Our Team

Alicia Gibb – Executive Director

Alicia Gibb 2Alicia is the founding president of the Open Source Hardware Association. In her spare time, Alicia tinkers with open source hardware. Previous to becoming an advocate for OSHWA, Alicia was a researcher and prototyper at Bug Labs where she ran the academic research program and the Test Kitchen, an open R&D Lab. She is a member of NYCResistor, co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, and a member of the advisory board for Linux Journal. She holds a degree in art education, a M.S. in Art History and a M.L.I.S. in Information Science from Pratt Institute.

Addie Wagenknecht – Open Hardware Summit Co-Chair, Treasurer

5620357014_2a8dc608bf_zAddie Wagenknecht completed a Masters at New York University as a Wasserman Scholar and shortly after held fellowships at Eyebeam Atelier, CultureLab UK and more recently at HyperWerk Institute for Post-Industrial Design as well as Carnegie Mellon University STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. She is currently a Mozilla Open(art) Fellow, an artist at Free Art and Technology Lab a.k.a. F.A.T. Lab as well as co-founder of NORTD labs who created the open source lasercutter Lasersaur. Addie is a professor in robotics and open source computation at the institut für experimentelle architektur hochbau at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Wagenknecht’s research, collaborations and projects are documented in a number of academic papers, books and magazines such as the Economist, Forbes, Popular Mechanics, MIT Technology Review, Gizmodo, Slashdot, Engadget, Heise, ARTnews and Der Standard. More information can be found at her website http://placesiveneverbeen.com and lasersaur.com


Kat Miller – Open Hardware Summit Co-Chair

Kat is a designer, entrepreneur and maker living in Portland, OR. She’s passionate about user experience and the intersection of hardware / software. Kat’s the co-founder of Made and runs a creative consulting company, Tiny Creative.



David Mellis – Editor and Content Chair

davidDavid is a graduate student in the High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab and co-founder of the Arduino project. Before coming to MIT, he earned a master’s at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea and taught at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.



Catarina Mota – Research Chair

Catarina Mota Catarina is co-founder of Open Materials (do-it-yourself smart materials), Everywhere Tech (open source technology transfer), and AltLab (Lisbon’s hackerspace). She has taught numerous hands-on workshops on hi-tech materials and simple circuitry with the goal of encouraging people with little to no science background to take a proactive interest in science, technology and knowledge-sharing. Catarina is wrapping up her PhD dissertation on the social impact of open and collaborative practices for the development of physical goods and technologies. She is currently a visiting scholar at ITP-NYU, Research Chair at the Open Source Hardware AssociationTED Fellow, and member of NYC Resistor.


Kellbot – IT Guru 

Kelly “Kellbot” Maguire is a web developer, open source hardware enthusiast, and dedicated knitter. She is an advocate for hands-on learning through hardware hacking. When she is not trying to cajole her knitting machines into working, she can be found watching professional Starcraft matches (yes, that is a thing) and building treehouses in Minecraft.




Aileen Park – Virtual Office Assistant

Aileen graduated from The University of California, San Diego with a major in Computing in the Arts. She was introduced to open source hardware in her electronics arts class taught by Alicia Gibb, and later got hired to assist the good people of OSHWA. Her interests include graphic design, magical friendship ponies, and sleep.