OpenROV Workshop Olso in November


Heads up to our Scandi community members: OpenROV is having a workshop in Oslo in November hosted by MESH and conceived and organized by our truly wonderful OpenROV Ambassador, Christine.

Participants will be building OpenROV kits, working on experimental features, servicing old ROVs, trading adventure stories, and hopefully doing a few dives together. If you live close to Oslo or are interested in spending a few weekends with us please join us. Details at the bottom of the post.


We are OpenROV and we are many.

Finding folks to work on ROVs and go on dives with me is really easy. I live in San Francisco and spend an inordinate amount of time at OpenROV HQ in Berkeley. When I need to make a repair, Thomas Moye is never far away with his car trunk full of obsolete (but useful!) ROV parts. Jim Trezzo is at HQ almost weekly with ideas about acoustic positioning. Walt Holm, basically guardian angle of the lab, never backs down from some electronics troubleshooting. Being surrounded by this wonderful community, while always supportive and inspiring, is sometimes taken for granted. I don't know what it would be like to be without these guys/gals. I can imagine, in my romanticized fantasy, the industrious OpenROV maverick hacking away in a lonely workshop with only a prog rock Pandora station for company. What enthusiasm has sustained our quixotic tinkerer through cold nights while dinner sits in the house, ignored? What great contraption or accidental genius or diamond in the rough is on that dusty workbench?

An OpenROV workshop is an excellent way to give these folks a chance to show us. It's also a great place to put that first piece of laser-cut acrylic together and meet the people from our community who will hopefully become both your inspiration and co-conspirators. It's my hope that we can build a model around this workshop that we can replicate around the globe. Maybe to create a ambassadorship program for people like Dominik in Sydney, Laughlin in Antarctica, Zoe in Boston, or Kevin in Hawaii? Give them and those with the desire to do so the tools and training to be able to host their own workshops. This would surely produce some amazing discoveries and epic adventures. But, I'm getting ahead of myself...for now, finish that secret project--you can reheat that soup later, and we'll see you in Oslo.

Zack out.




Tordenskiolds gate 3, 0160 Oslo


November 22, 23, 29, and 30.

How to join:

Facebook Event Page:

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The new Norway User's Group on FB:


Looking forward to hear about how it went. Maybe we could replicate in Spain soon?