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Open Source Beehives Project Outline - Jan 2014

This is our outline for the Open Source Beehives Project. This presentation was made for our roundtable event in Boulder, CO on Jan 30th 2014. See www.opensourcebeehives.net for more info.

Tristan Copley Smith

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Transcript of Open Source Beehives Project Outline - Jan 2014

A global mesh network of citizen-led hives, contributing to an open database of insights into honey bee health.
The Open Source Beehives Project
Bees Are Dying

Climate Change
Changing seasonal patterns disrupt foraging
Cause severe digestive problems in bees
Bad Beekeeping Practices
Migratory beekeeping
EU estimates 13.4 million too few colonies to pollinate local crops
Significant questions remain about the causes, but heres what we know...
Bees pollinate 70% of worlds top 100 staple food crops
Pesticides, Fungicides & Insecticides
Decrease immune resistance to parasites
Disrupt navigation and communication
Lead to nutrient deficiencies
Some crops have short nectar cycles
Crops like corn produce little or no nectar
Similar problems emmerging in Japan, Egypt and China
Bees are vulnerable to extreme weather
Exaggerates growth of mites, viruses
and fungi
Result in increased use of pesticides
Contain insecticides within their genetic structure
Applying chemical miticides
Administering antibiotics
Lets Do Something!
Modern trends and technologies are empowering citizens around the world to share information and solve problems together
Open Source
Maker Spaces & Fab Labs
Over 10 million colonies in the USA have died since 2007
Kill bee larvae in the hive
Freely sharing knowledge and tools
Crowd-creating quality designs
Instant, global distribution
Too many

Tools, Electronics, Digital Fabrication
Citizen Science
We have the knowledge
Over hundreds of years we've built a wealth of knowledge on sustainable, non-industrial backyard beekeeping
Concerned, connected people
working together to study
and solve problems
We're a group of citizens from
Fablab Barcelona
in Spain, and the
Open Tech Collaborative
in Denver, USA.

We've got some skills in design, fabrication, media production and programming. We're totally open to collaboration - anyone can contribute to the project.
The Team...
Engage an active community to respond to the threats faced by bees

The Goals...
Bridge the gap between beekeeper and maker communities
Create hives that are highly accessible and optimized for bee health
Employ sensor technologies to monitor and study colony health
Enable radical and innovative forms of citizen science
& Habitat Decline
Download a design
We have two beehive design files freely available on our website
Find your local Maker Space, Fab Lab or CNC Shop
Bring 1 wood sheet, upload to CNC machine...
Assemble (without screws or glues)
Part 1:
The Hives
Colorado Top Bar
...and hit play!
CTB V4.0

Warré V2.0
Both hives have been designed to minimize stress factors and allow bees to develop in accordance with their true nature. This is known as "biodynamic beekeeping".
Part 2:
The Sensors
Data Logging and Alerts
Alerts can be sent when issues arise
Data can be correlated if colony dies
Active hives testing in Barcelona, Brussels, Paris
The Hardware
The Software
Open database
GPS positioning
Mobile / desktop access

= how many bees?

= enough honey for the winter.
= health indicator
= health indicator
= monitor communication.
= health indicator
New Sensors
We'll be launching a fund raising campaign in the next month to help fund development of the project. Please sign up to our mailing list to stay informed.
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