Hello and Welcome
yi at qi-hardware.com
Sat Jul 25 14:15:11 EDT 2009
Already a week since Qi Hardware was brought in front of you, and yet
another busy week for me. Seeing more and more of you take part in
Qi, I don't want to wait even longer to say hello to everybody.
I am Yi Zhang, base in Shanghai, China. After ten years of developing
proprietary application software, in mid 2007, I joined Openmoko. I
was assigned to a complete new project (now known as Project B).
Everything started from scratch, hardware, software, industrial
design, mechanical design, etc.. I acted as PM, worked with
engineers, had the first experience of contacting vendors, had first-
hand experience of seeing how things were being built, learned
endless new terms which were so foreign to me before, such as
schematics, layout, GERBER out, BOM, lead time, SMT, CNC, etc., etc..
Except for all of these, seeing what were going on with other
projects at Openmoko, the openness of everything has widely opened my
eyes. I got a full dose of shock how powerful openness can be, how
strong the community force can drive products/projects forward.
Now that I had to leave Openmoko, but the open spirit has followed me
and only stronger, and I know it will flourish at Qi Hardware. With
all the software development experience I had, and all the new
knowledge I gained at Openmoko, my role at Qi goes even wider. I
coordinate with Chinese suppliers, OEMs, manufactures, certification
labs, customs, and shipping companies, etc.. I act as a bridge
between engineering and marketing. I make sure the voice from each
party being heard by the other parties. I am, therefore, a bridge
too, for you to reach out. My email address is yi at qi-hardware.com. I
look forward to hearing from you.
Qi hands you an open device, and you decide what it will be - freedom
redefined. Let's get it all started.
Thank you and welcome!
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