Peter Frey

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Peter Frey

Team Culturing Information

Last updated: July 31, 2012

WHO are you?

  • Name - Peter Frey
  • Location (city, country) - Denver, CO
  • Contact Information (email, skype, phone) - petefrey (at) yahoo (dot) com
  • Introductory Video -
  • Resume/CV -

WHY are you motivated to support/develop this work?

  • Do you endorse open source culture?


  • Why are you interested in collaborating with us?

I am very interested in using my skills as an electrical engineer to help my fellow human beings, especially those in less fortunate circumstances than myself. This project is EXACTLY the kind of project that I have been looking for, for quite some time. The open source nature of it will ensure that the products are provided for the least cost possible, any body can build them, and any body can improve on them. It is also targeting those in less fortunate circumstances, which greatly appeals to me.

  • How do you think that the GVCS can address pressing world issues?

The development of basic technologies that can help sustenance farmers pull themselves out of the pit they are in is essential. If we as a race are going to get past our present set of predicaments, we need to do so together. Lifting those up around you not only makes you feel good, but ends up paying you back as well.

  • What should happen so that you become more involved with the project?

I would like to get involved in a portion of the project that can effectively use my skills. I am an electrical engineer who has designed a number of medical and other devices, including single board computers, signal analog electronics, motor controllers/drivers, and many smaller (< 50W) DC/DC and AC/DC supplies. In addition, I am a detail-oriented person who produces accurate and complete documentation and helps those around me do the same. Please see my linkedin profile for more details. I am very excited to get started in helping with this project!

  • What is missing in the project?

More momentum! More media visibility! I just found out about this from TED, and I have been looking for something like this for years, and I just moved away from KC, KS!

  • What are your suggestions for improvement of the project?

See above. Other than that, I am excited to see that there are motivated individuals involved who are actually getting stuff done! I have seen other OS HW projects (OSCar) whither and die from lack of momentum.

WHAT are your skills?

  • List all of your skills in these areas: Communications - Organizational - Computer Support - Finances - Design - Natural Building - Electronics - Automation - Metallurgy - Engineering - Fabrication - Agriculture - Energy - Architecture - Video/Graphics/Art - PR/Marketing - Education - Construction - Industry - CNC - Chemistry - Product Design - Other

Communications - I am fully capable of producing any documentation for the designs that is accurate and complete.
Computer Support - I am fully capable of building, repairing, and fixing SW on any windows PC. I can navigate and use Linix and Android effectively.
Design - I am an electrical engineer with 10 years of design experience. The bulk of that is in medical devices, where I have been the primary hardware designer for many market-ready products, as well as producing the bulk of their corresponding documentation.
Electronics - I am well versed in most areas of digital design, including most computer interface. I have designed two motor controller/driver systems and many small (< 50W) DC/DC and AC/DC supplies. I have also designed a number of small analog filter and amplifier circuits.

  • How have you already contributed to the project?

I haven't. I would like to start right away!

HOW can you help?

  • How are you interested in contributing to the work of GVCS development?

I can design any digital circuits, any small analog circuits or power supplies. I can help create documentation for my designs, or the designs of others. I am a qualified technical reviewer for any electrical design. Based on the "subject matter experts" list, I feel I am most qualified to help with any of the computerized control electronics or the motor driver project. However, I feel that I could be quite helpful anywhere where electronics or documentation needs to be designed or reviewed.

  • Can you volunteer to work with us, and if so, how many hours per week?

Yes. I can do 8-20 hours of work per week, and should be able to get quite a bit of work done in that time.

  • Are you interested in working with us for pay? If so, what services can you offer, and what is your hourly or per-project rate?

I would be interested in working for pay, after I have proven my worth. See above for the services that I can offer. We can discuss rate when it comes to that.

With a small family under my wings, I don't think I would be able to swing that at this time. I will, however, keep this in mind if my situation changes.

  • Are you interested in purchasing equipment from us to help bootstrap development?


  • Are you interested in bidding for consulting/design/prototyping work?

Perhaps at a later time.

Not yet, but I will be shortly if this project turns out to be as awesome as I think it is.

  • Would you like to see yourself working with us on a full-time basis?

Perhaps, if I could work out of the Denver Area.

  • Are you interested in being part of the world's first, open source, resilient community? The GVCS is the preparatory step for the OSE Village Experiment – a 2 year, immersion experiment (2013-2014) for testing whether a real, thriving, modern-day prototype community of 200 people can be built on 200 acres using local resources and open access to information? We are looking for approximately 200 people to fill a diverse array of roles, according to the Social Contract that is being developed. This may be the boldest social experiment on earth - a pioneering community whose goal is to extend the index of possibilities regarding harmonious existence of humans, ecology, and technology.

Unfortunately, no. 2 kids, wife, dog, house, other responsibilities...  :-)