First co-creation meeting at the Biomodd House, April 5-6

I'm excited to invite all of the Biomodd Team to our first meeting in UPOU's guest house (aka, "Biomodd House") in Los Banos. We'll start on the afternoon of Sunday, April 5, and end around midday of Monday, April 6. We're having it over two days so that people who can't make it on one day can come during another.

Getting there

The Core will arrange a [Manila]-[Los Banos] shuttle on the morning of April 5, and a [Los Banos]-[Manila] shuttle on the afternoon of April 6.

The shuttle will leave the National Computer Center parking lot at 9 am on April 5, arriving at Los Banos at around 11:30 am. The shuttle will leave Los Banos at 3 pm the next day, arriving in Manila around 5:30 pm.

Driving directions

Enter the main UPLB gate, then turn right. Just follow the road as it goes left then straight again. You're already on Kanluran Road. You'll eventually drive past a school with a chapel (Christian School International) on your left side. Then there'll be a gate of a subdivision on the right (Sacay Village) up ahead. Turn left by the time you make it beside the gate. As you follow that road, you'll see the UPLB Library on you left, and then a bridge up ahead. Cross that bridge and then turn right to the uphill road (Forestry). Once you drive past the UPLB Infirmary, the UPOU Guest House will be close by.

Staying there

We can all stay at the house overnight. You can see photos of the house on Picasa.

What we'll be doing

  • Discussing the first general design/layout of Biomodd (including woodcarving)
  • Building a functioning network with the computer components, install Linux and a simple freeware multiplayer game
  • Start thinking about the ecosystem, work with the algae and possibly make a first hike

What to bring

  • Sleeping bag (We have beds, but a limited number of them)
  • A laptop, if you have one (we currently don't have WiFi in the Biomodd House, but we're working on that)
  • If you have a wireless internet dongle (SmartBro, Sun Wireless, Globe, etc.) that you can bring, please bring it.
  • A towel
  • Clothes
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc)
  • Swimming gear (just in case)
  • Gear for going on an hour-long hike
    • shoes with a good tread
    • comfortable socks
    • comfortable long pants (avoid wearing shorts or jeans; shorts don't protect you from the wildlife, jeans are heavy if they get wet)
    • Insect repellent (for repelling both mosquitoes and leeches)