Hello World!

The Open Source Hardware Association is Coming Soon! It will be a non-profit organization (status pending) working to spread the love of open source hardware. We’re working out details, and as soon as we know, you’ll know! Check back at oshwa.org for upcoming news.

In an effort to better understand the Open Source Hardware community, Catarina Mota lead our first project and created a survey along with David Mellis and John De Cristofaro. Please participate in this survey so that we can serve you to the best of our abilities. The aggregate and anonymous results will be made publicly available in May.

Please take the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OSHW

Some proposed purposes this organization aims to do are as follows:
(1) Educate individuals and the general public about Open Source Hardware.
(2) Organize the Open Source Hardware movement around shared values and principles.
(3) Provide information and advice on best practices and standards for Open Source Hardware.
(4) Encourage collaborative learning, knowledge exchange, and social cohesion through conferences and other events focused on Open Source Hardware.
(5) Promote the use and development of Open Source Hardware, including to encourage educational and economic development.
(6) Collect, compile and publish data on the Open Source Hardware movement.
(7) Conduct any and all lawful activities which may be useful in accomplishing the foregoing purposes.

16 thoughts on “Hello World!

  1. Congratulations! This seems to be a really cool initiative. Good vibes from Argentina 🙂

  2. Conglaturations! your start looks incredibly nice to open the era people share sources.

  3. The best of luck on this endeavor.
    May this open the eyes of many to the possibilities of what could be.
    It is a great thing when creativity isn’t held back by profit.
    I really hope open source hardware becomes the biggest competition to present day patented development.
    Thank you for all your efforts.

  4. Thanks so much for all the warm wishes! It’s been great knowing where you’re all from too! Keep them coming!

    🙂

  5. Fantastic! I am sure great things are to follow. I think the purposes are right on target. I particularly like…

    (3) Provide information and advice on best practices and standards for Open Source Hardware.

    This will be a great asset for people wanting to develop OSHW.

  6. Congratulations on this initiative!
    I can’t wait to be a member.
    Let us know how we can help,
    Good vibes from Mexico.

  7. Greetings, congratulations, and best of luck with this endeavor. I look forward to joining this organization and watching it take off!

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