Hack "Little Sun" This Weekend!

How do we get clean, affordable light to the 1.6 billion people in the world without access to electricity? The Little Sun solar-powered lamp, developed by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, is addressing this challenge.

At the MIT Sloan School’s Hacking Arts weekend, Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen invite you to work with a key member of the Little Sun team on expanding the global Little Sun project. It’s not just about delivering light to people – it matters how it gets there.

As the Little Sun project is complex and multi-faceted, there are many directions this collaboration could take, including:

  • Formulating ideas on how to improve the Little Sun business plan
  • Developing a Little Sun app
  • Developing Little Sun hardware or software add-ons
  • Streamlining Little Sun lamp production and/or distribution
  • Developing an online social network to connect off-grid and on-grid members of the worldwide Little Sun community
  • Working on the next line of high-quality Little Sun products
  • Using the Little Sun project as inspiration for creating your own new design that could change the world

Bring your own bright ideas on how to best deliver light in a sustainable way to off-grid communities.


When: Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29, 2013
Where: MIT Media Lab (E14), 6th floor
Registration: Opens August 21

“Little Sun is a wedge that opens up the urgent discussion about bringing sustainable energy to all from the perspective of art. The solar-powered light and the activities it enables are just one element of the artwork – equally important is the way it connects us and what it tells us about the current state of energy access. Its distribution, business plan, and successful integration into off-grid communities – its entire journey from production to usage – is also all part of the art.” — Olafur Eliasson

Little Sun

  • a solar-powered lamp in the shape of a hand-sized sun
  • a social business that produces and distributes Little Sun lamps by establishing sustainable trade routes all over the world
  • a global project connecting the world through the sharing of a common light
  • a creative network of art installations, international agencies, NGOs and private sector partners


Posted on September 23, 2013 by Anya Ventura