London Open Source Jam 14

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

We held the 14th Google London Open Source Jam at our Victoria HQ on September 24th. The topic this time was "Video and Sound", and our Jammers had some real treats to share.

Steven Goodwin told us how his open source SGX 3D graphics engine deals with three key problems of other computer game engines. On a similar theme, Themis Bourdenas discussed the vine engine, a modular game engine for 2d and 3d games.

Borys Musielak presented Filmaster, an open source film recommendation engine. Neil Harris told us about an attempt by the Kendra Initiative to foster a common meta data format for content discovery on the semantic web.

In an Open Source Jam first, Jagannathan gave a performance of his Din software musical instrument. Din is designed for playing live Indian music, is based on Bezier curves and really has to be heard to be fully appreciated.

Sam Mbale gave us an update on his projects to help Africans build online communities using open source. Mike Mahemoff discussed some web tools frameworks for intranets, bookmarklets and trails in Scrumptious.

The UK government has plans to introduce a law to allow content-owners to force ISPs to disconnect the internet connection of users suspected of file sharing, without any proof. Glyn Wintle gave us an overview of how the proposed law will affect us, how the Open Rights Group is campaigning against it, and how we can help.

Douglas Squirrel talked about the difficulty blind people have in finding information on websites, and presented - a new project to reformat the web in a screen-reader friendly way. He also demoed a prototype telephone interface to the service.

Much pizza was eaten and free beer drunk, and we all ended up in the pub next door to continue our discussions. A big thank you to all our speakers and attendees, and we hope to see you at the next Jam!