceremony and final exhibition (*)

*the exact date and place will be published on


All projects will be evaluated on a scale from 1 to 10 according to the following categories:


Will be given significant attention to those projects that reconsider the idea of conventional contemporary clothing in an inventive and experimental way, reconsidering interconnections between users, environment and data.


The design approach must present a clear fabrication strategy relying design solutions to digital fabrication tools available in a Fab Lab or Maker Space, as Reshape target is to merge both DESIGNING and MAKING.


It is crucial to consider design and fabrication solutions economically feasible, giving a reasonable estimation for the overall design proposal and its marketability.

The Journal of Design Strategies on Alternative Fashion Systems


Pascale Gatzen and Otto von Busch  are the Guest Editors of The Journal of Design Strategies Volume 7  titled Alternative Fashion Systems and containing the edited transcript of the presentation I gave at Parsons 3 years ago: “From Open Source Branding to Collaborative Clothing”. The following article is the letter from the editors, opening the Volume: Continue reading

Il sistema dei Makers per Out of Fashion a WeMake


A meta’ gennaio (venerdi’ 16 e sabato 17) ospitiamo presso Wemake Makerspace un modulo di Out of Fashion, primo corso di formazione sulla cultura della moda consapevole, etica e innovativa. Oltre a esaminare l’ecosistema dei makers e il concetto di Brand open source sviluppato da Serpica Naro e continuato nel progetto Openwear, introdurro’ alle tecnologie di prototipazione rapida con un percorso teorico e pratico su lasercut e stampa 3d:

Da una parte l’etica, dall’altra una nuova metodologia di lavoro a partire dalla tecnologia digitale come opportunità per il sistema della moda. Verrà affrontato il concetto di brand dai codici aperti e le potenzialità di un’evoluzione verso una nuova prospettiva del lavoro nella moda fondata sulla condivisione, la collaborazione e l’innovazione. Dal brand open source alla digital fabrication, passando per l’ecosistema di Makers e alcuni esempi di imprese creative con obiettivi e finalità fuori dagli schemi di start-up classica.

Workshop pratici di prototipazione e produzione on demand sull’utilizzo della lasercut e dei comandi di grafica vettoriale per tagliare e decorare un accessorio indossabile di feltro, e della stampa 3d per accessori e componenti.

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