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Open Core


Address: The Sanitarium, Suite 5, 111 Hunter Street, Newcastle
Hours: By appointment
Property Donor: Iris Capital
Launched: 30 July 2015
Closed:  18th September 2017

Aaron Ford
e: [email protected]

I have actually got a job doing some software programming, so, that’s where I’m heading off to. As far as Renew Newcastle goes, it enabled me to have a dedicated space to develop my ideas and be productive outside of my house environment. I am the type of person that needs that work/home separation!

Who are you?
I am Aaron Ford – a Mechatronics Engineer with a passion for space technology and creating sustainable products that will help humanity live more in harmony with our environment. It is my goal to help us reach out further into the cosmos and further human space exploration as well as replace environmentally unsafe and/or irresponsible goods and processes with better alternatives.

What do you do?
At OpenCore, we like to think big. But, believe big changes are a result of making small steps in the right direction on a regular basis. Through new, creative ideas, we aim to replace outdated and unsustainable products and processes with ones that are better for humanity and the environment as a whole, with a focus in the personal transportation and individual energy foot print arenas.

We also wish to create innovative products and processes to help track down and use the resources of other worlds, which will also help to reduce our impact on the planet that we all call home. We have a love for community and collaboration. We believe in helping each other to move forward and not hamper technological progress for personal gain. It is for this reason that all of our designs are released using an open source hardware licence that will allow others to build on and expand our ideas.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
I loved the sense of community that Renew seemed to be promoting. As well as giving people a space to start out and explore their creativity in their own unique way. I think creativity can mean many different things to many different people and I love how Renew understands this and embraces each persons individuality when it comes to their creative streak.

What are you doing in your new space?
I use my space to design and test the ideas and products that I come up with. Currently, I am working on creating large diameter thin film telescopes for space observation as well as designing an open source motor controller for electric bicycles. This is the start towards developing an entire electric recumbent bicycle design to replace cars for short to medium length journeys.

Tell us about your space
I share my space with Chris and her project, Observatorium. Before she moved in, it was used for other Renew Newcastle projects.