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I’ll be holding a presentation about bio.display at the Budapet FabLab, during the Science Night event held in Budapest, Hungary.

Recently I made a family trip from Budapest, Hungary to Kotor Bay / Tivat, Montenegro, with my 5 month old daughter on board a Diamond DA-40. I summarized the preparations needed & experiences about taking a baby on board a small aircraft – albeit in Hungarian.

a flight from Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (LYBE) to Szeged Airport (LHUD) in a Diamond DA-40 on the 2nd August 2012. recording taken with a GoPro camera.

Our investigative journalism project,, has been declared as one of the winners of the Breaking Borders Award, at the Global Voices Citizem Media Summit 2012 held in Nairobi, Kenya.

One spends almost half if his awake time at his working place – thus it is quite important how this time is spent. In my opinion, it is best spent in a productive fashion, where one can keep on learning, be faced with and successfully tackle considerable challenges, depend on his team members in every sense of the word, while being part of the larger professional community at the same time.

At our small company, EU Edge, we’re keeping up the ever-learning education angle by maintaining internal lectures & a comprehensive learning program. Recently we’ve opened up our internal learning materials to the wider public, using the quite liberal CC-by-sa license, which allows for both non-commercial and commercial use of this material. Everyone knowing Hungarian can read up, dig deep into the external information sources listed, and try his hands on the sample problems provided. For people who sign up, a common message group enables sharing ideas & providing help, while we take the time to review the completed homework & provide feedback as well. The first batch of materials cover HTML & CSS, with more to follow.

Most of the tools we use for professional work is either Free Software or Open Source Software. We gain huge value from these tools, which enable us to work in a professional & efficient manner. It is obvious that one should not be only a receiver of such value, but also be a source of contribution. We have a long tradition of publishing our own open source projects & contributing to others. But now we’ve decided to financially support projects on a regular basis, projects that our team members find important. In this quarter, we decided to support Mercurial, becoming a Bronze Sponsor, and thus joining the likes of the Mozilla Foundation or the Python Software Foundation.

These new activities are a continuation of our ongoing principle of being an active member of the broader IT community. Our past & ongoing activities include participating as founders & organizers of the Budapest New Tech Meetup group for over 5 years, which since then gave way to a myriad of other Meetup groups in Budapest and wider Hungary.

One cannot overstate how important it is to share – so as to be able to receive.

Our welcome desk at the Kepes Institute is considered to be the 3rd best design furniture of 2012 in the Design 2012 Top List, a compilation published by the Hungarian Trend Guide.

On Tuesday, under the umbrella of the investigative journalism portal, we’ve launched the KiMitTud web site, which is an easy-to-use portal for requesting public information from Hungarian tax-funded institutions. These institutions are obliged by the Freedom of Information Act to respond & disclose the information requested from them.

This site makes it easy to ask for such information with a few clicks of a mouse button – instead of formulating legal letters, looking up organization names & official addresses, standing in queue at the post office, and then not getting answers. Here, you just search for the organization, select it, type in the core of your request in two lines, and click go – all else is handled by the site itself.

Oh, and all responses are made public as well – for all to search, browse, analyse & see.

“Ki Mit Tud?” literally means “Who Knows What?” in English, and is a play on the name of an old Hungarian talent contest. The project is based on Alaveteli – an open source project that is specifically designed to aid handling freedom of information requests. It is already used in quite a few places around the world – just look at the UK version called WhatDoTheyKnow!


Making progress with converting Hungarian eAIP publication data into AIXM, in the Open Avation Map project.

Today the Hungarian newspaper HVG mentions my project bio.display in a feature about 3D printers in general, and its use in edible printing & medical applications.

Last week we had a program on flying with small aircraft on my beloved Radio Tilos, with Szabolcs Tóth, Kanada Kaosz & Styepp, in their bi-weekly regular program, the 3. passenger (3. utas). Before the program, I took Szabolcs up in the air around Budapest.

Listen to our program & see flight images here.

dismay of Tótumfaktum fame even made a small sound compilation based on the engine & airplane noise recorded by Szabolcs during the flight. He used this audio in his program about damage’s new book, the Damage Report. Listen to the audio here: