It was most exciting to hear about Interplanetary Internet first hand from Scott from JPL@NASA and the very generous Mike from IPNSIG. Interplanetary internet of things is not that far away, it turns out we cannot really call Mars but texting would be fine. I think that's great and some of us might ask why do I want to do that - think Mars One, think space colonies, they are not that far away but for a local target - think Earth. Such internet has a use in rural areas on Earth - the infrastructure is up in the sky, it's less likely to be affected by disasters and it will not require the rural area to build as much roads and infrastructure for internet - think conservation.
We've had the great pleasure of an hour or so of Q&A with Scott - there were no rush and everyone's question is answered in great details. All aspects of discussions covered - from technical details to the softer aspects and thoughts of darkening the skies with satellites! Q&A for our Christmas special was not held at the pub but we brought the pub over instead. Wine started to show up as the webcast concludes; minced pies, and yule log and nibbles were consumed after a hangout with Scott over the internet, as we chatted about all things space to round the year off. Thanks to Westminster Hub, we were generously given their library, loads of helpful staff and lovely big screens to conduct this Christmas, International event and mini party!
Here is more information for those who are interested in getting started/going: http://citizeninventor.wikia.com/wiki/Project_Resources The presentation delivered by Scott is also on the page. It's open to all for contribution, so as you find out more, feel free to share it back on this open wiki!
It would be great for those of you who are inspired to start a project to spread the interest: http://www.citizeninventor.com/submit-project.html Everyone is free to list on the directory, as long as it involves collaboration (yes, even if it's not a collaboration with us) - the idea really is to spread the love and inspire further - of course, we also double up as a place to call for participation if you are looking for contribution.
Early Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!