What is Developpa?
Have you ever had that light bulb moment where you visualize a product idea and immediately after get bogged down about not being able to transform those neurons impulses into an actual working device you can use and possibly sell (or most definitely sell!)? Are you concerned about how can we design electronic products that don’t exhaust the planet resources, kill biodiversity and ultimately damage the human race?
If you feel these questions resonate with you, then you have landed in the right place!
Developpa is a community of young engineers and HW entrepreneurs interested in developing electronic products sustainably and for a good purpose.
Through articles, tutorials and practical examples, Developpa aims to help you make your HW product a reality all the way from concept to a working device that can be manufactured. As a project driven engineer, I have a very practical approach, therefore the content published in Developpa is meant to be used by engineers that are looking to take their ideas into implementation without wasting time.
I started this community because of the lack of a proper electronic product development process and methodology in university education and when working at a company. Also I found a knowledge hole on the subject of electronics sustainable design and I believe that as 21st century engineers, these principles and practices should be embedded into our daily work.
This is also a journey of discovering Iike-minded people and creating a community of engineers and entrepreneurs interested in anything and everything to do with electronic product development, sustainable design and creating stuff to improve human life.
How to use Developpa
To help you develop your electronic product, Developpa offers learning material in different formats:
- Articles: these are posts that cover both technical and non-technical topics of interest. They can range from electronics design tutorials, to project examples, to discussions of more abstract subjects.
- Downloads: in here you will find templates in the form of spreadsheets and documents that you can use for your project. Normally they are linked to another article, for example, the WCA article is linked to the WCA template.
- Micro Courses: this is a compilation of different design techniques and guidelines rendered in the form of very short courses. The idea of these micro courses is that you learn a very specific technique that can help you with your design, such as a Quick Thermal Analysis or how to Draft your Circuit Block Diagram.
- Project Examples: in here you will find a comprehensive logbook of current Developpa projects (non-commercial), The idea of this section is that you learn the development process of a product and the technologies of the project itself. Right now I am developing a Mobile Solar Charger and Powerbank.
To access all micro-courses and downloadable resources make sure you have registered as a user.
Apart from this, there is a “Latest Updates” section at the home page where I will be putting information in the form of news so you don’t miss any of the new content added.
Finally, remember this is a community so make sure you use the comment tool at the end of each post 🙂
And just in case, Is there something blocking your design or is there any particular topic you would like to learn more about? send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will look into making an article or tutorial to help you complete your product development.
About the Author
My name is Roberto, I am originally from Venezuela, where I grew up and lived until I became 18. I then moved to England where I studied Electronics Engineering, became a Salsa DJ and developed an Electronic Mini Conga to use in my gigs (quite difficult job as the subwoofer will trigger unwanted samples :/). Interested about the topics of renewable energies and international development I moved to Peru to work as a volunteer for WindAid. During this experience I got to build and install low power wind turbines (500W to 2.5kW) for communities without access to the electrical grid and developed a Battery Charge Controller with ease of repair and components that could be bought locally In mind. After WindAid, I moved to Spain and started a Masters in Renewable Energies and Sustainability where I gained a general understanding about how the different technologies to generate power work, materials sustainability, European law and energy efficiency.
Since then, I have worked in different industries including: audio, energy and automotive. During my professional career I’ve been involved in the design, development and testing of: remote energy management systems, power interfaces, audio devices and battery management systems for the electric vehicle. Currently, I dedicate myself to add valuable content to Developpa and work as a freelance Electronics Engineer while living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. If you are interested in knowing more about my background please check my LinkedIn profile.