Biji-biji Initiative would hereby cordially invites you to the Open Source Circular Economy Days 2015 which will be held on the dates stated below.

Date : Saturday 13th June 2015

Location : Makespace, Quill City Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Biji Biji Logo

What is Biji-biji Initiative?

Founded in 2012, Biji-biji Initiative is a social enterprise that aims to share progressive ideas with everyone. We champion sustainable living, reuse waste creatively and we love collaborative production. By using discarded materials, basic electronics and passive building techniques we aim to inspire Malaysians with fresh and fun approaches to sustainable living. Here at our Open Workshop in Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, we strive to create viable resources and making this accessible to the masses. We invite any interested individual to collaborate with us. biji-biji.com


A little about Open Source Circular Economy

What is Circular Economy?

It is a generic term for a restorative economy in which material flows are of two types, biological nutrients, designed to re-enter the biosphere safely, and technical nutrients, which are designed to circulate at high quality without entering the biosphere.

What is Open Source?

It is a development model that promotes a universal access via a free license to a product’s design or blueprint, and universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone.

So, Open Source Circular Economy …

is a system, that through open source collaboration, will bring ecological sustainability to our economies, for the benefits of everyone, globally.


What is Open Source Circular Economy Days?

OSCEdays is an open platform. Workshops, teardowns, co-design and prototyping will take place simultaneously in various cities all over the world. Local events are organized by local groups, focusing on local challenges. Cities will be connected through various media channels including daily open video conferences and continuous online documentation, contributing to a global conversation and pool of knowledge on the Open Source Circular Economy.

More information about the project: oscedays.org


 Program Schedule

10:00am – 5:00pm OSCE Days Fair: Waste, Open Source and Circular Economy
Meet the individuals and organizations that are abiding by the Open Source principles and are contributing to the solutions of our waste problems.
Interested individuals and organization do get in touch with Hakim at team@makespace.my
By: Makespace
10:00am – 5:00pm Prototyping marathon: Building an extruder
Join our team of makers and builders in building an extruder for a 3D printer. This extruder will use shredded plastic bottles as its filament. Open Source Circular economy right there, in action!  Pre-registration is required. Contact ambika@biji-biji.com
By: Biji Biji Initiative
10:00am – 1:00pm Open Space Technology Forum: Waste
We will facilitate an open discussion on waste in our society. This session is to ask you: the individuals that live in Malaysia and the organizations that operate here, about WASTE!
By: Ambika Sangaran (Biji Biji Initiative)
1:00pm  – 1:30pm Talk: Why should IHLs run a makerthon/makerfest
How do you create critical mass in the maker movement where none exists? At what level of the general public should we target? Is it possible to completely change attitudes within a short period of time?
By: Adrian Lai (Thinkerers.Org)
2:00pm  – 2:30pm Talk: What is Open Source Circular Economy?
Open Source is crucial for limitless knowledge sharing and for progress. Circular Economy is also crucial. So that, our resources are not seen as waste, but as resources.
By: Matthieu Mertens (Biji Biji Initiative)
2:00pm  – 5:00pm Workshop: Internet of (Green?) Things
Internet of Things has been a buzzword. How this form of making can drive sustainability challenges we face at personal levels and to spark forums to support circular economy in the long run. The workshop will involve two parts: hands-on with Raspberry Pi and sensors (2.5 hours) and an open discussion on  the topics above (30 mins)
By: Adrian Lai (Thinkerers.Org) and Raspberry Pi PJ meetup group
2:30pm – 3:30pm Talk: 3R4life website and Waste separation at home
September 1st, 2015, in many states, it will be compulsory to segregate waste at households. SWCorp, the government agency leading this effort also have launched a website, 3r4life.com which allows waste exchange.
By: Dr.Pauze (SWCorp)
3:00pm  – 3:30pm Talk: Downloading the entirety of human knowledge
How information is being shared? What is the impact of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), flipped classrooms, sharing content through non-text mediums? How Makespace uses these learnings to grow the Maker community in Malaysia, teach students to become proficient web developers and have a lot of fun in the process.
By: Hakim Albasrawy (Makespace)
4.00pm  – 4:30pm Talk: Sustainable design is good design. But, what on earth does that mean?
Many problems we face today are design flaws. So, sustainable design is a good design solution. But, yeah, what is sustainable design?
By: Steve McCoy (Counterpoint Consulting)


Our Collaborators:
Makespace logo
Makespace will be the venue sponsor for Open Source Circular Economy Days. It is a funky joint to get inspired and create. There are tools available to turn ideas into reality. And, at the same time you will be surrounded by like-minded people. Aside from creators Makespace also accommodates to communities and corporate to run performances, workshops, talks, brainstorming sessions, team building, etc. facebook/makespace

thinkerers logo
Thinkerers.org strongly believes that “Learning is through doing”. Inspired by the global maker movement, Thinkerers.org aims to instil maker culture amongst us Malaysians. Thinkerers.org also mentors and supports the next generation of makers in high schools as its social initiative. thinkerers.org

counterpoint logo
Counterpoint’s work rests on the simple understanding that the challenges that confront the world today offer a broad canvas of opportunity for all 3 sectors to secure a better tomorrow, and the conviction that maintaining the status quo is no longer a viable option.




For more information on OSCE Days or for collaboration opportunities, please contact myself,

  • Matthieu Mertens (matt@biji-biji.com)
  • or Navin (navin@biji-biji.com)
  • or Ambika (ambika@biji-biji.com).