Orange County Chapter

Program, July 2009

Engineers Without Borders

Monday, July 13, 7-9 pm

Israel and Chris have provided a copy of their slides. Also available is a video recording of the presentation.

Our July presentation in Orange County will feature two individuals from Engineers Without Borders, Orange County Professionals (EWB-OC). Israel Lopez and Chris Healy will be speaking to us about their recent trip to Honduras where they are setting up a wireless network for an educational system called "Olancho Aid".

Lopez and Healy will give an overview of the project and explain how they will be using 802.11a/g to distribute Internet access to two other schools, how Linux is involved in the management of the network, and how Linux might be used on the student desktop. Also, they have implemented a small Asterisk server to save the school communication costs between buildings, a real savings of over $200 USD a month, where the average salary is $400 USD.

They intend to use their experience with Olancho Aid as a sustainable technology model that can be 'copied-and-pasted' to other education systems in Honduras. Once a successful implementation is in place, they hope to build up the local community's technology skill-set as a way to uplift the community out of poverty.

Israel Lopez owns a small webhosting business, Sandbox IT Solutions LLC. He also is the Vice President of Internal Affairs for EWB-OC, and is the Technology Lead for the Honduras project.

Chris Healy is a Systems Engineer for Rockwell Collins, developing Linux embedded entertainment systems for aircraft. He is the Technology Mentor for the Honduras project.

Engineers Without Borders Orange County has two other partner communities in El Salvador and Kenya. These other partner communities focus on water distribution and community health.

EWB-OC: <http://www.ewb-oc.org>
EWB-OC Olancho: <http://ewb-oc.org/olancho>
Olancho Aid: <http://www.olanchoaid.org/>

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