POC21 Innovation Camp – Day 0

So tomorrow I’m heading to Millemont to join 11 other projects to design and build a sustainable village based on the principles of circular and open source design. I was super psyched for Showerloop to be chosen out of almost 300 projects for the mostly all expense paid innovation camp. Travel, materials and tools are all provided by the event held in Chateu de Millemont or Millemont Castle about an hour west of Paris. A Castle! It’s sounds really cool. Together with the team members from the other projects and crew from Open State and Oui Share – the guys organizing POC21, we’ll build a Proof Of Concept to show what future living can be like. The reason it’s called POC21 is a counter to the COP Summit that will be held in Paris at the end of the year which is the effort of international governments trying to deal with climate change. These things are usually pretty depressing since the decisions made are hardly revolutionary or inline with the needs of Earth.

I’m really inspired and grateful for this opportunity to get Showerloop out into the open and begin collaborating on a new way of living. The idea of Showerloop, incase you’re still wondering, is simply to save water and energy by reusing shower water. Because the point of a shower is to get clean the shower filters and purifies the water in real time allowing us to use a maximum of 10 liters of way per shower, no matter how long it is. Even when maintaining the water temperature Showerloop is way more efficient than a normal shower because we only have to heat the water a few degrees every cycle instead of 20 to 40.

So what do I hope to get out of POC21? Naturally I’m excited about the whole thing; the fact that it’s a maker camp in a castle, that there a people from around the world coming together for a noble common goal. During the application process (it was just an online form btw) I found out that they should be providing us with all the tools and materials that we’d need. Things like laser cutters and CNC machines and 3d printers. I love all that stuff and have been going to the Aalto FABLAB in Helsinki ever since I heard about it but it’s only open to the public on Tuesdays. Also even though I would go there every chance I’d get, I might not get so much done on Showerloop because I’ would end up learning about other peoples inventions and helping them make designs or show them how to use the laser cutter. I really love the atmosphere there and to hear that there was this magical place that would let me do that non stop for 5 weeks was just cool. So my hope is that with help from everyone at POC I will take the project to warp speed and do all the design work and prototyping that I can so that maybe by the end of it Showerloop will be easily assembled, very user friendly and robust (aka doesn’t fall apart every time we demo the project). There was also a lot of talk about marketing the projects and getting them to live on after the camp and I have my fingers crossed for that too.

I’ve always felt that I’m progressing too slow both from the technical development side of things and the business plan but maybe this 5 weeks will be the final sprint needed so we can show the world how awesome Showerloop is and provide you with blueprints and instructions to make your own and the possibility to buy key components or the whole thing from us.

Also I hope that I can contribute to the other projects as well. I’m full of passion and ideas for sustainable products and social models and anything that can give back to this awesome planet of ours. I think that’s my underlying motivation and aspiration in life – to offset all the damage I’ve done to the planet a thousand fold but hey, why not a million. This summer has been really grate. I’ve met lots of new people in the Open Source movement through the Open Source Circular Economy Days event in June, I got an office in my home cities newest business incubator Turbiini and now I’m off to France!

Wish me luck,
Jason Selvarajan