Our speaker this month is Drew O’meara. Drew is the architect and lead developer at the PLAN Foundation and is a passionate advocate for community-centric FOSS technologies and platforms. Once a U.S. nuclear submarine officer, Drew also serves as CTO of SoundSpectrum, an audio visualization software company that has shipped software for 15 years, including licensing software to Apple Inc. Drew specializes in the design and engineering of real-time 3D graphics, communications, and distributed systems.
With the arrival of digital decentralization and encryption technologies, we’re closer than ever to a world where free, powerful, and easy-to-use tools allow communities with few resources to self-organize. Yet, our ability to freely communicate is increasingly and alarmingly dependent on a handful of data services and infrastructure providers; many of which are corporate entities, often with uninspiring motivations. Although these services offer value, fundamental questions arise: who owns our data, who has access to it, and what digital rights are assured, if any?
Introducing PLAN, a FOSS communications and logistics planning tool for individuals and organizations, making use of a unique technology stack. Under the hood, PLAN’s open plugin architecture integrates p2p/decentralization, end-to-end encryption, and IRC-inspired flexibility — all in a realtime visual 3D interface that historically only entertainment titles have enjoyed.
In this session, Drew will present PLAN’s technology stack and security model to ignite discussion around how they’re using “trustless” distributed technology to power tools for community organizers with limited resources. We will discuss forthcoming distributed storage and security idioms that are emerging in this new era of privacy-first and community-supported software. PLAN is currently in active development and is authored and supported by the PLAN Foundation, an Austin-based non-profit software foundation. Visit http://plan.tools for more information.
Join us for the discussion from 7:00PM-9:00PM, followed by drinks and camaraderie from 9:00PM-10:00PM at Firehouse Lounge (605 Brazos St).
Capital Factory is located at 701 Brazos Street, on the 16th floor of the Omni Hotel. Once on the 16th floor, there should be a sign at the front desk directing you to our meetup. If there is no sign, and no one is on duty at the desk, we are usually in the room to the left of the front desk.
Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive
Parking for the Omni Garage can be validated at the Capital Factory front desk, reducing the cost from $18 to $7. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/