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Building a community around BeagleRT

Creating a self-sustaining global community around the use of hackable audio software using online community building and local events.

BeagleRT
  • School/Institute/Department: Centre for Digital Music, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
  • Subjects: Hackable Technology, Digital Music, Communities of Practice, Building Online Communities
  • Audience: Musicians, Digital Makers

This project will build a self-sustaining global community of makers, instrument builders and musicians around BeagleRT. This open-source hardware/software platform was developed through QMUL research for real-time audio processing on embedded hardware, providing interactive music and audio systems that can be embedded inside a musical instrument.

It will target two broad groups, the digital maker community and the musical community through a series of targeted local events, such as hackathons and workshops introducing makers and/or musicians to working with BeagleRT, along with online community support and video demonstrations. These will be matched with a Kickstarter campaign to drive publicity and create further funds to distribute the hardware.

The four activities constitute a wide and balanced approach to community building, combining online and local approaches. Once established, motivated local communities will help drive online activity and conversely, users engaged online can introduce the platform to their own local collaborators.

The project aims to create a large, distributed community of hackers, makers and musicians creating novel applications with the BeagleRT hardware and software.

This project received large award funding from the Centre for Public Engagement.

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