Off Grid Software & Data Science Training

The Challenge

Many regions in the world still have no or very limited Internet access, making the delivery of training workshops for software very difficult. Using Raspberry PI computers we would like to create an environment for delivering Carpentries workshops without the need for access to the Internet. The Carpentries have built a large body of collaboratively developed lessons covering all aspects of software development, data science, and more. By creating a Raspberry Pi server that will act as an Access Point and a webserver we can create a local network with all the necessary R and Python libraries, lesson materials and a Git server available.

The project begun life at the SSI’s annual hackday and is driven by a team that meets monthly. The existing code can be found at:


CarpenPi - Taking Software and data science Carpentries Workshops to Places Without Internet Access by creating a working prototype of a CarpenPi workshop, i.e. a Pi server with RasAP as the access point and (preferably on the same server) the web server for web pages and lesson material, the Gitea server and MiniCRAN. An indication of the maximum number of workshop learners that can be accommodated with such a server. Feedback on how well a Raspberry Pi workstation can be used (as an alternative to a laptop).


Project Team

Ankita Waghmare

Ankita is someone who is passionate to learn the world of stars, planets, galaxies. She is pursuing her master's in Physics from RamniranjanJhunjhunwala college. 'Every problem is born with a solution' is her best quote and hence she loves solving mathematical equations. Ankita loves to learn new and revisit the old. She aims to be a better human with every new learning. She is sure to solve the mysteries of the sky above and help humans on earth, find a better way of life.

Archita Dev Barman

Ever since childhood, curiosity has always been the driving force to thrive and serve the best. I am an undergraduate student and an ardent researcher primarily in the field of Biotechnology. Research in interdisciplinary domains has helped me exercise my ability to think logically and scientifically to pose relevant societal questions. Apart from this, I am passionate about data analytics and I want to contribute to this scientifically advanced future using all the skills I possess. Meeting people from different diversities and backgrounds excite me to the core, and I called myself an ambitious networker.

Benedetta Russo

Benedetta is an undergraduate physics student at Sapienza University of Rome. She has participated as a mentor in various hackathons organized in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Education as part of the "Futura Italia" project. In 2020 she participated to UniSustainathon, a hackathon on sustainability as an opportunity, held between foreign universities in view of the expo Dubai 2020.

Daniel Dobos

Daniel is a particle physicist with a 15 year career at CERN working on silicon and diamond detectors as well as project management, large-scale data acquisition and analysis for the ATLAS experiment and the Large Hadron Collider. Daniel co-funded THE Port humanitarian hackathons at CERN, was program coordinator for the Geneva Global Goals Innovation Day (G3iD) and worked as Foresight & Futures Head for the United Nations hosted Global Humanitarian Lab (GHL).

Jamie Quinn

Jamie is a Scottish mathematician and programmer currently employed at University College London providing software consultation services to research groups across the university. He is also CTO at Bangladesh-based hydroinformatics consultant Hydorquo+, developing cloud-based distributed water-monitoring systems. He has a passion for education, high performance computing, and environmental and geophysical fluid dynamics.

Karolos Potamianos

Karolos is physicist working on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. He studied engineering and business administration at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and physics at Purdue University, earning his PhD searching for the Higgs boson using machine learning, before joining the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and DESY (Hamburg). He currently is an Ernest Rutherford Fellow at the University of Oxford. Karolos is an expert in large-scale data analysis, silicon pixel detectors, data acquisition and pattern recognition.

Kitty Liao

Kitty is an entrepreneur, engineer and innovator. She is a hackathon enthusiast and she has been with THE Port since its launch in 2014. She has 10+ years of experience in low-temperature and multi-disciplinary systems, user-centred design, vaccine cold-chain in hard-to-reach and remote areas, design for low-resource settings, prototyping and project management. She is founder and CEO of Ideabatic, an award-winning social enterprise. She is an Enterprise Fellow at the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK). Kitty enjoys travelling, designing and making her own clothes, cooking and swimming.

Maren Schüle

Maren is a electrics technician in her first year of the TTE-experience at CERN. Before coming to CERN, she finished her apprenticeship as an Electronics technician for industrial engineering in the field of plant construction in Germany. While still being an apprentice, she discovered the world of FabLabs and so she was able to get her first experiences with technical-oriented collabs outside of work. Taking part in Hackathons is the logical continuation of this adventure.

Mishka Zala Saleem

Mishka is an undergraduate Electrical Engineering student from Pakistan. She is an avid learner, who is constantly looking for opportunities to learn and grow. Her goal is to tackle social issues using technology - specially in marginalized communities. Along side her degree, she works as a technical apprentice sharpening her skill set to become a better engineer. She is an active part of technical and social communities in her University. Aside from her technical goals, she loves exploring different cultures, learning languages and painting in her free time.

Ryan Li Hong Liew

Li Hong graduated from University of Cambridge, with a Master degree in Information and Computer Engineering, was selected to the CERN openlab Summer Student Programme 2020. He is passionate about data analytics, machine learning and scalable technology, particularly about their application to the healthcare, education or agriculture industry. He is actively seeking experience in solving social challenges using technology. He loves to bring people together and has led multiple student organisations and worked in 4 countries. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, reading and adventuring in the nature.

Stuart Kennaugh

Stuart has been involved in the digital industry since 1999 in a variety of roles from sales and consultancy to development and team leadership. Most recently he headed up the digital team for a county government authority in the UK. This was followed by the running the digital team for the British Red Cross where he has recently move to the Technology Innovation team to investigate under-utilised and ermerging technology, and to promote future systems thinking. A strong advocate of many years for user-centric and evidence-driven action he has long believed in the ability of digital technologies and approaches to produce positive change for individuals and organisations. He lives in Kent in the UK with his wife, 2 kids, 2 cats, 1 dog and 8 bantam chickens. He bought a drum kit and is hoping to make time to learn to play them sometime.

Uday Ghosh

Uday is a Physics Graduate Student at The University of Burdwan, West Bengal, India. He is a space enthusiast with like to work with data and learn about the distinct object. He is also interested in Quantum Computation and Machine Learning. He likes to read books and listen to music. He loves to meet new people and work on a project which benefits ‘Human Welfare’ because when people with different backgrounds come together, simple and most innovative solutions originate.

Vanessa Malerba